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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/18/14)
Aries: Life is passing you by only because it's in better shape than you are. You could do some cardio to catch up or just wait by the jogging path with a softball bat. Life moves a lot slower when it has to ice its knee every hour. Taurus: Whenever you feel alone, remember that you have 57 followers on Twitter. Odds are at least one of them is a real person, but the others are spambots trying to sell you naughty videos and real estate...
Citizen Forum (12/18/14)
Cooperation makes festival a success EDITOR: Sometimes the stars align, the weather cooperates and months of planning work out. That is exactly the case for last Saturday's events downtown and the whole of the EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival. One merchant commented that they had happy kids munching on marshmallow snowmen while their parents happily shopped along Main Street...
FROM THE EDITOR: Peering through the torture matrix: What the press missed (12/18/14)
As I combed through the Senate Intelligence Committee's just-released report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation and detention programs, my boyfriend, who served as a Navy Corpsman, sat next to me. Though we do not talk about his experiences, I saw right away this is a sensitive issue for not just him, but for all of our troops, and for those of us who were directly involved in helping them in some way...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/11/14)
Aries: Your guilt squishes you down like a bacon press into a hot pan. Make amends for your wrongheadedness before you start to pop and sizzle in a pool of fat and regret. Taurus: You want to be a better person, if only it didn't take so much actual work. Give a cheer if you have the energy, because a shortcut to sainthood will pop up on Friday. Take it and you'll be someone's hero of the day...
The Natural Way: Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (12/11/14)
An ad on television sells a prostate medicine to a group of aging good buddies. They are having a heckuva good time driving to a fly fishing camp. None have to stop on the road at the nearest Texaco station due to a "growing problem, not a going problem" as they use this new prescribed drug. ...
Citizen Forum (12/11/14)
Silver Tea time for tigers Editor: On behalf of the Episcopal Church women of St. James, I want to sing the praises of everyone who helped to make this year's Silver Tea simply spectacular! First, our heartfelt thanks go to Elise Roenigk, whose partnership and generous support makes this a truly iconic event for the City of Eureka Springs. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Citizens United ... against fluoride (12/11/14)
Over the past two weeks, I have received calls, emails and letters from many of you who adamantly oppose the mandated fluoridation of water in the Carroll-Boone Water District, and subsequently, Eureka Springs. I am new to the issue and at first was unsure about why exactly a whole community that tends to disagree on most things could unite to fight against fluoridation of its water. ...
The Natural Way: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (12/03/14)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments among younger adults. Though, often thought of as an older person's problem those in their twenties and thirties suffer as well. Some people include other digestive ailments such as colitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease in the overall category of IBS but technically Irritable Bowel doesn't have either the level of internal inflammation nor the severity of symptoms as these. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/03/14)
Aries: You're convinced that no good deed goes unpunished. If you're lucky, though, karma will wear that little leather number while she oils up the paddle. Looks like you're lining up a whole string of charitable acts. Taurus: Opportunity doesn't always knock. Sometimes it slips a note under the bathroom door. Be prepared to grab your pants and run toward your chance at the big time. You can always buy new underwear later...
Citizen Forum (12/03/14)
Editor: (This letter is in reaction to an opinion by a professor at the University of Texas who wrote defending keeping wild animals in captivity. He opined that as long as the wild animals were provided with adequate conditions, that captivity was not inherently detrimental)...
FROM THE EDITOR: Without darkness there is no light (12/03/14)
Creed's Scott Stapp had a meltdown that went viral on YouTube last week. The flurry of comments from the public ranged from "he's crazy" to "he's in pain." It got me thinking. I began thinking about my mom, who passed away four years ago today. And I thought about the source of Stapp's heavy lyrics that I've used so many times for inspiration...
Citizen Forum (11/26/14)
Editor: This is in response to George Macy's recent letter. Regarding the 8.2% drop in revenue in September, it comes after 9.1% and 12.7% increases the prior two months and an 18% increase we had in March. Cherry-picking one low month is not a fair way to judge the CAPC...
