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hat’s my boy. Doing what he loves best. The photo is just one of my favorites from our Splash Session with The Beatys Photography.

I booked a session as soon as I heard about it. What better way to capture memories of Ty’s summertime fun - even underwater! He’s really grown up this summer and I’ve loved every minute of watching him explore and try new things, even if it means I’m one step closer to “don’t hold my hand in public.” Hubby likes to say, “The umbilical cord is still attached.” Hardy, har, har. Sometimes I want to slow Ty down, or just stop him altogether. Like on vacation, when he decided to ride a freakishly tall and steep waterslide. But I hear that’s part of what being a parent is about, raising your child up to be independent and brave. It’s hard letting go, but I’m working on it. Bravery is the theme that runs through our August issue. We’re taking you on an expedition to Kilimanjaro, letting you in on the secret to Razorback Tyler Wilson’s fearlessness on the football field, and introducing you to a former L.A. financial wizard who traded his life in commerce for a patch of land in the hills because he knew it was the right thing for his family. And with the blinding heat we’ve all been enduring, we thought it might be a good time to whip up some icy cocktails, cook up a little something from our garden, and give you an indoor project to keep you busy. All this, plus a mystery novel that drops you into a marriage fraught with secrets, an album by Fiona Apple, and a lesson on the snood. Yes, I said snood. So enjoy, dip your toes in the water, and read away. Soon enough it will be winter and you’ll be reminiscing about summer. Is that you, rolling your eyes? You’d better stop it. They could get stuck that way! Oops, I think I just slipped back into Mama Mode. To reserve this space for your charitable non-profit organization, email:

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Each month in our Ignite series we bring you stories to inspire you, give you new ideas, and let you see inside the lives of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.


t is 101 degrees at Foundation Farm in Holiday Island just outside Eureka Springs, and the edges of the squash leaves

are turning brown in the blinding sun. In the midst of the field is Patrice Gros, who is stooped over, assessing the situation. It is only the beginning of July, too soon for such heat, but it seems to come earlier now than it did when he first bought the place in 1994.



By then Patrice had already given up his career as a stock broker and financial adviser in Los Angeles. “I made a ton of money but is that really what it’s all about?” Patrice asks. “I was getting bragging rights out of my career. I had one commission check that I could have taken and bought a Porsche outright. It was ridiculous. I drove halfway to the dealership and thought, What am I doing?” Born in Marseille, he’d left France to come to America to get his MBA at UCLA. “For the longest time all I cared about was how much more I would make the following year.” Money tumbled in, the trinkets of a privileged life followed, but by his late thirties all he was feeling was emptiness. At his home he had an acre where peach, pomegranate and apricot trees grew. “I put a garden in. It pulled me into the world of nature, of sharing the world’s greatest food with others, of

the region. Patrice remembers seeing the land for the first time.

being outdoors.” He sought out an organic farmer in Santa

He looks across the row of hoop houses where tomatoes grow

Barbara. For eighteen months Patrice studied with him. When

in neat rows under shade cloth. “I get up every morning at five-

he was finished, his life in the financial world was over. “I made

thirty, run two miles, have breakfast, then work like a maniac

$250,000 the last year in the financial field. The next year, as

for the rest of the morning. I’m almost sixty and I make little

a farmer, I made $2,500. I dropped two zeros but I was happy,”

circles around the twenty-year-olds who work here. They’re

he says.

always wanting to stop, and I say, ‘What’s wrong with you guys?’ I credit the food I eat, the life I live. The produce I grow is rich

There’s no substitute for health, Patrice says. People chase

with nutrients. I could never do all this without it. ”

wealth, but without health it is fruitless. So he started looking for a plot of land where he could build his own organic farm. In

Just then, his friend Al walks up, two white buckets in hand. He’s

what seems like an ironic twist on this day, he says, “In Santa

been helping harvest today’s yield. “I have some other people

Barbara the weather was so good it was not even talked about. It

besides Al, some senior citizens, who will come in to help. It’s

was boring. I wanted to be in a place where weather mattered."

a great community. All the fields are no-till. I do not touch the soil. I plant on top, layering mulch and organic matter. The soil

It took him eighteen months to find the land that is now

thanks you because you’re being gentle with it, and it gives you

Foundation Farm, one of a handful of certified organic farms in

all its wonderful plants.”



His system also helps him survive the dry stretches of summer.

soil, is worth the trouble. He is healthy and strong, his food is

The plants, protected by the deep straw that surrounds them,

wholesome, his family is happy. “If I had money to burn,” he

are a hardy bunch. The drip system, fueled by a pond and a

says, “and I was sick, what would be the point?” He raises his

well, doesn’t waste a drop of water. It is quiet; there are no

right hand high above his head. “Health is up here,” he says.

machines here, save the lawn mower Patrice uses to keep the

“Health is happiness.”

space between crops tidy. Patrice lifts the shade cloth that separates his lettuce from the Partrice harvests one day and delivers the next. Inside his walk-

noonday sun. In just days the USDA will issue a declaration

in cooler are boxes of squash and basil, potatoes and onions,

that puts most of Arkansas under a disaster declaration due

kale and at least five kinds of tomatoes. He delivers to several

to the drought. Still, the lettuce is thriving, the green leaves

restaurants, farmers markets from Eureka Springs to Fayetteville,

shimmering in the bright light. Already Patrice is thinking about

and Ozark Natural Foods.

