One of the leaders who helped me set up interviews arranged for me to see the Clinton Library as well as a have a tour with the principal of Little_Rock_Central_High_School. They were great! I especially appreciated the tour of the high school and learning more about the Little Rock Nine. I was too young to remember that event, but I do remember the civil rights movement of the 1960s. I admire their strength and courage in persevering against tremendous odds for something that they believed in.
I also had the pleasure of meeting a family who have been able to work together through issues of severe chronic pain and bipolar disorder that their husband and father struggles with. I admired their spirit and appreciated the reminder that prayer and faith are an indispensable part of managing the disorder. He also talked about the importance of humor, talking through issues, forgiveness, and letting others help: "it's good for everyone, both giver and receiver, when help is offered and accepted."
I had some time to take in a few of the sites around downtown Little Rock.
|A view of the hotel and the sculpture garden|
|The Peabody Hotel Ducks|
|These sculptures are part of a sculpture garden along the river front|
|One of my favorites|
|The first state capitol, now a museum with a great exhibit about the role of women on the Arkansas frontier|
|These fun sculptures were near a park featuring old log houses|
|At the riverfront open air market|
Little Rock will never be just another dot on a map to me again.