Arkansas Backstories: Lake Chicot

Arkansas Backstories: Lake Chicot By Joe David Rice   Arkansas is blessed with many large and attractive lakes — impressive bodies of water, such as Beaver, Bull Shoals, DeGray, Greers Ferry, Norfork, Ouachita and others. But Lake Chicot, in the state’s southeastern corner, is unique among this impressive lot.   Not only is it easily…

Arkansas Backstories: Islands

Arkansas Backstories: Islands   Mention the word “islands” among friends and colleagues, and you’re likely to get a wide assortment of reactions: the Caribbean, Staten Island, Alcatraz, the Florida Keys, Hawaii or Manhattan. The more learned among your associates might quote poet John Donne (“No man is an island”) while some will prefer Paul Simon’s…

Rainmaker

Arkansas Backstories: Rainmaker

In today’s terminology, “rainmaker” frequently refers to an individual who generates legendary financial windfalls — almost by magic — for his or her employer. It’s a word often used to describe particularly successful stockbrokers, bond daddies, lobbyists and lawyers — the hard-driving alpha personalities wearing bespoke suits, occupying posh offices and commanding eight-figure bonuses.  …