Saved By Zero

By Dwain Hebda The phone in Christie Erwin’s purse chirped. On some level, before she even fished it out, she knew who it was and what they wanted.  “I need help,” was all the text said.   The person on the other end — let’s call him Jack — isn’t legally one of Erwin’s children,…

Greater Than Anyone Imagined

By Lisa Fischer // Photos Courtesy of Brandon Burlsworth Foundation Brandon Burlsworth made his mark on collegiate football in a big way. Literally. The boy was almost 6-foot-4 and tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds. His heart weighed a good part of that. He was a gentle giant with an instinct to win.…

Outdoor Destinations

By Dustin Jayroe Photos Courtesy of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Division of Parks and Tourism   As the summer quickly approaches, many Arkansans will (should) be making plans to enjoy the best of what our “Natural” state has to offer. From fishing to hiking to birdwatching, there is something out there for…

Magnolia, You Sweet Thing

By Joe David Rice, Photos by Casey Crocker   Editor’s note: Obviously, amid a pandemic, we know that making immediate travel arrangements falls counter to the state’s social distancing guidance. We want all of our readers to continue abiding by this directive so we can all do our part in flattening the curve of COVID-19…

Fly Me to the Moon

By Dwain Hebda  //  Photos Courtesy of Arkansas Circus Arts   In the timeless classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll paints a technicolor tale of a young girl who escapes her humdrum life by sliding down a rabbit hole into a world of fantasy and imagination. There, she meets colorful characters and has oversized…

Recipe: The Last Dip You’ll Ever Make

By Lisa Fischer INGREDIENTS: 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened 8 slices bacon, fried and chopped 4 cups sharp cheddar, shredded 1 pound ham, finely chopped 4 ounces jalapeños, chopped 7 ounces green chilies, chopped 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I recommend Duke’s mayonnaise) 16 ounces sour cream   INSTRUCTIONS: Heat oven to 250. In a large…

The Taco The Town

By Matthew Milton   Well, you’re in for a warm, tortilla-wrapped treat. When it comes to tacos, there are few parts of the state that have ‘em like Northwest Arkansas. From fine dining spots in Bentonville and Rogers to authentic taquerias in Springdale to hip taco shops in Fayetteville, there’s quite literally something for everyone.…

May Flowers

You step out onto your patio on an early summer morning, the sun’s rays just barely peeking above the eastern horizon. A fresh cup of joe rests between your fingers, and as soon as the warm liquid kisses your lips, they curl in satisfaction. If your friends saw you now, they wouldn’t have to ask…