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Torture at Sterlings’ Dime Store

February 16th, 2017 2 comments

The ‘dime’ store where I worked as a teen was a place of daily torture and I was an innocent victim.  Not alone, nay, my peers who worked there were just as tormented.

The source? Hot Roasted Cashews!

The aroma of hot, roasted cashews wafting about the Sterling’s Store triggered cravings in our insatiable teenage appetites. img202 We shared a common salty addiction and fought a battle of  keeping our hands out of the evil machine that constantly rotated the bin of delicious kidney-shaped nuts.

The fresh aroma cascaded about the building and down the street , drawing other  hungry mortals into the web of fat-laden delicacies.

We confessed to our manager. He said he understood all too well, but had a bit of a problem with the tasty legumes himself.

” Just don’t eat them all,” he said out of the side of his mouth, his cheek suspiciously full, with a hint of  cashew fragrance emanating from his salty lips.

He was a good natured enabler alright. It was a good thing I left for college when I did.

After years in Cashews Anonymous  I kicked the habit.  But oh, please, don’t offer me a bag of them today, I just know I’d give in.

From Arkansas to Haiti – Showing the love of God

August 10th, 2016 Comments off


Carolyn TowellLadies from Pyburn Street Church of Christ, Pocahontas, AR  delivered handwoven mats to Heber Springs church for their journey to Haiti.  The sleeping mats are made from plastic store bags.  One mat requires 500 to 600 bags.

Great repurposing for plastic!  Blessings on all the women who put in hours and hours of time and energy.  God Bless each one and God Bless those who will rest upon the mats.  May they feel the love of Jesus in their hearts.

This is Carolyn Towell with her contribution.  Hard to believe that pretty mat is made from plastic bags, nice job Carolyn!

I wrote Carolyn on FB and asked  if one person made the mat alone or if others contributed.  She answered:

 “Several people crochet, but only on their own mat. We have to sort, stack, cut and tie before the crocheting can be done. Not all our ladies can crochet, but it takes a lot of time to prepare for those that do crochet. We have a good time meeting and getting everything in order. Hopefully this answers your question.”

It does, and I commend each one for their part in producing such a worthwhile project.  Someone will have a better night’s rest because of these women.  Blessings on them.

Please Don’t Take Down the Bridge!

August 9th, 2016 Comments off

I haven’t lived there in 50 years, but on my return visits, which have been many, I have been welcomed ‘home’ by  the familiar landmark at Black River.  Many area residents wanted to save the bridge, but to no avail. The bridge is now closed to traffic and dismantling has begun. So sad to see a lifetime landmark disappear.Pocah Bridge

A Place of Decision

May 1st, 2016 Comments off

I knelt before almighty God in this humble little rock church, and surrendered my life to Him. No longer a child, I accepted him with the heart of a young woman.  I have never regretted that decision.

It is with gratitude that I remember the First Assembly of God Church of Pocahontas, within sight of my childhood home, and for the folks who rejoiced with me when I made the most important decision of my life.

Hopefully you can remember your moment of surrender to God.  If not, then this would be the perfect time to do that.  A simple prayer from your heart and you can mark today, May 1, 2016, as a day of new beginnings for you.

If not today, then when?

The ‘Berry Boys’ and Family Lovingly Remembered

November 24th, 2015 Comments off


Guest Writer: Carl Berry

I had to laugh the other day as I listened to all my friends complaining of the cold weather. I guess my life now is much like my life was as a young boy. Cold weather was a signal that it was time for the first of the holidays to be getting close.

I remember so well the smell of baking as my mother started the early morning tasks of preparing a feast for her family, which often numbered as many as thirty. I remember the anxious waiting and the many trips to the window at each and every noise that sounded like another vehicle in our driveway at our small humble home on Smith like Street in Pocahontas.

