Faulkner Lifestyle April 2019~Anniversary Edition

As we celebrate our one year anniversary, we'd like to remind you of our mission. Faulkner Lifestyle’s mission is to entertain, inspire, educate and inform our community with a variety of articles that will provide something of interest for everyone. People, business, travel, food, home, wellness, spirituality, style, events, and the arts will be just a few of our featured topics. We have a strong online and social media presence. Not only are we distributed as a printed magazine in high-traffic retail and service locations, medical and dental offices, fitness facilities, boutiques, salons, coffee shops, and restaurants throughout our community; but also have live videos and regular interactions with our advertisers and our community in person and through social media. We will saturate the market on all levels so our advertisers will see direct results and our audience stays connected. Owners and publishers, Brandy Strain and Lori Quinn have over 14 years of invaluable experience in the magazine, marketing, and advertising industry that they will lend to this publication.

As we celebrate our one year anniversary, we'd like to remind you of our mission. Faulkner Lifestyle’s mission is to entertain, inspire, educate and inform our community with a variety of articles that will provide something of interest for everyone. People, business, travel, food, home, wellness, spirituality, style, events, and the arts will be just a few of our featured topics. We have a strong online and social media presence. Not only are we distributed as a printed magazine in high-traffic retail and service locations, medical and dental offices, fitness facilities, boutiques, salons, coffee shops, and restaurants throughout our community; but also have live videos and regular interactions with our advertisers and our community in person and through social media. We will saturate the market on all levels so our advertisers will see direct results and our audience stays connected. Owners and publishers, Brandy Strain and Lori Quinn have over 14 years of invaluable experience in the magazine, marketing, and advertising industry that they will lend to this publication.


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april 2019<br />

Artists & Philanthropists:<br />

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Steve & Vivian Griffith Changing Our<br />

Community One Brush Stroke at a Time<br />

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Welcome to <strong>Faulkner</strong> <strong>Lifestyle</strong>!<br />

The <strong>Faulkner</strong> <strong>Lifestyle</strong> mission is to entertain, inspire, educate<br />

and inform our community with a variety of articles that<br />

will provide something of interest for everyone. People,<br />

business, travel, food, home, wellness, spirituality, style,<br />

events, and the arts will be just a few of our featured topics.<br />

We will have a strong online and social media presence.<br />

Not only will we be distributed as a printed magazine in<br />

high-traffic retail and service locations — like medical and<br />

dental offices, fitness facilities, boutiques, salons, coffee<br />

shops, and restaurants throughout our community — but<br />

will also have live videos and regular interactions with our<br />

advertisers and our community, both in person and through<br />

social media. We will saturate the market on all levels so<br />

our advertisers will see direct results and our audience will<br />

stay connected. Owners and publishers, Brandy Strain-<br />

Dayer and Lori Quinn have more than 14 years of invaluable<br />

experience in the magazine, marketing, and advertising<br />

industry that they will lend to this publication.<br />

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on the cover<br />

Vivian and<br />

Steve Griffith<br />

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Artists & Philanthropists:<br />

Steve & Vivian Griffith Changing Our Community One Brush Stroke at a Time<br />

“<br />

We are often asked if our love of<br />

the outdoors drives us to capture<br />

its beauty on canvas or whether it<br />

is the love of painting that pushes<br />

us to explore nature. For both of us<br />

it is a never-ending cycle. The more<br />

beauty we see, the more we feel<br />

driven to paint it, and painting nature<br />

always make us want to travel.<br />

”<br />

—Vivian Noe Tallman Griffith, Artist<br />




For artists and Conway residents Vivian Noe Tallman<br />

Griffith (V. Noe) and Steve Griffith, life consists of<br />

one artistic endeavor after another. Each is known<br />

for creating one-of-a-kind, brilliant canvases for all walks<br />

of life. They are also notorious for their philanthropic<br />

activities.<br />

Vivian and Steve have been married for 22 years. Even<br />

their spare time is devoted to their craft. “We spend<br />

time doing things that further our passion for art. We<br />

enjoy hiking, biking, snowshoeing, reading, traveling, fly<br />

fishing, photography, and exploring historic places. All<br />

are part of how we find inspiration for creating new art<br />

work,” says the couple.<br />

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Vivian began taking dance and art classes<br />

at age five and started painting professionally<br />

in 2005. Steve is largely self-taught,<br />

taking no formal art classes as a child. “But<br />

I cannot remember a time when I didn’t<br />

draw, color, or create objects with my<br />

hands,” he says. He began selling artwork<br />

professionally in 1997.<br />

Both Steve and Vivian come from families<br />

brimming with creativity. “We both<br />

have a family background of craftsmen,<br />

quilters, seamstresses, etc. While none<br />

of our four children currently create<br />

artwork as a profession, they all have<br />

creative skills, such as writing, photography,<br />

music, and woodworking.”<br />

For her part, Vivian’s preferred medium<br />

consists of mixed media works on<br />

canvas, which include acrylics, oil,<br />

metal leafing, and found objects. Typical<br />

styles and subject matter include<br />

abstraction, landscape, and figurative<br />

works. Steve’s work is comprised of oil<br />

on canvas, watercolor, and experimental<br />

and 3D works. Styles and subjects<br />

include impressionism and abstraction.<br />

“I enjoy experimenting with acrylics,<br />

airbrush, and assemblage work with<br />

found objects,” says Steve. About 20<br />

percent of their work is commission,<br />

with the remainder being works<br />

inspired by travel.<br />

When asked which artist(s) they find<br />

inspirational, Vivian and Steve respond,<br />

“We have visited almost every gallery<br />

and museum in the United States over<br />

the past 22 years. While the works of<br />

famous artists from the past are certainly<br />

fascinating, we tend to find the most<br />

inspiration from the working artists we<br />

have met in our travels.”<br />

The couple has shown their work,<br />

together and individually, in galleries<br />

throughout the country. “While we still<br />

have out-of-state gallery shows from<br />

time-to-time, we have seen a huge shift<br />

to social media as a marketing tool.”<br />

Indeed, their respective Instagram<br />

feeds, @v.noe and @eye4art77, display<br />

like a gallery wall. Canvases in varied<br />

colors and styles scroll past to the<br />

viewer’s delight.<br />

“One of the most fun things we have<br />

started doing over the past few years<br />

is setting up shows in the homes of<br />

our collectors around the country.<br />

Often this is a natural progression,<br />

as their friends have asked about<br />

their artwork and the artist. We also<br />

hold several invitation-only shows<br />

each year out of our home/studio in<br />

Conway.”<br />

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“Our favorite places to paint are the<br />

Rocky Mountains, and both the Pacific<br />

and Atlantic coastal regions. However,<br />

we have found there is beauty all across<br />

the United States. We are often asked<br />

if our love of the outdoors drives us to<br />

capture its beauty on canvas or whether<br />

it is the love of painting that pushes us<br />

to explore nature. For both of us it is a<br />

never-ending cycle. The more beauty<br />

we see, the more we feel driven to paint<br />

it, and painting nature always make us<br />

want to travel.”<br />

“<br />

One of the most fun things we have started<br />

doing over the past few years is setting up shows<br />

in the homes of our collectors around the country.<br />

Often this is a natural progression, as their friends<br />

have asked about their artwork and the artist.<br />

”<br />

—Steve Griffith, Artist<br />

While Vivian and Steve enjoy parallel<br />

careers, each maintains the individuality<br />

of their work. “The way we influence<br />

each other’s art the most is to encourage<br />

experimentation with new styles and<br />

techniques. To quote our friend and<br />

mentor, the late Gene Hatfield, ‘Almost<br />

anything is acceptable in art except<br />

boring art,’” says Steve.<br />

The talented couple does far more<br />

than simply create and market their<br />

work. They are known throughout the<br />

community and beyond for using their<br />

gifts for the greater good. “From the<br />

beginning of our art careers, we have felt<br />

a desire to give back to our community.<br />

While we donate artwork to charitable<br />

causes nationwide, our primary focus is<br />

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in <strong>Faulkner</strong> County. Especially for organizations that support<br />

children’s needs, the arts, and education.”<br />

Steve and Vivian typically host shows featuring artwork<br />

from their travels at their home/studio within a few weeks<br />

post-trip. “We announce show dates and times in our closed<br />

group Facebook page: Art Adventures with V. Noe & Steve<br />

Griffith. We also host our ‘100 for $100 each Christmas<br />

Show,’ now in its fourteenth year, at our home studio<br />

around the first of December.”<br />


Readers who would like to learn more<br />

about the art of V. Noe and Steve Griffith<br />

can find them at the following:<br />

Facebook: Vivian Noe Tallman Griffith<br />

or Steve Griffith<br />

Instagram: @v.noe or @eye4art77<br />

Email: steve.griffith@conwaycorp.net<br />

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community<br />

“<br />

Bethlehem House enabled<br />

me to reach my educational<br />

goals by allowing me to<br />

have a safe place to live and<br />

be able to work and make<br />

and save money. During<br />

the approximate one-year<br />

period I was there, I was able<br />

to mature and also relish<br />

in the amazing and familyoriented<br />

environment that<br />

came with living there.<br />

”<br />

—Demetrious Jordan<br />

Overcomer: Despite the Odds<br />



My motto is “If you believe in God, one thing’s for<br />

sure; if you don’t aim too high, you aim too low.”<br />

Demetrious Jordan certainly lives his mantra. The<br />

recent University of Central Arkansas (UCA) graduate and<br />

West Helena native took an unconventional route to earning<br />

his degree; however, he absolutely aimed high in every regard.<br />

His older sister, 26 “is a single mother of five little boys,”<br />

he shares. He also has two younger brothers, 23 and 21,<br />

who each have two children. His family remains near his<br />

hometown. Demetrious explains his mother was diagnosed<br />

with bipolar disorder years ago and says, “Despite this,<br />

she has always been an amazing mother to the best of her<br />

ability…. Everything she has ever done and continues to do<br />

has always been in the best interest of her children. I love her<br />

with all my heart and always have. She is still arguably the<br />

nicest human being I have met.”<br />

Despite a number of setbacks, Demetrious persevered and<br />

embarked on his senior year more determined and motivated<br />

than before. A gifted art student, he was a top artist recruit<br />

from the eastern region of the state. “I even painted for<br />

musician B.B. King. I designed the dictionaries and thesauruses<br />

at my high school, Central High. The books still reside there<br />

with my name on the back.” After much contemplation,<br />

Demetrious decided to attend Phillips Community College,<br />

where he remained for one year following high school.<br />

“Where I’m from, the expectations, goals, and desires are so<br />

low, even nonexistent, it becomes like a cancer – a depressing<br />

but consistent leech on the environment,” he says. He believes<br />

this causes the familial structure and the area itself to become<br />

stagnant, never reaching its potential. Demetrious’ goal was to<br />

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not become a statistic or stereotype. “In fact, I plan to prove others<br />

