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Friday, July 1, 2016
From The Editor: Putting the 'unity' in 'community' (06/29/16)
Last Thursday, I visited the farmers market to interview some locals who are involved in with the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation. The foundation has set up at the farmers market to raise money for the community center for quite some time now, but this day was special. A large, multi-colored canvas was set up at the foundation's booth with several different drawings, paintings and other artwork on it...
Citizen Forum (06/29/16)
In his letter "Message for Homophobes" in the 6/16/16 Citizen, Mr. Shaw talked about love and then threatened harm to anyone who disagrees with his tragically distorted world view. Mr. Shaw, that is not love. Neither is love demonstrated by applause. Any loving parent knows that when a child is doing wrong, he or she must be corrected. One does not applaud bad behavior. One does not applaud sin...
Guest COMMENTARY (06/29/16)
Butler Hollow fires threaten public health July 7 is the deadline to send opposing comments to prescribed fires on 3,500 acres every three years, with no end in sight. Butler Hollow provides clean air and water, shade and flash flood protection from Butler Creek...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/29/16)
Aries: You have an old soul, which explains why your mind creaks when it moves. Work out those brain kinks with some Sudoku or by trying to figure out all three Matrix movies. Taurus: If the universe is a circus, then your week is like a clown car: It's packed with weird people with no sense of style. Don't let the Bozos get you down, or you'll never get all the cotton candy out of your hair...
The Natural Way: Phenylalanine can help (06/29/16)
L-Phenylalanine... try saying this one 10 times fast! Pronounced feen-ill-la-la-neen, you can leave the L off, as it is a designator of this being an amino acid) this supplement is a mouthful. Many believe if more of us had a mouth full of phenylalanine, there would be less mouthing off as well as less unhappiness and more laughter...
From The Editor: Spreading kindness (06/22/16)
Venture into any given grade-school classroom, and you'll probably see a poster with the golden rule on it. "Treat others the way you would like to be treated," the rule says. It seems simple, just your basic rule of reciprocity. It's simple enough, in fact, that many believe young children can grasp the concept. If this is true -- if 6-year-olds can understand that you should give what you want to get -- then why is it so hard for adults to do so?...
Citizen Forum (06/22/16)
To the editor, I hope everyone who loves the blues, our beloved town of Eureka Springs and the arts had as good a weekend as Celest and I had vending at the Eureka Springs BluesFest Weekend at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Many kudos go to the folks at Turpentine Creek, who have not only built a world-class attraction at the refuge but are doing important spiritual and educational work in adopting and caring for neglected big cats and other vulnerable animals...
The Natural Way: How to fight IBS (06/22/16)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a group of ailments that can have different causes. Leaky gut, Crohn's disease, spastic colon, food allergies, lactose intolerance and a broad array of other labels might be placed under the name of IBS. The causes may be unknown, but the symptoms always include diarrhea and/or constipation, bloating and gas along with pain, spasms and cramps. Everybody has some of this from time to time. It is when a lasting change happens that the IBS label is given...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/22/16)
ARIES: Before you think your cloud has a silver lining, look again: It could be aluminum foil. If your happy outcome involves making a roast or creating a hat to protect your thoughts from the aliens, more power to you. TAURUS: Nothing is as it seems, and that works to your advantage on Thursday. What looks like a fierce guard dog is actually a cuddly puppy. Still, you should put down some newspaper...
From The Editor: Standing up for love (06/15/16)
Sometimes, life doesn't make any sense. That's especially true in the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. It's reported to be the worst mass shooting in American history, with 50 dead and more than 50 injured. Those people didn't do anything wrong. They just went out to a club to dance and drink with friends. Normally, the worst thing that can happen in this situation is waking up with a hangover the morning after...
Citizen Forum (06/15/16)
The mass shooting that occurred at the Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, has tragically altered many lives and community and ours is no different. I attended the beautiful candlelight vigil this Sunday in Basin Springs Park to mourn this horrendous event with family, friends and the community. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/15/16)
Aries: The best things in life are free, like cuddling a hedgehog or strapping an air horn to the office toilet seat. Good thing, too, because you'll need to save funds once you're unemployed. Taurus: No matter how much you flap, you can't get off the ground. Maybe you should quit running naked and buy a plane ticket if you want to get somewhere...
