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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016
From The Editor: A woman's prerogative (08/24/16)
As a child, I was obsessed with Barbie. I had so many Barbies that my mom had to buy me one of those massive plastic tubs to store them in. My friend Kasey and I loved creating this intricate world where our Barbies lived. Kasey focused pretty heavily on creating drama between Barbie and Ken, while I established what Barbie's career was and how she ruled the roost as a high-power executive...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/24/16)
Aries: If you persist in walking the road less traveled, at least get some sensible shoes. Those stilettos are useless in mud, and hiking boots go with everything, including your satin ball gown and tiara. Taurus: You are a jewel. Whether you belong in a velvet case or in the navel of a belly dancer remains to be seen. Follow your sparkle to the action; there's more fun where the hips are swinging...
The Natural Way: Sweet benefits (08/24/16)
Is this sugar good for you? The one I'm asking about is d-ribose, which is very different from the ordinary sugars that can cause or worsen diabetes. There are many different sugars, but to sort it out and make it easier, two categories (simple and complex) have been created. ...
From The Editor: Something to talk about (08/17/16)
My family is a buffet of mental illness. Schizophrenia? We've got it! Depression? Check! How about anxiety? We've got that one in droves! It manifests in all of us in different ways, but one thing has always been true. When it comes to being normal, we don't quite fit the bill...
Citizen Forum (08/17/16)
Dear Editor, Today's 10-highest grossing box office releases are about animals, including: "Finding Dory," "The Jungle Book," "Zootopia," "The Secret Life of Pets," and "Kung Fu Panda." Nearly half of our households include a dog and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two-thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/17/16)
Aries: You're flying higher than a Canadian goose re-routed through Colorado. Whenever you float down for a munchie stop, say hello to the little people who made your soaring trip possible. Taurus: Light and love follow you wherever you go, which makes a good night's sleep difficult with all the glowing and unnecessary happiness. Tell them to get a room so you can doze in bitter, dark slumber, and then meet up with them on Tuesday...
The Natural Way: Don't sweat summer heat (08/17/16)
The heat of summer seems to have topped out, but we may have a few more weeks of heat coming. Is global warming causing you to sweat, or is it just the dog days of summer? Global warming is about the Earth adjusting herself, and we can't do very much about the higher temperatures and humidity, though doing what we can individually is a good thing. ...
From The Editor: Beaming with pride (08/10/16)
A month ago, my Gideon was accepted into a graduate teaching program. I wanted to brag about it to everyone I knew, but he asked me to hold off because he hadn't received his acceptance letter in the mail yet. We live in a digital age, so the university sent him an email saying he had been accepted before we received physical confirmation of it...
Citizen Forum (08/10/16)
Dear Mayor, In response to your request to increase the sales tax rate for businesses in Eureka Springs, I want you to know that I operate a large retail business here and the customers complain about the 9.375 percent daily. I collect a lot of sales tax for this town, and this increase will hurt my business and all the businesses here. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/10/16)
Aries: Your brain wants full speed ahead, but your tush keeps going backward and two steps to the left toward the couch. Get everything in gear and going the same direction, and you'll win the day. Or at least make it to the mailbox. Taurus: Don't be intimidated by angry birds. There are far worse things you can imagine, like vengeful birds who just had a full lunch and spot your freshly washed car...
The Natural Way: Periwinkle helps you remember (08/10/16)
As a kid, my brother and I would look forward to the weekends, counting the days which seemed to pass by as slowly as an anemic turtle. One reason for this was I grew up in a rural part of Florida not far from the virgin beaches on the Gulf side. I remember running from the car toward the white sandy beaches, darting in and out of sea oats and funny little flowers called periwinkle. ...
From The Editor: An important cause (08/03/16)
On a clear night in 2012, I gazed out the car window. My then-boyfriend had stopped at a local bank to deposit a check, and I was waiting on him to return. The stars were out, the moon was shining and I couldn't help but think how beautiful nature can be. When my ex-boyfriend returned to the car, we headed back to his house. I wanted to tell him about the stars and the moon, but he started talking about his ex-girlfriend instead...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/03/16)
Aries: Beware of bearers of bad news, and double your caution if they're actual bears. It's summer, and they're just finding an excuse to eat you and take over your swimming pool. Taurus: Life isn't as bad as you think. It's probably worse, but as long as you keep those rose-colored glasses duct-taped to your head, you're good. Go out and enjoy yourself...
The Natural Way: Shining a light on supplements (08/03/16)
I can't believe the hatchet job mainstream reporting does on the effectiveness and safety of nutritional supplements. The idea of health and illness is very complicated, which these reports seldom acknowledge. Just like prescribed drugs, not everything is going to work for every person. ...
