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Citizen Forum (07/01/15)
A huge thank you! I would like to thank Randall Christy, Phillip Wilson and Mike Bishop for showing all of us the kind of Christians you really are. I have no doubt you have made Gerald L.K. Smith proud for being his living legacies. Thank you again for showing your true faces...
Wisecrack Zodiac (07/01/15)
Aries: You know this tune, it's time to change the beat. Pull out your sunglasses and turntable, and show those tittering hipsters how it's really done at the farmer's market. Time for an heirloom tomato dance-off. Taurus: Forget having a bee in your bonnet, someone's stuffed a mad pterodactyl up in there. Lose the hat or let cooler heads prevail until you get that dinosaur off your noggin...
The Natural Way: Sleep naturally (07/01/15)
It came upon a midnight clear, or perhaps earlier. I'm writing about sleep, safe and restful sleep, something we all need and all find elusive at times. For some of us this is temporary but for others it can be long term. Restorative sleep is a requirement for a good life. Supplements can be of great help both in falling asleep and staying asleep longer and are not only effective but also safe...
FROM THE EDITOR: An open letter to my son (06/24/15)
I know it's hard right now. I can't imagine being 17 again, much less being 17 in this complicated, screwed-up world where most adults can't even keep their stuff together. Making it through relatively unscathed calls for an intestinal fortitude that is difficult to muster; I know you have it in you...
Citizen Forum (06/24/15)
The Holiday Island Rotary Club would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and all the community for their support in making the Fourth Annual Party in the Park, held Memorial Day weekend, a success. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to help Eureka Springs High School seniors continue their education after graduation and support other community projects...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/24/15)
Aries: Don't assume a situation is cut and dried. Everything's still very squishy, and no one's even pulled the scissors out yet. Draw out the pattern you want before the boss starts snipping away. Taurus: You're tossed out of the frying pan and into the fire, but you fool them all when you strip off your clothes to reveal one of those silver fireproof suits. Hope you made sure it was a real fireproof suit and someone just didn't sell you a roll of aluminum foil...
The Natural Way: Glutathione can help you detox (06/24/15)
Detox and get younger? Wish it was that simple, but there is a supplement that is a powerful detox and antioxidant (antioxidants help us to handle age better). It is glutathione. Glutathione is composed of three amino acids, namely glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/17/15)
Aries: Those who wander are not lost; they're just looking for a clean bathroom. Take the road less traveled if your idea of adventure is using poison oak leaves for toilet paper. Taurus: Listen to that inner voice on Tuesday. It knows what's right, what's wrong, and how many French fries you should allow yourself. Quick answer: eleven. Fifteen if they're curly fries and you have some ranch dressing to go with them...
The Natural Way: Clean diet reduces cancer risk (06/17/15)
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...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/10/15)
Aries: You follow the rainbow, but at the end you only find a drunk leprechaun sleeping it off. If he wakes up and tells you to reach into his pocket for the pot of gold, don't do it. Unless you're really lonely. Taurus: Things are finally looking up, but you're too entrenched in that cranky funk to see it. Get your nose out of your navel or you'll miss all the fireworks and someone will stick a sparkler in your butt crack...
The Natural Way: Natural remedies for summer ailments (06/10/15)
In this part of the world, we all deal with patterns that are predictable such as colds and flu in the winter, allergies in both the spring and fall, Brown Recluse spider bites, Poison Ivy, chiggers and ticks, heat stroke and sunburn in the summer. We are smack dab in the middle of the part of the country where the Brown Recluse spider prefers to live. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (06/03/15)
Aries: If you don't succeed, try, try, try again. After the fourth try, however, you should kick back, have a beer and figure out why success eludes you like a greased pig before you wrestle with it once more. Taurus: Your rules may be carved in stone, but someone has just found a box of dynamite. Loosen up before you find yourself under a pile of your own debris...
