A Car Lover’s Dream: The Annual Petit Jean Car Show and Swap

Photography by Janet Warlick It’s probably not possible to overstate the impact of automobiles on American culture. Consider just one cultural aspect – music – and think of some of the songs that mention cars: “Maybellene,” “Hey Little Cobra,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Little Old Lady (From Pasadena),” “Little Red Corvette” “Pink Cadillac,” “Mustang Sally.” The…

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Have a favorite springtime song? A song that magically transports you to another time and place each time you hear it? The first time you heard it maybe you were with your sweetie on the way to the high school prom and it was just perfect for how giddy you were feeling. Or perhaps you…

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By Sonny Rhodes   [dropcap]I[/dropcap] t has been quite a school year for Team Rhodes. Abby, the youngest of three siblings, is a high school senior, so we’ve all experienced a number of firsts and lasts this year. The firsts include her driving a car unattended, opening a college acceptance notice, and receiving a scholarship…

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By Sonny Rhodes   [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t has been quite a school year for Team Rhodes. Abby, the youngest of three siblings, is a high school senior, so we’ve all experienced a number of firsts and lasts this year. The firsts include her driving a car unattended, opening a college acceptance notice, and receiving a scholarship offer.…

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  [dropcap]E[/dropcap]ver wondered who made the very first New Year’s resolution? I’ve done some preliminary research – if you call Googling the words origins of new year’s resolutions research. My conclusion, based on early evidence: There’s a lot of resolutions-related research material out there. Some of that material seems plausible, while other stuff should be…

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It was one of those days you look back on years later and think, “How in the world did we do all that?” It was Nov. 23, 1968. The Saturday before Thanksgiving. As I recall, it was a perfect day for two small-town teens from Arkansas to be afoot in a big city: Dallas, Texas.…

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You might call the past few months the Summer of Sonny’s Cemetery Tours. Photography by Sonny Rhodes   [dropcap]My[/dropcap] old friend Mack and I have renewed a practice we loved in high school: wandering Arkansas’ highways and back roads, averaging about a trip a week. I’m not sure what this says about us, but a…

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One day in May, my wife Julie held out her phone, saying there was something she wanted me to see. TOP PHOTO: Shady trails offer some relief for summer runners, but a daydreamer could be in for a surprise. Photo by Sonny Rhodes   [dropcap]It[/dropcap] was a video of a fellow taking his first steps…