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Monday, Sep. 1, 2014
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/27/14)
Aries: Most people reap what they sow, but you won't even get near the garden. Munch on dandelions for a while and you'll finally choose to get your hands dirty. Taurus: Not every cloud in the sky is an impending storm; sometimes they float by to give you a bit of shade. Enjoy the break, you'll be back in the thick of things before you know it...
The Natural Way: Green Tea benefits (08/27/14)
Iced Green tea blended with spearmint or peppermint is refreshing and delicious especially as the days heat up and we get more sun exposure. Most everyone knows of the long-term damage to the skin caused by sunburn and the increased chance of skin cancer. Accordingly, many know about wearing hats, protective clothing and sun blocker. But some don't want the chemicals in commercial preparations. To the rescue comes the ever refreshing green tea...
Village View: Celebrate with Us on Sept. 9 (08/27/14)
The public (that's YOU) is invited to join us as we celebrate our mission--writing stories--with a party that includes Arkansas writers, food, and music. On September 9, we are inviting all Arkansas authors to bring their books to our open house. Any stories written by folks born or living in Arkansas. ...
EDITORIAL: Try to see it my way -- for a minute, anyway (08/27/14)
My band had a concert in Dallas, and the other guitar player, Bernard Jenkins, who was from Mississippi, stayed with me. After the gig, he went out with some people from Dallas to check out the local music scene. He called me the next day, overwhelmed by the musical opportunities he saw there, and how great the Dallas music scene seemed to him. "Man! We could own this town."...
Village View: Imagining My Way into the Truth: An Interview with Kevin Brockmeier (08/22/14)
Yesterday, someone called Kevin Brockmeier a "Rockstar of Fantasy." In this discussion, which was originally part of an interview in The Georgia Review, he talks about his new memoir, his way of working, and the blurring of genres. Reprinted with permission...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/22/14)
Aries: You're faced with an uncomfortable truth, but it will take more than digging in your underwear to solve it. Consider this a mental wedgie, not a physical one, and use some hand sanitizer before you go back to work. Taurus: There's a bright spot in your day, but you don't see it as a perk, just a reason to buy more sunscreen. Lighten up! Not every sliver of sunshine indicates a hole in your umbrella...
The Natural Way: Cell phone dangers (08/22/14)
People often ask about the safety of cell phones and electromagnetic radiation. While this is a type of radiation it is different than medical radiation like C.T. scanners which is also different from spilled radiation from nuclear reactors. It is no wonder people are confused...
Citizen Forum (08/20/14)
It was a frustrating week for many residents as we watched the Asplundh crews decimate many of our favorite trees in town, including ornamental dogwoods and redbuds that were planted by our own hands twenty-five or thirty years ago- all gone. More frustrating was the lack of concern on the part of City Council, as Alderperson Schneider was told by most of the others there was nothing to be done and they should move on to another topic. ...
A letter from the editor: A conversation starter (08/20/14)
Hi, I'm David Blankenship, the new associate editor at this great newspaper. I can't tell you how proud I am to live in this community and have the chance to get to know you with this job. As for me, I've been happily married almost four years to my high school crush, Janie. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/13/14)
Aries: Not only have you put the cart before the horse, you don't even remember which field you kept him in. Pull yourself together before Seabiscuit runs up your cable bill in the guest bedroom with pay-per-view horse shows. Taurus: Every day is a gift, but some are the wrong size and others break before you can use them properly. You'll have a brand new day tomorrow, but keep your receipt because there are no guarantees about its quality...
The Natural Way: Touching on antibiotics (08/13/14)
While most all prescribed drugs affect the absorption of certain nutrients, whether from food or supplementation, most people are unaware. In fact, the lopsided biased healthcare system typically only warns about nutritional supplements interfering with the prescription drugs...
Citizen Forum (08/13/14)
Referring to Roger Martin's guest editorial in last week's Citizen, regarding the devastating drop in tourism, I believe he misses a key point about the biker trade: Other potential visitors, chiefly the family trade, are more than a bit put off by the bikers; they dislike the noise, of course, but they also view the riders as threatening, as eyesores, and as proponents of poor behavior...