who look like me and/or come from the same background can<br />

be successful without selling or using drugs, without necessarily<br />

rapping or making violent and hateful music, and even without<br />

being great at sports. I want to emphasize and magnify the<br />

importance of education and how far it can take you….”<br />

“After a year, I decided the environment and support system<br />

surrounding me wasn’t what it should have been and spontaneously<br />

decided to move. When I first came to Conway, I didn’t tell<br />

anyone where I lived for more than a year. I didn’t tell anyone<br />

because I didn’t want any distractions or derailment from my goal<br />

of succeeding; I was on a mission,” says Demetrious.<br />

He lived with a friend and his mother, and began working a night<br />

shift at Kimberly Clark. “I rode a bike and walked six miles to work<br />

every other day. I loved it.” Unfortunately, due to an auto accident<br />

and its resulting outcome, Demetrious found himself without a<br />

place to live. “This was the darkest time of my life. At the time, I<br />

thought it was the end of my life as well,” he says. He found help<br />

from a friend from the gym and his grandmother, who offered a<br />

temporary residence. “They helped me apply at a couple of places<br />

to live, one being Bethlehem House.”<br />

“I moved into Bethlehem House in January 2014 and lived there<br />

until March 2015….While there, I focused on saving money and<br />

building and gaining everyday needed resources, such as my<br />

driver’s permit and driver’s license,” Demetrious explains. “I felt<br />

like the happiest being on Earth. I felt like I had been accepted into<br />

college. While there, I met and was a Christmas angel for Mrs.<br />

Jennifer Harrison of First Security Bank and her son! They were<br />

amazing to me and treated me to an unbelievable and unforgettable<br />

Christmas. While living there and working, I was also able to<br />

buy my first car and eventually move into my first apartment.”<br />

By January 2015, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas<br />

Community College Morrilton (UACCM), which he attended<br />

through December 2016 when he graduated with honors. “I still<br />

felt like I had something to prove, so I didn’t tell anyone about the<br />

graduation. I had strangers record me walking across the stage…. I<br />

didn’t tell any family or friends…. I cried driving home that night; I<br />

felt alone. I was alone. I promised I’d tell everyone when I graduated<br />

with my bachelors. And that’s what I did two years later.”<br />

Demetrious with UCA<br />

President, Houston Davis<br />

“Bethlehem House enabled me to reach my educational goals by<br />

allowing me to have a safe place to live and be able to work, and<br />

make and save money. During the approximate one-year period I<br />

was there, I was able to mature and also relish in the amazing and<br />

family-oriented environment that came with living there.”<br />

Demetrious began focusing on his next goal, which was<br />

earning his bachelor’s degree. He enrolled at UCA in January<br />

2017 and worked while earning his degree; at some points he<br />

worked multiple jobs but ended up with First Security Bank.<br />

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scene | heard<br />

collapsed in her arms. She didn’t know all the reasons I was<br />

crying so hard. No one did….And that’s the picture that<br />

went viral on social media,” says Demetrious.<br />

He graduated from UCA Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor<br />

of Arts in Psychology in December 2018.<br />

“I stayed focused because I perceived everything as an<br />

adventure. I have never panicked under pressure. Ever,” he says.<br />

Despite a litany of traumatic experiences in his life, Demetrious<br />

remained positive. “My mindset was and still is that….whatever<br />

I was experiencing at the time was also something that didn’t<br />

kill me and that would eventually pass, so why not make the<br />

most of it and accept the challenge while it’s happening? For<br />

me, the key to succeeding and excelling in life despite ‘difficult<br />

circumstances’ or ‘trials and tribulations’ are two things.<br />

Have faith in the Most High…. with the combination of hard<br />

work and great intentions, He will see you through and make<br />

it happen. The second is extremely important as well and<br />

that is to have a ruling class mentality…. This means regardless<br />

of your start in life: disadvantages, setbacks, losses, and/<br />

or traumatizing experiences, blame no one. The mindset of<br />

ruling class mentality means being driven to make something<br />

happen and achieve something on your own without looking<br />

for handouts or excuses along the way. Just make it happen,<br />

period. Either you have that hunger and undeniable determination,<br />

or you don’t,” Demetrious says.<br />

Demetrious remains employed with First Security Bank. “I’m<br />

what you call a floating teller. I go to different locations within the<br />

Conway vicinity weekly and help out as a teller. I make withdrawals<br />

and deposits, cash checks, and process loan payments<br />

among a multitude of other things, while strategically and<br />

carefully monitoring for any signs of irregularities,” he explains.<br />

Demetrious was the first person in his entire family – immediate<br />

and extended – to graduate from college.<br />

“Mrs. Judi Lively, executive director of Bethlehem House, texted<br />

me ‘Happy graduation eve!’ the night before graduation. The<br />

next morning, she was the very first person to message me<br />

saying, ‘Here to support you today. Extremely proud!!’ She<br />

doesn’t know she was the first person. She also doesn’t know<br />

that when she sent the message, I cried backstage right before<br />

taking a picture with UCA President Houston Davis.”<br />

“I had so much support this time around. It was overwhelming.<br />

My cousins, friends, brothers, and sister all<br />

came to graduation. It felt like three different lives I lived<br />

came together that day. It felt surreal. Following graduation,<br />

outside the building, Mom tapped my shoulder from behind<br />

and for some reason I knew it was her. I turned around and<br />

He has big goals. “I think nonstop about how to continue<br />

to better myself not only as a person but as a role model.”<br />

Demetrious made the conscious decision to cease certain<br />

destructive behaviors as early as age eight. He knows how to<br />

achieve what he sets his mind to. “As of today, as a 24-yearold,<br />

I have remained on the right path to continue these<br />

personal vows and goals by acting and leading by example.”<br />

He plans to begin graduate school in 2020; he will study<br />

social work in an effort to become a licensed psychiatrist/<br />

therapist. He also aspires to be a motivational speaker. His<br />

story has garnered the attention of several media outlets, and<br />

he plans to continue this momentum by sharing his story on<br />

a bigger platform. “Stay tuned!” he says.<br />

Demetrious adds, “Life is funny and interesting at the same<br />

time…. If my story isn’t a testimony and a reminder of what God<br />

can do for your life, I will never know what is. God is so good.”<br />

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community<br />



I<br />

wasn’t entirely sure what to expect<br />

when I walked through the door, but<br />

this was not it. I had imagined a few<br />

women gathered around folding tables<br />

engaged in friendly chit chat, their hands<br />

occupied, some quiet music in the<br />

background perhaps.<br />

Instead, I can hear the fervor of their<br />

activity before the door even swings<br />

open. And first up behind that door is<br />

Linda Fullerton, the leader of this pack<br />

of committed workers. Her energy and<br />

passion for the group is evident from the<br />

first word she speaks.<br />

“Come on in! It’s a bit loud, but you get<br />

used to it,” Linda smiles. “We have 20<br />

or so ladies here today, but sometimes<br />

we have 30 or more.” Peeking through<br />

the window to the fellowship hall of<br />

Four Winds Church, I can see women<br />

working at different stations around the<br />

room. Some are polishing bits of broken<br />

china, others are bent over loud equipment,<br />

grinding the edges of the pieces,<br />

some are packaging finished necklaces.<br />

Breanne McClendon, new executive<br />

director of Conway Women’s Shelter<br />

Beauty from<br />

Broken Things<br />

The Volunteer-led Broken China Project Lends<br />

Support to the Conway Women‘s Shelter<br />

The group gathered here is made up<br />

entirely of volunteers — mostly retired,<br />

with their average age around 70 — and<br />

they come together weekly, 50 weeks<br />

out of the year, to create jewelry from<br />

broken plates. They then sell the<br />

jewelry at craft shows, conferences and<br />

boutiques, mostly around Arkansas but<br />

sometimes outside of the state.<br />

The Broken China Project was started<br />

about twelve years ago as an idea<br />

from a board member at the Conway<br />

Women’s Shelter. “She wanted it to do<br />

a fundraising project – at the time they<br />

were just trying to make enough money<br />

so that the ladies at the shelter could get<br />

together and do something fun one night<br />

a week,” Linda explains.<br />

Linda, a retired school counselor who<br />

had just gone through training as a<br />

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shelter volunteer, found herself working on the jewelry one<br />