The Natural Way: Exposing bad chemicals (06/15/16)
I was listening to a segment on National Public Radio in which the author Mark Shapiro described the thrust of his new book "Exposed." He reported that because the European Union (EU) has tight standards of safety on chemicals and plastics that manufacturers in China and elsewhere are selling different products to Europe than they do in the U.S. At this point, it's no big deal, just good business on an unimaginably large scale. Or is it?...
From The Editor: A serious crime (06/08/16)
Last week, convicted rapist Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail. Santa Clara County (Calif.) Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky defended his decision by saying a prison sentence would have a severe impact on Turner, who Persky said will not be a danger to others. I'd say when you rape someone who is unconscious, you might be a little dangerous to others...
Citizen Forum (06/08/16)
In response to Marti Suchsland's letter re: restroom response, and in response to the local paper's responses to that letter; as part of the LGBT community, I feel less safe in Eureka and in Berryville. Ms. Suchsland's death threat was not subtle. As a grandparent myself, I fully support her right to be vigilant about her children's safety; but we do that by using our God-given intelligence and education; not by ignorance and hatred...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/08/16)
Aries: It's fine to turn the other cheek, you have three left. But you don't have to commit yourself to slap-and- tickle pirouettes in the parking lot, either. Once is enough. Taurus: Be true to yourself, but feel free to try on another personality once in a while. It's like test driving a car; you know it's not going anywhere, because you can't afford the upkeep. It's a nice break...
The Natural Way: Reduce stress to lose weight (06/08/16)
In this fast-paced world, the question of easy weight loss does cause one to pay attention for just a moment to the pitch that follows. The pitch is for weight loss made easy, with assurances that is not your fault for being 20, 30 or even more pounds overweight. The advertising sometimes goes on to talk about a hormone that is the culprit for weight gain, namely cortisol...
From The Editor: A nice overlook (06/01/16)
On Tuesday afternoon, Gideon and I set out from our apartment. We were on a mission. I needed to get a photo of the vandalism at East Mountain Overlook, and I needed to do it before the sun went down. Gideon graciously offered to drive, following my directions when I told him to park somewhere on White Street...
The Natural Way: Make the natural choice (06/01/16)
Like you, I have to see medical doctors from time to time and I'm a problem for some of them. I insist that I have the final say over what I do with my body and insist my medical team respect my choices. I do listen closely to their advice and use prescribed drugs at times. But if a natural choice works better for me, that is where I go first...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/01/16)
Aries: You found a ray of sunshine, now you need the sunblock. Check out that sunny spot before you get burned, because even SPF 100 can't protect against stupid. Taurus: Somedays you're the Bigfoot, other days you're the weird guy in the woods trying to replicate the Sasquatch mating call. Do yourself a favor and leave both off your Tinder profile...
Citizen Forum (05/25/16)
In response to Marti Suchsland's letter ... my goodness, wouldn't your grandchildren benefit more from love and acceptance than judgment and hate? I am struck by the photo of an elderly woman holding a sign saying, "It wasn't about water fountains in the 60s and it's not about bathrooms now -- end the hate." I would imagine that transgender folks have been using the restrooms that suit their identity for ages now. ...
From The Editor: Shining a light on hatred (05/25/16)
In last week's paper, we ran a letter to the editor that was sharply critical of transgender people who use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. No, "critical" isn't a strong enough word to describe it; the letter was downright hateful. It was so hateful, in fact, that it ended with a death threat targeting transgender folks...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/25/16)
Aries: Sometimes being clueless is best. If you had all the answers, you'd be insufferable. Right now, you're just entertaining. Carry on, goofball. Taurus: Everybody needs someone to love, but you're not The Bachelorette, toots. Pick a sweetie and move on, before all your other suitors realize there's no cameraman and no TV deal...
The Natural Way: Phytosterols are good for men (05/25/16)
Women can benefit but men should keep their checklist handy. Here is an interesting supplement that is particularly of interest to men over 40 who have elevated cholesterol, prostate troubles and wish to maybe improve the beneficial levels of testosterone. The all-natural product may actually do more than the sizable list above. Phytosterols hold a certain magic with scientific blessings...
