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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/28/15)
Aries: Putting your best foot forward isn't an option with those toenails. Try sticking in your best elbow or kneecap. The other person will be too confused to realize how strange you truly are. Taurus: If you can't make something right, you can at least make it sparkle. A few glitter bombs around the office will distract your boss from your latest screw-up, just make sure no one knows you did it...
The Natural Way: Hearty foods for winter (01/28/15)
This is the time of the year for hearty foods. Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard and Spaghetti squash is as plentiful and cheap as are root veggies such as parsnips, potatoes and carrots. Storing them in a cool yet dry area at home will keep them fresh for a long time. ...
Citizen Forum (01/28/15)
Eureka needs diversity in businesses, too Note: This letter is in response to a letter that ran Jan. 22, titled "How to ensure Eureka's future." Having been a regular visitor to Eureka for well over 20 years, I'd like to add my perspective to the discussion about our future with Eureka. I currently spend part of the winter here as I consider it mild, compared to the north country and consider Eureka my second home...
FROM THE EDITOR: Eureka needs a unified vision (01/28/15)
Eureka needs a unified vision The message of change reverberates throughout the hallowed rooms of city hall, where ghosts of town leaders past keep a careful watch over those now in their positions who are forging forward with a new vision for the city. It is echoed time and again in city council and CAPC meetings, in letters to the editor, in downtown galleries...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/22/15)
Aries: It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Seriously, you need to find that glass eye and put it back on your uncle's nightstand before he wakes up. He doesn't need to know where that thing has been. Taurus: Every moment has a story, but no one wants to hear your Greek tragedy over the coffee run this morning. What you did with that crazy blonde who wore the eyepatch? Completely different matter...
The Natural Way: Rhodiola for emotional and physical health (01/22/15)
Living a happy life, not surprisingly, adds to health and longevity. A supplement that I particularly like is Rhodiola (often part of an adrenal support formula) which helps us smile more easily and does much more. But, first I'm writing about the nature of emotional health to be sure you and I are on the same page...
Citizen Forum (01/22/15)
How to ensure Eureka's future Editor: I keep seeing in the local papers the wringing of hands as everyone worries about tourist numbers going down, shops closing and what to do about it. From my perspective the causes are simple -- greed and short-sightedness. ...
Citizen Forum (01/15/15)
Thank you to our emergency personnel My husband and I would like to take this opportunity to express our profound thanks to all the First Responders who assisted me with the accident I had in my home, a few months ago. I want to thank each of you for your quick response, the professionalism, care, and your respectful manner in which you handled the emergency. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/15/15)
Aries: The world may not slow down for you, but that doesn't mean it can throw you off, either. Ride the day like a mechanical bull in a Texas bar, and throw in the occasional 'Yee Haw!' just to keep your coworkers on their toes. Taurus: Forget candy and roses. Show your sweetie you still care by giving them the remote and sitting through that five-hour PBS special on bees throughout history. That's true love. Well, that, and not making them wear the Robert Downey, Jr. mask in bed anymore...
The Natural Way: Supplements the key to avoiding synthetic medications (01/15/15)
Of course I support our local organic farmers and the healthy/fresh produce we get year round. It is true we all need to get our nutritional needs met first through food choice. You can be sure I do this at my home. But, people cannot receive therapeutic levels of a nutritional supplements solely through eating food. Choosing the right supplement and the right amount is the key to, perhaps, avoiding synthetic medicine...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/08/15)
Aries: You've fallen in love, but some stupidity has splashed up on your pants leg. Don't worry, a Sham Wow and taking your sweetie to meet your parents will throw cold water on that stain. Taurus: Success is in your corner when you drop all the New Year's resolutions and go with goals like "Keep breathing" and "Don't carry ferrets on your head." Take that, people who are dieting right now...
The Natural Way: Supplements fight major diseases (01/08/15)
The headline read "7 diseases cost state billions, study says." That is billions with a "B." Arkansas has the third highest numbers of diseases per capita, beaten only by West Virginia and Tennessee. Missouri did better than Arkansas; but the closer you get to state borders, likely more similarities occur...