afternoon with the then Executive Director. “She asked me if<br />

I would consider taking on the project so that the paid staff<br />

could focus on their other duties. And I told her ‘Sure!’”<br />

And now, more than a decade later, the idea for a small<br />

fundraiser has turned into a consistent form of revenue for the<br />

Conway Women’s Shelter. But if you ask Linda, the money<br />

isn’t the only reason they do this. “I don’t have a clue how<br />

much money we bring in and really, none of us care. We love<br />

what we do and have made so many friends here.”<br />

Jane Martin, who joined the project shortly after Linda, also<br />

speaks of the comradery amongst the volunteers: “My favorite<br />

part of this group is the women. We laugh, cry, fuss, have a<br />

good time. And we get the work done because ultimately, it’s<br />

about the mission. It’s so rewarding to see the women in the<br />

shelter benefit from our work.”<br />

And benefit they do – according to Breanne McClendon,<br />

the new Executive Director of the Shelter, this self-led group<br />

contributes around 15% of the organization’s annual budget.<br />

“Through the work of these ladies we’ve been able to fund<br />

programming and provide additional resources for the women<br />

in the shelter. But beyond the financial aspect, the ladies also<br />

help spread awareness.”<br />

Breanne, who joined the organization in January, says that<br />

she gets a lot of communication from people saying that they<br />

heard about the shelter at a craft fair or women’s event where<br />

the Broken China Project volunteers were selling jewelry.<br />

For an organization whose mission requires a great deal of<br />

confidentiality, awareness is actually something much needed.<br />

“With domestic violence there is a sense of secrecy and<br />

privacy — we need to keep our location safe, but we also need<br />

to bring more awareness to domestic violence and get the<br />

community involved in helping support these people. So, it’s<br />

about finding a balance.”<br />

The Conway Women’s Shelter is a dual program, providing<br />

a safe space for those escaping abusive situations, but also<br />

operating a hotline for domestic violence and sexual assault,<br />

which receives calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.<br />

They can house 25 women, men and children at any one time,<br />

and on more days than not, the shelter is at capacity. In the<br />

instance where they are full, but they receive a call for help,<br />

they work with other domestic violence shelters around the<br />

state to find placement. Once a person becomes a resident in<br />

the shelter, the staff work with them to provide counseling,<br />

support and assistance in establishing an individualized plan<br />

for moving forward.<br />

Breanne knows from her work how essential all these systems<br />

of support are. “The thing about domestic violence is that it<br />

doesn’t discriminate — 1 in 4 women will experience it at<br />

some point in their lifetime. It does not care what color you<br />

are or how much money you make. And it can have a lasting<br />

impact on generations of families. I really want to help break<br />

the stigma of domestic violence.”<br />

And as she speaks, behind us in a brightly lit multi-purpose<br />

room a group of mostly retired women are helping her to do<br />

just that. By taking bits of fragmented pottery, attending to<br />

them with care and love, the ladies of the Broken China Project<br />

are showing how something once broken can be repurposed<br />

into something beautiful, meaningful — whole.<br />

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Linda — who has shepherded this group of onceinexperienced<br />

jewelry-makers year after year — looks back<br />

on her many years as a teacher and counselor: “I see how my<br />

experience works with this project and these ladies. I want<br />

everybody to know they can do something, they can be<br />

successful.”<br />

While the purpose of the project is to support the Conway<br />

Women’s Shelter, Breanne said she and the volunteers also<br />

get so much out of it. “Every time I come in here its’ such a<br />

joy for me – they are so excited to be working. They tell their<br />

husbands that they are going to ‘therapy’,” she laughs. “But<br />

truly, there’s a sense of ownership and pride in what they are<br />

doing. I love to watch them work — to see their commitment<br />

to the shelter and what they do — it’s beyond amazing.”<br />

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Volunteers (no experience needed!)<br />

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Broken China Project. Contact<br />

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Donate unwanted dishes—whole sets or<br />

individual pieces—to be turned into jewelry.<br />

A vital current need is trained mental health<br />

support volunteers to work with the residents.<br />

Childcare volunteers are needed<br />

to assist with residents’ children.<br />

Donations of clothing, toiletries and<br />

start-up housing items are always in demand.<br />

Monetary donations help to keep<br />

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artist spotlight<br />

Artist, Jessica Jones<br />

Pursuing Her Passion<br />



“<br />

So often we are told that we have to<br />

pursue careers and not passion, unless<br />

we have an innate talent. What I have<br />

found as a greater catalyst of success<br />

is hard work and a willingness to take<br />

risks to pursue what you love.<br />

”<br />

—Jessica Jones, Artist<br />

Conway artist and resident Jessica Jones has drawn,<br />

painted, and generally been creative her entire life. “I<br />

used to love drawing horses as a little girl and often<br />

drew with charcoal and painted with watercolors,” she says.<br />

Jessica’s work includes installations, murals, and canvases.<br />

“I have also done some illustration work and sign painting<br />

and have worked alongside graphic designers for logo<br />

concepts,” she says.<br />

Though a lifelong artist, she recently began pursuing art as a<br />

full-time career. “I started doing some small art commissions on<br />

the side about three years ago, when I was a full-time stayat-home<br />

mom. I took art on full-time two years ago after the<br />

sudden and unexpected death of my husband. I wanted to make<br />

an effort to provide for my family while pursuing my passion.”<br />

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She is certainly making a splash on the<br />

art scene in <strong>Faulkner</strong> County and the<br />

surrounding areas. “The majority of<br />

the work I do is in Conway, but I have<br />

done work in Little Rock and hope to<br />

someday paint pieces globally,” she<br />

says. Odds are, if you’ve driven around<br />

Conway, you have seen Jessica’s work.<br />

In fact, she is currently painting a large<br />

floral mural in front of The Brick Room<br />

on Front Street in downtown Conway.<br />

When asked about some of her more<br />

interesting “canvases,” she says, “I do<br />

have a mural in one hair salon and a<br />

paper flower installation in another.<br />

I painted a drain in front of David’s<br />

Burgers at Bass Pro Shops in Little<br />

Rock. I also painted the cutest little rain<br />

barrel at WunderHaus.”<br />

Artistic talent runs in Jessica’s family. Her<br />

mother paints with acrylics in her spare<br />

time. “Both of my children love to be<br />

creative and often will create their own<br />

pieces while I work on mine,” she shares.<br />

As for which artists most interest her,<br />

Jessica says, “I have always admired<br />

Georgia O’Keeffe. Some modern mural<br />

artists I admire are Ouizi and Faith47.”<br />

Murals are her most requested service,<br />

and about 80 percent of her work is<br />

commissioned. However, she adds, “I<br />

oftentimes have a lot of creative freedom<br />

in those commissions.”<br />

Largely self-taught, Jessica credits “music,<br />

simple inspirations from nature, and other<br />

artists” for inspiring her creatively. As<br />

for marketing her services and work, she<br />

says, “Social media plays a huge role in<br />

promotion and networking for commissions.<br />

Visual platforms like Instagram are<br />

critical for freelance artists.” Indeed, one<br />

can find Jessica on her website, www.<br />

ArtByJessicaJones.com, or by following<br />

her on Facebook at Art by Jessica Jones,<br />

or on Instagram @jessicasjonesin.<br />

Regarding projects on the horizon,<br />

Jessica plans for a launch party to debut<br />

her newest mural. “I will also host<br />

some community art projects at the<br />

upcoming WunderHaus markets,” she<br />

says. Beyond that, she will continually<br />

create beautiful work.<br />

“I want people to always feel empowered<br />

by their dreams and vision, not<br />

defeated by them. So often we are told<br />

that we have to pursue careers and not<br />

passion, unless we have an innate talent.<br />

What I have found as a greater catalyst<br />

of success is hard work and a willingness<br />

to take risks to pursue what you love.”<br />

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artist spotlight<br />



In Kinsey Baker’s case, the art student<br />

grew up to be the art teacher! Kinsey<br />

instructs art at Conway’s Julia Lee<br />

Moore Elementary School and loves<br />

inspiring her student’s artistic minds.<br />

The daughter of Ken and Denise Moorehead<br />

and mom to Skylar, Kinsey is a<br />

Conway native who also attended the<br />

University of Central Arkansas. An art<br />

educator for six years, she has enjoyed<br />

the opportunity to teach at almost every<br />

grade level. She has been with Julia Lee<br />

Moore for three years and especially<br />

enjoys working with elementary<br />

children.<br />

Kinsey comes from a creative family.<br />

“My Dad is a musician and former<br />

band director. I also play several instruments,<br />

but visual art was always my<br />

‘escape’ and my most effective means<br />

of expressing myself. I was a pretty<br />

introverted child, so visual art allowed<br />

me to showcase my talent without being<br />

in the spotlight,” she shares.<br />

Art teacher, Kinsey Baker<br />

Inspiring the<br />

Next Generation<br />

“<br />

The best teachers show students the way<br />

and make them believe they can get there.<br />

”<br />

—Kinsey Baker, Art Teacher<br />

Her pastimes were inventive from the<br />

beginning. “I have been drawing and<br />

painting since I could hold a pencil.<br />

My Mom entered my work into many<br />

local shows. I remember feeling so<br />

excited to receive blue ribbons from the<br />

<strong>Faulkner</strong> County Fair! I was also blessed<br />

that some amazing local artists took an<br />

interest in me early in life. Sheila Parsons<br />

gave me private lessons. Being in close<br />

contact with successful artists empowered<br />

me to take my talent seriously from<br />

a young age and to continue pursuing it<br />

as I grew older,” she says.<br />

As for her own teaching methods,<br />

Kinsey often uses choice-based art<br />

teaching, which her kindergarten through<br />

fourth grade students enjoy. “Basically,<br />

I present students with a scenario or<br />

‘problem’ they address with their own<br />

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choice of imagery and materials. It allows students to express<br />

