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Mom picks a farm life for 3 sons

By Linda Haymes

This article was published August 3, 2014 at 3:32 a.m.

THEIR RURAL OASIS: An Arkansan is included in a Smithsonian magazine travel feature, "Exploring the American Experience: The Soul of the South." The article, appearing in the July-August issue, by noted travel writer Paul Theroux concludes with an interview with Delores Walker Robinson, 42, a black mother who returned to her hometown of Palestine to raise her three sons, ages 12 to 22, on a 42-acre farm. She says she did so to keep them away from the temptations and dangers often found in urban life.

"I didn't want my sons to live the harsh life of the city," she told Theroux as they walked through her cow pasture. "I felt I would lose them to the city -- to the crimes and problems that you can't escape."

On her farm, Robinson raises goats and cows with help from Heifer International. She began with two heifers and now has 10 cows. She also has sheep, geese, chickens and ducks and grows feed corn.

PLAY BALL! A Little Rock Junior Deputy baseball team of 12-year-olds will represent the Southwest region in the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series beginning Friday in Aberdeen, Md. The World Series brings together the 10 best teams from within the Babe Ruth League from around the nation, as well as eight international teams.

OFF THE AIR: Matt Mosler, co-anchor of KARK 4's Today morning news show for the past five years, announced Friday that he is leaving the station to join the pastoral staff of New Life Church. He will begin at the Greater Little Rock campus Sept. 1, working with the church's Connect classes and helping lead the men's ministry. Mosler says he will maintain his leadership of the CrossHeirs Retreat Center in Humphrey.

A VOICE SILENCED: Margot Adler of New York, a longtime NPR journalist who died of cancer Monday at 68, had an Arkansas connection. She was born in Little Rock in 1946 to her parents, Dr. Kurt Alfred Adler and Freyda Nacque Adler, moving to New York shortly afterward, according to obituaries.

In 1979, she began as a general assignment reporter for NPR where her reports often aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

Adler, also a Wiccan priestess and a pioneering activist in modern paganism, wrote Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today, published in 1979.

HIGH NOTE: Nicky Parrish of Little Rock (Central High class of '88) was recently featured on BET Network's Apollo Live show at the historic New York theater, where she won the competition for her performance of "I Will Always Love You."

ARKIE FEASTS: The Food Network's show Eating America with Anthony Anderson premiered Monday. The show visits festivals around the country spotlighting food. The debut episode featured the Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off held in the Columbia County city. Those who missed the initial airing can watch for it in reruns.

Contact Linda S. Haymes at (501) 399-3636 or lhaymes@arkansasonline.com

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