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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Citizen Forum (11/30/16)
Dear Citizen, I am writing to you as a disappointed local military wife, and family. When I picked up the Citizen paper of November to see the pictures and articles of the Veterans Parade, I saw that you had put a person of the city council as the Citizen of the week. What you have done is totally disrespectful to me, to this town and to this country. The citizen of the week should have went to the Veterans that have and are still serving our country...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/30/16)
Aries: You can leap over tall buildings in a single bound after a jumpstart on Monday. Pro tip: Next time, don't put the battery cables down your underwear. It takes forever to get the scorch stains out. Taurus: The oasis of sanity calls to you, but you have to dog-paddle through the neck-deep river of bat-crap crazy first. Lounge chairs are provided, but you must bring your own towel...
The Natural Way: Hairy situation (11/30/16)
The hair on top of our head is seen by everybody and often it is what folks base their first impression upon. Additionally, it does provide a protective function to our head and body. A good diet and proper supplementation can enhance hair health. We all know of male pattern baldness; however, many do not know that women often lose hair count or the thickness of individual strands thins with age. ...
From the Editor: Thankful for Eureka (11/22/16)
When Gideon and I first started dating, things were a little rocky. We were both finishing our undergraduate degrees and trying to figure out what would happen next. We were stressed out, perpetually cranky and didn't make a whole lot of effort to understand each other...
Citizen Forum (11/22/16)
Here are a few additional notes to your "Looking Back" article on the Eureka Springs Courthouse in the Nov. 17, 2016 edition of the Lovely County Citizen. My additions are as follows: 1. Western Carroll County became a Judicial District in 1883, but it was 25 years before we got a courthouse, and then it was a struggle, as two of the Western District Quorum Court members hid out so they wouldn't have to vote on establishing said courthouse, but my grandfather, Mayor Claude A. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/22/16)
Aries: If you love something, set it free. If it doesn't come back to you, track it down through that chip you implanted on it. It was only supposed to go out for snacks, anyway. Taurus: You're so down in the dumps, love couldn't lift you up even if it had a strong back and a set of pulleys. Crawl out of your hole and make the effort to socialize. But first, blink a lot until you get used to the sunshine again...
The Natural Way: South Beach is the way to go (11/22/16)
I talk up the South Beach diet plan a great deal as this is the way I think most people should eat. Also, back in my early days of medicine I was with the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital where we routinely collaborated with cardiologists from South Beach and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Some of the physicians mentioned in the original South Beach book are known to me. The South Beach plan is rock-solid, tasty, easy and based upon the glycemic index...
From the Editor: Love wins (11/16/16)
Last week, I interviewed Zeek Taylor about his new memoir, "Out of the Delta." We spoke about his childhood, his family and how he was the first man to marry another man in Arkansas, or any southern state for that matter. Zeek was wearing a Hillary Clinton pin, so we talked a little about the election, too...
Citizen Forum (11/16/16)
The popular vote for the 2016 presidential election was 60,584,3 01 for Hillary. D.J. Trump's was 60,110,335 (calculated minus some absentee votes). I had to subtract three times through my tears and astonishment. I finally got a total of 473,966 more votes for Hillary...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/16/16)
Aries: The stars are aligned for you. Too bad they're just queuing up for the chance to kick your butt. When you get tired, turn the other cheek. Taurus: You'll be showered with money on Thursday. Dry yourself thoroughly, or you may have nickels lodged in some embarrassing places. Don't ask about the dimes...
The Natural Way: Coping with depression (11/16/16)
Especially now and almost any time of the year can be emotionally tough for many people, so a column on depression is timely. While everyone feels blue or down every now and then, true depression is different. The symptoms are pretty broad, with all patterns having a base of irritability, anxiety and reduced hope. ...
From the EDITOR: Angry and sad (11/09/16)
This isn't the column that was supposed to be here today. I was supposed to write about how we just elected our first woman president. I was supposed to tell all of you how wonderful it is that our country rejected a racist, sexist man in favor of a woman who holds progressive views and is willing to work across the aisle to get things done...