Citizen Forum (01/08/15)
Ghosts at The Crescent Dear Editor: Wow what a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We stayed in the Crescent Hotel. Yep, you guessed it. I saw a ghost. At home when I have trouble going to sleep I walk and pace around until I would feel more comfortable in bed. Well, I had trouble sleeping that night. At about 3 a.m. I got out of our third-floor room and starting to pace the halls...
FROM THE EDITOR: What I've learned in my quest to the Great Divide (01/08/15)
What I've learned in my quest to the Great Divide I've spent a week pondering what to write in this space. I thought about talking about how much I love my kids, and how happy I am about life and my career. Alas, career and kids are the milestones that define an independent woman, right? Then I realized that though those things are indeed important, they are temporary -- everything in life is temporary -- in the grand scheme of things. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/31/14)
Aries: You can sneak up on the new year and give it a goose, but it might honk your horn in return. Best to slide up on it gently and feed it some dry bread unless you want to walk funny until spring. Taurus: If someone has you by the horns, relax. There are far worse places to grab, and those will get yanked this weekend. Just pray they don't have cold hands...
The Natural Way: Adjust your supplements (12/31/14)
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. It's time to ramp up the amount of Vitamin D you take daily in anticipation of winter. I personally take 6,000 iu/day. This is good to do to keep respiratory diseases at bay. When colds start to show up, flu won't be far away; so here is a primer on natural care for these predictable nasties...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/24/14)
Aries: Every time you turn over a new leaf, there's some mold or a weird-looking frog underneath. Quit raking up the past, and just accept yourself for who you are, warts and all. Except that big, slimy one. You should get that checked. Taurus: The best gift you can give yourself is compassion and patience. They will serve you well while trying to return that sparking shower massager your mother-in-law gave you...
The Natural Way: Think globally, act locally (12/24/14)
Think globally, act locally. We've all heard this slogan a million times and intuitively understand the wisdom but struggle with how to implement it in a way which has meaning. Certainly, with the immense events of the last year, we all have had a lesson on the broad interconnections of a global community. ...
Citizen Forum (12/24/14)
Sounding off on Republican policies Editor: You published a letter in your Dec. 18 edition that was a remarkable, pseudo-intellectual attempt to define bigotry, while at the same time was a prime example of bigotry. It is not much of a logical argument to quote Wikipedia or attempt to explore the word's origins. This waste of ink and space covers up a bigoted attack on those who point out the inhumaneness of Republican policies...
FROM THE EDITOR: Honoring Laura: Court reform, not elitism, needed for Carroll County (12/24/14)
Laura Aceves' three children won't be celebrating Christmas with their mother -- again. Instead, Aceves' mother, Laura Ponce, who has been caring for her grandchildren since her daughter's murder on New Year's Eve 2012, continues to fight for reform of the Carroll County judicial system...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/18/14)
Aries: Life is passing you by only because it's in better shape than you are. You could do some cardio to catch up or just wait by the jogging path with a softball bat. Life moves a lot slower when it has to ice its knee every hour. Taurus: Whenever you feel alone, remember that you have 57 followers on Twitter. Odds are at least one of them is a real person, but the others are spambots trying to sell you naughty videos and real estate...
Citizen Forum (12/18/14)
Cooperation makes festival a success EDITOR: Sometimes the stars align, the weather cooperates and months of planning work out. That is exactly the case for last Saturday's events downtown and the whole of the EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival. One merchant commented that they had happy kids munching on marshmallow snowmen while their parents happily shopped along Main Street...
FROM THE EDITOR: Peering through the torture matrix: What the press missed (12/18/14)
As I combed through the Senate Intelligence Committee's just-released report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation and detention programs, my boyfriend, who served as a Navy Corpsman, sat next to me. Though we do not talk about his experiences, I saw right away this is a sensitive issue for not just him, but for all of our troops, and for those of us who were directly involved in helping them in some way...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/11/14)
Aries: Your guilt squishes you down like a bacon press into a hot pan. Make amends for your wrongheadedness before you start to pop and sizzle in a pool of fat and regret. Taurus: You want to be a better person, if only it didn't take so much actual work. Give a cheer if you have the energy, because a shortcut to sainthood will pop up on Friday. Take it and you'll be someone's hero of the day...
