Author archives: Tracy Courage

Living Sober

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aroline Ford, a recovering alcoholic, has also experienced a change in the way people view a different mental illness – that of alcohol and substance addiction. It is what fuels her passion for helping others through her work as executive director of the Wolfe Street Foundation, Arkansas’ largest nonprofit resource for people recovering from alcoholism and[...]

Defeating the Stigma

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ost of us know at least one person who struggles with some form of mental illness. It is very real, and while it once carried a stigma, that attitude is changing as we come to understand its prevalence and its life-threatening impact. Nationwide, 1 in 4 adults experience a mental illness, while 1 in 17 are living with a serious mental illness that impacts t[...]

Arkansas' Prosthetic Heroes Change Lives

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By Tracy Courage :: Photography by Jamison Mosley rosthetics have come such a long way that it can be hard to tell whether or not someone is missing a limb. With advanced technology, prosthetics look real and simulate the body’s natural movement. Dr. Michael Kaczkowski, a specialist at the Center for Alloplastic Facial Reconstruction and Arkansas A[...]

Sorting Through History

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When Vic Snyder left office, he left behind a treasure trove of political papers and mementos from his seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives – enough to fill 700 large cardboard boxes. There are programs from events Snyder attended, invitations, letters and postcards, scrapbooks and photo albums, newspaper clippings, photos of school groups tha[...]

Savvy Shields Says Goodbye

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Arkansas’ Miss America reflects on a year of travel and service as she prepares to pass on her crown. rkansas native Savvy Shields’ reign as Miss America began last September in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and that is where it will end this month when the 22-year-old Fayetteville native returns to crown the next lucky lady. She’s clearly come full circl[...]

Elvis in Arkansas

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lvis was born in Tupelo and later made Memphis his home, but he was no stranger to Arkansas. Before his music was heard around the world, it was heard throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and many points in between. In the 1950s, Elvis and his band kept up a rigorous road schedule, playing country fairs, school auditoriums, clubs [...]

Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia

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s we get older, our bodies change: our eyesight becomes poorer, hearing may become more difficult and we have less physical stamina each day. Mentally, we may struggle to remember things or we might forget appointments. But how do we know when an aging spouse or parent’s forgetfulness is a sign of something worse, like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? “Wh[...]

The Weekend Theater Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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The Weekend Theater in downtown Little Rock kicks off its 25th anniversary season this month with the first of nine productions, including four musicals and five dramas. “To commemorate our milestone anniversary, we had a Back by Popular Demand campaign and asked our audiences to vote for the shows they would most like to see return to the stage,” said Ja[...]

Redefining Retirement

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By Tracy Courage ::  Photography by Cindy Momchlilov any Arkansans already know that the Natural State is a good place to work and raise a family. And many are also finding that it is a good place to retire to. Arkansas' abundance of outdoor recreational activities, generally mild climate and relatively low cost of living compared to many states, attract pe[...]

The Importance of College Alumni

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By Tracy Courage     ore than 160,000 students are currently attending one of Arkansas’ four-year colleges or universities, but thousands more can claim alumni status. Long after commencements are over, Arkansas college alumni are staying connected - or reconnecting - with the schools that shaped their lives. Many graduates have stayed[...]