and showcase their creativity. Also, giving them choices helps<br />

keep them intrinsically motivated and encourages them to take<br />

true ownership of their work. It also helps them to see there is<br />

more than one way to solve a problem,” she says.<br />

As for recent student projects, Kinsey says, “My third graders<br />

have been working on one-point perspective. We have<br />

discussed how math and art are related and have worked on<br />

using right angles in our work. Last week a child said, ‘Math<br />

and angles make sense to me now!’ That was a big ‘win’ for<br />

me that day! I try to help my students develop their work ethic<br />

and craftsmanship as well. Because I only see them once a<br />

week, some projects may span over a month. Helping them<br />

see the importance of sticking with a project to completion is a<br />

huge part of my job. Perseverance with their work is a skill that<br />

will help them in every area of life.”<br />

Of course, teaching elementary age students has its comedic<br />

moments. “When I was about 32 weeks pregnant with my<br />

daughter, I was in front of the class teaching about color<br />

patterns. I prepared some visuals to help them understand<br />

and was running back and forth with large pieces of colored<br />

paper to explain how a pattern repeats. After I was done, I<br />

asked if they had any questions. A fifth grader in the front row<br />

raised his hand and said, ‘I just want you to know that if you<br />

fall, and that baby pops out, I am not catching it!’” Of course,<br />

that caused an uproar of laughter. I don’t remember how I<br />

recovered from that statement, but it sure was funny!”<br />

A more sentimental memory is from her time at Conway<br />

High School. “A group of senior students threw me a going<br />

away party, complete with gift cards and notes expressing<br />

how much my class meant to them and made their senior<br />

year more fun. I have those notes framed in my current<br />

classroom. They help remind me that at the end of the day,<br />

it’s all about changing students’ lives for the better.”<br />

Outside the classroom, Kinsey works on personal art.<br />

“I enjoy large-scale acrylic painting and am working on<br />

a couple of projects right now. My favorite imagery is<br />

nature inspired.” When asked what advice she would offer<br />

a young person who wanted to become an art teacher,<br />

she encourages an openness to various artistic styles. “Try<br />

to work in as many mediums as possible, so you have a<br />

wide base of content knowledge. Also, volunteer in church<br />

youth groups or with nonprofit youth organizations, so<br />

you are comfortable around kids. You can be an incredibly<br />

talented and successful artist, but if you do not know how<br />

to communicate with, inspire, and instill confidence in your<br />

students, you will not be nearly as effective a teacher. The<br />

best teachers show students the way and make them believe<br />

they can get there.”<br />

Kinsey believes the arts are important to overall student<br />

education by helping them think independently, develop<br />

opinions, and express themselves creatively. “These skills<br />

are important for all students, no matter what career they<br />

pursue. Also, the arts give some students a safe place to<br />

shine. Not all kids enjoy being in the spotlight but still need<br />

an outlet they can feel confident in.”<br />

Kinsey adds, “I love working in a school district where the<br />

arts are supported and encouraged! My job isn’t easy, but it<br />

is fun and never, ever boring!”<br />

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performing arts<br />

Amanda Horton, Director of<br />

Reynolds Performance Hall<br />

Bringing Performing<br />

Arts to the Community<br />



Amanda Horton serves as Director of Donald W. Reynolds<br />

Performance Hall (Reynolds) on the University of<br />

Central Arkansas (UCA) campus. Under her leadership,<br />

the venue has experienced increased growth and an influx of<br />

world-class shows right here in Conway. The 1200 seat theater<br />

features an annual performing arts series with nationally and<br />

internationally acclaimed professional artists.<br />

Amanda is married to Randy, and her children include<br />

daughter Emla, 17; son John William, 14; step-son Jake, 23;<br />

Ginger the yorkie, nine; Sammy the cat, seven; and Neville<br />

the maltipoo, two. She became Director of Reynolds in<br />

June of 2013.<br />

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science with emphasis in<br />

Speech Communication from UCA and her Master of Arts in<br />

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the<br />

University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Being a UCA alumni<br />

led to her interest in the role. “I was also very attracted to<br />

Reynolds Performance Hall. I knew the former Director and<br />

had high regard for the programming Reynolds delivered to<br />

the campus and community,” she shares.<br />

UCA consistently presents students and the community<br />

with opportunities to patron the arts. “We offer student<br />

musical and theatrical productions, a professional theatre<br />

company in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway<br />

Symphony Orchestra, and the performing arts series at<br />

Reynolds. Many colleges in Arkansas have some of these<br />

performance types, but not one has all,” says Amanda.<br />

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During her first year as Director, Amanda was selected to<br />

Leadership Arkansas, a program through the Arkansas State<br />

Chamber of Commerce. “We completed goal development<br />

and strategy training, and the program challenged me to write<br />

out my goals and create an implementation plan. I believe this<br />

helped immensely with execution and success,” she says. Her<br />

goals included audience growth and development, personal<br />

community involvement, the formation of a Reynolds advocacy<br />

group, and the creation of a preschool through twelfth<br />

grade performance series.<br />

In an effort to meet her growth and development goal, Amanda<br />

transferred her Kiwanis membership to Conway and joined the<br />

Conway Alliance for the Arts. She is the current President-Elect<br />

of the Kiwanis Club. “Both groups enhance our community<br />

through service projects such as the Conway Arts Fest, Conway<br />

Arts Awards, Toad Suck Daze Run, and Pancake Days.”<br />

“I also took Reynolds into the community; we set up<br />

informational booths at business expos, teacher breakfasts,<br />

senior expos, local festivals, and other events where potential<br />

patrons gather. I believe to get people to Reynolds, we have to<br />

immerse ourselves in the community.”<br />

Amanda also implemented the Reynolds Community Council<br />

to create a community advocacy group for the venue. “The<br />

Council is comprised of patrons, donors, alumni, and media<br />

partners that use their influence and affluence to further<br />

Reynolds Performance Hall goals and to help ensure future<br />

success. The council provides consultation and support….both<br />

on campus and off and promotes a positive image and good<br />

relations with students, alumni, community partners, and the<br />

UCA campus, as well as with the state, region, and nation. This<br />

group has been extremely successful in fundraising and has<br />

been a vital part of our Main Stage Education Series success.”<br />

The Main Stage Education Series was also integral to Amanda’s<br />

goals for the venue. “In the first year of programming, I added<br />

family friendly shows to help plant seeds for future arts patrons.<br />

We have presented programs such as Flat Stanley, Rudolph the<br />

Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas. From<br />

this, we expanded our offerings with the Main Stage Education<br />

Series.” Amanda considers the implementation of the series<br />

among her biggest accomplishments at Reynolds to date.<br />

The series, founded in 2015, provides performing arts access<br />

for school-aged children in Central Arkansas. “All shows<br />

are designed to ignite children’s imagination, enhance their<br />

learning experience, and reinforce educational curriculum.<br />

They are performed by national and international touring,<br />

professional artists,” she says. Examples of the diverse program<br />

offerings include Charlotte’s Web, Cirque Zuma Zuma, The<br />

Rosa Parks Story, and The Science of Magic.<br />

Shows are scheduled during the school day to accommodate<br />

field trips. “For many students, this is the first experience with a<br />

live theatre production. Many districts we serve have a lowincome<br />

student level of 50 percent or more. We work diligently<br />

to raise money for the program to keep student ticket prices<br />

minimal. Our mission is to make sure no child is turned away<br />

from the theatre because of an inability to pay. We also created a<br />

social story tool for children with disabilities to help ensure they<br />

are comfortable when attending performances,” says Amanda.<br />

In addition, each show includes an educational component<br />

that correlates directly to curriculum. Prior to a performance,<br />

teachers are provided with study guides they can incorporate<br />

into the classroom. This helps students receive the full instructive<br />

benefit of the experience. While UCA helped fund the first<br />

two years of the series, Amanda and company have raised<br />

100 percent of the program’s funds since that time through<br />

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lo<br />

“<br />

We offer student musical and theatrical<br />

productions, a professional theatre company in<br />

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway Symphony<br />

Orchestra, and the performing arts series at<br />

Reynolds. Many colleges in Arkansas have some of<br />

these performance types, but not one has all .<br />

”<br />

—Amanda Horton<br />

sponsorships, private donations, grants,<br />

and ticket sales. “Children who visit our<br />

hall with such excitement inspire us to<br />

work fervently to ensure this program<br />

not only continues but flourishes.” In<br />

its first year, the Main Stage Education<br />

Series served 5,000 students. Last year,<br />

the program drew 10,000 students and<br />

over 40 schools and is on pace to see<br />

12,000 students this academic year.<br />

Indeed, last year Reynolds had record<br />

breaking attendance numbers and 11 sold<br />

out performances. Over the last five years<br />

of Amanda’s time as Director, ticket sales<br />

increased by 25 percent. “I contribute this<br />

success to selecting performances that<br />

engage both our student population and<br />

our community. I also strive to provide<br />

a range of offerings such as The Blue<br />

Man Group, Bill Nye the Science Guy,<br />

Mamma Mia, Straight No Chaser, Disney<br />

in Concert, and Buddy Guy. Patrons drive<br />

from all over the state and region to see<br />

world-class entertainment options. These<br />

ticket holders stay in our hotels, eat at our<br />

restaurants, and shop at our retail stores.<br />

I’m proud to offer a performing arts series<br />

that not only contributes financially to<br />

our university but also to our city.”<br />

Reynolds keeps UCA student ticket<br />

fees minimal. “This exposes them to<br />

professional, award winning national and<br />

international touring artists throughout<br />

their college years. They can attend<br />

Broadway shows like Chicago or see<br />

multi-Grammy award winning artists like<br />

Buddy Guy for only ten dollars. This adds<br />

a wonderful benefit to their college experience.<br />

We also try to include direct artist<br />

exposure opportunities for students.”<br />

Reynolds’ upcoming season, its<br />

twentieth, promises big surprises. “You<br />

can learn more on May 13 when we<br />

announce our season,” Amanda says. She<br />

credits the staff and crew at Reynolds<br />

as being integral to its success, adding,<br />

“We bring in amazing performances<br />

at Reynolds with a very limited crew.<br />

We have seven full-time employees,<br />

and I depend heavily on each of them.<br />

We would not have such a successful<br />

operation if it wasn’t for our outstanding<br />

team of employees who give their best<br />

every day. We also have amazing student<br />

workers and community volunteers who<br />

serve in various roles.”<br />

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CHS drama department<br />

Newsies Comes to Conway<br />




What do you do with one 110<br />

musical theatre students on a<br />

40 foot stage? No, this is not<br />

a joke. This is a question that the other<br />

faculty directors and I have been asking<br />

ourselves since December.<br />

One hundred and ten kids were cast for<br />

our spring musical, Newsies, a fastpaced<br />

and fun historically fictionalized<br />

telling of the Newsboy Strike of 1899<br />

that took place in New York City. Once<br />

on Broadway, Newsies has garnered a<br />

lot of fandom, especially with a filmed<br />

production of that show being on<br />

Netflix for more than a year. Though<br />

now off Netflix, the Newsies craze still<br />

stands strong.<br />

To many, it was just as strong before<br />

the Broadway production. It was<br />

originally a Disney film that starred<br />

Christian Bale (Batman… the good one<br />

before Ben Affleck took over) and that<br />

gathered a cult following soon after<br />

it became available to rent at video<br />

stores… yes, those were once a thing.<br />

Let’s fast forward to March. Opening<br />

night is less than a month away, and<br />

we have figured out (for the most part)<br />

what to do with all of these talented<br />

kids. The key is to gather an all-star<br />

team of directors whose passion for the<br />

arts is as large as the number of kids in<br />

this show.<br />

Kayla White heads music direction<br />

for the show. Her team is made up of<br />

fellow talented music professionals<br />

Patty Oeste and Sam Huskey. Our<br />

school is proud of our live pit orchestra<br />

made up primarily of band and<br />

orchestra students and directed by the<br />

wonderful Robin Ratliff. That beautiful<br />

music they create makes it fun for our<br />

talented dancers to give life and energy<br />

to the show.<br />

The choreography is masterfully<br />

done by Olivia Stephens, with the<br />

help of Samantha Kordsmeier. Olivia,<br />

a professional dance instructor and<br />

owner of Broadway Dance Academy<br />

at Red Curtain Theatre creates professional<br />

level choreography in a fun<br />

atmosphere.<br />

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So now we have talented actors,<br />

