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12 Things Longtime Arkansans Wish They Could Tell Newcomers

As much as Arkansans want to be the most warm and welcoming people in the world, we maybe have a little attitude about folks moving to our state. There has to be a happy medium between being excited to share our love of the Natural State and being endlessly frustrated by the things we find less than appealing about newcomers, right? I propose a solution. Let’s send this list of a dozen things we wish we could say to newcomers to our new neighbors. That way, we can stay polite about the things we’d never really say to anyone anyway and still get the point across.

If you’re looking for more things to send to newcomers, send them this list of dos and dont’s and this list of things they might find surprising. This one here is for the tourists.


J.B. Weisenfels
J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.