Living Sober

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]aroline Ford, a recovering alcoholic, has also experienced a change in the way people view a different mental illness – that of alcohol and substance addiction. It is what fuels her passion for helping others through her work as executive director of the Wolfe Street Foundation, Arkansas’ largest nonprofit resource for people recovering from alcoholism…

Defeating the Stigma

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ost of us know at least one person who struggles with some form of mental illness. It is very real, and while it once carried a stigma, that attitude is changing as we come to understand its prevalence and its life-threatening impact. Nationwide, 1 in 4 adults experience a mental illness, while 1 in 17…

Sorting Through History

When Vic Snyder left office, he left behind a treasure trove of political papers and mementos from his seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives – enough to fill 700 large cardboard boxes. There are programs from events Snyder attended, invitations, letters and postcards, scrapbooks and photo albums, newspaper clippings, photos of school groups…

Savvy Shields Says Goodbye

Arkansas’ Miss America reflects on a year of travel and service as she prepares to pass on her crown. [dropcap]A[/dropcap]rkansas native Savvy Shields’ reign as Miss America began last September in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and that is where it will end this month when the 22-year-old Fayetteville native returns to crown the next lucky…

Elvis in Arkansas

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]lvis was born in Tupelo and later made Memphis his home, but he was no stranger to Arkansas. Before his music was heard around the world, it was heard throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and many points in between. In the 1950s, Elvis and his band kept up a rigorous road schedule, playing country…

Redefining Retirement

By Tracy Courage ::  Photography by Cindy Momchlilov [dropcap]M[/dropcap]any Arkansans already know that the Natural State is a good place to work and raise a family. And many are also finding that it is a good place to retire to. Arkansas’ abundance of outdoor recreational activities, generally mild climate and relatively low cost of living…