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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[...]

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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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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[...]

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We bought tickets to the Paul McCartney concert at Verizon Arena as soon as possible, and by the day of the April concert I was so giddy with anticipation I had to drive down to the arena to check out the preparations. Parking near the Junction Bridge, I strolled around outside the arena and paused occasionally to take pictures. There wasn’t much to see b[...]

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It just now took 11.1 seconds for my computer to come out of sleep mode so I could compose this sentence. Yes, I timed it — using the smartphone that’s sitting within easy reach of my right hand.   been thinking a lot lately about technology, especially when it comes to communications. A couple of things happened about a week ago that set me to ref[...]

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A year ago this month, I set out on a four-week adventure in Southeast Asia.   traveled with two Vietnam War veterans — John Townsley of North Carolina and Bob Kirkland of California — who had organized many such tours with the goal of helping people still struggling from the war. John, whom I have known since college, once explained to me that the[...]

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March means it’s marathon time in the capital city. Photography by Autumn Hall   means it’s marathon time in the capital city. Each year thousands converge downtown for “Arkansas’ Race for Every Pace.” Stretching over a weekend, marathon-related events include the 26.2-mile Little Rock Marathon and half marathon, a 10K (6.2 miles), a 5K and the[...]

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This page has had its share of unconventional Valentine’s Day tie-ins. Photograph courtesy of arkansas.com   year ago I wrote a two-feline valentine. It was for Tiger and Precious, the cats who have been kind enough to share their home with us for nearly a decade. Two years ago I reflected on my fondness for The Beatles, because Feb. 9, 2014, m[...]

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Many mornings for the past year and a half have been an adventure. These mornings often fill me with optimism, and since 2016 is a-dawning I thought I might share some of the things that make me want to look on the bright side of life.   pegged the time element to the past 18 months or so, because that’s how long I have been driving my daughter Abb[...]