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Wife of Fort Smith Judge Helped Establish Community

Subscriber onlyHistory remembers the border between Arkansas and the Indian Territory as a wild and woolly place, with "Hanging Judge" Isaac C. Parker adjudicating federal cases in the Western District of Arkansas from his courtroom in Fort Smith. Certainly, it was not a place fit for a woman of breeding. Continue reading...

Epic fail in the toy aisle

Writer wishes she was making this ‘stuff’ up

Subscriber onlyMy favorite humor writer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry, is famous for the line "I am not making this up." He uses it when writing about things that are so absurd that any sane person would assume he's taking creative liberties with his description when, in fact, the description happens to be ridiculous AND true. I thought of Dave's famous line when my daughter spotted a toy recently and brought it over to the shopping cart to show me. Continue reading...

Adventures in the exotic

Cuisine goes international with Vietnamese classics

Subscriber onlyEven before I started reporting, I was all about adventure. I'll go mountain biking, hiking, surfing, even sky-diving. I'm up for anything new or exciting -- unless it involves food. Continue reading...

Progressive Thinkers Come To Life In Wild West

Subscriber onlyHistory remembers the border between Arkansas and the Indian Territory as a wild and woolly place, with “Hanging Judge” Isaac C. Parker adjudicating federal cases in the Western District of Arkansas from his courtroom in Fort Smith. Certainly, it was not a place fit for a woman of breeding. Continue reading...

Family Friendly

Subscriber onlyTODAY Tales & Tunes for Toddlers -- 9:30 a.m., Bentonville Public Library. For ages 2-3. bentonvillelibrary.org. Continue reading...

More Than Memories

Pettigrew Day recalls past, supports present

Subscriber onlyIt all started with the St. Paul Branch of the Saint Louis & San Francisco Railway -- better known as the Frisco. Continue reading...

Heroes In Their Own Right

Changing women's roles reflected in comic books

Subscriber onlySuperheroines have often been portrayed as supporting characters or possible romantic interests for superheroes. Continue reading...

Complete in triplicate

Forms, forms, forms turn moms in to personal assistants

Subscriber onlyFor years, mothers have been expected to wear several hats to get the job done -- cook, nurse, teacher, chauffeur, psychologist, housekeeper, event coordinator and detective. But I had no idea that "administrative assistant" would become such a big part of what I do each week. Continue reading...