Guest Commentary: Teacher made an impact (08/13/14)
Attending college on a full ride scholarship, graduating college with honors, and landing a dream job seems to be an unattainable dream for most high school students. It was for me anyways. When I was in high school, these things seemed so unachievable. However, I was blessed with an incredible teacher that turned those dreams into a reality...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/06/14)
Aries: You'll need some time for reflection. That will be easy considering how much you love shiny things. Don't get carried away with primping and duck faces and forget to do the actual thinking. Taurus: The universe usually gives you what you need, not what you want. This week you get both, you lucky bull. Enjoy it while it lasts...
Village View: As Authors Do (08/06/14)
Rejection. Failure. We all have to deal with it in one way or another. Even if you aren't a writer, Jessie Rex has some words of wisdom for those times when disappointment and self-doubt are breaking your heart. As Authors Do You casually scan your inbox for new mail, and your heart skips a beat when you see an email from an editor or agent. ...
The Natural Way: PPIs can have nasty side effects (08/06/14)
I've written about the travails of using prescribed/OTC drugs for reducing acid reflux (GERD, heartburn) several times. This group of drugs is very commonly used daily and is in fact one of the biggest-selling and profit-making pills ever. The group is called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). ...
Citizen Forum (08/06/14)
I have noted in the local news the concerns regarding the necessary replacement of the aging Eureka Springs hospital. For about a 10-year period in the late '60s and '70s, I was actively involved in the Lake County Illinois and later State of Illinois Health Planning committees and represented the area on the health committee of North East Illinois planning commission. ...
GUEST COMMENTARY: An open letter to city officials and residents (08/06/14)
While I am not a native of Arkansas or Eureka Springs, I have chosen to live in this area, though I could have moved just about anywhere, because this area offered the right combination of natural beauty, economics and social stability that I preferred...
Guest Commentary: Questions left unanswered in Martha episode (07/31/14)
I took my daughter, who is a middle school band student, to the public hearing for Mr. Martin a few weeks back. I thought this would do a few things. One, open the door for her to experience our justice system, as much as you can at a public hearing in front of a school board, and two, for both of us to get some answers as to what is going on with the band situation. ...
Citizen Forum (07/31/14)
Caller had it wrong Apparently if you are free-spirited enough to bring your horse to Eureka for a ride some idiot assumes you must be drunk and calls the police on you. Ishmael and I can assure you we don't need to drink to enjoy a good ride no matter where it is...
Village View: Framing the Love Scene (07/31/14)
"Literary fiction has shied away from love scenes," Pat Carr told me. "It's time to bring them back and do them right." She'll be teaching us how in her workshop entitled Love Scenes and Other Major Scenes on August 9 from 1-4 pm. If you can write a scene, you can write anything...
The Natural Way: A look at metformin (07/31/14)
Last week I started with a series of columns in which I described how prescribed drugs can and often do interfere with the absorption of necessary nutrients. This is little known as it is rarely talked about. Nutritional deficiencies can be diagnosed as a new ailment contributing to having yet another prescription written. Common sense tells us the more drugs we take and the longer we take them the risk of nutritional deficiency would increase...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/31/14)
Aries: Success takes ability, luck and lots of fertilizer. You have two components ready to go, now you just need to find a skill besides talking bullcrap, unless you want to go into politics. Taurus: You're slow to act, so when you start to make a move on Wednesday, give a warning yelp. That way, the pigeons roosting on you won't be quite as startled...
Thanks for helping Apollo (07/24/14)
To everyone who has donated, called, visited, liked and befriended our boy Apollo: On behalf of Apollo, the shelter staff, the board and myself, I must thank all those who donated so generously for Apollo's surgery. The outpouring of compassion and concern from the public overwhelmed us all. Within two days of our plea hitting the internet, we had enough donations to get surgery scheduled...
Thanks to HI responders (07/24/14)
A big thank you to Jack Deaton and the Holiday Island emergency response team for their quick action on Saturday, July 19th. Due to a wreck traffic was re-routed through Beavertown. Traffic was backed up for quite awhile with frustrated drivers on Hwy. 187...