winter. He plans to grow strawberries in black cloth containers that look like oversized sausages, and sit atop wooden frames

Until recently he operated a farm school here, but it was a

in one of his hoop houses. Beneath, the other crops will grow,

difficult undertaking, and the crippling heat sent many students

and the entire space will fill with fresh food.

scampering to cooler areas of the nation. Now, he’s joined WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), an

Patrice produces more than 20,000 pounds of produce each

initiative started in the 1970s to educate organic farmers. Those

year on his six acres. The gardens are meticulous. Maybe it’s the

wanting to learn will contact Patrice and make arrangements

French influence, the careful tending of the plants, the beauty

to come to Foundation Farm for a few weeks to study his

of the fields. He is hoping, like all farmers do, that next year will

techniques. It’s critical to make those new connections, bringing

be cooler. Beyond that, he has little to worry about. “At night,

in younger growers, since the average age of today’s farmer is

I think mostly about my children. I want to be a good father, a

between fifty and sixty.

good husband. I want to work the land. I want to live to be an old man.”

“I want to do everything I can to encourage new organic farmers. I have workshops here as well. Part of every good farmer’s mission is to teach and to pass what we know along. I think I

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have another twenty years of farming left. After I’m finished,


who will take over?” he asks. “Arkansas is a good place to farm. There is plenty of land, not too expensive, plenty of water.” If he could tell people anything, it would be that this life of early mornings, of man against nature, of carving a living from the


Log on to to learn more on the organic farm initiative. If you’re interested, make sure you check out the farm and the farmer to make sure you’ll have the best experience possible.

@diy and images Catherine Frederick

A while back my little man and I had a blast making tie-dye T-shirts from a kit we bought. It was tons of fun and not as messy as I thought. He absolutely loved removing the rubber bands to unveil his mystery design. I wanted to find a more “grown-up� T-shirt project, something with a vintage or worn look, so naturally I perused Pinterest and found this adorable DIY. I instantly loved it. This DIY is simple, quick and the materials are inexpensive (mine was under $20 and that includes a new white shirt from TJ Maxx).



MATERIALS What You'll Need »» White shirt of choice »» Elmer’s School Glue GEL (I got mine at Office Depot) »» Rit Dye »» Outline (not filled) stencil graphic of choice »» Ziplock bag »» Gloves



1. Locate and print out stencil of choice. I found several free stencils online. Just Google “free stencils.” 2. Wet the area of the garment that you will be tracing with cool water, and slide something hard between the layers to separate (I used a cutting board). 3. Trace over your design with the gel glue. Pop your design in a Ziplock bag, place it under the front of the shirt & trace it carefully with glue. The trick is to trace slowly to ensure even coverage. 4. Let shirt and glue dry completely. Overnight is best. 5. Prepare the dye according to directions on the product. 6. Submerge garment in the dye and let sit for a while, depending on the saturation you desire. Gloves are a must! 7. Rinse garment under warm water until water runs clear. Spread out and let dry. 8. Depending on your fabric, hand wash or run it through the washer to remove excess dye and glue. I recommend washing it by itself the first few washes. I love my new t-shirt inspired by my love of dragonflies. It’s super soft with a worn look. Making a shirt of your own? Send me a pic to: Wondering what else inspires me? Follow me on Pinterest! Search for catfrederick.




pple continues her evolution from a young, sultry siren full of anguish to an ambitious songwriter intent on pushing

the boundaries of her art form. Despite the ridiculous name, The Idler Wheel… maintains a sense of self-deprecation, which lends her some humility and keeps the album from seeming overly anxious. The album finds Apple pursuing the experimental musical direction of 2005’s Extraordinary Machine, which was a departure from her earlier work. Gone is the raw physicality of her early songs like “Shadowboxer” and “Criminal.” Instead we’re given the melodic bitterness of “Werewolf,” a tune about the perfect man who secretly has a wandering eye. She opens the song by singing, “I could liken you to a werewolf/the way you left me for dead/but I admit I provided a full moon.” The song culminates in a final kiss-off to her former lover when she says, “Nothing wrong when a song ends in a minor key.” Other standouts on the album include “Every Single Night,” “Periphery,” and “Hot Knife.” “Left Alone” sounds like big band rockers Squirrel Nut Zippers collaborating with Schroder from Peanuts. Her anxious piano riff atop the eager jazz percussion

now hear this

feels like a panic attack set to music. She gives the listener a front-row seat to the dissolution of a relationship when she

fiona apple — the idler wheel is wiser than the driver of the screw and whipping cords will serve you more than ropes will ever do

sings, “How can I ask anyone to love me/when all I do is beg to

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former child savant. By maintaining full control of her voice and

be loved?” The Idler Wheel… sounds like the latter-day heartbreak of a instrument, she can blend a vaudeville piano riff with a guttural scream that stands in stark contrast yet blends perfectly. The

I Rate It 18

album is a fantastic, ambitious work of art that is not for the timid. Only the hardcore fans need apply.


wedding anniversary is approaching, but they’re not as happy as they used to be. In the first pages, the reader is led to believe that Amy’s a wonderful girl, and her husband’s a louse. Amy’s diary entries confirm that she loves Nick, and wants desperately to have a happy marriage. She plants treasure hunt notes for him,

Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn 419 pages

following the tradition she established on their first anniversary.

