Brandon Markin

Markey Ford: Twelve Steps to One Great Comeback

Life Anew Photography by Brandon Markin / shot on location at Little Rock Violin Shop   Ford’s toolbox is a big, three-tiered red metal box from Sears, and one of her tools is a wooden-handled hammer inscribed with the words “This too shall pass.” It’s not a real toolbox — it’s more of a visual […]

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Steve Blackwood: Sounding the Alarm

Preventing the unthinkable. Photography by Brandon Markin   Blackwood and Bruce Trimble serve as co-chairs of the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council, formed last year by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to provide “a comprehensive and coordinated approach to prevent suicide across all age and demographic groups” in Arkansas and “to ensure that suicide prevention becomes a shared […]

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Tommy Smith: Life in Sobriety

Tommy Smith is celebrating five years of sobriety. Photography by Brandon Markin   day after completing his morning radio co-host duties, Tommy Smith would swing through his preferred liquor store and spend the rest of the day escaping with his “friend” Jack Daniels. His routine changed in May 2011 when he was arrested for DWI. […]

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Nicole Hart: Providing Holistic Help at ARVets

Help for the healing. Photography by Brandon Markin   clinical research on PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, focuses on select gene processes and high-tech brain imaging, veterans throughout Central Arkansas are finding holistic solutions at ARVets, a “one-stop shop” for mental health resources for Arkansas veterans and their families. ARVets’ successful model is measured in the […]

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Marie’s Story: Breaking the Cycle

The following story, unfortunately, echoes the experience of too many Americans. Although Arkansas was not Marie’s intended destination, this story has a happy ending: she and her children have fallen in love with their adopted home. Photography by Brandon Markin   and/or because of what she overcame, Marie* never lost her faith in life. The […]

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