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Piece by Piece – Arkansas Quilt Trails:  An emerging patchwork

A quilt is not always quilted. These days, it may be a colorful pattern painted on wood and displayed on the wall of a barn or other building as part of the expanding Arkansas Quilt Trails network. Travelers passing through any of five counties — Stone, Searcy, Van Buren, Perry and Baxter — can admire

Willie Wiredhand: A symbol of co-op pride

More than 60 years ago, a dramatic courtroom battle took place between investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and rural electric cooperatives. The subject of the dispute: whether or not the rural electric cooperatives could have their own mascot — Willie Wiredhand — separate and distinct from the IOU mascot dubbed Reddy Kilowatt. The Reddy Kilowatt character, established

Bright ideas for smart home lighting

At its heart, smart home lighting covers a range of bulbs, controls and lighting systems that are programmable through an app on a mobile device, computer or smart speaker. Smart lighting can do more than just turn on and off at the right time. Some smart lighting systems can dim at various times. Some can

Decorate safely this holiday season  

The holiday season offers great moments for building memories, but it’s also time to think about safety. “There are about 200 decorating-related injuries each day during the busy holiday season,” says Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Between November 2016 and January 2017, holiday decorating injuries resulted in 18,400

Where Is It?

Welcome back to our hidden object game, “Where Is It?” Last month, we hid a symbol — a candy corn for Halloween — in the pages of Arkansas Living, and we asked you to find it to qualify for a prize. Many readers expected it to be camouflaged in Tim Ernst’s fabulous fall foliage photographs.

Don’t just sit there – get moving!

Health advice can vary widely. But one thing health and fitness experts seem to agree on is that sitting for much of the day is bad for overall health, especially cardiovascular and back health. Luckily, most of the research says an hour of brisk exercise can counteract the harmful cardiovascular effects of sitting. And what

Three Chicks Feed, Seed and Café rules the roost

What do you get when three best friends buy a feed and seed store and decide to offer food to customers? Three Chicks Feed, Seed and Café just outside of Texarkana, where you can get a glimpse of yesterday. Julie Miller, Dee Dee Rogers and Angie Watson worked together at the Texarkana Country Club for

Give those Thanksgiving leftovers a makeover

The first day of Thanksgiving leftovers is a pleasure. Maybe even the second. But by day three, I am burned out. I hate to waste food, so I start reinventing my leftovers. Like making bread with spare cranberry sauce and making pot pie with remaining mashed potatoes and turkey. I stretched my imagination to bring