Labors of Love

Snuggles For Hire

  On this dreary Monday set amid the continuing current challenges, hopefully this will add a smile to your day.   The current pandemic has encouraged many of us to consider taking on a new challenge or heading in a…

Reading Material

  “I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading has opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read…

Essential Linens

Years ago, my grandfather, Richhard Amis retired from the railroad business in Chicago to a new life in the sleepy town of Mountain Home, Arkansas. I spent many of my best childhood summers helping him with his new business –…

A Bit of Joy

  I’m sure you won’t find it in a nonprofit administration textbook, but my 45 years of nonprofit experience shows me that besides passion and good programming, a successful nonprofit needs two things: someone who can raise buckets of money…

Finding a Positive in COVID-19

  We’ve all experienced it — the Corona Coaster. One moment you’re coping relatively well with our new reality and the next you’re filled with grief, anger and anxiety. Finding things that are better since COVID-19 is a challenge, but…

Fashionable Masks

  I’ve worn mine to brave the grocery, to visit, but not hug, the grandkids and to comfort a friend, who on Mother’s Day, got a call saying that after a long brutal battle, COVID-19 finally defeated her son. My…

Jefferson Chamber’s Bites for Knights

  To show appreciation for all of the first-responder heroes of COVID-19, the Jefferson Chamber Foundation — a charitable foundation that supports the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce with beautification initiatives, professional development and leadership programs — has created the Bites…

Live Oak Cafe

  Mother’s Day is traditionally one of the restaurant industry’s biggest days. Last year, Live Oak Cafe was jumping. The music was humming, and wall-to-wall customers were delightfully devouring shrimp and grits, sweet potato bacon Benedict, and raspberry dream pancakes.…