The Natural Way: Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (12/11/14)
An ad on television sells a prostate medicine to a group of aging good buddies. They are having a heckuva good time driving to a fly fishing camp. None have to stop on the road at the nearest Texaco station due to a "growing problem, not a going problem" as they use this new prescribed drug. ...
Citizen Forum (12/11/14)
Silver Tea time for tigers Editor: On behalf of the Episcopal Church women of St. James, I want to sing the praises of everyone who helped to make this year's Silver Tea simply spectacular! First, our heartfelt thanks go to Elise Roenigk, whose partnership and generous support makes this a truly iconic event for the City of Eureka Springs. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Citizens United ... against fluoride (12/11/14)
Over the past two weeks, I have received calls, emails and letters from many of you who adamantly oppose the mandated fluoridation of water in the Carroll-Boone Water District, and subsequently, Eureka Springs. I am new to the issue and at first was unsure about why exactly a whole community that tends to disagree on most things could unite to fight against fluoridation of its water. ...
The Natural Way: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (12/03/14)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments among younger adults. Though, often thought of as an older person's problem those in their twenties and thirties suffer as well. Some people include other digestive ailments such as colitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease in the overall category of IBS but technically Irritable Bowel doesn't have either the level of internal inflammation nor the severity of symptoms as these. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/03/14)
Aries: You're convinced that no good deed goes unpunished. If you're lucky, though, karma will wear that little leather number while she oils up the paddle. Looks like you're lining up a whole string of charitable acts. Taurus: Opportunity doesn't always knock. Sometimes it slips a note under the bathroom door. Be prepared to grab your pants and run toward your chance at the big time. You can always buy new underwear later...
Citizen Forum (12/03/14)
Editor: (This letter is in reaction to an opinion by a professor at the University of Texas who wrote defending keeping wild animals in captivity. He opined that as long as the wild animals were provided with adequate conditions, that captivity was not inherently detrimental)...
FROM THE EDITOR: Without darkness there is no light (12/03/14)
Creed's Scott Stapp had a meltdown that went viral on YouTube last week. The flurry of comments from the public ranged from "he's crazy" to "he's in pain." It got me thinking. I began thinking about my mom, who passed away four years ago today. And I thought about the source of Stapp's heavy lyrics that I've used so many times for inspiration...
Citizen Forum (11/26/14)
Editor: This is in response to George Macy's recent letter. Regarding the 8.2% drop in revenue in September, it comes after 9.1% and 12.7% increases the prior two months and an 18% increase we had in March. Cherry-picking one low month is not a fair way to judge the CAPC...
FROM THE EDITOR: America, and the meaning of liberty (11/26/14)
Last week, President Obama announced a much-anticipated series of executive actions intended to "crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons but not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes so they can remain in the U.S. temporarily without fear of deportation."...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/19/14)
Aries: You're ready to spread your wings and fly, if only you could quit shaking your tailfeathers for five minutes. Let people bask in your glorious plumage for one more round and get up to some sky-soaring business. Taurus: The plan you've cooked up to make your family get along will fail. The good news? It goes so hilariously wrong that you'll sell the rights and your half-witted scheme becomes a huge Disney movie...
The Natural Way: Resisting antibiotics (11/19/14)
I couldn't help but be amazed at the number of health-related articles in the large daily newspaper. A large portion of news articles were dedicated to the medical community's concerns about bacterial resistance to prescription drugs. An almost equal amount of column space was dedicated to saying how vaccines are a viable solution to drug resistance if only people would submit to that line of thinking. ...
Citizen Forum (11/19/14)
Editor: The City Advertising and Promotion Commission has reported an alarming decline in tax revenues, a drop of 8.2 percent for September 2014 as compared to September 2013. It is clearer than ever that it is time to clean house at CAPC. Charles Ragsdell, Chairman of CAPC, and Mike Maloney, its Executive Director, have demonstrated repeatedly that they are not up to the task of promoting the town and attracting visitors. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Daring greatly to revive tourism in Eureka (11/19/14)
I spent much of the past week talking to business owners, community leaders, locals and visitors to Eureka about the tourism economy in Eureka and found that while there are opposing viewpoints on the best solution, the consensus is that Eureka needs an economic revival that is best accomplished through bolstering tourism...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/12/14)
Aries: Lost love may be forever, but the lost remote is still waiting for you behind the second couch cushion to the right. Make its day by playing an Air Supply song when you dramatically fling the cushion aside and embrace it. Taurus: Of course you're busy and stressed, but take a hint when the kids say your hair looks just like the fur on that dead chipmunk the cat brought in this morning. Make the extra effort today, and you'll have more on your hands than a recently deceased chipmunk...