Citizen Forum (05/18/16)
In response to President Obama's administration report today concerning guidance from leaders at the departments of education and justice regarding transgender identity and that public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex, I have this to say. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/18/16)
Aries: You'll find something in the trash that will help you. Could be photos of your boss with a goat, could be a barely touched piece of cake. Remember, beggars can't be choosers. They also have lousy grammar, otherwise they'd be choosy instead of choosers...
The Natural Way: Protect your kitties from Bobcat Fever (05/18/16)
Bobcat Fever is a topic I've written about before. To a large extent, this column is just a rework of a column I wrote for Lovely County Citizen back in November 2006. I think it is very important to bring it up again as I have gotten several more emails with stories similar to the one in this column already this year. ...
From The Editor: A woman's right to views (05/11/16)
Last week, I received a letter from a reader about a political column I wrote a while back. The letter mostly attacked the company I work for, but it began with a thinly veiled insult directed at me. "Samantha Jones wrote about how much it hurts her feelings when people make assumptions about her political leanings," the reader wrote...
Citizen Forum (05/11/16)
I want to publicly thank Ken and Gayle Voiles for persevering in their attempts to return my husband's wallet that he lost at the Morel Festival at Pine Mountain Village several weeks ago. They called him and left messages and even went to the trouble of driving out our bumpy country dirt road (we weren't home). ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/11/16)
Aries: Check out that hottie across the room. They've seen you dance, and they're still smiling. It's not even a pity smile. Make your move before they come to their senses and flee, leaving you alone once again with a giant bowl of goofberry punch...
The Natural Way: Black seed cumin helps regulate BP (05/11/16)
A few years ago, I decided to experiment with black cumin seed while taking my blood pressure twice each day, namely first thing in the morning and at bedtime. I stayed consistent to this routine. I kept an accurate log so I could easily compare not the individual numbers but the overall trend. Blood pressure changes throughout the day and from day-to-day, so looking at the trend and averages is what I did...
From The Editor: To all the moms who had to be dads (05/04/16)
When you were young, you dreamed of having the perfect family. The husband, the children and family meals every night. You didn't set out to have children with a guy who decided to leave, voluntarily or not, forcing you to be everything at once. But when he did leave, you stepped up. You did what you had to do. You made sure your kids were clothed, fed and as happy as they could be. I know someone a lot like you. She's strong and brave and more caring than anybody I know. She's my mom...
Citizen Forum (05/04/16)
I just want to express my gratitude for the single 'no' vote of Joyce Zeller against the purchase of the storm siren system. Her stated logic and thinking that there is a spending freeze in effect, that with all the social media of radio, television, cell phone weather alerts available, this siren system is an unnecessary luxury and should not be purchased is correct...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/04/16)
Aries: Someone's bark is worse than their bite, but nothing compares to them hiking a leg while standing next to you. Next time, break your bad news from a safe distance. Taurus: Carry a bottle of hot sauce on Tuesday, because your foot will be in your mouth far more often than it hits the floor. Also, take the sock off first so you don't hock up a lint hairball...
The Natural Way: Time for a spring cleanse (05/04/16)
Time to open the windows, dust the corners and air out the house. Spring cleaning, also known as a cleanse for the health-minded, is front and center as we step into the newest growth spurt of the year. There are many types of cleanses but a general one, which is often a blend of special herbs, is what is usually done in the springtime. ...
From The Editor: Boycott hate mongering (04/27/16)
When it comes to the transgender movement, it seems nothing has been contested more than where people are supposed to pee. The controversy over which bathroom a transgender person is supposed to use has persisted over the past few years, culminating last year with proposed anti-discrimination ordinances throughout the country...
Citizen Forum (04/27/16)
Sunday, April 17, Chelsea's Corner hosted a live auction raffle fundraiser called Friends with Benefits. The dozen smoker trailers arrived before 9 a.m. with a whole new outlook: their new event location in the parking lot below Chelsea's. A cool day with a good mix of new and old, this was not a sappy event, no. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/27/16)
Aries: If you can see clearly now, it's not because the rain has gone. It's because you found your glasses in the litter box. Grab some Windex and scrub them down; after that, your day will no longer look like crap. Taurus: You're firmly entrenched in your comfort zone, but try sticking a toe outside. Make it your least favorite toe, so if some ravenous Bugblatter Beast eats it, you still have nine others that you like...