The Natural Way: CLA for fat loss (06/03/15)
Ever wonder why some people say grass-fed animals that produce food such as meat, milk and eggs are better for you? I mean, actually better for your health, not just that the flavor is better. What if I told you it is due to a type of fat and that this particular fat is only naturally found in grass-fed animals and some mushrooms?...
FROM THE EDITOR: Benghazi witch hunt? (06/03/15)
While the GOP is busy pinning the blame for the 2012 Benghazi attacks on Hillary Clinton and the State Department, no one is asking about whether the CIA, the Pentagon or its contractors have any responsibility, direct or indirect, in the Benghazi attacks...
Citizen Forum (06/03/15)
I'd like to reply to Jasmine Stanley's recent appeal in the Independent newspaper for a solution to our impending forced fluoridation. (Though it may appear to some in vain, I'll repeat these words for you again.) The following was originally published in the local newspapers in June, 2012, and the N.W.A. Times declined to publish:...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/27/15)
Aries: You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can totally trash talk the movie based on it. Before you loosen those lips, though, rip out a few pages and make sure you have the story straight. Taurus: Passion burns, but so does a pot left on the stove. Don't grab anything without using protection, otherwise you'll have some explaining to do in front of a chuckling ER nurse...
The Natural Way: Consume fish for better health (05/27/15)
Catfish, Bass and Blue Gill can be great eating and a lot of fun in the getting but you have to go to the ocean for heart saving benefits from fish. You see eating cold water ocean fish like salmon and fresh tuna may reduce coronary artery disease, which then reduces the chance of heart attack or stroke...
FROM THE EDITOR: The wrong message (05/27/15)
I just read an article in the Huffington Post by John Shore that pretty much summed up the Duggar issue in one succinct, well-written blog post. Shore's article recounted a recent call from a "Bible Believing" minister who was very concerned about the increasing abuse his daughter was undergoing at the hands of her husband...
Citizen Forum (05/20/15)
I just had to write and "congratulate" you on the fine job everyone did at getting your 2223 ordinance passed. There's nothing quite like the feel of victory at getting your way; especially at the expense of two good citizens here we are supposed to treat with the love and respect you stressed was so important here in Eureka. Jesus would never have uncovered a person's past publicly or spoke disrespectfully of others. I hope you're proud of yourselves...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/20/15)
Aries: The world is about to beat a path to your door. If you don't want that much company, you can always move to another town, or just go mad scientist and develop a tasering doormat. That will bring even more people to you, but they'll have to be sneakier about it...
The Natural Way: Hair Health (05/20/15)
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 but many do not know that women often lose hair count or that the thickness of individual strands thins with age. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/13/15)
Aries: You're a few Cocoa Puffs short of a bowl, but you're still sweet. Just don't turn the milk brown when you sit in it or you'll never be invited back to that day spa again. Taurus: Get to the heart of the matter and you'll understand everything. If you're lucky, you can do it just by pressing an ear against someone's lovely chest. If not, you'll have to pry up a few floorboards, Poe-style...
The Natural Way: L-Glutathione has many benefits (05/13/15)
I started writing this column when the Citizen originated about 15 years ago. I'm always excited to hear and learn from my readers. A reader in Berryville took the time to tell me about his experiences dealing with asthma. "Asthma is a very debilitating condition and can just make life miserable," he said. ...
Citizen Forum (05/13/15)
A huge thank you to all parents and volunteers whose participation and donation of time has once again helped us to conclude another successful school year for our students here at Eureka Springs Elementary. Parental attendance at Parent/Teacher Conferences has been greatly appreciated as it helps to guide our young students to greater success throughout the year; a united front of teachers, parents, and their students is essential in giving every child every chance every day. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (05/06/15)
Aries: Some days you get the whole cupcake, other days you can only find a wrapper and some leftover sprinkles. Take the batter into your own hands and bake yourself a good day on Tuesday, complete with cream cheese icing. Taurus: Just when a ray of sunshine comes along, you can't find the sunblock. Take a good look at where that bright spot is coming from before you step into the light, because even SPF 100 can't protect against stupid...