singers, and dancers. All they need is<br />

costumes. However, costuming that<br />

many students is no small feat. Kara<br />

Branscum and Casey Griffith take<br />

every performance to the next level<br />

by transporting our students into late<br />

nineteenth century New York City.<br />

That seems like an amazing group of<br />

people, and IT IS!! But wait, there’s<br />

more! Students play an imperative role<br />

in the show but behind the stage. There<br />

they get a chance to play a leadership<br />

role and help the show run smoothly.<br />

Every year we have a student director,<br />

stage managers, a stage crew, student<br />

light operators, costume workers, and<br />

makeup artists. All these students and<br />

teachers assembled is a team equal to the<br />

Avengers or Justice League.<br />

Of course the heart and soul of every<br />

performance done at Conway High<br />

School are the students. They are<br />

what matter most and are the true<br />

stars. I am always blown away by<br />

the amount of talented young adults<br />

that we have in our community, both<br />

on stage and behind it. Not only can<br />

these students perform, they have to<br />

balance the responsibilities of rehearsal<br />

along with school, family life, friends,<br />

and for some, jobs. We are all very<br />

excited about the cast, and what each<br />

performer brings to his/her role.<br />

Now is the time to seize the day! We<br />

hope you join us!<br />

Once on Broadway,<br />

Newsies has garnered a<br />

lot of fandom, especially<br />

with a filmed production of<br />

that show being on Netflix<br />

for more than a year.<br />


Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 18th 7pm<br />

Friday, <strong>April</strong> 19th<br />

1pm (no school that day)<br />

and 7pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 20th<br />

1pm and 7pm<br />

Tickets are $5 for students<br />

(4 years through 12th grade) and<br />

Conway Public School employees,<br />

and $10 for adults.<br />

Tickets can be purchased at the door.<br />

All performances will be held at the<br />

James H. Clark Auditorium on the<br />

Conway High School campus.<br />

AJ Spiridigliozzi, Director<br />

Conway High School Musical<br />

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spotlight<br />

How long have you been in business<br />

in <strong>Faulkner</strong> County? I have been a Realtor<br />

for 23 years!<br />

What do you love most about your<br />

business and why? The thing that I love<br />

most about being in real estate is the<br />

connection that I have with my clients,<br />

the relationship that I have built with my<br />

fellow colleagues, and the joy that I have<br />

from getting to work in a career that I<br />

truly enjoy each and every day.<br />

What are some of the latest trends in your<br />

industry? The “latest trends” in the real<br />

estate industry have changed over the<br />

years. The most recent trend is the use<br />

of social media outlets and innovative<br />

technology. I will say though, the trend<br />

that I feel that is timeless is word of<br />

mouth referrals. This trend has stayed<br />

true since the day I started in real estate.<br />


Velda Leuders<br />

REALTOR, Coldwell Banker RPM Group-Conway<br />

609 Locust Ave, Conway<br />

What sets you apart from other businesses<br />

in your industry? The thing that<br />

sets me apart from others is the many<br />

years of concentrated and unique<br />

learning that has grown my knowledge<br />

of the business. Each year, I attend the<br />

National Association Annual Meetings<br />

in November, and National Association<br />

Mid-Year Legislative Meetings in DC. By<br />

attending these, it allows me to network<br />

with other agents all over the country. I<br />

have many years of experience and I also<br />

strive to have a professional perspective.<br />

Selling a home is about providing the<br />

client with the tools to visualize the<br />

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property as their new home. In order to make that vision<br />

possible, I hire a professional photographer for my listings. I<br />

provide personalized service to all buyers and sellers. Building<br />

relationships with my clients and being able to work with<br />

many of them multiple times, throughout my career, is a true<br />

blessing. When working with my clients, I love taking their<br />

dreams and helping make them a reality. I am not satisfied<br />

until my clients are satisfied!<br />

How are you involved in your community/county? I love<br />

giving back and investing in our community. I am on the<br />

Board of Directors for Haven, active in the Wampus Cat<br />

Baseball Parent Association, Wampus Cat Booster Club,<br />

Conway Chamber, and participate in many community<br />

events throughout the year. I enjoy reading to the students at<br />

different elementary schools, supporting local organizations<br />

and participating in community projects.<br />

What accomplishments are you most proud of?<br />

2019 Hall of Fame Inductee for <strong>Faulkner</strong> County Board of Realtors<br />

2019 Director for <strong>Faulkner</strong> Co Board of Realtors<br />

2018 President Arkansas Realtors<br />

Past President of <strong>Faulkner</strong> County Board of Realtors<br />

Serving on State Committees<br />

Serving on Professional Standards Committee<br />

for the National Association of Realtors<br />

Diamond Award Level 2018<br />

Board of Directors for HAVEN<br />

Life Member National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.<br />

What plans do you have for the future? I plan to continue<br />

to grow my business, continue being active in Local, State,<br />

and National Association of Realtors as well as travel more<br />

with my husband and family, which includes husband Barry,<br />

daughters Elisabeth and Catherine, and granddaughter Zoe.<br />

Call us to build your<br />

own personal oasis!<br />

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Over 50 Years Experience | Since 1962<br />

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Congratulations to our Awards for Excellence recipients!<br />

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scene | heard<br />

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pet care<br />

Your Dog‘s Physical<br />

for (and hoping not to find).<br />

Exam<br />

Just what is the<br />

veterinarian looking<br />

for when they stare<br />

and gently push, pull<br />

and poke your dog<br />

during a visit? Here‘s<br />

a breakdown of the<br />

major body systems<br />

they‘re checking<br />

out and what they<br />

are looking for (and<br />

hoping not to find).<br />

Your dog’s physical exam<br />

Just what is the veterinarian looking for when they stare and gently<br />

Just<br />

push,<br />

what<br />

pull,<br />

is<br />

and<br />

the<br />

poke<br />

veterinarian<br />

your dog<br />

looking<br />

during<br />

for<br />

a visit?<br />

when<br />

Here’s<br />

they stare<br />

a breakdown<br />

and gently<br />

of<br />

push,<br />

the major<br />

pull,<br />

body<br />

and poke<br />

systems<br />

your<br />

they’re<br />

dog during<br />

checking<br />

a visit?<br />

out<br />

Here’s<br />

and what<br />

a breakdown<br />

they’re looking<br />

of<br />

the<br />

for (and<br />

major<br />

hoping<br />

body systems<br />

not to find).<br />

they’re checking out and what they’re looking<br />

EYES: signs of<br />

EYES: disease; signs discharge of<br />

disease; or tearing; discharge abnormal<br />

or movement tearing; abnormal<br />

movement reaction to light or<br />

reaction to light<br />

MOUTH: signs of<br />

MOUTH: periodontal signs disease of<br />

periodontal in teeth and disease gums;<br />

in bad teeth breath and gums;<br />

bad breath LYMPH NODES<br />



GLANDS: irregularities any or<br />

irregularities changes in size or<br />

changes in size<br />

EARS: signs of ear infection<br />

EARS: (pain, tenderness, signs of ear redness, infection<br />

(pain, swelling, tenderness, “yeasty” smell, redness, and<br />

swelling, discharge); “yeasty” mites smell, and<br />

discharge); mites<br />

HEART: Weak or abnormal<br />

HEART: heart sounds; Weak an or abnormally fast<br />

heart or slow sounds; rate; irregular an abnormally beats fast<br />

or slow rate; irregular beats<br />

LUNGS: wheezing,<br />

LUNGS: crackling, wheezing, or other<br />

crackling, abnormal or lung other sounds<br />

abnormal lung sounds<br />

LEGS: limited range of motion in all limbs; signs<br />

LEGS: of pain or limited discomfort; range of grinding motion sound in all limbs; in joints signs<br />

of pain or discomfort; grinding sound in joints<br />

ABDOMEN: any irregularities in<br />

ABDOMEN: the margins of any the irregularities liver, spleen, in<br />

the kidneys, margins and of bladder; the liver, masses spleen, or<br />

kidneys, tumors; thickened and bladder; intestines masses or<br />

tumors; thickened intestines<br />


BASE any abscesses; OF TAIL:<br />

any abnormalities abscesses; in anal<br />

abnormalities glands; fecal mats; in anal<br />

glands; evidence fecal of soft mats; stools;<br />

evidence growths; parasites, of soft stools; like<br />

growths; tapeworm parasites, segments like<br />

tapeworm and flea dirt segments<br />

and flea dirt<br />

COAT, SKIN, AND NAILS: poor overall quality of coat; lumps and bumps;<br />

rashes; COAT, SKIN, areas of AND hair NAILS: loss or excessive poor overall dander; quality matted of coat; or lumps saliva-stained and bumps; fur;<br />

rashes; fleas or areas ticks; callouses; of hair loss overgrown or excessive or ingrown dander; matted toenails; or dehydration saliva-stained fur;<br />

