Archive for the ‘Arkansas’ Category

Now folks, THIS is a pumpkin! (600 pounder!)

September 9th, 2016 Comments off

According to Natasha Difani Wantulok, her daddy grew this big ole pumpkin. It can be seen at  the Difani vegetable stand in Pocahontas, AR. (2014)




Maybe I should move back to Arkansas.

May 22nd, 2016 Comments off

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Fayetteville topped U.S. News and World Report’s list of the 20 Best Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. for 2016.

Earlier this year, Fayetteville was named the third best place to live in the company’s 2016 list of best places to live in the U.S.

The study looked at cities’ rankings on U.S. News’ list of the best places to live, as well as population, median home price, annual salary and percent of income spent on living expenses for their rankings.

According to the report, the average Fayetteville citizen spends less than 24 percent of their income on living costs, which is the lowest on the list.

Several people are capitalizing on Fayetteville’s popularity. The city is growing steadily, with a 4.76 growth rate between 2010 and 2014.

City officials said this ranking should encourage business owners to consider opening shop in Fayetteville.

“It is a great place to start a business. It is a great place to start a family,” said Steve Clark, President of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. “It is a great place for new beginnings, or reinvention of beginnings.”

“Costs [of living] do go up, but we maintain the pace with that by paying good living wages in the city,” said Lioneld Jordan, Mayor of Fayetteville.Another Arkansas city came in at No. 4 on the list — Little Rock.

Little Rock was ranked 32 on the best places to live in 2016, and citizens spend an average of just over 27 percent of their income on living expenses.




Arkansas Historic Preservation Program – James H. Hornibrook House

May 9th, 2016 Comments off
Although it is now a bed and breakfast, the Hornibrook Mansion, built for James H. Hornibrook, in Little Rock, Arkansas, has had a long, colorful history.

Completed in 1888, the house cost $20,000, a small fortune at the time. It was designed by Max Orlopp and Casper Kusener to be an example of the ornate Victorian architecture in the Gothic Queen Anne style. In keeping with contemporary custom, Orlopp and Kusener chose local materials to build the house.

The Arkansas mansion stands out among other homes owing to the special features included in flamboyant style. The house boasts a three and-a-half-story turret, stained glass skylight, and eight-sided rooms.

Hornibrook moved from Toronto following the Civil War. Thanks to his saloonkeeper profession, he was deemed to be socially inferior by the genteel society in Little Rock.

Hornibrook’s business continued to be profitable, however, and after his competitor, Angelo Marré, completed his home, the Villa Marré, Hornibrook proceeded to build the most extravagant dwelling in the state, the Hornibrook Mansion.

While on a trip to Italy, he had a personal death mask of Italian marble designed. This may have been a portent of the future.

He died at the early age of 49, while at the front gate of his mansion, shortly after it was finished. He is buried at Mount Holly Cemetery. His widow, Margaret McCully Hornibrook, died two years later, also at the age of 49.

In 1897, the Hornibrook Mansion became the Arkansas Women’s College, the state’s first.

Between the Great Depression and the early 1940s, the house stood vacant and became a nursing home in 1948.

It served as a private residence with separate apartments until 1994, when it was restored to become “The Empress of Little Rock.”


Suzanne Wren Broadway’s Photo – A Sunroom View – Engleberg, AR

February 2nd, 2016 Comments off


Elk in Arkansas

January 15th, 2016 Comments off

Ark Elk

FB, Clay Crabtree:  The estimated elk population in Arkansas is 450.  The range covers 315,000 acres in North Central Arkansas according to AGFC. Between 1981 and 1985 112 elk from CO & NE were released in Newton Co. near the Buffalo National River. This picture was taken West of Marshall, which is south of Harrison.  Very beautiful area of the Ozarks along the Buffalo National River. Jan. 2014

Robert Bowlin

September 19th, 2015 1 comment


This gifted guitarist is from my hometown. In fact, just to age myself, Robert was in the third grade class where I did my student teaching with ‘Miss Katie’ Brown.  He was a bright little 8 year old, and I remember him well. I’m not surprised at his talent, he was ‘cool’ even back then.

You can learn more about Robert at his website,


Eddie Mae Herron Center

March 17th, 2015 1 comment

On one of my visits to my hometown, Pocahontas, Arkansas, Mama and I went to visit the Eddie Mae Herron Center.

Pat Johnson, director of the Center, was kind enough to give us an informative tour.  She has first hand knowledge of the painful history of local African Americans and the contribution of Mrs. Herron.







(Portrait of Eddie Mae Herron)

Before integration, the building was used as a schoolhouse, church and community center for the small group of African Americans. It has been preserved, with many artifacts of the period.  The facility is lovingly cared for, and the town has embraced it for its historical and social relevance.

It is active today and is helping to educate and inform, serving as a conduit for better understanding between the races.

Mama was quick to make connections with Pat, who was patient as Mama quizzed her about families they both might have known in ‘Friendship’ community. Pat knew the younger generation and Mama knew their parents and grandparents; many of whom had sharecropped with her family in the long ago. It excited her to hear about them again.

We both enjoyed our time with Pat and seeing the facility. I have been at the Center at other times, but this was the most special, because Mama was with me.

The Herron Center has many activities throughout the year.  If you are in the Northeast of Arkansas, be sure to visit Pocahontas and the Eddie Mae Herron Center.


For more information go to :

1708 Archer Street • Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455 • USA
Open 10:00 – 3:00 Monday through Saturday
(good idea to call first)

Quote: Lily Peter

March 11th, 2015 Comments off



Death may have the body
In the room at the head of the stair
But I shall be under a quince tree
With violets in my hair.

–Lily Peter (1891-1991, Big Cypress, Marvell, AR)

from Facebook I love Marvell, AR

Arkansas Weather – Brrrrrr

February 16th, 2015 Comments off


A True Razorback Fan . . . Mike Haynes . . . Proudly Wears the Hawg Hat

December 18th, 2014 Comments off

Mike Haynes

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