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his job as an established columnist in the publishing business,

Nick is not upbeat about anything. Embarrassed because he lost he feels inadequate when he has to return to small town life. He takes a mistress, a student in his writing class at the local community college. They have a torrid affair with descriptions that might cause a gasp or two.


Amy turns up missing. By all appearances, she was taken from

is coarse and there are a lot of sexual terms I’ve never heard of

Nick killed her. And she was so sweet and loyal and smart and

(and I’ve read a lot of books I wouldn’t have wanted my mama

friendly and beautiful.

arning! This is not a book for the prim and proper. It is,

her home against her will. But the turned-up furniture and

however, a perfect summer suspense novel. The language

pulled-out drawers look staged, and by and by, the police think

to know about). But Amy was not the darling she pretended. The novel opens with Amy and Nick leaving Manhattan because they’ve both lost their jobs. Amy is the wealthy daughter of a

Gone Girl is hugely popular, garnering a Number 2 ranking

husband-wife team who wrote popular children’s books titled

on Amazon. Author Gillian Flynn, a former television critic for

Amazing Amy.

“Entertainment Weekly,” planned each character’s actions with a hint of “did this really happen?” or “now wait a minute, didn’t

Nick grew up in North Carthage, Missouri. He’s going back to

he just say…?” that gave me some real jolts as I read, and led me

help his twin sister because their mother is dying.

to believe I wasn’t as quick as I thought.

With financial help from Amy, Nick and his sister open a bar, and

It’s a great book to read alone, or to recommend to your

Amy stays home trying to be the dutiful homemaker. Their fifth

book club.


@story Marla Cantrell @image Courtesy Shirley Yeager


irst Baptist Church in Van Buren filled on June 9, 2011, with friends and family who came to remember the life of Karen

Kay Yeager Windsor. A harpist played “Amazing Grace,” two of the pastors spoke, and the congregation rose to sing “Our God.”



Karen, who had just turned forty in December, died of ovarian cancer on June 4. Karen’s mother, Shirley Yeager, felt her heart swell with grief that seemed as deep as a river. “My daughter Deborah had lost a sister, Aaron had lost his wife, I’d lost my daughter, Lexi and Gage had lost their mother. It changes everything about your life.” When Karen found out she had ovarian cancer, less than six months earlier, both she and Shirey expected a good outcome. There would be a fight, of course, but Karen was fit and disciplined. Karen’s husband Aaron did everything he could. When he came home with three Jack LaLanne juicers and started mixing health drinks, Karen laughed, happy she had a husband who took such good care of her. But ovarian cancer is a conniving disease, and the symptoms are so ambiguous it’s often hard to diagnose. Chronic fatigue,

our little peacemaker because she didn’t like fussing. She’d say,

constipation, and bloating, to name a few. Those who know it

‘Life’s too short for that.’

well call it the silent killer. “Lexi and Gage had so much support from Union Christian Karen fought hard to get better. When she realized she wouldn’t,

Academy where they attend school, and so many people

she relied on her faith to see her through. “I was rubbing her back

from there brought meals. I made a promise to Karen that

one night and she started talking about her grandfather and her

I’d always look after the kids. I don’t leave their house ever

grandmother already in heaven and wondering if they’d be racing

without them telling me how much they love me, and they’ll

to see her. We laughed and she cut her eyes at me and said, ‘Any

thank me if I make dinner for them and their dad, or if I help

messages?’ And I said, ‘Tell them I love them and I miss them.’ And

them with their homework.

then she started telling Aaron things he needed to know, like it was time to paint the front door.’ That was typical Karen.

“One of my last memories of Karen is from Crested Butte. We got the doctors to agree to let Karen go. Gage was taking

“She lived by the rule: always be kind to others. She had a good

snowboard lessons, and we were sitting on the deck, watching

heart. Everyone who worked with her at Yeager’s Hardware

him come in. Karen spied Gage coming off that hill, after just

loved her to pieces. She was always at the ballgames when Lexi

one day of lessons, and she looked over at me and the smile

and Gage played. She’d get so nervous for them. We called her

and the pride in her eyes is something I’ll never forget.



“He wanted so much for Karen to ski with him on that trip but

and I said eleven. And he said, “’Eleven years with Karen Yeager

she was too weak. She said, ‘Next time I’ll go with you, Gage.’

Windsor as a mother is worth more than twenty-five years with

Last Christmas was a hard one and we decided to go back to

anyone else.’” Shirley knows it’s true. “When I think of her,”

Colorado instead of staying home. I found a picture of Karen

Shirley says, “she’s always smiling. She loved her children so

and Gage, a close up of them smiling, and I gave it to Gage and

much, and they’ll see her again one day in heaven. When we put

told him to put it in his pocket. I said, ‘Go ski with your mom.’”

together photos for her service, it was the same. That trademark

Shirley’s voice breaks. “And he did.”

smile,” Shirley says. “It really was something to see.”