Citizen Forum (11/09/16)
Dear editor, Halloween on White Street was a huge success, proving again that Eureka Springs is the place for good old-fashioned family fun. Head counts vary up and down the block, but most reports agree as many as 1,500 trick or treaters were served. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/09/16)
Aries: You will meet a tall, dark man with a beard. He likes to watch 'My Little Pony' in his PJs. So do you! Order pizza and see what else you have in common, like tangoing nude or collecting margarine wrappers. Taurus: Find the truth within. You may have to dig through the layers of memorized 'The Bachelor' contestants, but you'll finally strike truthy gold...
The Natural Way: Choose the right supplement (11/09/16)
Of course I support our local organic farmers and the healthy/fresh produce we get year-round. It is true that we all need to get our nutritional needs met first through food choice. You can be sure I do this at my home. But therapeutic levels of a nutritional supplement may be needed for well-being that just can't be gotten by eating good food. Choosing the right supplement and the right amount is the key to, perhaps, avoiding synthetic medicine...
From the Editor: A Halloween to remember (11/02/16)
Like many of you, Halloween has been a favorite holiday of mine since childhood. I'm an avid fan of horror movies and loved seeing all the creative, bloody costumes growing up. The generous amount of candy wasn't too bad either. So you can imagine my excitement when Gideon and I headed out to White Street on Monday night. ...
Citizen Forum (11/02/16)
It is getting late in the game to save the Ozarks from ourselves. We support the sales and use tax that has been proposed by Mayor Butch Berry and the Eureka Springs City Council. Their investigation of the chronic underfunding of the city water and wastewater infrastructure and courage in facing the problem are commendable. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/02/16)
Aries: It's blue skies and smooth sailing ahead, so quit worrying. No one saw what you did last Thursday, and the ferret is too busy picking cotton candy and glitter out of his fur to tell. Taurus: You can bring a little light into someone's life by being kind, or you can just throw a four-pack of LED bulbs at them and tell them to find happiness on their own...
The Natural Way: A product with many uses (11/02/16)
A very long-term local asked me to write about a very useful product. People have by accident found this to help them in many ways. Though I've written about this odd situation and product before, I thought I'd update the information. With fall weather here, perhaps this is something to think about for arthritis and pain...
From the Editor: Adventures in online shopping (10/26/16)
When you're feeling down, it's always nice to have that one friend you can lean on. I'm lucky to have a few close friends, but I've found nothing can cheer me up the way online shopping can. Online shopping is a friend that is literally always there...
Citizen Forum (10/26/16)
My comments are in response to last week's letter "A Reason to Vote Republican." Although the gentleman said he didn't really like Donald Trump and might have found Trump's sexist comments "offensive," he is still going to vote for him because Trump is anti-choice. The letter writer seems full of rage, mental torment and hatred, all of which are harmful to one's health and a peaceful world...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/26/16)
Aries: Time may not be on your side, but it's definitely straddling the fence. Hang on for a few more days, because there's a bull in the pasture, and Time is wearing red underwear. It will be knocked over to you soon. Taurus: Why wait to make your dreams come true? All you need are a dozen tiny corsets, your Mom's Beanie Babies collection and an open-minded photographer who likes to get paid in beer...
The Natural Way: Supplement your health (10/26/16)
From time to time, doing a cleanup of all the health odds and ends is a good thing to do. By the end of reading this, you'll have a handle on diets, weight loss, safety of aspirin and NSAIDs. Finishing with a short list of my favorite supplements can give you a starting place to do good things for yourself and family...
Citizen Forum (10/19/16)
Dear Editor, I own a large retail business in Eureka Springs. Customers complain daily about the high sales tax we have in town now. Raising the sales tax will hurt my business and all businesses here. Tourists are shocked with the tax rate we have now for lodging, food, and merchandise. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/19/16)
Aries: You're not the wind beneath someone's wings, you're more like the swift, cold gust that accompanies an air horn blast. You'll ruffle some feathers, but they will thank you once they untangle themselves from the ceiling fan. Taurus: That moodiness doesn't become you, and it doesn't fit the delights of the autumn season. If you can't cheer up, at least add some pumpkin spice to your despair. You'll be trendy and you'll smell marvelous...
The Natural Way: Obsolete herbs (10/19/16)
The native tribal healers were killed; those old crones were burned as witches and the Civil War devastated rural towns along with entire cultures. Healing knowledge has been gained and lost though out our history. The use of herbal medicine was devastated and today there are a number of herbs, which are considered obsolete by many modern practitioners. ...
