RiverBender Blog

RiverBender Blog: Rolling With the Punches

BAM — the sound my body made as I crashed into the concrete. This is the risk of roller skating....

RiverBender Blog: Walk This Way

These boots are made for walkin’ and I’ve walked a hole right through them. I recently...

RiverBender Blog: Valentine's Day is No Big Deal

Controversial opinion, maybe, but I’ll be brave and say it: I like Valentine’s Day....

RiverBender Blog: I Married My Best Friend (Sort Of)

One year ago, I married my best friend. Well, sort of. I married him to his best friend....

RiverBender Blog: An Arkansas Adventure for My Fourth-Grade Self

In fourth grade, I did a project on Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. And two days ago, I fulfilled...

RiverBender Blog: Yoga is Less Healing, More Humility

I recently attended a yoga class, and I found out I am apparently not a yoga person. I wanted healin...

RiverBender Blog: In Defense of the Bad Tattoo I Got Last Week

I recently got a $20 tattoo. Some people might argue that this was a mistake. I am one of those...

RiverBender Blog: I Froze for Funds

There are moments in life where you take a good, hard look at yourself and wonder: Why the hell di...

RiverBender Blog: Hanging Out With My Best Friend (AKA My Grandfather)

My grandfather and I are best friends. I don’t know if he knows that, but I firmly believe...

RiverBender Blog: Choosing Compassion at Christmas

Apathy is easy. This was weighing on me recently when I was writing about another bad thing. Unfortunately,...

RiverBender Blog: I Joined the Chain Gang

Standing on the side of the road, cars speeding by with drivers craning their necks to get a good...

RiverBender Blog: Shopping Small on a Budget This Holiday Season

I have to admit something embarrassing: I recently went to Starbucks. Okay, that in and of itself...

RiverBender Blog: Resolutions, Rules and Rembrandt

As we approach the end of the year, I’m reflecting on my New Year’s resolutions. I had...

RiverBender Blog: New Alton Meets Old Alton

My grandparents know a different Alton than I do. Both of them are Riverbend natives, born and...

RiverBender Blog: When Babysitting Cows, Beware the Electric Fence

How do I find myself in these situations? I once watched a TED Talk by Shonda Rhimes about her...

RiverBender Blog: Going Green, Staying Lazy

Call me a hippie, but I’m scared of climate change. Not only am I scared of climate change,...

RiverBender Blog: Fall is for the Comfort Food

The first day of fall is technically in September, but the season really started this weekend, when...

RiverBender Blog: One More Halloweekend Down

BRIGHTON - Friday night was freezing and rainy, but that couldn’t stop the population of Brighton....

RiverBender Blog: I Tried a Local Woman's Sunset Ritual

ALTON - After learning about a local woman’s ritual of watching the sunset, I had to try it...

RiverBender Blog: My Day in the Life of a Lineman

MARYVILLE - You never know where the day will take you. Case in point, this morning I stuffed two rolled-u...

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