FROM THE EDITOR: America, and the meaning of liberty (11/26/14)
Last week, President Obama announced a much-anticipated series of executive actions intended to "crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons but not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes so they can remain in the U.S. temporarily without fear of deportation."...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/19/14)
Aries: You're ready to spread your wings and fly, if only you could quit shaking your tailfeathers for five minutes. Let people bask in your glorious plumage for one more round and get up to some sky-soaring business. Taurus: The plan you've cooked up to make your family get along will fail. The good news? It goes so hilariously wrong that you'll sell the rights and your half-witted scheme becomes a huge Disney movie...
The Natural Way: Resisting antibiotics (11/19/14)
I couldn't help but be amazed at the number of health-related articles in the large daily newspaper. A large portion of news articles were dedicated to the medical community's concerns about bacterial resistance to prescription drugs. An almost equal amount of column space was dedicated to saying how vaccines are a viable solution to drug resistance if only people would submit to that line of thinking. ...
Citizen Forum (11/19/14)
Editor: The City Advertising and Promotion Commission has reported an alarming decline in tax revenues, a drop of 8.2 percent for September 2014 as compared to September 2013. It is clearer than ever that it is time to clean house at CAPC. Charles Ragsdell, Chairman of CAPC, and Mike Maloney, its Executive Director, have demonstrated repeatedly that they are not up to the task of promoting the town and attracting visitors. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Daring greatly to revive tourism in Eureka (11/19/14)
I spent much of the past week talking to business owners, community leaders, locals and visitors to Eureka about the tourism economy in Eureka and found that while there are opposing viewpoints on the best solution, the consensus is that Eureka needs an economic revival that is best accomplished through bolstering tourism...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/12/14)
Aries: Lost love may be forever, but the lost remote is still waiting for you behind the second couch cushion to the right. Make its day by playing an Air Supply song when you dramatically fling the cushion aside and embrace it. Taurus: Of course you're busy and stressed, but take a hint when the kids say your hair looks just like the fur on that dead chipmunk the cat brought in this morning. Make the extra effort today, and you'll have more on your hands than a recently deceased chipmunk...
The Natural Way: Creatine gets a bad rap (11/12/14)
This is the second writing on the unsung heroes in the supplement world. My next few columns will focus on these well known but mostly forgotten wall flowers. Just like in our lives there are those that are steadfast and quiet. We know they are there but are so humble it is very easy to just not see them and take them for granted. ...
Citizen Forum (11/12/14)
Editor, I have heard very little concern about that huge, and obvious arson pallet wood fire at the King's River on Highway 62. I called ADEQ and spoke with them about it. They told me that they would send up an inspector. As I mentioned, I knew this pile would be set on fire. And, it is still burning. There are two issues and possible outcomes:...
FROM THE EDITOR: Eureka! The catalyst for freedom and justice (11/12/14)
When government becomes bigger than the people, when it no longer serves those it represents -- when it hurts those same people -- it is by definition, tyrannical. Issues that involve the welfare of a community as a whole and could significantly affect generations to come -- including but not limited to the current debate over the ordinance banning circuses from coming to Eureka -- should be left solely to the citizens of Eureka to decide...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/05/14)
Aries: No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, but no one expects the cable installer to be on time or a politician to tell the truth, either. On Tuesday, be prepared for the comfy chair. Taurus: It's hard to find your spot in the universe, because no one supplies a place card. Just keep wedging those butt cheeks into different corners; you'll eventually find a perfect fit at a bus stop or Denny's...
The Natural Way: Unsung heroes of supplements (11/05/14)
There are many unsung heroes in the supplement world. My next few columns will focus on these well-known but mostly forgotten wallflowers. Just like in our lives there are those that are steadfast -- those who we know are there but who are so humble it is very easy to just not see them and take them for granted. In this column I'll be shining the light on Echinacea, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Brewer's Yeast...
EDITORIAL: Painting the state red (11/05/14)
Arkansas went red Tuesday night, and we aren't talking about Razorback red. Republicans made virtually a clean sweep of all the major Arkansas races in the 2014 General Election, from U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's victory over incumbent Mark Pryor in the U.S. Senate race to Asa Hutchinson's defeat of Mike Ross in the Arkansas governor's race...