Keeping tragedy in perspective (07/24/14)
Tragedy struck the Fat Tire Festival in Eureka Springs overt the weekend when a 39-year-old woman died after being injured in an accident on the race course. While the death of Laura Wooldridge was a horrible event, it should not be a stain on the festival itself...
Citizen Forum (07/24/14)
Well, "good news" here in Arkansas; we've gained status in the US. Bad news is that the gain is in the poverty areas of our state. According to the Census Bureau, Arkansas has gone from 23.1 percent to 38.8 percent in areas of poverty. The GOP goal seems to be stripping our families of all that will make our lives livable. ...
The Natural Way: Prescribed drugs vs. supplements (07/24/14)
In our nutty system which often pits medications/science against nutritional supplements, the bias supporting medicine is usually given top dog status. Dire warnings abound that if you do this drug or that, then these supplements will interfere causing harm...
Village View: Tell Your Story... before it's too late (07/24/14)
He herded a good-sized, older model car into our parking lot and killed the motor. I happened to be outside, so I went over. He opened the door and swung his legs out, placing both feet firmly on the parking lot. But he didn't stand up. He never stood up...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/24/14)
Aries: Forget the things that go bump in the night, you should be more concerned with what's stumbling around your garage in the morning. Could be a neighbor or a bear; either way, it's a hairy situation. Taurus: Finders may be keepers, but you won't cry if you lose something out of your pocket on Wednesday because the Universe has a "no questions asked" replacement policy. You'll come out richer than you went in...
Hello, I'm glad to be here (07/17/14)
Since I'm about to wrap up my fourth week here in beautiful Carroll County, I suppose it's time to introduce myself. My name, as you've probably figured out by now, is Scott Loftis, and I am the new managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers, which publishes both the Lovely County Citizen and the Carroll County News, as well as several other publications...
Citizen Forum (07/17/14)
Just coming off a busy week of Fleur Delicious Weekend (FDW), I read with interest your latest poll in the Lovely County Citizen. As a founder of FDW, I was of course thrilled to see FDW, a specific fest, included in your poll amongst general auto, music, etc. ...
Village View: Introduction to Screenwriting (07/17/14)
Hollywood veteran Carole Parker will teach Introduction to Screenwriting on July 26 from 1:00 - 4:00. Parker knows the ins and outs of writing for television and film. She has worked with Warner Brothers, Disney, MTV and New Line Cinema, and at Jaffe/Braunstein films, where she worked on 9 TV movies and 2 miniseries (including THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN reboot, a coproduction with Scott Free)...
The Natural Way: Cat's Claw can help fight cancer (07/17/14)
The mysteries of the Amazon and cold science met face to face when a legendary herb gave promise in the battle against cancer. Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is so useful it has the unpleasant honor of being closely studied by the pharmaceutical industry. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/17/14)
Aries: You won't land the goose and its golden egg, but keep on the lookout for the chicken offering free wifi and Starbucks gift cards. That's a much handier bird to have around. Taurus: Congratulations! You've just taken a step toward progress. Now if you can break your other foot free from the cement, you'll be staggering to that goal in no time...
Citizen Forum (07/10/14)
Last night I attended the SWEPCO forum in Eureka Springs and I want to thank Faith Petit-Shaw, Pat Costner and Doug Stowe for their supreme efforts in organizing a grassroots effort to save the Ozark Mountains from an obsolete system of energy distribution. Their tireless work has produced impressive results and it is the responsibility of all us to continue this massive effort...
GUEST COMMENTARY: POW/MIAs deserve to be honored (07/10/14)
I am writing this letter in advance, before the avalanche of protest letters come pouring in about me donating a POW-MIA flag that my American Legion Post #9 raised next to the recently installed flag pole American flag atop Planer Hill on the 4th of July morning. I thought it was a good idea to raise it on the 4th of July to honor our POW-MIAs. I've seen a lot of towns fly this flag proudly...
Village View: Infinite Choices: Writing Character-Driven Stories (07/10/14)
This week we look at the most important element of your story: Character. Even if you are writing your own story, how you present yourself as a character is the most critical factor in whether anyone will read your story. Pat Carr, our Program Coordinator, will be teaching an afternoon workshop on Character this Saturday (July 12)...
