The Seed and the Story Archive

Hearths of Courage: Growing Beloved Communities

A few weeks ago near Harrison, Arkansas the KKK hosted a week long training camp. Open to ages sixteen and up, the camp attracted people from around the nation and sought to build “a mighty army” to fight against “racial genocide” and bring about “racial redemption.” This is the same KKK who purchased the large
Category: Arkansas

Storm Cellar Stories

  Recently my dear friend Suzanne Alford-Hodges loaned me her copy of the amazing book Garden Sass: A Catalog of Arkansas Folkways. Written in 1975 by Nancy McDonough, this book is much like a regional version of the famed Foxfire series, a combination of folklore, oral histories and photos from around the state. The subtitle
Category: Arkansas

Don’t Kill the Dandelions! Make Fritters Instead. (Yes Fritters)

  Dandelions are popping up everywhere. We’ve been taught they’re weeds, something to be banished from our yards and handled with highly toxic chemicals like Roundup. But they’re actually herbs and they play a hugely important role in our local ecosystems. They’re food for butterflies and bees, those creatures we so desperately need to keep
Category: Arkansas

Honoring Local Women’s Stories: Storytelling and Oral History Event at the McElroy House

    Growing up in an intergenerational family with my grandmother in the home, family gatherings and daily life were filled with stories about the lives of people who had long since passed on. Likewise, the landscape was marked by these stories. I knew that my grandfather made a home on what is now a
Category: Arkansas

A New CSA, Garden Project Update, Pecan Workshop, Caregiver Workshop, and Other News!

Since I first started writing this column back in 2011 I have tried to use this space as both a place to share stories related to local and regional history and location to share information that can help us explore the past with the goal of moving into a more loving future. And by loving
Category: Arkansas

Kabat-Zinn and the Importance of Caregiving and Intergenerational Connections

  Near the end of the book Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, authors Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn offer a list of twelve different exercises to help caregivers become more present in children’ lives. Here’s number one: “Try to imagine the world from your child’s point of view, purposefully letting go of your
Category: Community Action

Muzzled Oxen Part 4: Malaria and Tornados

  In several past columns I’ve discussed the recent publication Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. Written by the late Genevieve Grant Sadler of California and published by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, this memoir tells of Sadler’s time in the bottoms outside of Dardanelle, Arkansas where she and her
Category: African American

Something for the Kids: Simple Salt Dough

  Here’s a little something different for this week’s column. Hope you enjoy it! We all know how commercialized the holiday season has become. And while a focus on materialism saturates our society, I have yet to meet anyone who actually approves of society’s focus on Christmas as a time to engage in massive spending
Category: Family

“Ella’s Song”: The Importance of Coming Together as Caregivers

  For as long as I can remember I’ve always been curious about what came before. As a child, I used to go about my days wondering what stories and experiences once occupied the places I called home. The adult version of that same childhood curiosity is what gave birth to this column and much
Category: African American

McElroy House Pie Sale: Stories from Two Sisters

  Next Saturday the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action will hold its first annual Harvest Walk/Run beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Russellville Depot. If you didn’t pre-register you can still sign up the day of the event. There’s no need to be a runner to take part. This is a
Category: Arkansas