The Natural Way: Magnesium is your friend (04/27/16)
In our nutty system that often pits medications and 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 and cause harm...
From The Editor: My mentor, my friend (04/20/16)
Last week, my college mentor told me he will be named the Journalism Educator of the Year at the Arkansas Press Association honors banquet in June. I was understandably ecstatic. I met Bob Qualls during my first week of college. He taught News Writing, the class I was most excited to take, on Tuesday and Thursday. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/20/16)
Aries: Forget about cat and mouse; you're playing tiger and alligator. Make a wrong move and you'll be doing more than nursing some scratches. You'll be searching for your arm, pinky toe and left butt cheek. Taurus: It's fine to know yourself, just don't go so far that you need a restraining order against your right hand. Go out Saturday night and let someone else get up close and personal...
The Natural Way: Probiotics to the rescue (04/20/16)
Good digestion and good sleep are the first markers of good health. Books have been written on each of these topics, so I'll put together a short work on just digestion and the role of probiotics, also known as good bugs. Good bugs live mainly in our small bowel and colon. This is the opposite of antibiotics (pro means benefiting and biotic means life)...
From The Editor: People will surprise you (04/13/16)
In late 2014, I needed to have surgery to cut a golf ball-size cyst out of my neck. I'd had the cyst for about a year at that point and knew it could become more than a golf ball-size problem if I didn't address it soon. But I had another problem, something I'd equate to a basketball or one of those big bouncy balls some people sit on at work to improve their posture. See, I smoke cigars every now and then, and I couldn't think of many things I dread more than telling medical professionals that...
Citizen Forum (04/13/16)
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Eureka Springs, we would like to thank the businesses who sponsored the 34th Annual Victorian Classic 10K/2 Mile Races. We appreciate the City of Eureka Springs, our police and ambulance. Thank you for the many volunteers who helped with the Victorian Classic for a fun Eureka event in March! The proceeds will benefit Samaritan's Feet, a nonprofit international organization which will help provide shoes for children in our local community...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/13/16)
Aries: Every dog has his day, but an ambitious wombat can score a week or more. Instead of rolling over in the dirt, try to be more exotic. If you feel like a capybara, you could earn at least a month of Internet fame. Taurus: You don't have to reach for the stars, but at least reach for a dictionary. It will broaden your vocabulary or help you kill spiders. Either path gets you out of your chair...
The Natural Way: Supplementing antibiotics (04/13/16)
While most all prescribed drugs affect the absorption of certain nutrients, whether from food or supplementation, most people are unaware of it. In fact, the lopsided biased healthcare system typically only warns about nutritional supplements interfering with the prescription drugs. ...
From The Editor: Purrfect companion (04/06/16)
The first time I met BJ in July 2004, he didn't want to interact with me at all. He hid behind the cage he was being kept in at the local humane society. Unlike the other cats surrounding him, BJ didn't cry out to me or claw at his cage. He just sat there, a yellow and orange blob of fur, gazing up at me and my mom with his terribly sad green eyes. I wanted to reach out and grab him to my chest, to tell him that I understood how he was feeling...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/06/16)
Aries: You won't have that deep, dark secret for long if you keep blabbing about it on Internet message boards. Spill the beans a few more times and you'll end up canned on Dateline like a fart in the dark. Taurus: The universe can lead you to water, but you won't take a sip. Might be easier, though, because karma will keep dragging you behind that jet ski until you open your mouth...
The Natural Way: How to protect yourself from summer critters (04/06/16)
We all deal with patterns that are predictable such as colds and flu in the winter, allergies in both the spring and fall and chiggers, ticks or skeeters and Brown Recluse bites in the summer. This year, things are happening sooner. I'm already seeing spider bites, poison ivy and lots of tick bites...
From The Editor: Trumped-up assumptions (03/30/16)
A few weeks ago, I read a comment about how everyone who works at the Citizen must support Donald Trump. I've heard a lot of terrible, untrue things about my employer and coworkers, but I have to say that comment has offended me more than anything else...