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Lisa Kelley

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Social media started at Gram’s house

Subscriber onlyHot summer nights make me think of the summers I spent at my grandmother's place when I was a kid. Continue reading...

Commentary: The lost art of style

Dressy traditions give way to modern conveniences

Subscriber onlyAs regular readers of this column well know, I love all things vintage. From housewares to personal attire to my choice of transportation, I've long said I was born in the wrong era. Based on this knowledge of my attraction to things not of my generation, one might justly conclude I have an interest in history. Continue reading...

Commentary: Graveyard visits etched memories

Subscriber onlyMy mama had several entertaining talents. She was a great dancer, whether in a dance hall or in sock feet on our linoleum floor. She loved music and gardening, and sometimes combined the two as she sang to her moss roses while weeding in our front lawn. And the woman could pop gum and blow a bubble to rival any teenager in any locker room in the nation. But she had one interest that simply confounded me. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyAlthough my first car was a Chevy Nova and my last car was a Subaru, most vehicles in between were Fords. For whatever reason, I gravitate toward that blue oval. Continue reading...

Commentary: The dog days of ... Easter?

Uninvited guests make church lively

Subscriber onlyIt's hard to believe another year has gone by, and the annual farm implement sale back home has come around again. Uncle Ronnie and I are like peas and carrots about most things in life; we just see things the same way even if other folks think we've slipped a gear. As long as we're semi-upright and breathing, we wouldn't miss the farm sale for much in this world. Continue reading...

Commentary: Keep the courthouse in downtown Bentonville

Presence is important to Bentonville as a whole

Subscriber only"[A]bove all, the courthouse: the center, the focus, the hub; sitting looming in the center of the county's circumference ... symbolic and ponderable, tall as cloud, solid as rock, dominating all: protector of the weak, judiciate and curb of the passions and lusts, repository and guardian of the aspirations and the hopes ..." Continue reading...

Commentary: What makes you country?

From milk glass to quilts, country a fine condition

Subscriber only"Whatcha gonna write about in your column this week?" my galpals prodded me this weekend as they took me on lovely outings here and yonder for my birthday. "You gonna write about turning another year older?" Continue reading...

My roots are showing: Wishes for another life

I'd like to tell you a story that was once told to me Continue reading...

My Roots Are Showing: Families, Furniture And Faith

I garnered enough material from my holidays spent in Georgia and South Carolina with Southern Gent to fill my column with stories clear to next Christmas. Continue reading...

Commentary: Nobody Gets To Live Life Backward

Subscriber only"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all." Continue reading...

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