The Natural Way: Hormones can have major impact (07/10/14)
Cortisol and DHEA are two hormones closely associated with health, sickness and weight gain. Whether eating to fill an emotional need or grabbing fast food simply because there's no time to prepare something healthy, a stressed-out lifestyle is rarely a healthy one...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/10/14)
Aries: Not everything that's difficult to do is worth doing. Listen to your inner slacker on Tuesday and grab some beer instead. Work satisfaction pales in comparison to a slightly buzzed afternoon in a lawn chair. Taurus: Someone sees you as their guardian angel, but you're not so sure. Relax and take the job; they seem low-maintenance, and you look fabulous in those big, fluffy wings...
GUEST COMMENTARY: APSC can still do the right thing (07/03/14)
The plan for SWEPCO's transmission line was put firmly in place in early 2008 -- well over 2,000 days ago. APSC commissioners knew of the plan at that time. Since then, they have been privy to the details of SWEPCO's proposal and the challenges to that proposal for at least 365 days. Even so, they gave themselves another 90 days to decide whether or not to grant rehearings to AEP/SWEPCO and Save the Ozarks...
Citizen Forum (07/03/14)
Wearing a hat fit for the horse racing scene in "My Fair Lady," I was sitting in The Aud watching the film when I noticed across the aisle Enid Schwartz wrapped in an embrace reminiscent of high school with her husband, Carl, of close to 50 years. Enid is a regular submitter to "Letters to the Editor" pinpointing yet another fixable problem in Eureka Springs and many times with the perfect solution. ...
Village View: Honoring Your "Soul" Purpose (07/03/14)
Our column this week from the Village Writing School family is by Jessie Rex. While Jessie handles many administrative duties here, her greatest contribution is the way she brightens up the place with her wisdom and joy. "As writers we live life twice, like a cow that eats its food once and then regurgitates it to chew and digest it again. We have a second chance at biting into our experience and examining it...
The Natural Way: Words hold true after 15 years (07/03/14)
This fall will mark my 15th year with the Citizen. Here is an excerpt from the very first Natural Way column. "What an exciting time it is in which we live. Just as I sit to write this first column on The Natural Way, I become aware of the awe typifying any new venture...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/03/14)
Aries: Opportunity won't knock for you, but it will pull into the driveway and honk the horn. Be ready to jump at a moment's notice, because it wants to beat the traffic and make good time. Taurus: Wise men say you can discover the whole world in a grain of sand, but you'll have to work up to that. Find your butt with both hands first, and you can dig some sand out of your swim trunks to study...
EDITORIAL: Editor bids farewell to newspaper (06/26/14)
This is my last edition of the Lovely County Citizen as editor. I am also stepping down from being Managing Editor of Carroll County Newspapers' operations in the county. I am moving on to a new career and will be taking over as Marketing and Wedding Director at Blue Spring Heritage Center...
Citizen Forum (06/26/14)
I am hearing rumors that there will be no 4th of July Parade this year, and possibly no Veterans Day Parade also, because the main organizer, Sue Glave, is seriously ill. This is an outrage! Surely in a town of over 2,000 people, someone or some group can step up and organize our future parades and continue the fine, hard work Sue started. As a Vietnam veteran, I will be very disappointed if we do not have a Veterans Day Parade this year...
Eureka Springs: Progressive? Or Regressive? (06/26/14)
The following Top Ten list of reasons to support the Trails Master Plan is hardly comprehensive, but I ask anyone sitting on the fence with regard to trails in Eureka, "Shouldn't it be enough?" 1. As much as I love my adopted state of Arkansas of 35 years, I'm not proud to say that we live in a state where 32.3 percent of its population is obese, ranking it 5th highest in a country that is nearly two thirds obese or overweight and where obesity is on the rise...
Village View: Doesn't Everybody? (06/26/14)
Our column this week from the Village Writing School family is by Pat Carr, our new Program Coordinator. Pat will teach once a month and help me line up great visiting instructors. Today, she comments on the learning process for writers at any level...
The Natural Way: A great choice for health (06/26/14)
I started writing this column when the Citizen was first started (about 14 years ago). I'm always excited to hear and learn from my readers. This is a quote from a reader in Berryville, who took the time to tell of his experience dealing with asthma...