fleas or ticks; callouses; overgrown or ingrown toenails; dehydration<br />

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flavor<br />

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Deviled Eggs<br />



Thanks to our friends, Katherine Brooks, Paige Revis<br />

and Lisa Winbourne for making batches of deviled<br />

eggs and sharing their own personal touches.<br />

Deviled eggs are a Southern staple,<br />

and many kitchens have deviled egg<br />

plates that are family heirlooms. Just<br />

the sight of a deviled egg plate evokes<br />

memories of Sundays in the South.<br />

Deviled eggs are a classic recipe that are perfect for the<br />

Easter holiday. They are easy to make and compliment<br />

most any meal. Also, with just a few drops of food<br />

coloring, you can turn basic deviled eggs into pastel delights<br />

that both adults and children will devour.<br />

Deviled eggs are a Southern staple, and many kitchens have<br />

deviled egg plates that are family heirlooms. Just the sight<br />

of a deviled egg plate evokes memories of Sundays in the<br />

South. If you don’t own one, be on the lookout at Jenifer’s<br />

Antiques for unique, vintage styles.<br />

We reached out to friends and asked for their faithful<br />

deviled egg recipes and found that most did not have<br />

a written recipe. Paige Revis shared her mother, Sherry<br />

Grisham’s, recipe that she has used for many years. Mrs.<br />

Grisham received the deviled egg plate she still uses today<br />

as a wedding gift in 1962. For delicious deviled eggs, just<br />

follow this basic recipe and add your favorite toppings.<br />

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Deviled Eggs<br />


6 hard-boiled eggs<br />

¼ cup (or so) Hellmann’s mayonnaise<br />

1/8 cup (or so) French’s Dijon mustard<br />

2 drops Lea & Perrin’s<br />

Salt and pepper, to taste – salt is the<br />

key!<br />

Paprika – sprinkle on top “like you cared<br />

about it”<br />


Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove<br />

and rice yolks to a bowl, and place the<br />

whites on a serving platter.<br />

Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt,<br />

and pepper to the yolks and mix well.<br />

Spoon or pipe the yolk mixture into the<br />

egg whites.<br />

Top with your favorite toppings.<br />


Paprika<br />

Capers and cherry tomatoes<br />

Blanched asparagus<br />

Pickled okra<br />

Bacon and avocado<br />

Olives<br />

Dill pickles with fresh dill<br />

Boiled shrimp and fresh dill<br />

For a modern twist on deviled eggs, try<br />

this recipe at your next party, potluck<br />

or barbecue.<br />

Avocado<br />

Deviled Eggs<br />


2 large avocados, mashed<br />

6 hard-boiled eggs<br />

1 teaspoon cilantro<br />

3 teaspoons lime juice<br />

1 Tablespoon red onion<br />

A pinch of salt and pepper<br />

Cooked bacon<br />

Paprika<br />


Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove<br />

and mash egg yolks. Place the whites<br />

on a serving platter.<br />

Combine mashed avocados and egg<br />

yolks.<br />

Add the cilantro, lime juice, red onion,<br />

salt and pepper.<br />

Evenly disperse the mixture into the egg<br />

whites.<br />

Top with chopped, crisp bacon and a<br />

sprinkle of paprika.<br />

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Conway residents Leah Ashby and Linda Mars<br />

are longtime friends who love entertaining family<br />

and friends. Leah is a business analyst at Acxiom<br />

Corporation, and Linda is a registered nurse at Circle<br />

of Friends Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

2019 Hall of Fame Inductee<br />

ARPAC Crystal R<br />

2018 President Arkansas Realtors<br />


SRS, MRP<br />

609 Locust in Conway<br />

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conway chamber<br />

Conway Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

Annual Meeting Award Winners<br />

Outstanding Large Employer<br />

Acxiom Corporation<br />

Guy Murphy<br />

Distinguished Service<br />

Dr. Terry Fiddler<br />

Guy Murphy<br />

Distinguished Service<br />

Bill Johnson<br />

Outstanding Nonprofit<br />

Conway Cradle Care<br />

Lloyd Westbrook<br />

Good Neighbor<br />

Julie Adkisson<br />

Outstanding Retailer<br />

Lefler‘s Fashion<br />

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Outstanding Hospitality<br />

Mike’s Place<br />

Outstanding<br />

Small Business<br />

Yours Truly Consignment<br />

Business Executive<br />

of the Year<br />

Timothy Goodwin<br />

Young Business Leader<br />

of the Year<br />

Kim Lane<br />

Business Executive<br />

of the Year<br />

Jim Rankin Jr.<br />

Outstanding<br />

Small Business<br />

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eauty<br />

Oxygenating Trio<br />

Facial Treatment<br />

Oxygen is suggested to strengthen<br />

skin’s elasticity and help<br />

eliminate acne-causing bacteria,<br />

as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles,<br />

even out skin tone, and diminish pores.<br />

Many people who experience the nonsurgical<br />

oxygen facial treatment see an<br />

immediate change in their appearance.<br />

The Oxygenating Trio Facial is a 3-step<br />

system designed to promote a healthy<br />

glow by stimulating oxygenation and<br />

circulation within the skin, rejuvenating<br />

sluggish, stressed or acne affected skin<br />

as it draws oxygen to the skin’s surface,<br />

resulting in a radiant, healthy glow. The<br />

skin benefits as moisture molecules bond<br />

to the tissues causing a gentle plumping<br />

of the skin.<br />

The oxygenating trio corrects and<br />

prevents free radical damage which is<br />

a significant contributor to aging. This<br />

trifecta of acids, including lactic, glycolic,<br />

and salicylic goes to work doing what<br />

they do best, restructuring your skin to<br />

look healthy and radiant!<br />

This treatment is ideal two to three days<br />

before a special event. The Oxygenating<br />

Trio produces no stinging or irritating<br />

side effects. It draws oxygen to the skin’s<br />

surface, producing a rosy flush and a rapid<br />

warming sensation, resulting in a radiant,<br />

healthy look that lasts up to ten days.<br />

The oxygenating facial includes lactic<br />

acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.<br />

Please do not use a retinol product<br />

within 5 days of getting this treatment.<br />

To make your treatment even more<br />

effective, consider adding either microdermabrasion<br />

and LED light therapy to<br />

your session:<br />

Angela Jackson, Licensed<br />

Aesthetician, offers<br />

microcurrent facials and<br />

other anti aging facial<br />

treatments at Studio SKIN<br />

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etail spotlight<br />

Owners, Marty Lefler<br />

and Brooke Ludford<br />

“<br />

This business has been in our<br />

family for over 60 years. My<br />

father Roy started our business<br />

in Clinton and now Brooke<br />

wants to see it continue.<br />

”<br />

—Marty Lefler<br />


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Lefler‘s Fashion<br />

Marty Lefler & Brooke Ludford, Owners<br />

1114 Oak St. Conway AR 72032<br />


Mon-Fri: 10-6; Sat: 10-5:30; Sun: Closed<br />

How long have you been in business in <strong>Faulkner</strong> County?<br />

Opened in this same location in 1958<br />

What do you love most about your business and<br />

why? First, the interaction with people. You must be a<br />

people person to love this business. We look forward to<br />

relationships with our returning customers and building<br />

relationships with new customers for the very first time.<br />

How has your business changed/evolved over time?<br />

Another reason that we love this business is that change<br />

is built into the business model. We totally change each<br />

season. Also, changes in the industry happen more<br />

frequently each year. Over time we have changed to a larger<br />

mix of accessories along with apparel.<br />

How are you involved in your community/county?<br />

We are focusing on women’s support like the Women’s<br />

Shelter of Central Arkansas and similar groups.<br />

What do you love most about being a business owner in<br />

<strong>Faulkner</strong> County? It’s a wonderful place to live and we also<br />

enjoy the relationships with other small business owner/<br />

operators.<br />

Who is/was your inspiration for owning a business and<br />

why? This business has been in our family for over 60 years.<br />

My father Roy started our business in Clinton and now<br />

Brooke wants to see it continue.<br />

What plans do you have for the future? We are implementing<br />

new software to better manage sales and inventory<br />

and are committed to the growth of Downtown Conway!<br />

Subscribe to our website www.leflersfashion.com to know<br />

what’s next!<br />

What are some of the latest trends in your industry?<br />

Apparel has shifted to more casual dressing that can be worn<br />

from day to evening. Instead of complete outfits, the emphasis<br />

is on items to be used with pieces in your current wardrobe.<br />

What sets you apart from other businesses in your<br />

industry? Our industry has shifted to using less expensive<br />

fabrics that aren’t made to last multiple seasons. We,<br />

however, are still trying to concentrate on quality items that<br />

are also affordable.<br />

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conway regional<br />

What Inspires Conway<br />

Regional‘s Great 100 Nurses?<br />

The nurses being honored recently discussed their calling<br />

Ten registered nurses with Conway Regional have<br />

been selected for the statewide 2019 Great 100 Nurses<br />

recognition.<br />

The Great 100 Nurses Celebration was founded in New<br />

Orleans 32 years ago and has since honored thousands of<br />

nurses in Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas.<br />

This is the third year that recognition has been given in<br />

Arkansas.An awards program honoring Great 100 Nurses<br />

from throughout Arkansas will be held on <strong>April</strong> 9 at the<br />

Embassy Suites in Little Rock.<br />

“To have 10 of the Great 100 nurses in Arkansas on our staff is<br />

an honor. In my heart, I have always believed that we have the<br />

best nursing and support staff in Arkansas, and recognition like<br />

this is evidence of my belief,” said Angie Longing, RN, Chief<br />

Nursing Executive for Conway Regional Health System. “It is<br />

a privilege to work alongside these exceptional nurses. Taking<br />

care of our patients is their calling.”<br />

Brandi Alred of Conway, RN, an<br />

Emergency Department nurse at<br />

Conway Regional, was inspired<br />

by a cousin who was a nurse. “Her<br />

stories were always so interesting;<br />

she made me want to be a nurse,”<br />

said Alred. Alred began her career<br />

at Conway Regional in 2007 after<br />

graduating from the Baptist Health<br />

School of Nursing in Little Rock.<br />

Kayla Bond of Conway, RN, 3<br />

South, has been a nurse for seven<br />

years. She was inspired by having<br />

surgery as a teenager. “I was very<br />

scared. The nurses who cared for<br />

me made me decide that I wanted<br />

to provide that same comfort to<br />

others.” She is a graduate of Harding<br />

University College of Nursing.<br />

Catherine Caffrey of Conway,<br />

RN, is a house supervisor at<br />

Conway Regional. She said,<br />

“I literally never wanted to do<br />

anything else. She has been a<br />

nurse since graduation from<br />

Carshalton School of Nursing in<br />

Surrey England 37 years ago.<br />

Katie Cox of Heber Springs, a registered<br />

nurse in the Emergency Room<br />

has 11 years of nursing experience.<br />

After high school, Katie worked in a<br />

family medical clinic and as tech in an<br />

ER before deciding to go to nursing<br />

school at Arkansas Tech. “Both of<br />

those jobs led me down a path of<br />

helping others. I knew I wanted to<br />

serve others in a time when they<br />

needed it the most,” said Cox. <br />

Heather Gray of Conway, RN, is<br />

currently with the William McColgan,<br />

MD, Surgical Clinic. A practicing nurse<br />

for nine years, Gray has worked with<br />

surgeons in the Surgical Associates<br />

Clinic and in the nursing pool at<br />

Conway Regional since 2014. She<br />

worked on the 4 North patient care unit<br />

at Conway Regional early in her nursing<br />

career. “My inspiration for becoming<br />

a nurse was the desire to help people.<br />

I love getting to know my patients, and their families while<br />

helping them through what can be some of the most difficult<br />

times in their lives,” said Gray. “You get to meet a wide range of<br />

people as a nurse and I learn things from each and every one.<br />

I enjoy what I do, some days are really hard but I have never<br />

regretted my decision to work in this field.”<br />

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Tamara Carroll of Conway, RN, said<br />