“And Lexi, she and her dad planted all the flowers out by the

If you’d like to help support the River Valley

patio this year because Karen always did that, and she loved it

Ovarian Cancer Chapter’s efforts, you can attend:

so. Lexi waters them every day.” Before Karen died, she talked to Shirley about the need for more information concerning ovarian cancer. She hadn’t known the symptoms and suspected many other women were just like her. “I wanted to honor her, so in November I went to the River Valley Chapter of Ovarian Cancer, which was started by Blanche

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West after she lost her sister-in-law to the disease that went undiagnosed for two years.” One of the group’s goals is to put cards that list the symptoms in all local doctors’ offices. Patients will be able to take them home. “First of all, we want women to know what the symptoms are. And we want to let them know they should listen to their bodies and if they don’t like the first opinion they get, get a second or third. Trust what your body tells you. Also, if you think a pap test detects ovarian cancer, you’re wrong.” Shirley’s hope is that the work they’re doing will save another family from losing their mother or sister or daughter. It’s been a hard year, and there were times when she couldn’t stop worrying about her grandchildren. But then a wise friend told her that the kids would be fine. “He asked me how old Lexi was,


Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer: »» Pelvic pain in the lower abdomen »» Gas, nausea and/or upset stomach that does not go away »» Frequently feeling an urgent need to go to the bathroom »» Gaining or losing weight without trying »» Swelling, bloating and/or feeling full »» Fatigue »» Changes in bowel habits »» Pain during intercourse If symptoms persist daily for more than two weeks, call your doctor.

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@story Marla Cantrell @images Adam Grant Campbell




n the easel in Adam Campbell’s Fayetteville studio is a

that. I had to learn some things before I could approach my art

portrait of TriCycle Community Farm founder Don Bennett,

in a valuable way.”

so realistic it feels as if you could reach out and touch him. So he left Maryland behind and found a school that taught The oil painting, shaped like a hexagon approximately sixteen

meditation. He stayed for six years. About four years ago, he

inches wide, is just one of several portraits in a project called

decided he wanted to get the formal education he abandoned as

The Hive. Adam came up with the idea several months ago when

a teen. So he enrolled at the University of Arkansas. He doesn’t

he was thinking about the power of community and collective

think he was the easiest student – he was so intent on learning


He chose the workers at TriCycle in Fayetteville

that he pushed for more and more to do - but he was talented.

because they feed the hungry, teach farming and bee keeping,

At one point, he finished twenty portraits in forty days. Adam

and help volunteers connect with the earth. When the portraits

asked people he knew to sit for him. Day after day he turned out

are complete, they’ll fit together like a honeycomb, each portrait representing a separate cell in the bee’s nest. The Hive is just one of the several ideas Adam

powerful pieces, working quickly, getting both the features right and evoking the emotions behind them. Since he graduated earlier this year, he’s felt an

is developing right now. The thirty-five-year-


old is feeling a rush of creativity lately and he

and painting over pieces that are not quite good

knows if he can carve out enough time to work,

enough. “There’s such a process. You’re wading

everything else falls into place. “I learn so quickly and my work gets better so fast,” Adam says. “I saw

He’s trying different techniques,

through your own criticism and you’re always improving and learning.”

that happen in high school. I was free to pursue my art and I had good a teacher who understood the spiritual

But he likes it that way. Adam would hate to be an artist who

aspect of painting.”

finds one thing he’s good at and then stalls. "When I get good at something, when I master it, I abandon it and try something else.”

Adam was so good in fact, that he earned a scholarship to the Maryland Institute College of Art. And he did go, but he didn’t

That’s what keeps him moving with such great force. “There may

stay for long.

come a time in my life when I look back on my work and think my best is behind me,” Adam says, and immediately backtracks.

“I knew I needed to meditate. I’d tried it on my own and sometimes I’d have a good experience and sometimes I’d have

“George Inness,” Adam says, “was a famous American landscape

bad, and sometimes I’d just fall asleep. My mind had opened

painter. As he got older his paintings got softer. He still painted

up the summer after graduation and I knew I needed to get to

landscapes but the edges got fuzzy and that’s what he became

know myself. Art seemed insignificant, honestly, compared to

known for. It was almost like everything was filled with vapor.



with their sheep. It was hyper-realistic, but ornate. It was so masculine, all these hard edges, very defined. He was about twenty-four when he painted it. Amazing. “Then when he’s like seventy he paints a picture of a farm in Vermont, I think. It’s done in his trademark, blurry style. Everything is soft and it’s late in the day, the sky is darker blue. There’s a tree in the mid-ground and sheep standing around this woman. It’s so subtle that it’s easy not to think of it as a pastoral at all. There’s a woman,” Adam says, mystified by the thought of it, “standing with her sheep. He pulls you in. There’s no edge that pops out at it you. Its softness draws you in. It’s so feminine. The shepherd is a woman, and there’s a bird in a birdhouse and it’s flying back to it, a spiritual message, this white dove-like bird returning. It was the year he died. He was going home. I like to think he knew that.” Adam sees his life unfurled before him, an artist, much like George Inness, whose art helps him stay connected to the spiritual world. It’s an exciting prospect. There’s so much to do, he says. And with that, he turns back to the easel, as if a clock is ticking, and picks up his paintbrush.