The Natural Way: All the benefits of red wine without the alcohol (05/06/15)
Get the benefit of drinking wine without the drawback of alcohol. To some there are drawbacks to alcohol, but others they enjoy the relaxation of a moderate amount taken daily with food and friends. But this is about a no sin and no hangover way of getting the health benefit of red wine through supplementing with resveratrol and grape seed extract...
Citizen Forum (05/06/15)
Growing up and living in New Orleans for 50 years and now living in Eureka Springs for the past five years, I have never encountered a bathroom incident or felt my bathroom privacy has ever been compromised or threatened. And by the way, New Orleans passed its NDO back in June 1999...
Citizen Forum (04/29/15)
In response to Dr. John House's letter in the April 23 Letters to the Editor, I wish to say "Thank You, Dr. House" for your comments that so clearly articulate the opinion of those of us who oppose using religion as a means to discriminate. The threats some predict are another example of fear-mongering so pervasive in our country it threatens the foundation of our civil liberties...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/29/15)
Aries: A recent argument has ended and you finally get the point. Could be you see someone's reasoning or just their sharp stick in your ribs. Take comfort; if you always won, you'd be far more insufferable. Taurus: Life has its ups and downs, but it's that strong wind whipping you sideways that really blows up your skirt. Anchor yourself or you'll end up in Oz by Tuesday...
The Natural Way: The virtues of probiotics (04/29/15)
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. These live mainly in our small bowel and colon. This is opposite to antibiotics (pro meaning benefiting and biotic meaning life)...
FROM THE EDITOR: Breaking black and white: Observations from the front lines (04/29/15)
Breaking black and white: Observations from the front lines Last year about this time, I penned what would be one of my last pieces for a conservative publication in Washington, D.C. I told my editor at the time that the U.S. was in talks with Iran and that I had questions about the speech former Arkansas Gov. ...
Citizen Forum (04/22/15)
Dear Editor: As a physician, I want all patients to feel welcome in my clinic, so usually I don't make public political statements. However, due to some of the incredible misinformation that I'm hearing in the discussion over Eureka Springs Ordinance 2223, I must speak out. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/22/15)
Aries: Your mojo is like the Loch Ness Monster. It hasn't been seen in a while, and most people think it's fake. Rise from the deep and show the world what you've got; but first, make sure your friends have HD video cameras and a steady Internet connection...
The Natural Way: How to choose a multivitamin (04/22/15)
Do you need a multivitamin? Some say absolutely while others say no you don't but I say it depends. A multivitamin should be considered nutritional insurance as the typical amount of any of the long list of ingredients is based upon the official recommended dietary allowance. How do you sort out if you need one and then how to select the right one for you?...
Citizen Forum (04/15/15)
Dear editor: As a good Catholic child, I understood that without the sacrament of matrimony, defined as the exchange of vows in the presence of a priest, a Catholic was not considered to be really wedded at all. Although legally married, any Catholic who exchanged vows outside the church (e.g. in front of a judge) was considered only to be cohabiting and was living in habitual mortal sin...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/15/15)
Aries: Life's a bowl of cherries, and you keep getting the stems stuck in your teeth. Remember the key to the universe is learning to carve out the bad bits and dip the rest in chocolate. Taurus: There are winners and losers, and there are people who know where the board is kept. Forget the game, keep your eye on which player wants to be the race car and who wants the boot...
The Natural Way: Uridine for cell power and fighting depression (04/15/15)
In researching anything new regarding dementias including Alzheimer's, I came across a little known supplement worthy of consideration. Of course I checked it out on PubMed through the National Library of Medicine. One early clinical trial on people is underway but dozens of scientific studies have been done. The supplement is called uridine...
