“We can disagree about something and still move on together. Still be a family. This is my dream for Arkansas and our country.”

Gwen Faulkenberry

Whether it’s the classroom or the virtual space, Gwen Faulkenberry, Arkansas Strong’s curator and featured writer, knows a thing or two about bringing people together. Where Gwen’s gift shines brightest? It’s at FFF Ranch, named for her family, where her Ozark kinfolk share life.

In a piece for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Gwen ponders Arkansas’s familial makeup, complete with family spats and disagreements (Thanksgiving dinner, anyone?) that can lead to full knock-down dragouts, as she puts it.

Families are messy and boisterous and disagree,” she writes. “Our best chance for a healthy, prosperous state is to trust each other.”

Read “We really are one big family” here.