I grew up hearing my grandmother’s stories of how the 19th of June was celebrated when she was a child in Southwest Arkansas. She said the community would only work a half day, then make a picnic lunch to take out to a field where the men would play baseball…


When faced with a decision, a dear college friend would always remind us, “No regrets, man. No regrets.” At the time, it sometimes seemed like a nudge to do whatever it was I was thinking about. But now I look differently on the advice to have not regrets, and I…


Yesterday, I arrived home in the US from a business trip in London. It was the Saturday before Fall Back Sunday and although that timing wasn’t planned, it worked out well, giving me an extra hour to recover from jet lag. While I’m not a fan of Daylight Savings Time…


I was one of the last of our group to realize what had happened. I was returning home from a conference in Johannesburg and was looking forward to being on vacation for the next few weeks. It had been a long but inspiring trip — consulting on new uses of…


No one ever asked me why I did it. It just never came up, even after all these years and so many interviews. They always focused on the king or the thousand and one stories: How did I think of them all? Was I ever scared a story wouldn’t be…


Griffin Henry Belk wiped his brow as he looked up at the hot Arkansas sun. That stubborn mule he’s driving (or trying to drive) simply refuses to pull the plow. Finally, the mule decided to move. “Good,” Griffin thought. “Maybe I’ll be able to finish up before sundown.” It wouldn’t…


A Suite: Pi celebrates Pi Day with seven musical compositions based on the mathematical constant pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In our usual base ten, pi is the familiar 3.141592653. The digits go on both randomly and forever.

But in other number bases, pi is…

Karama Neal

Karama Neal promotes equity in education, health, and opportunity for all people through teaching, research, practice, advocacy, and service.

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