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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
From the Editor: Let's talk about anxiety (01/18/17)
Most of the time, I laugh when I tell people about my anxiety. It's not that I don't take it seriously. I do, very much so. But talking about mental illness is uncomfortable, and I'm one of those annoying people who uses humor to deal with seriously bad things...
Citizen Forum (01/18/17)
Dear Editor, We always appreciate articles about Good Shepherd Humane Society in your paper, as we have been volunteering in many different capacities at the shelter since 2011. Nan was also on staff for awhile so we know how challenging it is to run a shelter in a rural area -- one always feels like it is only a finger in the dike of a flood of homeless/neglected animals...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/18/17)
Aries: If you're waiting for the other shoe to fall, get comfortable. Karma is a millipede, and there are a lot of steel-toed boots about to hit the deck. At least they're not raining down on your head from above. Yet. Taurus: One good turn deserves another, and all that turning will spin you out of trouble on Friday. Stretch out those muscles so you'll be limber and ready to go...
The Natural Way: Back by popular demand (01/18/17)
I've been asked by a number of people, just this last week, to run this column again. They clipped it from the paper and sent it to friends and relatives to stick on the refrigerator but forgot to keep one for themselves. These suggestions are good for all of us whether we are challenged with cancer or not...
From the Editor: Local tourists (01/11/17)
Gideon and I tied the knot on New Year's Eve, but we won't be taking our honeymoon until a little later in the year. When we told a close friend we wouldn't be taking a vacation immediately after the wedding, she and her boyfriend gave us an invaluable gift: a two-day stay in one of the suites in downtown Eureka Springs...
Citizen Forum (01/11/17)
Dear Lovely County Citizen, We want to thank you all and especially Samantha Jones and David Bell for the wonderful articles and pictures this past season concerning Flint Street Fellowship food pantry, lunches and the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/11/17)
Aries: Aim high for your goals, otherwise you'll just nick them with that BB gun. You might also need to adjust your sights before you try to bring those goals down. Taurus: Something amazing will happen at 2:17. You don't know if it will be night or day, however, so every time 2:17 rolls around, drop everything and listen. You'll be able to hear yourself making your family crazy...
The Natural Way: Alleviate your allergies (01/11/17)
Can one supplement taken daily reduce the number of allergies as well as intensity? Maybe so according to experience and science. With the pollen count high and likely to get higher you need to know about Pycnogenol. A high-quality extract has so many uses and practical benefits that I'm finding it difficult put together an organized column on this remarkable supplement. ...
Citizen Forum (01/04/17)
In appreciation of the wonderful Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library. I love libraries! Of all the libraries I have been a patron of, and there have been many, the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library tops the list. It is No. 1 because of its staff, welcoming and assisting. Their care and concern are special, creating the feeling of being with good neighbors, not being a member of an institution...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/04/17)
Aries: You reclaim something from your past; could be a lost love, or a million-dollar movie idea from your 8th grade diary. As long as its not that poodle-perm you rocked in the 80s, you're good. Taurus: Don't worry about speaking softly and carrying a big stick. Tasers come in tiny lipstick cases now. You can zap the jerks without them ever seeing it coming...
The Natural Way: Confronting chronic ailments (01/04/17)
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...
From the Editor: Ringing in the year (12/28/16)
New Year's Eve is this Saturday. For many of you, it's a night to celebrate the end of the year with friends and family, likely with a fair amount of champagne. I've always liked New Year's Eve, but this year it's especially meaningful to me. This year, it's my wedding day...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/28/16)
Aries: Resolutions in January only lead to regrets and an ice cream coma in February. No need to raise everyone's expectations for you now, so set the bar low. If you're in your own underwear and you're still breathing, you're good. Taurus: Pace yourself. If you resolve to quit self-loathing now, you'll have nothing to give up for Lent. Try eating less kale. See? You're already winning...
The Natural Way: Think local in 2017 (12/28/16)
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 that 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. ...
