Arkansas Backstories: Yurts

Arkansas Backstories: Yurts   That’s right, yurts. You know, those portable, round, tent-like dwellings developed and used by nomads in Central Asia for better than 3,000 years now. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus left a written description of yurts half a millennium before Christ. When Marco Polo, the celebrated merchant and world traveler from Venice,…

A Nasty Way to Die

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Joe David Rice’s recently released thriller/mystery novel, A Nasty Way to Die, his second novel and follow-up to last year’s An Undercurrent of Murder. Both are part of his Randy Lassiter and Leslie Carlisle mystery series.    CHAPTER ONE    I knew something was wrong half a…

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…