Little Rock zoo

Get Wild

By Dwain Hebda Mallory Jayroe, of Little Rock, is a successful public health expert in the field of epidemiology, a wife and recent parent as she and her husband, Dustin (AY’s editor), welcomed a baby boy into the world. And, she’s Arkansas’ foremost cheerleader for the Little Rock Zoo, the only such attraction in the…

Never Give Up

By Dwain Hebda  Photography By Jamison Mosley   Lauren Coker Stringer made the short walk to the employee’s entrance at Arkansas Children’s, focusing on her steps, remembering to breathe.     She’d trained for this, of course, this calling to work the emergency department, considered by many the toughest of all nursing assignments. Already in…

Saved By Zero

By Dwain Hebda The phone in Christie Erwin’s purse chirped. On some level, before she even fished it out, she knew who it was and what they wanted.  “I need help,” was all the text said.   The person on the other end — let’s call him Jack — isn’t legally one of Erwin’s children,…

Fly Me to the Moon

By Dwain Hebda  //  Photos Courtesy of Arkansas Circus Arts   In the timeless classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll paints a technicolor tale of a young girl who escapes her humdrum life by sliding down a rabbit hole into a world of fantasy and imagination. There, she meets colorful characters and has oversized…

Speak Justice

Speak Justice

By Dwain Hebda // Photos By Jamison Mosley   “In here, please.” The trim, soft-spoken man beckons from across the room. Outside, a cold winter’s morning needles passersby with chill and biting rain, but it’s pleasant inside the mosque at Islamic Center of Little Rock. A posted sign politely directs you to remove your shoes…