GUEST EDITORIAL: An open letter to the City Council (11/05/14)
Thank you for passing Ordinance 2219 on its first reading. This is an important step to not only protecting our community, but protecting animals as well. This ordinance also serves to showcase our town as upstanding and progressive-thinking. It is my understanding you have received emails with inaccurate information, so I am compelled to correct it. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/29/14)
Aries: Forget the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; you'll find a fast food coupon at the end of the parking lot, which is much better. Leprechauns don't exist, but pumpkin lattes do. Taurus: Stop the soul-searching; you could slide that sucker under a two-photon microscope and still not find out anything new. Just try to be nice to people so they don't spit in your food or let the elevator doors close on you. That's enough...
The Natural Way: Anxiety is the enemy (10/29/14)
Our world is changing quickly. Our behavior as a nation has been and is in question by so many throughout the world. Now we are inundated with the worry of a new disease (at least to us) namely Ebola. At times of great change anxiety levels increase...
Citizen Forum (10/29/14)
Hutchinson not right choice for Eureka Mr. Moyer; I feel really betrayed by your (and presumably the Chamber's) ill-thought out endorsement of radical Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson. Tourism notwithstanding, the rest of Mr. Hutchinson's platform is in large part contrary to the views of many if not most citizens of this city. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/22/14)
Aries: You're like Taylor Swift without a breakup; you're feeling uninspired. On Tuesday, you'll see yourself in a new light. A fantastic, cash-rolling, we're-in-the-money light. Prepare those pockets for some simple melodies and heavy jingling. Taurus: Every day is a fresh chance to completely screw something up. Call the florist now, because you're going to need the "politician caught in the men's bathroom" bouquet along with the industrial-size apology...
The Natural Way: Staying healthy during flu season (10/22/14)
Here we are in October and flu season is typically months away, but already there are fears being generated. Scary words are being televised and flu vaccine booths are popping up in grocery stores like weeds. No one knows what flu strain will be strongest this year so being vaccinated may be helpful for some and not others. For sure, right now is the time to begin adjusting your supplements and herbals...
Village View (10/22/14)
If you're like me, your writing time is often crammed in among a million other tasks. No wonder what we produce is about as inspired as a grocery list. In her workshop, The Way of Story, the Craft and Soul of Writing, (coming to Eureka on Nov. 1) international teacher Catherine Ann Jones shows us how we must reach deeper into our own souls before we can write the story that is ours to write. ...
Citizen Forum (10/22/14)
All of us at the Carnegie Public Library would like to thank Gwen Bennett for "saving the show" this weekend! When Gwen heard there was a lack of people-power to put on the Friends of the Library Book Sale, she volunteered for the job with no hesitation. ...
GUEST EDITORIAL: In defense of the circus (10/22/14)
The Carson & Barnes Circus Company is a family-friendly business. Our lifelong experience working with and caring for exotic and domestic animals ensures our animals are provided quality care that is enriching, healthy and comfortable. As an experienced and proud advocate of animal welfare Carson & Barnes Circus recognizes the great responsibility we have to these majestic animals. ...
GUEST EDITORIAL: After all, we're not savages (10/22/14)
What do Boulder, Colo.; Stamford, Conn.; Santa Ana, Calif.; and Green Bay, Wis., have in common? They've all banned animal circuses as nearly 50 other cities in 21 U.S. states have done. Our House of Representatives is currently deliberating the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (HR4525) that, if passed, could eliminate traveling animal circuses. The movement is spreading not only all over the country, but also all over the world; 27 countries have full or partial bans as well...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/15/14)
Aries: A lot of people are in the same boat as you, but few can paddle with your swinging style. Slap that oar around and make some waves on Thursday. Taurus: Of course you're a special little snowflake, but that doesn't mean much when the temperature rises. Work on your skills so you'll have something to fall back on when your ego melts in the light of day...
The Natural Way: Algal calcium has extra benefits (10/15/14)
A report released in Oct. 2013 from MedScape, an educational service for family practice doctors, affirms the safety of supplemental calcium. Two large-scale studies clearly show no connection between supplementing with common calcium and heart attack in either women or men. Please feel assured and at ease with these findings...
Village View: Find Your Next Story in the Plottomatic (10/15/14)
There are many reasons to write a short story, whether you're an established writer or a beginner. Not only are short stories a great way to get published and enhance your writer's resume, but those of us at work on giant canvases of novels or series of novels can use an occasional break from our obsessions. Those of us at work on memoirs can use a break from ourselves. And for beginning writers, a short story is doable and fun...
