Arkansas Backstories: Ozone

Arkansas Backstories: Ozone   You may be a bit wary of this word, but keep reading. This is neither a technical treatise on respiratory hazards nor a scholarly piece on greenhouse gases. Those heavy, academic topics are beyond my expertise, such as it is. No footnotes will be found. No scientific authorities will be quoted.…

Arkansas Backstories: Lost Valley

Arkansas Backstories: Lost Valley   Newton County can claim more than its fair share of Arkansas’ iconic natural features — places such as Hemmed-In Hollow, Big Bluff, Indian Creek, Richland Falls, Whitaker Point and, of course, the Buffalo National River. To that impressive list can be added Lost Valley, a rough-and-tumble canyon southwest of Ponca…

A Love Lock on Paris

A Love Lock on Paris   With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the thoughts of many readers may be drifting to romance — and chocolates, flowers, and … love locks.    Love locks? For those unacquainted with this century-old custom, a love lock is a simple padlock that a couple latches onto a bridge, gate, fence,…

Arkansas Backstories: Dinosaurs

Arkansas Backstories: Dinosaurs   Arkansas has an official state tree (shortleaf pine), bird (mockingbird), mammal (white-tailed deer), gemstone (diamond), flower (apple blossom), insect (honeybee), beverage (milk), musical instrument (fiddle), duck (the mallard, much to the chagrin of wood duck devotees), at least four state songs, and has come close to sanctioning a state waltz. Finally,…