From the Editor: Don't let Trump fool you (10/12/16)
Here are the facts: Donald Trump was recorded bragging about the way he sexually assaults women. He stated that he kisses women and grabs their genitals without consent. He defended these statements Sunday night by calling them "locker room talk." He deflected from his indiscretions by pointing out the things Bill Clinton has allegedly said about women...
Citizen Forum (10/12/16)
This is to my Christian friends. Since my previous letter about the corrupt Donald Trump, he has been exposed in a new low. I am assuming you heard his "locker room banter" discussing how the newly married, faithful groom would love to f"Nancy," how she had good t*****s, how he continually pushed himself upon women with his breathy kisses and, generally, how he considered women to be meat for his gluttonous appetite...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/12/16)
Aries: You are unstoppable on Friday. Make sure it's because you're full of energy, not because a squirrel chewed through your brake lines. Don't worry, there will be a comically large pile of pillows you can crash into at the end of the day. Taurus: To err is human, but your epic fail is heading into Bigfoot territory. Make amends before someone chases you around the woods with a bird caller and a disposable camera...
The Natural Way: Natural approach to dementia (10/12/16)
This is an amazingly beautiful world. It can also be equally cruel. Nowhere is this more easily seen than with the ailment of Alzheimer's disease. While there has been much attention given to this type of dementia recently, not much has been said about the natural approach. The natural supplements can mostly be used alongside the prescribed drugs...
From the Editor: Raising awareness (10/05/16)
It was the summer before my senior year of college. I returned to school a month early to help out in the public relations office and was staying with my then boyfriend until student housing opened up. The month before I came back to school, I decided to start eating better and exercising more...
Citizen Forum (10/05/16)
I am increasingly disturbed over white, working-class people cheering on Donald Trump. I watch his rantings on TV and the all-white crowd behind him wave obscene anti-Hillary signs. It is sadly ironic that Trump's policies will never benefit workers and yet, white, working class people believe he stands for them. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/05/16)
Aries: To your mind, you're boasting a hefty lightsaber, but to everyone else, you're waving around a dollar store glow stick. If you want someone to ooh and aah over your hardware, you need to up the wattage. Taurus: You've been jumping through a lot of hoops lately. If you're not practicing for America's Got Talent auditions, someone has tamed your inner tiger. Give 'em a growl and show the beast within before they dress you in adorable cat outfits...
The Natural Way: How to avoid the flu (10/05/16)
Here we are in October and flu season is typically months away, but already there are fears being generated. Scary words are being televised and flu vaccine booths are popping up in grocery stores like weeds. No one knows what flu strain will be strongest this year, so being vaccinated may be helpful for some and not others. For sure, right now is the time to begin adjusting your supplements and herbals...
From the Editor: No debate (09/28/16)
On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated for the first time. I watched the debate live with Gideon, our friend Kelby and BJ the cat. We were all astounded at how easily Clinton beat Trump. Gideon predicted before the debate began that Trump would be more reserved, and Kelby said he was afraid Clinton would be harshly judged for the way she reacted to whatever ridiculous thing Trump had to say. ...
Citizen Forum (09/28/16)
I understand the frustration of supporters of Bernie and the other ignored legitimate candidates. Our campaign and election systems need some serious changes. The debates and news coverage have to be expanded. It's how we get to know these candidates and other issues (issues we may not even have considered). ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/28/16)
Aries: Be the thing no one expects, like a dozen Legos scattered across the carpet. You'll have people hopping and screaming in the middle of the night. Taurus: Monday will be the best of times and the worst of times, and that's just the first couple of hours before lunch. Pack extra undies, because it's going to be a long drama llama day...
The Natural Way: Try homeopathic medicine (09/28/16)
We live in a world that is hard to understand ... sometimes impossible. Some people rely on science to sort things out, some use faith and most people use a little bit of both flavored with the practicality of luck. Homeopathic medicine is an interesting field that challenges science and belief. ...
From the Editor: Sleepless in Eureka (09/22/16)
If you ask my mother, she'll tell you I never slept as a child. She'll probably say this in a tone that lets you know just how much sleep she lost because I couldn't quite grasp the concept of it. I think she's over-exaggerating a bit, but it's true that I've always had a problem with falling asleep when I need to...