Citizen Forum (10/15/14)
This morning with coffee I read David Blankenship's editorial titled "Old Friend Deserved More Life". I found in it an unexpected subject for a newspaper editorial, a place usually reserved for the gnashing of teeth about the problems of politics or the personalities of a small town often at odds with itself. I was grateful to find in that short piece an unusual depth and candor rarely ventured in such a forum...
FROM THE EDITOR: Eureka really is that great (10/15/14)
In my earliest editorials, I alluded to how great this city is, but even I suspected I was getting way too close to being Pollyanna -- way too optimistic. I expected that once the blinders were off, I'd end up seeing the same old things we all witness happening around the country. I hoped not, but experience has taught me that nothing is as good as it seems, and Eureka Springs and its people seemed to good to be true...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/08/14)
Aries: The best way to get a few fresh, crisp days is to buy a new calendar. Get something sassy with nuns or cats; the pictures will distract you from this week. Taurus: You may feel like a box of donuts backstage at a beauty pageant: unloved and unwanted. But here's the truth: you are desired, and someone might take a bite out of you when no one's looking...
The Natural Way: The benefits of GSE (10/08/14)
My father used to run squeezin's through these hills during Prohibition. I guess many people had some of this set aside for medicinal use as a base for herbal remedies and, of course, uncut white lightening. Back in those days, people got by in the best way they could, and some things do stay the same, but times change. ...
Village View (10/08/14)
This week, we are looking at the beautiful wisdom of Catherine Ann Jones from her book, The Way of Story, The Craft and Soul of Writing. Jones will be teaching her unique approach to accessing our deepest creativity at the Inn of the Ozarks on November 1...
Citizen Forum (10/08/14)
I spent a lot of hard-earned money in order to be a part of your Corvette Weekend. Counting myself, 13 citizens from Idabel, Oklahoma drove our Corvettes and Muscle Cars to your city. We spent many dollars in your hotels, restaurants and specialty shops in Historic Eureka Springs. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: What I Believe (10/08/14)
I believe I witnessed this week the end result of a systemic breakdown that allowed a teenager with an 11th-grade education to get away with terrorizing a young mother, her three children and a grandmother for over a year. I believe that this breakdown culminated with the death of a hard-working single mother, three severely traumatized, motherless children and a young grandmother and mother who is looking at a lifetime of grief and the difficult job of raising her daughter's children. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/01/14)
Aries: A straight line is the quickest route between two points, but you've never been the logical one. Go ahead and take that Crazy Straw path to your destination. If nothing else, you could be hired by Google Maps. Taurus: A question of the ages looms before you. Weigh your options carefully, then decide between the pumpkin spice bagel or the cream-filled pastry. This will be the most important decision you make before lunch...
The Natural Way: Genetics aren't whole story (10/01/14)
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. ...
Village View: Who's Your Bad Guy? (10/01/14)
Villain is a colorful word. It makes us think of archetypes of evil like Snidely Whiplash or the Penguin or Professor Severus Snape. Almost comic in their one-sidedness. But real life is not so simple. What causes a person to be "bad"? Culture, childhood traumas, ongoing anger, despair, stress? Or are these people just mean because they like being mean?...
Citizen Forum (10/01/14)
I was so ready to finally give up on my dream of dressing costumed characters, especially at Christmas time like I've seen so successfully done elsewhere. I have been in such a quandary deciding to remain in a tourist town (that has the largest accumulation of middle-class Victorian homes left in America) that is not protecting its historic entrance ... ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Old friend deserved more from life (10/01/14)
My oldest friend died about two weeks ago. I received a text from his phone to let me know; I'm not even sure of the date. His wife wrote the text, and I didn't even respond -- it just seemed inappropriate. Since then, I have wrestled to glean meaning from his life and his demise...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/24/14)
Aries: Don't fret about your last hurrah. You still have a whole box of "Woo Hoo!" to use up, plus a truckload of "Oh crap." Work through those first. Taurus: Things may seem tough now, but be assured; if you don't work through this they can definitely get tougher. Even one baby step at a time is considered progress...