Keyword: Steve Watkins
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Happy upcoming birthday, Stone County. You don’t look a day past 140!April 21 begins Stone County's sesquicentennial year, and residents are planning a yearlong celebration here in Stone County … more
In the 1960s, David Wolper took a simple concept and created a successful television show that ran in different forms for decades. The documentary series Biography had a simple and thought-provoking … more
Of 2021, some have noted how quickly it passed, yet seemed to drag on forever. Such are the complex feelings of a politically divided society, living through a pandemic in a time when there is no … more
As we wrap up our Christmas shopping and attend to our last-minute holiday to-do lists here in the Ozarks, a rural-Arkansas sister community is just figuring out what tomorrow looks like. It is my … more
One experience led to the next. First, there was a warm feeling gently permeating my face as I seemingly walked out of some foggy realm. Gradually, and from some distant place, and wherever it is … more
Starting out three weeks and 400 miles earlier, I had a goal of walking into Santiago de Compostela on Thanksgiving Day. It would be a milestone moment and a memorable way to give thanks for so many … more
Let’s catch up on a few stories behind the stories -- items that didn’t make the headlines above the fold in recent weeks. A recent phone interview with Mountain View Band Director … more
In a land of democracy where the people supposedly rule, we really should do a better job holding our elected officials accountable. You can show up once a year at the parade and toss penny candy … more
I ain’t as good as I once was, That’s just the cold hard truth. I still throw a few back, talk a little smack, When I’m feelin’ bullet proof. So don’t double-dog dare me … more
For several hours last Monday night, it was the only thought I could think. I need someone to hold a grudge against. Somebody’s got to pay. It all began about a year ago – a time when I … more
As we turned east down the access road a fresh spring breeze rushed through our partially rolled-down windows and the morning sun radiated warmly through the windshield. In the passenger seat, Daniel … more
GULF SHORES, AL -- It’s always been an American way of thinking that things will get better. Progress and advancement are as big a part of our culture as cheeseburgers and Sunday naps. The … more
When you think on it, it’s amazing just how much of nothing can go on in a little town. In the 1970s and 80s my hometown of Monette, Arkansas had at least a half dozen places dedicated to doing … more
At some point during the last year, we dedicated serious space on the Leader’s editorial page to bringing a clearer picture to what social media is, and what it is not. Maybe an editorial, maybe … more
“We’re all just walking each other home.” ~ Ram Dass Most people I know on a casual level believe I’m a risk-taker who makes decisions flying by the seat of my pants, driven by emotion, … more
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” -Proverbs 29:8 For the most part, we are a culture of do-overs and second chances until we get whatever it is we’re doing right. But a few … more
It hasn’t happened yet, but it will. As surely as biscuits love gravy, the morning will soon come. I’ll do the same thing as every other morning stepping out onto the front porch with a cup of … more
Over time, I’ve redefined the mark at which I transitioned from a young, or middle-aged, guy to an older man in life’s later seasons. Marking my 30th birthday was the first occasion. Oh, how … more
Any writer who tells you he/she hasn’t been influenced by some other writer isn’t telling the truth or is completely unaware of their surroundings. When others ask me this question, the … more
Our life is a series of seasons, distinct, observable, times from which we learn and grow and evolve the people we are. Each of us is the sum of our seasons. There are seasons of maturity, seasons … more
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