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A world of pure imagination – New Amazeum fosters children’s creativity

In 1971, Gene Wilder sang these lyrics in the film “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”: “Come with me And you’ll be In a world Of pure imagination …” Wilder, of course, was singing of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but 45 years later in Arkansas he could be singing about the Scott Family Amazeum in

Building enthusiasm for Frank Lloyd Wright – Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges is an architectural masterpiece

 As an American, you’ve probably heard of Frank Lloyd Wright, our country’s most famous and influential architect. As an Arkansan, you’ve doubtless heard of Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the internationally acclaimed museum founded by the country’s wealthiest woman, Alice Walton. You might even have heard that Crystal Bridges acquired, transported and rebuilt

Arkansas food with a British accent at Pig ‘n Whistle

Thanks to the Pig ‘n Whistle in Hardy, hungry visitors can enjoy British-style fare, learn a few British food terms and enjoy great hospitality. Philip and Rebecca Ashcroft opened the Pig ‘n Whistle in May of 2012. Since then, the couple has introduced customers to Anglo-American cuisine and entertained guests with their charming personalities. The

The answer is ‘blowin’ in the wind’

  Bob Dylan wrote the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” in 1962. It was a great song lyrically, but, in my opinion, Dylan just wasn’t the best person to sing it. The folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary covered it with commercial success in 1963. But it wasn’t until 1966 that the song found

Goodnight, smartphone Powering down before bed for a good night’s rest

  Checking email or flipping through channels instead of sleeping? Playing video games or browsing social media in bed? If you want to catch some quality sleep, you should put down that smartphone, and turn off the laptop, iPad, Playstation and TV. The National Sleep Foundation reports nearly 90 percent of adults sleep with at

Leading (and lighting) the way with LEDs

In just a few weeks, another group of linemen from Arkansas’ electric cooperatives will depart our great nation and journey to yet another place on Earth that has never experienced the marvel of electricity. During their mission in a remote Bolivian village, this team of volunteers will build power distribution lines without the luxury of

Six wildflowers for carefree color

Wildflowers have to be tough plants to make it on their own on Arkansas roadways, so think how well they will do in your garden with just a minimal amount of care. If you are new to gardening, here are six tough performers, many of which are in full bloom right now.   1. Asclepias tuberosa, or

Skin safety = sun safety – Get through summer without the burn

The skin’s a really complex structure,” says Dr. Stephen H. Mason of the Dermatology Clinic of Arkansas in Hot Springs. The largest organ of the body, skin protects us from germs and injury; it controls our body temperature; it helps us make vitamin D; and it helps keeps us “watertight,” regulating how much fluid we