To see more of Adam’s work, visit Misty. He still painted so well. There was nothing sloppy. The last painting was the year he died. “It moved me to tears when I saw these pieces. One of his earlier landscapes was pastoral, with boy shepherds and sheep. Beautiful. There was one with men marching like they were going to war, and in the foreground there were a couple of boys


tyler wilson

@story Whitney Ray @images Walt Beazley/University of Arkansas


t's late in the fourth quarter. On the road. An unruly crowd of Texans, some in boots and 10-gallon hats, fill Cowboys

Stadium. Arkansas is trailing by a touchdown. The ball snaps. Tyler Wilson catches it on Texas A&M's 30 yard line. In less than three seconds Tyler will be eating artificial turf, pummeled in the back by an Aggie defender weighing 200 pounds and running at speeds greater than 20 miles per hour.



Tyler sees it coming. His muscles never tense. Instead the

Tyler's bravery in the pocket, along with the Razorbacks’ hot

Razorback quarterback stays calm and focused. He stands tall

streak, thrust the young leader into the national spotlight. In

in the pocket, sets his feet, and fires a tight spiral downfield

the winter of 2011 you couldn't watch an episode of ESPN's

before he’s slammed to the ground, with no time to put his

SportsCenter without seeing #8 being clobbered before

hands down to break the fall.

completing a pass.

By the time Tyler pops back up the Hogs have scored the game-

It's more mental than physical, Tyler says. He learned that

tying touchdown. Behind their undaunted leader, the Hogs

growing up in Greenwood, playing every sport possible, and

go on to win, beating the higher ranked Aggies 42 - 38.


studying the work ethic and resolve of people in the River

October victory marked the fourth win of Arkansas' 2011 season

Valley. As a young teen Tyler’s sights were set on baseball. He

and the beginning of a seven-game game winning streak. The

was an all-star pitcher with major league dreams. But in high

Hogs ended the season 11 - 2, Cotton Bowl champs, and fifth

school, his talents on the gridiron became apparent.

in the nation. His first start was against Fort Smith Southside. The Rebels boast But getting there meant Tyler, a 22-year-old junior at the time,

some of the state's fastest and strongest players. Tyler's coach

would have his physical and mental toughness tested. As

warned him. Told him to run out-of-bounds if he was in trouble.

Arkansas moved from eighteenth in the nation to the Top 10,

He didn't listen. Early in the game the young quarterback was

the defenders became more aggressive and the hits got harder.

hit so hard his facemask jolted halfway around his head and he

In sacks alone, the Greenwood native was knocked to the

was knocked to the ground. Tyler jumped up, looked through

ground twenty-six times. That's an average of two a game, and

the ear hole of the helmet and asked his coach to call the next

doesn't include times when Tyler released the ball before being

play. Tyler led the Bulldogs to two state championships and his

hammered by a defender.

future in football was forged. Greenwood lost one game during his senior season, a 44 - 7 blow-out against Little Rock Christian.

In situations where many quarterbacks would take a knee or run out-of-bounds to avoid having their helmet knocked off, Tyler

Tyler still remembers the sting of the loss. "I think we learned

just breathes. Throwing the ball means fully exposing his head

from that game, and that was a time when seniors, juniors, and

and chest to the defense. It means he can't block the knock with

the whole team came together and responded. It was a pivotal

his shoulder pads or stop his fall with his hands. Most coaches

moment and more of a positive for our team," Tyler said.

tell quarterbacks to avoid contact, throw the ball away or just fall down. Quarterbacks’ pads are thinner to give them better

After that, Greenwood treated every scrimmage like a game.

mobility to pass and run. A big hit can sideline a quarterback for

The team walked arm and arm onto the practice field. A month

a game, a season, or even a career.

later the Bulldogs replayed Little Rock Christian for the Arkansas State Championship and won 27 - 6.



Tyler sees a lot of similarities between his senior season

pick late in the game and have everybody blame you for it. You

at Greenwood and his final season with the Razorbacks.

could be the hero or you could be the goat, so to speak, and you

Expectations at Greenwood are always high, given the school's

have to handle that as a quarterback."

winning tradition. It's the same with the Hogs. And going into the 2012 season, the Hogs face adversity. Three of the team’s

With his team looking to him, you can expect the 6'3, 220 lb.

top receivers are gone and so is former head coach Bobby

senior to lead by example.

Petrino, who was fired amid a swell of controversy involving his relationship with another U of A employee. The calamity has

"The quarterback doesn't take the hits every day in practice. So

football analysts placing Arkansas down in the rankings from

to show your teammates how much it means to you, you've got

their 2011 Top 5 finish.

to take some licks and get right back up. I think players feed off that and say, ‘Hey, he's tough and we can play for him.'"

