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What it Takes To Notice What’s Always Been There: Catalpa Stories

Around this time last year I was not-so-patiently awaiting the birth of my daughter. She was about a week overdue and I was round and tired. The catalpa flowers were scattered all over the yard, their sweet smells crushed under my sons’ hyper feet. I mark my mother’s death by the arrival of the monarchs
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Rosemary Recipe to Welcome Spring

This time last week you were probably reading the paper a bit blurry-eyed and extra sleepy after losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time. Springing forward sixty minutes is strangely staggering to the schedule. Hopefully by now we’re all starting to settle in to the longer days and enjoying the extra time to
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A Mighty Pecan

Native to the southern and central regions of North America, the word itself is derived from multiple Native American languages. According to the Extension Service, Native Americans roasted the nuts, cooked them into bean dishes, harvested their oil and used them as a way to thicken soups and stews. For years pecan trees grew wild,
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Monday Music: Cedric Burnside (and the Roots Music Festival at “Cultivating the Delta”).

Arkansas State University’s annual Delta Symposium will begin this Wednesday in Jonesboro. This year’s theme is “Cultivating the Delta,” and will bring together a variety of scholars, community workers, and students to explore concepts of place, sustainability, history, community, artistic expression, and community action. For the next few days we’ll be highlighting some of the
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Early Years of the Little Rock Food Movement: A Discussion with Nao Ueda and Katy Elliot

The Central Arkansas food movement is growing rapidly. The recent Fresh Guide published by the Arkansas Local Food Network lists over sixty school and community gardens  and urban farms operating in the area and an increasing number of cafes and restaurants serving local food .(To read our piece on the guide click here). What’s especially inspiring is the
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The Seed and the Story: A Changing Landscape and the Creation of Lake Dardanelle

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Thanks so much for reading! Lake Dardanelle is one the region’s largest tourist attractions.  With numerous opportunities
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Friday Video: Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will begin next weekend at the Historic Malco Theatre in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. Developed in 1991, and then incorporated as the Institution in 1992, the festival is the only film institute in the United States dedicated only to documentary films. They currently house over 18,000 documentary titles, making
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The Seed and the Story: Studs Terkel’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring oral history, community life, traditions, sustainability in the Yell County area. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier. Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!The Seed and the Story column is just of many features you can find on
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Supporting Immigrants and Equitable Communities: Arkansas United Community Coalltion

The Arkansas Times recently hosted its first annual Festival of Ideas at the Clinton School of Public Service. Featuring over fifty of Arkansas’s most innovative leaders, artists, and activists, these lectures and question and answer sessions provided a forum for Arkansans to discuss both the present and the future of the state, embracing strengths and addressing areas
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Poverty in Arkansas: Series on Ozarks at Large

Last week we posted about Ozarks at Large’s series on poverty in Arkansas.  The series recently aired and below are links to each of the pieces. As we mentioned in the previous post, Arkansas’s (and the larger south’s) poverty problem—both current and historic—forms part of the undercurrent for much of the things we discuss on this blog. Too
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