#BeNeighborly: The Pack Shack Handles Hunger in NWA

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by: Frances Wilson ‘Food justice,’ ‘food scarcity’ and ‘food insecurity’ are terms used more and more frequently to describe the phenomenon of hunger in the United States. Despite our nation’s high GDP and standard of living, as many as 18 million households in the United States (as of a 2012 USDA Economic Research study) are […]

A Dreadful Affliction, A Courageous Boy, and the Great Physician

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Written by: Justin Smith  |  Lyrics from the song “Coltrane” by Amasa Hines and “Always” by Kristian Stanfill “Oh, my son. Oh, my son. Oh, my son. Oh… my love.” I looked down and saw his almost lifeless body lying there in the hospital crib. Coltrane Roy Smith is my youngest son. He came into the world […]

Meet Jude

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“I didn’t choose the special needs path, but I sure do love my tour guide” I read those words recently, about a year and a half after my son, Jude, was born, and I found that they did a pretty good job of summing up the fantastic times that we have had together so far. Of course, […]

The Value of Being a Girl Scout

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by: Emily Gassman When you think of Girl Scouts, you probably picture your old Brownie uniform that hung in your closet as a kid, or maybe you think of the hiking scene from Troop Beverly Hills, or maybe you just picture little girls at your doorstep selling those delicious cookies. There is a lot more […]

Goodnight Fayetteville

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that is truly the case, Margaret Wise Brown, author of the popular children’s book, Goodnight Moon, would have been over the moon, so to speak, about Goodnight, Fayetteville. Children all over have been falling asleep to the words first written by Brown in 1947. Many […]

The Butterfly Effect

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In science, the “butterfly effect” is a phenomenon in which something as small and seemingly insignificant as a butterfly flapping its wings could be the catalyst for weather conditions halfway around the world. One miniscule action that creates waves of change is exactly where my story begins.  My daughter, Ashton Faye Osborne, was born on […]

Homeschooling in NWA

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Thirty years ago, the homeschooling movement was considered to be at best cutting-edge, eccentric, and alternative. At its worst it was considered strange, rare, and, in some states, illegal. But today the movement has become more mainstream.   Currently, with over 2 million home-educated children in the United States, homeschooling is the fastest growing form […]

The Family Behind NWA’s TCBY

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Longtime Northwest Arkansas residents Jared and Sarah Greer are the proud parents of Bennett, 3, and Scarlett, 9 months, and they are also the proud “parents” of Northwest Arkansas’ only TCBY store, located at 2005 Promenade Boulevard in Rogers. If juggling the demands of parenthood and small business ownership weren’t enough, the Greers also own […]

The Yelling Place by NCI Counseling

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Every mother has been there.  That place, before you had children, that you said you would never be.  That place, where you looked on at those other mothers, with grimaces on their faces and said, “I will never do that to my children”.  That place that at times feels as if it is the point […]