Tyler drowns it all out and focuses on improving his game. He gives himself a C+ for his performance last year and is

To take the hits needed to lead his team, Tyler’s trained his body

promising Hog fans a better showing. "I think I'm a much more

to ignore its natural reactions. He knows when a defender has his

oiled quarterback this year. I'm game-versed now. Much more

number, but throws the ball anyway. "A lot of times you do see

relaxed. I have a better understanding of what we want to do.

them. But you also see a receiver down the field and you know

As a result, I think you will see a better quarterback. Hopefully

if you can stand in there long enough to deliver the ball and gain

it will be more of an ‘A’ year," Tyler said.

a lot of good yardage or a touchdown, the hit doesn't hurt nearly as bad. That's my thought a lot of times. If I can just hold the

If last year was a C+, an “A” in 2012 would surely make Tyler a

ball enough to deliver a good throw down the field and give us a

finalist for the Heisman trophy. The buzz has already begun and

chance to make a good play, I'll take the lick every single time.”

with Arkansas' strength of schedule, Tyler will have the national exposure needed to woo the judges. "I’m not going to talk much

The good news this season is Arkansas will play its toughest

about it. I'm honored to be considered in that category. If we

games at home. The Razorbacks only two losses in 2011 were

win games then that can be talked about," said Tyler.

to top ranked Alabama and #2 LSU. Both games were on the road. This year the Hogs have home field advantage, which Tyler

The senior is willing to put it all on the line to bring a

describes as "huge." He’s ready to give the fans a show, even if it

championship home. He knows, deserving or not, if the

means taking some big “licks” along the way.

Razorbacks win he'll get the accolades. If they lose, he'll shoulder the blame. It's all part of being the quarterback. "There is a mental toughness that you have to have as well as physical toughness. Mental toughness is being able to throw a



aomi Chambers, thirty-nine, lives in Fort Smith in a house built in 1910. There are antique metal lawn chairs on her

front porch, and she sits cross-legged, in her high-waisted jeans and saddle shoes. She’s crocheting, making a hair net called a snood, and it’s similar to the one she’s wearing. Her hands move with ease, loop by loop, like meditation. Crocheting is effortless for Naomi, but then again, she’s been doing it for well over twenty years. Like her vintage look, it’s something she loves, even something she’s turned into a business. “My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was twelve. She learned from her mother,” says Naomi. “I started with bookmarks, simple things, and then ended up making baby clothes for my younger brothers and sisters.”

this ain't your mama's hairnet

@story Marcus Coker @images Marcus Coker and courtesy of Naomi Chambers

At that time, Naomi was living in Pennsylvania. By her midtwenties, Naomi was married, living in Arkansas, and working in retail management. When she had her son in 2002, she was ready for a change. “I wanted to spend more time at home, so I started doing different things on my own. I sold stuff on eBay that I had crocheted, mostly vintage doll clothes.” That’s a theme that touches most every area of Naomi’s life— vintage. From the way she combs her hair to the furniture in her den, it’s all decidedly retro. “I’ve always been interested in vintage, probably because my grandparents were the generation of the Depression, and my mom was into older movies. So when my son was younger, I was finding groups who were into vintage clothing.” One of the things Naomi found while researching vintage was women looking for hair snoods. Snoods are hair pieces that fit over the back of a woman’s head and hold her hair in place, like



a net. “Women wore them during the Civil War and Renaissance

So who wears snoods these days? Actually, quite a number of

eras, but primarily in the forties. They came back big due to

people. Naomi has customers in Greece, Switzerland, Germany,

Gone with the Wind. During the war, women wore them for

and the United States. Mostly, the girls are like Naomi, and

factory work, like Rosie the Riveter.”

love the vintage look. Others are burlesque dancers, including some of the models Naomi uses to promote her products. “One

One of the things Naomi inherited from her grandmother

woman owned a candy store and wanted a better looking hair

was a book called The Complete Guide to Modern Knitting and

net for her employees,” says Naomi. “And one guy from Hawaii

Crocheting. “It was always on the bookshelf when I was little,”

was putting on a show called A Jive Bomber’s Christmas and

says Naomi. The book had a pattern for snoods—called perky

needed them for costumes. People seem to like them because

snoods—that seemed to be just what Naomi’s vintage friends

the style is true to the time period.”

were wanting. “I’d seen other snoods, but the quality wasn’t as good. I knew I could make them to really look authentic.”

She estimates she’s made over 600 snoods, and she’s expanding her line to include purses. “There’s so much that’s disposable

In 2008, she found a website called Etsy, which is similar to eBay,

now. I think people get tired of the same-old, mass-produced

but specializes in vintage (twenty years or older) and handmade

stuff. People like owning something that’s not going to fall

items. “The site does a lot of promoting through Google, and

apart, something they can take care of.”

other sellers can suggest your items through something called treasuries. If enough people do that, you can end up on Etsy’s

Naomi sets down the crochet hooks that used to belong to her

front page, and your traffic will go through the roof that day. I’ve

great-grandmother and walks to her den, which also happens

had it happen twice.”

to be her office. The lampshades are fiberglass. There’s a picture of Shirley Temple on the wall. On a desk is Naomi’s

Naomi named her shop, as well as her line of products, Arthelia’s

laptop, with her Etsy page open. It seems to the perfect blend

Attic, after her great-grandmother. “Arthelia was her middle

of something old and something new, a great way to mix a

name. I never met her, but she was good at this kind of work.

love of retro with modern business. And then there’s Naomi,

And since I use her supplies, which I got from my grandmother,

sitting there on her antique couch in her high-waisted jeans

it seemed only fitting.”

and perky snood, looking totally hip—proof that good things never go out of style.