her desire to become a nurse began<br />

when her mother was diagnosed<br />

with severe congestive heart failure.<br />

At the time, she was 12 years old and<br />

her mother was 30. Carroll said, “She<br />

had the heart of a 70 year old! At one<br />

point in time, she was having to take<br />

16 pills a day. I remember being so<br />

scared that I was going to lose my<br />

mother at a young age. At that time,<br />

I knew I wanted to become a nurse to help prevent this from<br />

happening to someone else’s family member.”<br />

She started nursing school at the age of 18. By the time she<br />

turned 21, Carroll was working as a nurse on a neurology unit<br />

at a Little Rock hospital. She worked there 10 years prior to<br />

moving to Conway. “I chose to come to Conway Regional in<br />

2017 and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Carroll,<br />

who is a nurse on the 3 North patient care unit at Conway<br />

Regional. “This feels like home to me and I am so happy to<br />

work here.” She is a graduate of the Baptist School of Nursing.<br />

Stephanie Ingraham of Conway,<br />

BSN, RN, is the nurse manager for<br />

the third floor at Conway Regional.<br />

She has been a nurse for 10 years.<br />

Of her motivation, Ingraham said,<br />

“My dad was diagnosed with stage<br />

4 colon cancer in 2005. Determined<br />

to take care of my father, and<br />

because of the nursing care he<br />

received from Conway Regional,<br />

it inspired me to pursue nursing.<br />

I can’t see myself doing anything else.” She achieved a<br />

bachelor of science in nursing degree at UALR.<br />

Elisabeth Velte of Conway, RN,<br />

Conway Regional Intensive Care<br />

Nursery, credits her grandmother<br />

as her inspiration for becoming a<br />

nurse. “She was a nurse and she<br />

loved what she did. I got to see<br />

her at the hospital and how her<br />

patients loved her and how she<br />

made a difference. I wanted to<br />

become a nurse and take care of the<br />

babies.” She has worked as a nurse<br />

in Conway Regional Intensive Care Nursery for 29 years,<br />

the duration of her career. She added, “I love working with<br />

the babies and their families in the NICU and seeing them<br />

get well. It is very rewarding.” She is a graduate of the<br />

Arkansas State University School of Nursing.<br />

Amanda Irby of Conway, RN, is<br />

the current nursing director over the<br />

Emergency Department and the critical<br />

care units at Conway Regional. She<br />

has been a nurse for 20 years and<br />

graduated from Harding University<br />

College of Nursing in Searcy. “Nursing<br />

was a natural choice for me and I<br />

became a nurse so I could make a<br />

difference. As a kid, I spent lots of time<br />

‘helping’ in my dad’s taxidermy shop,<br />

visiting my papa’s hospital room and reading mom’s EMT text<br />

books,” explains Irby. “I seemed to be immune to blood and<br />

‘grossness’ and became quite intrigued with anatomy, science<br />

and how the body worked.” Her chosen field of nursing was<br />

easy to determine. “I had an indescribable love for lights, sirens,<br />

and emergencies. I was enthralled with the public responders<br />

in the middle of the action who were helping people in their<br />

worst moments,” she said. “I wanted to be the person that<br />

could take charge of a situation, make snap decisions and give<br />

it my all to make someone else’s day just a little bit better.<br />

Sometimes that someone is a patient or their family member.<br />

Sometimes that someone is an employee or co-worker.”<br />

Lou Ann Oade of Conway, RN,<br />

Labor and Delivery, has been a nurse<br />

for 29 years. Lou Ann started off<br />

her working career in banking but<br />

couldn’t find job satisfaction. “My<br />

sister in law and mother in law were<br />

both nurses so I asked them if I<br />

could do what they did. I enrolled in<br />

nursing school. On my first clinical<br />

day, I knew this was my destiny.”<br />

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truth on the go<br />

Slaying Comparison<br />


Comparison is a trap because it<br />

takes our eyes off of Jesus and His<br />

individual and unique plan for our<br />

lives. At the heart of who we are, we have to<br />

know that God loves us and has a plan for<br />

our lives. We were created in the image of<br />

God to be His image bearers. Nothing about<br />

our lives is an accident and our lives are never<br />

out of God’s control. We ultimately find our<br />

meaning, purpose, direction, and value in the<br />

context of our relationship with Jesus. This<br />

truth is all over scripture. Jesus is the way!<br />

Jesus is the truth! Jesus is the life!<br />

Sometimes life is hard, and we struggle to<br />

understand because we have these hard<br />

places. Places of pain or loss. Places of fear<br />

and regret. Places we never dreamed we<br />

would be with our kids, jobs, physical health,<br />

financial situation, martial relationship, or<br />

unfulfilled dreams. What do we do with<br />

these hard places? It is often the hard places<br />

that leave us vulnerable to the trap of<br />

comparison as we look at ourselves or others<br />

and think... “If only!” “Maybe some day” or<br />

“Why not, me?” It is crucial to remember<br />

that the hard places do not surprise God,<br />

overwhelm God, or negate the plan of God<br />

for our lives! In the midst of the hard places,<br />

God is directing us and always positioning us<br />

for freedom and redemption.<br />

Comparison is multi-faceted. This means<br />

it looks different based on situations and<br />

people. While one person may struggle<br />

with comparison in one area of life, another<br />

persons will struggle with comparison in<br />

a different area of life. Recently, I placed a<br />

question on social media and asked, “How<br />

does comparison steal your joy and focus?”<br />

I was overwhelmed by the number of posts<br />

and inbox messages. Here are a few.<br />

• “I compare myself to everything. Most of<br />

the time I’m comparing myself to other wives<br />

and moms that seem to get it all done. And<br />

then I walk into my kitchen and see dishes<br />

in the sink, laundry on the bedroom floors,<br />

and dirty carpets. The whole time I’m beating<br />

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myself up because things aren’t done, plus<br />