From the Editor: A Christmas Memory (12/21/16)
We've all got one Christmas memory that stands out more than the others. I'm talking about the memory you look back on that makes you laugh or cry. When I think about my favorite Christmas memory, I can't help but do both of these things. It was a pretty normal Christmas day for my family. ...
Citizen Forum (12/21/16)
To the Silver Tea committee of St. James Episcopal Church, to all those who donated food and time, effort, and cash, and to all those from this loving community and visitors who donated to Jeremiah House at the Silver Tea--- Words cannot say what is on our hearts today, as we receive what you have so freely given! What began as a dream in the heart of our director, Vickie Poulson, ignited years ago in the hearts of volunteers and our board of directors. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/21/16)
Aries: You feel joy toward all men. Except that one over there, he has a mask over his head. Oh wait, he has a riding crop and see-through go-go boots, too. Go see if he's feeling your joy. Taurus: Friday is your day. Your luck is good, your hair is great, and your backtalk is on point. Be your happy, sassy self and nothing can go wrong, unless you like it that way...
The Natural Way: Anti antibiotics (12/21/16)
I couldn't help but be amazed at the number of health-related articles in the large daily newspaper. Last Sunday, a large portion of newsprint was dedicated to medical concern about the resistance the virus and bacteria families are putting forth against prescribed drugs. ...
From the Editor: Surviving 101 (12/14/16)
Thursday nights are special in our household. Gideon and I both spend much of the first half of the week working hard and on opposite schedules, so we don't see each other a whole lot until Thursdays. Thursdays are amazing. On Thursdays, I'm setting up next week's paper and Gideon's spending the day hanging out with the cat and doing laundry. ...
Citizen Forum (12/14/16)
To the Editor: The members of St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs wish to sincerely thank all the people in our community and friends of our community, for their terrific support of the year's Silver Tea. It was our 50th anniversary of hosting this tea for charity. The charity this year is the Jeremiah House in Green Forest, AR. The turnout was overwhelming, and we want to thank you again for your support...
The Natural Way: Keep the flu away (12/14/16)
Flu season is usually during the months of January, February and March. As of this writing, we have had a very warm, yet not-so-wet winter. Today is the first day of biting cold, but it is beautiful outdoors. Colds have been present but not like other years and so far I have seen only one case of the flu. I'm hoping this year will continue to be mild. Just in case, here is a revamp of how to naturally care for colds and especially flu...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/14/16)
Aries: Put your best foot forward. Hint: it's the one without the weird-looking wart and dangling toenail. By the way, you should really get that checked. Taurus: All you need is love. Well, that, a 50-gallon drum of baby oil and someone to share it with. Maybe you can pick someone up in Costco while you're buying the oil...
From the Editor: A losing battle (12/07/16)
Two years ago, Gideon and I were getting ready to go shopping in Rogers. His paternal grandmother had given us a $100 gift card to Kohl's a few months earlier, and we had just gotten around to using it. We didn't leave Eureka Springs too often. It was a treat to go out of town and shop, especially since we weren't using our own money...
Citizen Forum (12/07/16)
Dear Editor, The Grassy Knob Auxiliary and the Grassy Knob Volunteer Fire Association held a very successful Don Gammie Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Almost 100 runners and walkers took part in this 5K/1m fun run at Lake Leatherwood Park. Many of those were out-of-state residents here visiting relatives or friends for the holidays. Our volunteers worked hard to make sure the race went off without a hitch. It was a joyful day for everyone involved...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/07/16)
Aries: You can take a situation by the horns, or you can reach further down and make a bigger impact. Someone will say sorry, but give them time to find their voice again. Taurus: Life is brimming with beauty, but you always manage to find the mudhole. Go ahead, have a good wallow, but at least glance toward the flowers on your way to the bathtub...
The Natural Way: An important supplement (12/07/16)
Listen up everyone, I've found a supplement that is shown to be excellent for pre-diabetics, Type 2 diabetics and also for those with high cholesterol. This is clinically studied in people and tested in the laboratory. The herbal supplement is called berberine, which has been used by the old grannies and now has been discovered by medical science. ...
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. ...