The Natural Way: Creatine gets a bad rap (11/12/14)
This is the second writing on the unsung heroes in the supplement world. My next few columns will focus on these well known but mostly forgotten wall flowers. Just like in our lives there are those that are steadfast and quiet. We know they are there but are so humble it is very easy to just not see them and take them for granted. ...
Citizen Forum (11/12/14)
Editor, I have heard very little concern about that huge, and obvious arson pallet wood fire at the King's River on Highway 62. I called ADEQ and spoke with them about it. They told me that they would send up an inspector. As I mentioned, I knew this pile would be set on fire. And, it is still burning. There are two issues and possible outcomes:...
FROM THE EDITOR: Eureka! The catalyst for freedom and justice (11/12/14)
When government becomes bigger than the people, when it no longer serves those it represents -- when it hurts those same people -- it is by definition, tyrannical. Issues that involve the welfare of a community as a whole and could significantly affect generations to come -- including but not limited to the current debate over the ordinance banning circuses from coming to Eureka -- should be left solely to the citizens of Eureka to decide...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/05/14)
Aries: No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, but no one expects the cable installer to be on time or a politician to tell the truth, either. On Tuesday, be prepared for the comfy chair. Taurus: It's hard to find your spot in the universe, because no one supplies a place card. Just keep wedging those butt cheeks into different corners; you'll eventually find a perfect fit at a bus stop or Denny's...
The Natural Way: Unsung heroes of supplements (11/05/14)
There are many unsung heroes in the supplement world. My next few columns will focus on these well-known but mostly forgotten wallflowers. Just like in our lives there are those that are steadfast -- those who we know are there but who are so humble it is very easy to just not see them and take them for granted. In this column I'll be shining the light on Echinacea, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Brewer's Yeast...
EDITORIAL: Painting the state red (11/05/14)
Arkansas went red Tuesday night, and we aren't talking about Razorback red. Republicans made virtually a clean sweep of all the major Arkansas races in the 2014 General Election, from U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's victory over incumbent Mark Pryor in the U.S. Senate race to Asa Hutchinson's defeat of Mike Ross in the Arkansas governor's race...
GUEST EDITORIAL: An open letter to the City Council (11/05/14)
Thank you for passing Ordinance 2219 on its first reading. This is an important step to not only protecting our community, but protecting animals as well. This ordinance also serves to showcase our town as upstanding and progressive-thinking. It is my understanding you have received emails with inaccurate information, so I am compelled to correct it. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/29/14)
Aries: Forget the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; you'll find a fast food coupon at the end of the parking lot, which is much better. Leprechauns don't exist, but pumpkin lattes do. Taurus: Stop the soul-searching; you could slide that sucker under a two-photon microscope and still not find out anything new. Just try to be nice to people so they don't spit in your food or let the elevator doors close on you. That's enough...
The Natural Way: Anxiety is the enemy (10/29/14)
Our world is changing quickly. Our behavior as a nation has been and is in question by so many throughout the world. Now we are inundated with the worry of a new disease (at least to us) namely Ebola. At times of great change anxiety levels increase...
Citizen Forum (10/29/14)
Hutchinson not right choice for Eureka Mr. Moyer; I feel really betrayed by your (and presumably the Chamber's) ill-thought out endorsement of radical Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson. Tourism notwithstanding, the rest of Mr. Hutchinson's platform is in large part contrary to the views of many if not most citizens of this city. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/22/14)
Aries: You're like Taylor Swift without a breakup; you're feeling uninspired. On Tuesday, you'll see yourself in a new light. A fantastic, cash-rolling, we're-in-the-money light. Prepare those pockets for some simple melodies and heavy jingling. Taurus: Every day is a fresh chance to completely screw something up. Call the florist now, because you're going to need the "politician caught in the men's bathroom" bouquet along with the industrial-size apology...
The Natural Way: Staying healthy during flu season (10/22/14)
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...