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Gravy, gravy, gravy

Check yes or no

Subscriber onlyWhile I was having dinner with a group of friends, the server leaned over the table, porcelain bowl in hand. Continue reading...

Old dog's way

Writer pays tribute to girls’ best friend

Subscriber onlyLisa Kelley is away this week. In her stead, her dog, Baxter, submits a poem: Continue reading...

Suckers come to fight

Blood thicker than gene pool

Subscriber onlyMy family tree has a lot of suckers. You know, those shoots that come up here and there from the roots and base. Given the fact that some of my mama's lineage married and remarried like it was a competitive sport, some of my closest "relations" aren't related at all. Take for instance, my Grammy. Continue reading...

Strangers go extra mile

Old, beloved truck stalls in right place

Subscriber onlyFolks said it was bound to happen, and one day, folks were right. Driving down five lanes in Bentonville, Blue Belle stopped in her tracks. I pumped the gas pedal and turned the key. She sputtered and tried to get up, then finally sighed and laid there like an old hunting dog after a day spent running squirrels. Continue reading...

Go with the flow

Cold-blooded float down Buffalo River

Subscriber only"That looks weird," I said, nodding upstream as my friends and I pulled our kayaks onto a gravel bar for a break in our half-day float down the Buffalo River. Continue reading...

Truly breath taking

Immersing senses in present moment

Subscriber onlyI write this column while seated on a rock at the edge of Horseshoe Bend outside of Page, Ariz. The sun is rising behind me -- which, not being a morning person, are words I don't typically string together. It takes my breath away, both the view and the 5 o'clock hour. Continue reading...

Tornados and baloney

Spring season for lawyer jokes

Subscriber onlyTalk is cheap. Continue reading...

Snowglobe of memories

Back home, farm sale not just buyin’, sellin’

Subscriber onlyI spent the better part of the morning Saturday before last brushing snow from my eyes at the 44th annual Piggott FFA Farm Sale. We couldn't recall a time prior when it had snowed. Continue reading...

Here's to gassy mornings

Enough reason to get out of bed

Subscriber onlyDo you ever have one of those days you just don't want to do? A day when there's nothing particularly wrong. No body part less functional than usual. No lack of sleep causing eye bags so large they exceed the size for carry-on luggage. No mental or physical malady to warrant a day under the covers. Just a day when you partially open one matted eyelid long enough to confirm the sun arose and you don't want to follow its lead. Continue reading...

Traveling outside the lines

‘Oooot-whooose’ means outhouse; pet, sitters don’t enjoy the trip

Subscriber onlyGoing on international holiday. Traveling abroad. Coloring outside the U.S. lines. I'd never done it. My bare country feet had never stepped outside the border of these here continental United States. The closest I'd ever come to being in foreign country was a foray into New York City. Until last week ... Continue reading...

Mother offers no comfort

Call with phone company leaves customer clueless

Subscriber onlyI never feel more like committing a felony than when I have to deal with the telephone company. Each time Ma Bell and I have an encounter, I'm convinced our conversations can't get any crazier, and each time, I'm proven wrong. Continue reading...

Ozark Winter Olympics

Games more challenging if hosted in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyNow that I know "streaming" isn't a water sport, I rarely watch live television anymore. But there are occasions when I take a break from binging and put the trusty antenna to use. Continue reading...

Dear Television Moguls

Don’t mess with Magnum

Subscriber onlyListen here, Hollywood and L.A. I know I'm not an authority on much in your world. I don't know the first thing about carrying on calmly while the earth shifts violently beneath you. I can't tell you how to "hang 10" unless it involves five pairs of socks and a clothesline. And I couldn't follow your gnarly dialect if you tied me to a post and like, totally made me watch the movie Valley Girl for a week straight. Continue reading...

Scandalous love affair

Audio books lead to strange behavior

Subscriber onlyI adore a good book, and for the most part, I think a good book is terribly fond of me. We spend a scandalous number of hours together in our love affair, curled up on the sofa or nestled under bedcovers, just the two of us. And a dog. And two cats. And two rabbits and fish nearby. But mostly, it's just us. Continue reading...

That's a lot of bull

If Roosevelt visited to Pollard, Arkansas

Subscriber onlyIt was the summer of 1954 when the bull attacked my mother. Not a pit bull. Not Bull, the bailiff from the 1980s sitcom "Night Court." Not Bull, the doctor in the current drama inspired by the life of Phil McGraw ...although the idea of Dr. Phil attacking my mother would make for a compelling story. Continue reading...

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