This was so exciting because I knew that all five of my brothers and their families were coming, and our home would soon be filled with very loud laughter and of course our fun arguments over the silliest things. It also meant pallets everywhere throughout our house with all my nephews and nieces, each as happy as I was to be where we were, to be a part of a Berry Thanksgiving.

Though all these times have long since past with the loss of four brothers, and a mother and a father, the first few cold weeks of winter are always warmed by these memories. I love all you of the Berry clan and miss you greatly this time of year.  



I’ve always Loved this house, across the street from the First Baptist Church in my home town.

May 14th, 2015 Comments off


“This was my boyhood home from 1955 until 1963. It was a pleasure to tour it yesterday during the Tour of Homes sponsored by Founder’s Day Festival, Pocahontas, AR” May 2, 2015

Joe A. Peters

Robert Bowlin

April 27th, 2015 Comments off


Robert Bowlin performs his composition, “Eleven Point Sunset”. The song is on his Cd, “Six String Soliloquy”. He is playing his new Whipple Creek Guitar made by Terry Whipple. . More information is available at or . Video by Phil Bankester.
My personal connection with Robert was as a student teacher in his third grade class.  I remember him well; he was a sharp little cookie even then with a personality and wit that were hard to resist.  It is my pleasure to share his story and his talent with you.
Robert Bowlin started at age one and a half playing the ukelele, graduated to his dad’s guitar at age five, and has been creating unique and beautiful guitar music ever since.
He won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS in 1979 and got 2nd in the Flatpicking Guitar Contest in 1978. His professional career has included stints with artists such as Maura O’ Connell, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall, the Osborne Brothers, Bill Monroe, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Faron Young, Ricky Van Shelton.
He was a session guitarist and fiddler in Nashville for countless recordings. He has played onstage with artists such as BB King and Ricky Scaggs, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, and Vassar Clements.
He has performed his original music on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.He has a new cd of solo guitar instrumentals entitled “Six String Soliloquy”.

Celebrating the life of Dr. Nell Mondy

March 17th, 2015 3 comments

It is with great pride that I share this article about a brilliant woman from my home town.

by Susan S. Lang, Cornell University News Service, (edited for space)

Nell Mondy was on the Cornell faculty for more than 50 years. Her expertise in biochemistry not only reaped a fruitful teaching and research career but also took her to some four dozen countries where she presented papers, worked as a consultant or conducted research. She was considered an international expert on the potato.

Mondy grew up in the small town of Pocahontas, AR as the only child of a young widow. Getting her first degree at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR (1943);  her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (1945) ; Ph.D. (1953) from Cornell. For many years she was the only woman in chemistry wherever she went.

The majority of her time was spent studying various aspects of the potato, which she considered to be a “food for the world.”  Mondy’s 1987 proposal on potato marketing resulted in the formation of the Agriculture Research Service — National Potato Council National Potato Research Program, which has netted millions of dollars in research funds for the study of the quality and use of potatoes. Her work reaped Mondy many awards.

In 2001 Mondy published her autobiography, “You Never Fail Until You Stop Trying: The Story of a Pioneer Woman Chemist” (Dorrance Publishing). In addition to chronicling her challenges as a woman in science, the book recounts her efforts to improve food and nutrition worldwide, from India and Nigeria to Peru and Poland.

The author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, including the textbook “Experimental Food Chemistry,” Mondy is in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and is listed in more than two dozen reference books, such as “Who’s Who in America,” “Foremost Women in the Twentieth Century” and the “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.”

She is the namesake of the Nell I. Mondy Laboratory of Human Performance in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall at Cornell and of the Nell I. Mondy Organic Chemistry Laboratory at Ouachita Baptist University, which also sponsors a lecture series in her name.

Nell Mondy was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Food Technologists, the Institute of Chemists and an honorary life member of Graduate Women in Science. She served as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and food companies and agencies in the United States and abroad, including the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria.

She died in 2005 at 83.

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)

Congratulations to the new Mayor of Pocahontas, Kary Story.

January 6th, 2015 1 comment

Kary Story

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