Citizen Forum (04/08/15)
I was shocked at the irony of Randall Christy's letter this week about the shopkeeper who turned away a family because she did not want to be preached to ("prayed with," I believe was his term) in her own place of business. First, I would point out that one person's prayer visit is another person's solicitation. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/08/15)
Aries: Don't panic when you hear scratching inside the wall. Opportunity doesn't always knock on the front door, especially if it's been up late reading Poe. Taurus: You can slap on that party face, but everyone still sees the crabby bones underneath. Wear a mask to get your groove on, so no one thinks you're Godzilla stalking the puny humans. Unless, of course, it's a really weird party. In that case, to your own Hollywood monster self be true...
The Natural Way: Jewelweed keeps itch away (04/08/15)
Leaves of three -- leave them be! This is the time of the year to be on the look out for poison ivy and oak. While these shrubs do not bother some people, many find they make summertime miserable. The oil from the shiny leaves or stems or just burning the roots can cause ugly, itchy blisters on the skin that can spread by scratching, using a washcloth or by taking baths...
Wisecrack Zodiac (04/01/15)
Aries: You've had your panties in a twist so often, you've invented a new kind of thong. Step back and unwind on Wednesday before your eyes bug out. Also, use some bleach on those undies. Taurus: Go ahead, dance like nobody's watching. Just remember, there's a difference between Saturday Night Fever and Tuesday Night Allergy Attack. You might need some Benadryl after trying some new moves...
Citizen Forum (04/01/15)
Listen up pastor Phil Wilson and Passion Play CEO Randall Christy: Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's director of propaganda said that "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." I say: "Trust ye not in lying words," Jeremiah 7:4...
The Natural Way: Beware the Brown Recluse (04/01/15)
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/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: Making sense of Ordinance 2223 (04/01/15)
The fallout from the emergency passing of Ordinance 2223 has resulted in a regime change at the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, the ousting of its CEO and resignation of two board members, and the division of a town that is gearing up for tourist season while trying to pull itself out of an economic rut...
Citizen Forum (03/25/15)
Dear editor: The 9th Commandment: Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. I believe that Mr. Christie has been playing fast and loose with this commandment. Not a single allegation he makes against Ordinance 2223's supporters is backed up by verifiable facts. Withholding names "out of fear of reprisals" leaves me with the lingering taste that these incidents are probably fabricated. Some of these incidents are so improbable as to defy logic...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/25/15)
Aries: Don't worry about being a fish out of water; on Tuesday, you'll evolve a little faster than the suckers around you. Keep those fins, though, just in case your new pad has a pool. Taurus: Wednesday offers up a few moments of introspection, but it also comes with a side of fries and cheese dip, so you don't pay much attention to it. Next time, tell it to show up with a salad...
The Natural Way: Phytosterols helpful for men (03/25/15)
Women can benefit but men, get your checklist handy. Here is an interesting supplement that is particularly of interest to men, over 40 years old who have elevated cholesterol, prostate troubles and who 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...
FROM THE EDITOR: This I believe (03/25/15)
The last few weeks have been particularly trying for me both professionally and personally. In moments of reflection, I found strength and fundamental truths about what I believe in life and where I stand. I'm sharing these in hopes that they help other people...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/18/15)
Aries: Feeling oppressed? You're not into rainbows, so maybe you're more 50 Shades of Grey. Next time you're being held down by the man, ask for a spanking while he's there. Your freak flag may fly in a whole new direction. Taurus: Spread your wings on Monday, because you're ready to fly. Remember, it's the wings, not the thighs; that path leads you into a bucket of trouble instead of the wild blue sky...
The Natural Way: Pycnogenol to ward off spring allergies (03/18/15)
Are you ready? The jonquils and daffodils are in full bloom the trees are getting ready to burst forth. Evenings are longer and warm enough to enjoy while the days are still a little chilly. Must be close to springtime and sneezes, itchy eyes and nose. The green cloud of pollen we get every year is close to happening...