Art Scene: Paint the Town

Urban revitalization and creativity intersect in Fort Smith’s ‘The Unexpected.’ Photographs courtesy of 64.6 Downtown and Charlotte Dutoit   [dropcap]According[/dropcap] to one school of thought, “curiosity kills the cat.” Another view, which the Fort Smith, Ark., urban-revitalization organization “64.6 Downtown” subscribes to, is that curiosity yields often-surprising revelations and vast opportunities for both personal and…

Notable: Chunky Dunk

According to the Chunky Dunk: A Milk and Cookies Truck Facebook page, “a cookie a day keeps the doctor away, especially if you add ice cream to it.” Since owner and head baker, Sara Slimp, has a degree in social work, it’s probably OK to assume this is sound medical advice. Photography by Ashlee Nobel…

Create: Dinner and a Movie

Photography by Cindy Momchilov :: Styled by Muriel H. Wilkins   [dropcap]Research[/dropcap] for this month’s recipes included re-watching a half dozen of my favorite films. The fact that googling “food films” yields a multitude of lists indicates just how intertwined food is with life. From “Ratatouille” to “Babette’s Feast,” over and again we see food as a…

Feature: Inspiring Women

Talk to Stephanie Abernathy about her childhood, and it’s difficult to reconcile the tone of hope in her voice with the ugliness of her experiences. Photography by Cindy Momchilov   [pullquote]Photo above: Stephanie Abernathy, who is being honored for her volunteer work at the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Centers and First Lady Susan Hutchinson, the…

Let the Games Begin!

Tourism is big business in Arkansas. Photographs courtesy of AHA   [dropcap]In[/dropcap] 2014, 23 million people visited our fair state. Further, they spent $5.9 billion partaking of cuisine offered in our restaurants, touring our many attractions, visiting state and national parks, trying out their luck at our racing and gaming facilities and luxuriating or “roughing…

Final Thought

If you’ve kept up with my musings in this space, you might have concluded that I’m a history buff. You’d be right.   [dropcap]There’s[/dropcap]  just something about antiquity that excites me — for as far back as I can remember, even before I could read. In 1957, when I was 4, my mother bought a…