Author archives: Maura Montez

Another Go At Things For 2017

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ow is it that each year goes by exponentially faster? Well, for one thing, our always busy and never ending schedules. World crisis. Life events. Add to that the comings and goings of things good and things bad, losses and gains. 2016 seemed to bear all the scrutiny and bad jokes and blame for things that did not go as people planned. But is that not the pi[...]

Thom Hall's Glass Fantasies Continued

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"I think artists are lucky", Thom Hall says to Audrey Coleman, an AY contributor, and author of the article: Glass Fantasies: Enamels by Thom Hall. This is just one of the artist's many interesting perspectives about his life, his inspiration, and his work that was shared in the article, along with several vibrant images of some of the paintings on display[...]

Our Top Recipe Picks for the Holidays

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Here are some of our favorite recipes-from decadent to gluten free, breakfast to after-dinner dessert. ENJOY.   Unappreciated Vegetables By Faith Anaya                                                                     During my research for this month’s column, I came across dozens of recipes for Brussels sprouts, all of which starte[...]

Unique, Urban, Local

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Whether you look forward to it or you dread it - the giving of gifts is something that can be fun, or equally as daunting. We have compiled some favorite local shops, to tailor to you and your loved ones' needs, in the Little Rock and Fayetteville areas. Take a day trip, or do a little window shopping...enjoy! For the Old Soul This person loves[...]

How The West Was Redone

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Fort Smith reinvents itself as a cultural center while paying respect to its past. By Kody Ford :: Photography by Janet Warlick     f you had stepped foot in downtown Fort Smith a few years ago, you would have seen a very different town. While it was a city with its amenities, it seemed to be focused on its past, rather than its future.[...]

Turning Tragedy Into Purpose

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Meeting with Jajuan Archer, the founder of Women's Own Worth-a multi-faceted service program for victims of domestic abuse, was a warming, humbling, and moving experience. You know those people that seem to have fallen gracefully from heaven? Jajuan is one of those. Her remarkable story and outstanding efforts to bring refuge, support, and healing to vict[...]

Hope For The Working Homeless, Home For The Holidays

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Home for the Holidays on Friday, December 2, 2016 will be the first annual showcasing that Our House will do to help those without homes, while highlighting the supporters who make the work possible. The event will be at the newly renovated Robinson Center and chaired by Tabietha and Bill Dillard. Every year, Our House serves nearly 1,900 people, over 600[...]

Tasty Fall Recipes to Delight & Entertain

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 'Tis the season for entertaining & relishing in the gift of all things food. Here are some yummy recipes for you to try! We will continually be adding recipes taken from past issues, our own kitchens, or the kitchens of people and places that have previously been featured. Submit your own recipe for a chance to be featured! Happy cooking. &nb[...]