Naomi’s snoods cost twenty dollars each. Because each is slightly different, Naomi makes them as they’re ordered, spending about three hours on each one. They come in a variety

For snoods and more, visit,

of colors, and sometimes Naomi makes adjustments for girls

or Beauty’s Boutique in Fort Smith.

who have shorter or longer than average hair.


Looking for ways to beat the August heat? We’ve found five of them. Delicious, thirst quenching cocktails perfect for sipping during the dog days of su mmer. Always drink responsibly and designate a driver. 36

Summer Storm @recipe Smith & Ratliff

@image Catherine Frederick

Fresh blueberries (about a handful) 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice 1/2 oz. simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 2 parts water) 2 oz. gin Soda water Mint sprig (optional garnish) Muddle a handful of blueberries with a bit of water. In a shaker, combine lime juice, simple syrup, gin and blueberry puree. Shake, then strain into a chilled Collins glass with ice, top with soda and garnish with mint.


Bahama Bama

Pineapple Sangria

@recipe and image Catherine Frederick

@recipe Erins Food Files @image Catherine Frederick

6, pineapple, banana juice (I use Dole)

3 cups pineapple juice

1 bottle dry white wine

Splash Bacardi 151 Rum

1/2 oz. Bacardi Rum

(Chardonnay or Savignon Blanc)

1/2 oz. Bacardi Orange Rum

1 cup brandy (pear or apricot)

1/2 oz. Meyers Dark Rum

1 ripe pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks

1/2 oz. Pineapple liquor

1 cup pineapple soda 1 bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped

In a shaker combine all ingredients except Bacardi 151.

1 orange, sliced

Pour into a glass filled with ice. Add the splash of Bacardi 151, floating on top.

In a pitcher, combine juice, wine, brandy, pineapple and soda with ice and stir. Pour into large wine glasses and garnish with mint and orange slice. Serving a crowd? Double ingredients and use 3L of wine.



Lemon Spiked Sweet Tea

Watermelon Jolly

@recipe Martha Stewart @image Catherine Frederick

@recipe and image Catherine Frederick

7 cups water

4 oz. fresh watermelon juice

6 orange pekoe tea bags

2 oz. Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka

1-1/2 cups sugar

2 oz. simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 2 parts water)

1-1/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)

1 cup Bacardi 151 or other high-proof golden rum Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

Juice chunks of watermelon by pushing through a strainer or place in a blender, then strain to obtain the juice,

Boil 4 cups of water in saucepan and add tea bags.

discard seeds and pulp. Add watermelon juice, vodka,

Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove

simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker. Shake then pour

bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add 3 cups water

over ice. Garnish with a slice of watermelon.

and stir to combine. Transfer to pitcher, add the lemon juice and rum. Chill before serving. Serve over ice, in tall


glasses. Garnish with mint.


1 Scoop of ice 1 oz white rum 3 oz Pina Colada mix 1 wedge of pineapple (no skin) or 1 oz of pineapple juice

2 oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur Blend the ice, rum, pina colada mix and pineapple in a blender. In a frozen glass, pour a dash of blended ingredients into the bottom of the glass and then add an ounce of X-Rated Fusion. Pour more of the blended cocktail to halfway up the glass and add another 1oz X Rated Fusion. Top off the glass with the rest of the blended cocktail. The effect should be a swirl of pink throughout the glass.

Sponsored by Cheers Liquor 4000 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith 479.782.9463 Cheers of Fort Smith


@recipe and images Catherine Frederick

I’m not sure what I love most about this recipe, the fact that the ingredients are straight from my garden or the punch of fresh flavor you get in every bite. Never fear if you don’t have a garden, these ingredients are readily available from your local market. If you love bruschetta, this will be your goto summer salad. 42


NOTE: The amount of each item varies

Cherry tomatoes

depending on your love of each. I


use equal amounts tomatoes and cucumbers and 2-3 green onions. We

Green onions

love basil so I use at least 5-6 leaves.


Same goes with the garlic, so I use

Garlic Minced

about 2 teaspoons. Salt and pepper to

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

taste and add enough EVOO to coat lightly. You can always add more, so go light and taste along the way.

Kosher Salt Pepper

Thoroughly wash all veggies and basil. Start by slicing the cherry tomatoes in half. Next, slice the cucumber into thick slices, then quarter. Grab your green onions and chop them evenly. Dab the basil dry and stack the leaves on top of each other. Roll the leaves up so you are working with one large bunch. Roughly chop the basil. Combine the veggies into a bowl and drizzle lightly with the EVOO. Add minced garlic, salt and pepper, then stir. That’s all there is to it! This dish makes a wonderful light lunch or as an addition to your summer supper. Want to kick it up a notch? Here are a few options: ·· Replace the green onions with red onions. Not only will you add color, you’ll also add a blast of flavor. ·· Top the salad with feta, goat or blue cheese. ·· Add a touch of EVOO to a pan with some cracked garlic. Cube a loaf of crusty bread and toss in pan, creating your own croutons. ·· Add cooked chicken or steak sliced thin to make it a meal. ·· Add fusilli (spiral) pasta and top with Parmesan cheese.


