Author archives: Sonny Rhodes

Final Thought

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Have a favorite springtime song? A song that magically transports you to another time and place each time you hear it? The first time you heard it maybe you were with your sweetie on the way to the high school prom and it was just perfect for how giddy you were feeling. Or perhaps you heard it when you were catching some rays next to the dorm on a lazy Sat[...]

Final Thought

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By Sonny Rhodes   t has been quite a school year for Team Rhodes. Abby, the youngest of three siblings, is a high school senior, so we’ve all experienced a number of firsts and lasts this year. The firsts include her driving a car unattended, opening a college acceptance notice, and receiving a scholarship offer. The lasts include a high school o[...]

Final Thought

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By Sonny Rhodes   t has been quite a school year for Team Rhodes. Abby, the youngest of three siblings, is a high school senior, so we’ve all experienced a number of firsts and lasts this year. The firsts include her driving a car unattended, opening a college acceptance notice, and receiving a scholarship offer. The lasts include a high school[...]

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  ver wondered who made the very first New Year’s resolution? I’ve done some preliminary research – if you call Googling the words origins of new year’s resolutions research. My conclusion, based on early evidence: There’s a lot of resolutions-related research material out there. Some of that material seems plausible, while other stuff should be t[...]

Final Thought

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  By Sonny Rhodes 'or it is in the giving that we receive.” That quote, often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, is one of my favorites. In terms of truths, in my book it ranks with the closing couplet of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” Being in the midst of the holiday season, a se[...]

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It was one of those days you look back on years later and think, “How in the world did we do all that?” It was Nov. 23, 1968. The Saturday before Thanksgiving. As I recall, it was a perfect day for two small-town teens from Arkansas to be afoot in a big city: Dallas, Texas. The teens were yours truly and my buddy, Mack. I was barely 16. He had just turned[...]

Feature: Get Away To Gaston’s

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A great blue heron lands near the river’s edge, lurches through the shallow water and, with lightning-quick motion, grabs a small fish, swallowing it whole. Photography by Janet Warlick   of mist float up from the White River and shroud a solitary angler in chest-high waders. A great blue heron lands near the river’s edge, lurches through the shal[...]

Final Thought

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You might call the past few months the Summer of Sonny’s Cemetery Tours. Photography by Sonny Rhodes   old friend Mack and I have renewed a practice we loved in high school: wandering Arkansas’ highways and back roads, averaging about a trip a week. I’m not sure what this says about us, but a lot of those trips included cemetery stops. Among th[...]

Final Thought

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One day in May, my wife Julie held out her phone, saying there was something she wanted me to see. TOP PHOTO: Shady trails offer some relief for summer runners, but a daydreamer could be in for a surprise. Photo by Sonny Rhodes   was a video of a fellow taking his first steps on a hike. The hiker, the spouse of one of Julie’s college friends, was[...]