the guilt that I didn’t get the kids to bed with<br />

a bible story and sweet prayer time.”<br />

• “My struggle with comparison shows up<br />

most fiercely as I compare myself with my<br />

own expectations. I’m constantly berating<br />

myself for not measuring up to what or who I<br />

think I should be... in all areas of my life.”<br />

• “I struggle with comparison in the church.<br />

I look at what other people do, as compared<br />

to what I do, and feel like my part does not<br />

matter.”<br />

• “Sometimes being happy for the accomplishments<br />

of friends with ‘normal’ kids can be a<br />

struggle. I often ask why can’t my child be on<br />

the honor roll or receiving the scholarship?”<br />

• “When I tell people my husband’s profession,<br />

immediately an image or stereotype<br />

flashes in their mind that is not me! I am<br />

tired and I isolate myself because I can’t<br />

compare to the preconceived expectations<br />

others place on my life.”<br />

• “I have struggled with body image my entire<br />

life. Here’s the thing, when I was younger,<br />

thinner, I almost always thought I was too big.<br />

I was chasing the perfect image, but no matter<br />

how thin or toned I was, I still felt flawed.<br />

The thing is I look back at pictures now and<br />

wonder, what in the world was I worried<br />

about? I’ve spent so much time letting my<br />

body image steal my joy.”<br />

• “Interacting with groups of women used<br />

to give me major social anxiety. Still does to<br />

a lesser degree. I have to constantly guard<br />

against feelings of inadequacy because I’m just<br />

not as good at friendships and relationships<br />

as other women. I thank God that He has<br />

surrounded me with women who are better at<br />

the social stuff, but I can dwell on how “NOT”<br />

good I am at it and it really steals my joy.”<br />

All of these feelings can lead to a comparison<br />

trap if we put our eyes on ourselves,<br />

others, circumstances, or a temporary<br />

definition of success or wholeness. When<br />

we get caught in the comparison trap, there<br />

is only ONE way out! Psalm 25:15 shows us<br />

the way out of the comparison trap!<br />

“My eyes are ever on the Lord for only<br />

He will release my feet from the snare.”<br />

Let me unwrap this verse for us.<br />

My Eyes: “Where is our focus? Who are we<br />

looking to? What are we looking for? What<br />

is our definition of success? We will look to<br />

and cling to that which matters the most in<br />

our hearts and lives. Our focus determines the<br />

direction of our lives.<br />

Are Ever On: How often are we focusing on<br />

the person or thing that is giving direction to<br />

our lives? “Are ever on” in Hebrew means<br />

continually, perpetually, daily, morning, and<br />

evening, without interruption. This type of<br />

focus denotes commitment, determination,<br />

resolve, and a walk with Jesus that is not<br />

based on circumstances or feelings.<br />

The Lord: Who is the object of our attention<br />

and focus? Notice that everything in this<br />

passage points to THE LORD! Our lives must<br />

mimic this pattern. Everything points to Jesus<br />

and we find our center in Him. He alone is<br />

our safe place, our Rock, our Refuge, our<br />

Standard.<br />

For only He: God is the set apart One! He is<br />

the one Who sees all things, knows all things,<br />

and helps us with all the things. Our path out<br />

of comparison is a path of knowing, loving,<br />

serving and trusting God as we find HIM to<br />

be our all in all.<br />

Will Release My Feet: The word release means<br />

to come forth, to go out, or to proceed. The<br />

word carries the idea of movement. “Feet”<br />

means feet. God gave us feet so we can<br />

walk. The take away: When God sets us free<br />

from the snare of comparison, He is moving<br />

us forward in our walk with Him. He is<br />

changing us into the image of Jesus!<br />

From the Snare: Snare means net and often<br />

is actually translated as net. If you have gone<br />

fishing, you know the purpose of a net. It<br />

is used to capture the fish. When the fish<br />

is caught in the net, it can’t work its way<br />

out. The only way out is to stop fighting<br />

and surrender to the fisherman as he or she<br />

reaches into the net, picks the fish up, and

sets the fish back in the water. The same is<br />

true for us! We can’t work our way out of the<br />

snares, nets, and traps of life. We can try hard,<br />

but we don’t have the resources, abilities,<br />

experiences, or knowledge. We are limited by<br />

sin, flesh, circumstances, and the enemy. The<br />

only way out is to surrender to the ONE who<br />

can remove us from the net. When we do, we<br />

stop fighting and we start trusting. We accept<br />

the good plan God has for us, even if is it<br />

hard or confusing. We start asking the Lord,<br />

“How can this place in my life bring You<br />

glory?” When we do, freedom is ours in Jesus<br />

Christ and comparison is slayed because our<br />

eyes are ever on the LORD!<br />

Now, I want to share my comparison<br />

trap with you. At the end of this<br />

article, I am going to ask you to<br />

identify your comparison trap. The<br />

Lord has challenged me to go first!<br />

A few months ago if you asked me, “Andrea,<br />

what is your comparison struggle?” I probably<br />

would have given the answer: my weight,<br />

my gray hair, my (half) eyebrows, or other<br />

physical things. After walking through three<br />

months of personal evaluation, my answer<br />

is much different. It is much deeper. I share<br />

this struggle with so much transparency and<br />

a desire to proclaim Jesus over this area of my<br />

life. I also want you to know we all have hard<br />

places and struggles. It is so good for us to be<br />

real with ourselves and each other!<br />

Often, I find myself on a stage talking to<br />

or teaching women. And for the most part,<br />

I think people think I have it (somewhat)<br />

together. But what I want to share with you<br />

is that I often wake up in the morning and<br />

wonder, “How can God use a girl like me?”<br />

I come from a place of struggle as I look<br />

at others and wonder why God didn’t call<br />

someone stronger or more gifted or surer or<br />

better able to live out His plan. Before you<br />

think that is a noble or a humble thing, let<br />

me tell you it is not. Sin is at the heart of<br />

this thought because it leads to a constant<br />

comparison mindset as I look to others to<br />

determine if I am “enough” or “OK.”<br />

Here is how it plays out in my life. When I<br />

feel like I measure up to someone’s standard<br />

or level, I feel good about myself. I am<br />

confident and ready to serve. Conversely,<br />

when I think I am not up to a certain<br />

standard or level, I feel anxious and overly<br />

worried about everything like how I look,<br />

what I say, and how I am perceived. The<br />

entire time the reality of my life is that my<br />

eyes are ever on ME instead of the LORD.<br />

That is the deal with comparison. Our eyes<br />

are on ourselves, others, circumstances, and<br />

how the world defines success. This is such<br />

a trap because worldly success or acceptance<br />

is illusive and never the place where God<br />

created us to get our purpose or value.<br />

We can stop the comparison<br />

trap by refocusing on God.<br />

For me this means:<br />

More time in God’s Word. Not checking my<br />

quiet time off my list, but really digging in<br />

to the Bible every single day.<br />

More time in focused prayer. Thanking God<br />

for the struggle and asking Him to use the<br />

struggle to make us more like Jesus.<br />

More time in genuine worship. This is so<br />

important! Genuine worship paves the way<br />

for a change in our focus. Every day we<br />

should praise God, sing to Him, and pray to<br />

Him. This is a total game changer.<br />

More time in real conversations. It is time to<br />

move beyond the masks. We are not OK.<br />

We don’t have it all together. As a result, we<br />

need to engage in real conversations about<br />

real life. Take the chance. Be vulnerable.<br />

God’s GOT you!<br />

Now it is your turn to get<br />

real about comparison.<br />

Think about your comparison trap.<br />

Where do you struggle? What sets you off?<br />

How does the comparison trap<br />

impact your life?<br />

How does the comparison trap<br />

impact your view of God?<br />

What truth from Psalm 25:15 will help<br />

you fight the comparison trap?<br />

When we slay comparison, we avoid the<br />

extremes of we are enough, and we are<br />

not enough. We avoid the temptation of<br />

thinking we have to be someone God never<br />

created us to be because we know that Jesus<br />

is enough. We know who God created us to<br />

be and find joy in living a life of surrender<br />

to His plans and purposes. And there is<br />

peace, rest, hope, and comfort in the One<br />

who made us for Himself no matter how<br />

surprising or difficult life turns out to be.<br />

Andrea Lennon: An “on the go” kind of girl who loves Jesus, Andrea’s life<br />

calling is to teach women to know the truth, live the truth, and share the<br />

truth. Her passion is honest conversation about the topics that drive our<br />

lives and how we can weather the storms through the love and power of<br />

our Lord and His Word. Connect with Andrea at AndreaLennonMinistry.org.<br />

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faulkner fam<br />

Your Names?<br />

Nathan and Taylor Cunningham, and<br />

baby, Lynnley Belle Cunningham<br />


Our <strong>Faulkner</strong> Fam:<br />

the Cunninghams<br />

“<br />

With its 3 colleges, an outstanding school district,<br />

and a great sense of community, it makes Conway<br />

a great place for families, businesses, and anyone<br />

else looking for somewhere to call home.<br />

”<br />

—Nathan Cunningham<br />

How did you decide on the<br />

baby name?<br />

Lynn is Taylor’s middle name, as well<br />

as her mother’s middle name and her<br />

grandfather’s middle name. We’ve<br />

always liked the name Lynnley and<br />

have always had students that we’ve<br />

liked named Lynnley! (Being teachers,<br />

it can be hard to find baby names that<br />

you like...)<br />

When is the baby due?<br />

She’s due July 25!<br />

Where are you from?<br />

We are both from right here in<br />

Conway...we bleed Wampus Cat blue!!<br />

Where do you work and how<br />

long have you been there?<br />

Taylor: I am the Administrative<br />

Director of Dance at Sonshine<br />

Academy. I’ve been working there for<br />

13 years now!! I love my “office job”<br />

but my real passion is teaching my<br />

students. I have the unique opportunity<br />

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to work with students/families for years<br />

and years through Sonshine.<br />

Nathan: I am the Sophomore Band<br />

Director, and Director of the basketball<br />

pep band, Courtside Cats, at Conway<br />

High School. I also assist with other high<br />

school and junior high bands, as well<br />

as teach beginning brass and clarinet at<br />

Simon Middle School. This is my 5th<br />

year as a band director in Conway!<br />

How did you two meet?<br />

We met in high school...13 years ago!<br />

We rode the shuttle bus from (what<br />

used to be) the East Campus to the West<br />

Campus together everyday for choir.<br />

How long have you lived<br />

in <strong>Faulkner</strong> County?<br />

We’ve both lived here our entire lives,<br />

except when Nathan was in school at<br />

the University of Arkansas and lived in<br />

Fayetteville.<br />

If you had to live somewhere<br />

else in the world where would<br />

it be?<br />

Taylor: We just got back from Disney<br />

World...I’d do anything to move there<br />

and work there!<br />

Nathan: In a cabin on the lake. I love<br />

the idea of “the simple life!”<br />

What most excites you<br />

about becoming a parent?<br />

Taylor: It’s exciting to think that she<br />

will be a little bit of me and a little bit<br />

of Nathan. We are both really eccentric<br />

and pretty bizarre...We both embrace<br />

our weirdness! So I think she’ll be just<br />

about the most unique little girl on the<br />

planet! And if she inherits my attitude,<br />

she’ll be proud of it!<br />

Nathan: I’m most excited to hold her<br />

in my arms and feel the overwhelming<br />

love I’ve only heard other parents talk<br />

about. There are many other things I<br />

look forward to, but I keep coming back<br />

to that thought!<br />

What scares you the most<br />

about becoming a parent?<br />

Taylor: Knowing that we are wholly<br />

responsible for making her into a<br />

hardworking, productive member of<br />

society. And teaching her the values<br />

she’ll need to get through life. That’s a<br />

lot to teach a little girl!<br />

Nathan: Honestly... the basic stuff:<br />

knowing if she’s sleepy, hungry, or just<br />

fussy. Once she can indicate to me what<br />

she needs/wants, I think I’ll be fine! And<br />

I’m sure I’ll figure out her needs before<br />

too long, nonetheless, I worry about it.<br />

When you shop local what<br />

stores are always on your list?<br />

Taylor: The Kitchen Store and...does<br />

Round Mountain Coffee count?? I’m<br />

there at least twice a week... and I’m<br />

spending more and more time in Simply<br />

Sweet Kids these days. : )<br />

Nathan: When it comes to local food,<br />

I really enjoy Almost Famous on Hwy<br />

64! The Arkansas Peddler’s Mall on<br />

Hwy 65 in Springhill is my favorite<br />

shopping destination.<br />

What is something<br />

interesting about you?<br />

Taylor: Uhh hot dogs are my very<br />

favorite food? I’m a Disney fanatic?<br />

When I’m at home during the day, I sing<br />

made up songs to our puppy, Ace...he<br />

loves it. Do any of those count??<br />

Nathan: I enjoy lots of different<br />

activities! Here’s a few: fishing, hunting,<br />

investing, videography, gardening,<br />

cooking, and playing with our dog, Ace.<br />

What do you love most<br />

about living in this community?<br />

Taylor: I love that we see people we<br />

know everywhere we go. Having lived<br />

here forever, both of us having families<br />

who know everyone, I’ve been teaching<br />

in Conway since high school, and<br />

Nathan’s been teaching for 5 years...I’m<br />

pretty sure we know everyone in the<br />

county! That’s so reassuring with<br />

Lynnley on the way! We have such an<br />

incredible village!!<br />

Nathan: I love that Conway is a cultural<br />

hub for Central Arkansas. With its 3<br />

colleges, an outstanding school district,<br />

and a great sense of community, it<br />

makes Conway a great place for families,<br />

businesses, and anyone else looking<br />

for somewhere to call “home.” It has<br />

been my home for a long time, and will<br />

continue to be that for years to come.<br />

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