From The Editor: Taking a stand (07/27/16)
This November will mark the second presidential election I've been able to vote in. I remember watching the 2008 election from the outside looking in, silently hoping Barack Obama would prevail over John McCain. I was 16 at the time and lived in a small town in southwest Arkansas where casual racism was pretty rampant. Understandably, I didn't feel comfortable voicing support for Obama...
Citizen Forum (07/27/16)
Editor, I feel it was an unfortunate juxtaposition of stories on page 8 of the July 14 issue of the Citizen when you ran the "No charges" story about someone who will not be returning to the Eureka Springs public school system in the fall on the same page as the 'Citizen of the Week' story about Jake Allen leaving the school system after 10 years. Unless you know something I don't, I feel you owe Mr. Allen an apology...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/27/16)
Aries: You're feeling more conspicuous than a Taylor Swift fan at a Kanye West concert. Instead ofblending in, proudly stand out. If someone gives you a hard time, just write a song about them and collect your millions. Taurus: The heart wants what it wants, but it's just like a toddler; sometimes you must tell it 'No.' Especially if you don't want it to blow up after a truckload of ice cream and bacon...
The Natural Way: Swedish Flower Pollen good for men's health (07/27/16)
Here is a unique supplement most people know nothing about. Men should read this column and acquaint themselves with Swedish Flower Pollen. The supplement is available in the U.S. but may be difficult to find. This is an alternative to Saw Palmetto for benign (non-cancerous) hyperplasia (enlargement) of the prostate. ...
From The Editor: My hometown (07/20/16)
If you're planning to go see "The Legend of Boggy Creek" at The Auditorium on Wednesday, July 27, you'll get a little glimpse of the place where I grew up. I was born in Texarkana, a town that straddles Arkansas and Texas. Mom moved us to Fouke, Ark. when I was 6 so I could go to school in the small community where my paternal family lived...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/20/16)
Aries: You have a bright future ahead; don't let one dim bulb ruin it. Check your entire string before throwing the switch so everyone can ooh and aah at your shiny self. Taurus: Something sets your toes a-tapping on Friday, but no one expected them to be tapping on a computer keyboard. Throw your skill up on YouTube, and you could make a mint typing out resumes with your tootsies...
The Natural Way: Milk Thistle is good for your liver (07/20/16)
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is one of the most ancient herbal medicines, dating back 2,000 years. The old ones would use this artichoke-like plant, which produces a prickly yet beautiful flower, mostly for liver, prostate and kidney problems. Most people have heard of the real benefits for the liver but don't know of its use for the prostate and kidneys. ...
Citizen Forum (07/13/16)
(Editor's Note: This letter was edited to comply with our Letters policy.) We would like to thank all the people who made the Fourth of July Parade possible! First of all, the people behind the scenes: Post 9 American Legion, Debbie Klein, Debbi Clark, Steve "Yip" Vorebeck and Officer Steffen from the ESPD. Thanks to all of you wonderful people, locals and tourists who came out and participated, or to watch the parade in spite of the weather!...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/13/16)
Aries: You can whisper sweet nothings all you like, but you won't get anywhere until those meaningless whispers have some cold, hard cash behind them. Check your budget, then go all out for your sweetie. Taurus: If the sun rises and sets on you, you'll need an ego check or a hat and some sunscreen. Keep going the way you are, and you'll have a sunburned butt that shows itself too much...
The Natural Way: Supplemental calcium won't hurt you (07/13/16)
Published by MedScape (October 2013), an educational service for family practice doctors, is a report clearing the safety of supplemental calcium. Not just one but two large-scale studies clearly show no connection between supplementing with common calcium and heart attacks in either women or men. Please feel assured and at ease with these findings...
From The Editor: My nana's strength (07/06/16)
This week, my nana turned 65 years old. She's one of those cool grandmothers, the type who always looks way cuter than you do and who swears like a sailor. Some consider it unladylike, but I personally find a lot of value in women who aren't afraid to be crass. Nana is certainly one of those women. She can throw shade like no other. It's truly something to behold...
Citizen Forum (07/06/16)
I am disturbed by the public statement made recently by one Eureka Springs Alderman: "If we limit the number of B&Bs (sic) some will do long-term rental if they need the money." 1. Any decision to limit the number of B&Bs, if such a decision is even under discussion, should be based upon factors relating directly to, and only to, B&Bs such as impact on the neighborhood, community needs, citizen preferences, impact on city services, clarification of existing ordinances, etc. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/06/16)
Aries: Sometimes you can't find your center alone. Is your core made of soft, delicious caramel or hard, crunchy lollipop? Entice a friend to give your soul a few licks and see. Taurus: You're looking for summer love on the lake, but watch out for bees. A few stings and you'll look like Mick Jagger. On the bright side, you'll be so kissable and you'll serve as your own floatation device if knocked overboard...
The Natural Way: Supplementing common drugs (07/06/16)
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. This is wrong-headed, I think...
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...