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The Unexpected Route Home

There’s a famous quote by Angela N. Blount that says, “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to make.” This feels like the perfect introduction to the story behind Lisa and Mark Looney’s new house. Unlike most new homeowners, the Looneys were not looking to move at all, much less build from scratch. Instead, it all started when Lisa had a friend from Hot Springs call and say she and her husband were headed to Texarkana for the day to look at houses.

An Organically Grown Life

photo by Matt Cornelius
Biology, chemistry, math, mechanics, business, and engineering… … When considering the experts in these fields, we often overlook farmers whose grasp of each must be extensive. It is a career, or even more accurately, a lifestyle requiring a firm grip on many complex subjects, including these and others. Going to work each day, facing weather uncertainties, devouring pests, soil conditions, and the potential breakdown of complex machinery, acts as the most advanced, and sometimes severe form of continuing education.

Honor of a Lifetime

photo by Doug Beigie Photography
From sire to sire, It’s born in the blood … The fire from a mare and the strength of a stud … It’s breeding and it’s training and it’s something unknown … That drives you and carries you home … And it’s run for the roses as fast as you can … Your fate is delivered, your moment’s at hand … It’s the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance … And it’s high time you joined in the dance … —“Run for the Roses” by Dan Fogelberg … … The Kentucky Derby, also known as the Run for the Roses, has been labeled the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Forrest Carvajal

photo by Matt Covington
Forrest Carvajal is the founder of Pond Creek Duck Calls and co-host of the Off the X podcast. He graduated from Arkansas High School in 2006 and lived in Texarkana, Arkansas, until 2008, when he moved to Conway, Arkansas. … Raised by his grandparents, JoEllen and Gary Sutton, Forrest was actively involved in sports from a young age, with a particular affinity for baseball and golf. His talent in golf earned him a scholarship to Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, where he met Leah, his future wife.

Sky High Farming

Farming has always been essential to human civilization, from ancient times to our modern high-tech world. Through the years, farming practices have developed in response to environmental, technological, and societal changes, reflecting humanity’s ongoing quest for sustenance, prosperity, and progress. One of the advancements in agriculture today is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

More Farm in the Farm Bill

Senator Boozman meeting  with agriculture  producers in  Wyoming. photo courtesy of Senator Boozman
I’ve been on the road visiting with farmers, ranchers, foresters, rural community leaders, and nutrition specialists since we began undertaking the daunting task of writing a new farm bill. … At the invitation of my colleagues, I’ve traveled across the country to hear directly from stakeholders as to what we need to include in this contract between Congress and our nation’s agriculture community.

Escape Close to Home

You do not have to travel far from Texarkana to find beautiful places to relax and have fun. … Explore the Caddo River, Little River, and the Ouachita National Forest. These areas are perfect for family trips and adventures. Caddo River is great for kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Little River is peaceful and full of wildlife, perfect for canoeing and bird-watching. Ouachita National Forest has miles of hiking and biking trails with stunning views. … Find the best spots for your next getaway and enjoy the nature that is close to home.

Good Evening TXK

photo by Matt Cornelius
I had an epiphany one day while watching an Oprah interview on YouTube. Maybe this sounds odd to some but growing up in a household with a mother who dished out Oprah and Dr. Phil quotes like they were pieces of Halloween candy, this was hardly anything out of the ordinary for me. In a 2011 interview, Rihanna tearfully told Oprah that the only way she could allow herself to be vulnerable enough to let a man romantically pursue her was by first “repairing her relationship with her dad.” After she forgave her father, she could finally work on trusting men again.

The Monthly Mix

Grillin’ & Chillin’ … This Father’s Day, celebrate Dad’s love for grilling and chilling with the perfect gifts that cater to his passion for outdoor cooking and relaxation. From top-of-the-line grilling accessories to cozy backyard essentials, spoil him with thoughtful presents that elevate his grilling game and ensure ultimate relaxation in his favorite outdoor oasis.

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