Citizen Forum (09/21/16)
To the Editor, Harvey and I were very excited to see that the Hoedown was back in Eureka Springs with our friend, Mike Nichols, as the star. We saw the show Saturday night and it is better than ever. We need a good music show in Eureka Springs. Remember the days when we had three or four of them? The Hoedown is one of the best shows we have ever seen. It is funny, fast-moving, filled with energy and fun...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/21/16)
Aries: Monday will be the cherry on top. Enjoy it, just don't dig to see what's under all that whipped cream, unless you really like kinky surprises. Remember, the universe doesn't ask what your favorite flavor is. Taurus: If you're tired of walking the straight and narrow, buy a unicycle. You'll discover fascinating ditches, bumps in the sidewalks and road rash. Try not to cry when all the hipsters laugh at you...
The Natural Way: The benefits of selenium (09/21/16)
Unlike many well-proven supplements, selenium has crossed into the realm of acceptance by the conservative establishment. It is such a non-assuming mineral that I suppose it poses no threat to anyone. Selenium has been on the market shelves for decades and has been a potent yet quiet healer...
From the Editor: Raise your voice (09/14/16)
As some of you already know, the Citizen is sponsoring an essay contest for anyone between 14 and 19. The contest focuses on texting while driving, and the entries are meant to resemble an opinion column. There's a lot to be excited about when it comes to this contest, but I'd say one of the best parts is that the three winning essays will be published in the Citizen...
Citizen Forum (09/14/16)
Editor, Well done, Mayor Berry, for the follow through to make East Mountain Drive a safer street. Well done, councilman Thomas, for your instrumental role and guidance throughout the process. Well done, Kim Stryker, for your never-ending courtesy and patience, and the civic lessons you taught me. Well done, friends and neighbors that played a part in this accomplishment. Results have been positive; there has been more adherence to the 25 mph speed limit...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/14/16)
Aries: Everything can be improved by chocolate, but you'll need to dip all of Tuesday in a giant vat of Hershey's best to get through it. When someone puts your feet to the fire, yank them back, grab marshmallows and make s'mores. Taurus: Roses are red, violets are blue, but flowers won't help the trouble you're into. Better move up the price chart to jewelry or spa certificates unless you want to sleep under the porch tonight...
The Natural Way: Eat local veggies (09/14/16)
Sadly, the summer bonanza of fresh veggies is beginning to slow down. Peppers and okra are still plentiful, but the local tomato is harder and harder to find, as is fresh basil. Summer squash is still to be had, as are just a few of the fall variety that is just beginning to show at the farmer's market. Local is best...
Citizen Forum (09/07/16)
Today the residents on East Mountain Road are a little safer due to the fast response and dedication of two city aldermen, Bob Thomas and David Mitchell with direct support by Mayor Butch Berry. The speed bumps were recently installed with warning signs along East Mountain Road in response to safety concerns aired during city council meetings that informed the city council about hazards experienced by residents walking on East Mountain Road...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/07/16)
Aries: You're a wild combination of good deeds and dirty thoughts this week. Feel free to help an old lady across the street, just don't let her see that battery-operated rocket in your pocket. You might get more than you bargained for. TAURUS: Tuesday is a fantastic day if you want to get things done. If you don't? Too bad. Pick up a mop and a barrel of bleach, because your room looks like a Jackson Pollack painting under a blacklight...
The Natural Way: A supplement to remember (09/07/16)
In researching anything new regarding dementias including Alzheimer's, I came across a little-known supplement worthy of consideration. Of course I checked it out on PubMed through the National Library of Medicine finding university-published science looking at usefulness. One early clinical trial (on people) is underway but dozens of scientific studies have been done. The supplement is called Uridine...
From The Editor: Love without boundaries (08/31/16)
I met Dora in the first grade. She was in my class, and that was a good enough reason to be friends. It didn't take long for us to become best friends, spending weekends at each other's houses and creating exclusive clubs only the coolest first-graders could join. We had vivid imaginations and would sometimes pretend we were on a game show, with her older brother serving as the host. Our favorite game show was "$100,000 Pyramid." I stand by that today...