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Cowgirl Quiche Pot de Crème Fried Mozzarella Rib-Eye Steak with Onion-Blue Cheese Sauce Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Fig-Prosciutto Pizza Whiskey-Mustard Meatball Restaurant-Style Salsa Pork Chops with Apples and Grits

White Chicken Enchiladas Knock You Naked Brownies

Spicy Caesar Salad

Ingredients purchased at Ozark Natural Foods, Your Community Market.


@story Tonya McCoy @images Courtesy Dan Nash, Satori Adventures and Expeditions




he moon is full over Tanzania, Africa, and Dan Nash, a

see a different side of mankind. It helps me to stay centered and

professional mountain guide, puts on his head lamp,

it helps me to not get jaded. .. It’s a catharsis for me.”

although he knows he won’t need it. There isn’t a cloud in the midnight sky. He is ready to lead his team on the last leg of a

In a couple of years Dan will retire from the state police and run

trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the moon is so bright it looks like

his outdoor businesses fulltime.

day. Within hours the team arrives at the summit: the Roof of Africa, just in time to see the sun rising over the plains, beams

He is CEO of Satori Adventures and Expeditions which includes

of light glinting off nearby glaciers.

hiking and climbing for places like Mt. Everest, and other summits and treks in Peru, Iceland, Patagonia, and Africa, just to name a

Dan, a Missouri man, is far from home, but it’s okay. He feels at

few. Dan’s experienced things most of us have only seen on

home anywhere there’s a trail beneath his feet and a backpack

the Discovery Channel. He’s seen the migration of wildebeests

on his shoulders. “I always loved the outdoors and I grew up

in Kenya. He’s witnessed a 3,000-year-old monastery ritual

hunting and fishing and camping and hiking with my dad and

performed by monks in Nepal. And he’s escaped an ice bridge

brothers,” Dan says. “When my parents moved to Missouri

collapse which dropped him ten feet into a hundred foot

from California we bought a farm, and we had 300 acres so I

crevasse in Patagonia.

got to roam around all over the place. That’s kind of where my love affair started.”

Dan credits his training for seeing him through.

Since then he’s traveled to six continents and climbed an

“Going to Iceland is like being on another planet. It’s so amazing

estimated thirty mountains.

there, and it’s so wild and rugged. It’s like being in a Jurassic Park movie and you’re expecting to see a dinosaur come around

After high school, Dan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political

the corner or something.

Science from Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Central Missouri. Dan

“For the really big mountains, the Himalayas are a once in a

became a Missouri State Trooper nineteen years ago, and

lifetime experience. They’re over twice as big as anything in

currently serves as an investigator, looking into murders and

Colorado. It’s hard to grasp that, and even when you’re there

other violent crimes.

you just can’t believe how big these mountains are. They’re so towering big.”

He’s a cop who moonlights as a mountain guide. His experiences make him a confident guide. And with over forty “My day job can be stressful and I get to see a lot of things that

different expeditions, there’s something for everyone. Dan says

aren’t so good about society and people. But then I get to go into

the Santa Cruz, Peru trip is a less expensive fit for novice trekkers.

the mountains and I get to teach people about things and I get to

“You get to basically hike through the Andes Mountains which



“We’re so lucky to have the Ozarks right here. And basically we have the best hiking and backpacking in the Midwest by far and rock climbing and kayaking and mountain biking. We have it all, but a lot of people don’t take advantage of it. I think they just don’t know or they’re a little worried or insecure about what they can and cannot do. So sometimes they just need someone to teach them a little.” On October 12-14, 2012, Dan will lead his annual Outdoor Rendezvous at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas. And for a single fee of thirty dollars you can take as many classes as you like, for all three days. There will be rock climbing, hiking, and other outdoors instruction in some of the most beautiful on are way bigger than anything we have in the United States. And

and off the map spots in Arkansas.

you only have to carry ten pounds in your pack. Really all you’re carrying is your snacks for the day, your water, maybe a jacket. Everything else is carried by donkeys and porters for you and you

For more information on The Outdoor Rendezvous,

basically just hike through the mountains and get to enjoy the

Ozark Mountain Trailblazers or Hiking the Ozarks,

scenery. You’ll go across little villages of mountain people in Peru

visit For more information on

and you get to see their culture. And then at the end of the day,

adventures on Mt. Everest, Peru, Africa, or in over a

the donkeys and porters are already at the next camp. They’ve

dozen other countries, visit

already got your tent set up for you, and they make dinner for you, and you don’t have to worry about any of that stuff.”

COMING SOON An Austrian filmmaker joined Dan and eighteen novice

If you’d like to take a trip right here in our area, Dan can make

mountaineers this summer as they tackled the Cordillera

it happen. He’s also CEO of Hiking the Ozarks, which he began

Blanca Range in Peru. Once the documentary is out, Dan

in 2007 to offer professional guide services, outdoor education

will show it in different areas around the United States,

and training, gear and trail reviews, and expedition adventures

including Northwest Arkansas. See the trailer and get

in our area. Along with this company, he started the Ozark

updates about the film at

Mountain Trailblazers, a FREE group that does a range of hikes including waterfalls and canyons in places like Hemmed In Hollow and Richland Creek Wilderness Area.


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