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Friday, May 27, 2016
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...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/30/16)
Aries: If you carry grudges, you don't have a free hand to pick up money in the parking lot. Let go of those hurt feelings so you can scoop up better stuff. Forgiveness goes well with free coffee. Taurus: You're a closed book; no one can read you. Air out those pages and stiffen those dog ears so you don't end up the weird, moldy volume passed over at yard sales...
The Natural Way: Ashwagandha benefits mind, body (03/30/16)
Ash Wanda sounds like the name of a far distant country discovered by British imperialists of a few centuries ago. It may sound that way, but Ashwagandha (the g and the h are silent) is a very well used Ayurvedic herb dating back thousands of years...
From The Editor: Support the community center (03/23/16)
The Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center Foundation is doing good things for our community. That should be obvious to anyone who has followed the foundation's plans, especially considering how long the foundation's board members have worked with the community to determine the logistics behind the proposed community center. During this time, the foundation has navigated through many complex issues...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/23/16)
ARIES: You may already be a winner! Or not. Depends on if you believe your junk mail. In any case, you'll have a nice chicken dinner lined up for Thursday night. TAURUS: It's great when everything's coming up roses, but they shouldn't be sprouting in your laundry hamper. Time for some spring cleaning before weeds take over your bathroom grout...
From The Editor: My very own (03/16/16)
For the last two years, I've worked at Carroll County News as a reporter. I've covered education and city government mostly in Berryville and Green Forest, telling stories of triumph, excitement and sorrow. It's been wonderful getting to know people young and old in those cities, but part of me feels something has been missing. I have lived in Eureka Springs with my fiancÚ, Gideon, all that time and yet feel I'm more in tune with nearby cities than my own community...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/16/16)
Aries: You don't have much at stake in the grand scheme of things, but you're a power player in the small schemes. Just remember, don't take candy from a baby if the mom has her iPhone out and can plaster your butt all over the Internet. Taurus: When you feel very small, take comfort that tiny things have great power. Ants can carry off a picnic and chiggers can make a grown man twitch and strip. Go forth and annoy someone today...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/09/16)
Aries: Wednesday is a good day to review your stocks. If you don't have investments, have a staring contest with a cow. Either way, you get out of the house and your mom can change your sheets. Taurus: Do you know where you're going to? If the answer is "no" and you've just taken flight from a sharp corner of the overpass, quit reading on your phone and start screaming like a sane person would. Also, get a better GPS for the car...
Wisecrack Zodiac (03/02/16)
Aries: If a wombat, Chris Rock and a peyote salesman walked into a bar together, they couldn't dream up the week you're about to have. Make sure your shoes are tied, your morals are loose and your insurance is paid up. Taurus: Your muse isn't a friendly little fairy on your shoulder. It's hairy and dark and hiding under your bed. Offer it some cookies and be inspired--and a little scared--again...
The Natural Way: DIM fights bad estrogen: Here's how (03/02/16)
Most everyone knows that broccoli, brussels and cauliflower are good for you. Science is just beginning to understand why. You'd be surprised to know the benefit isn't just due to the fiber nor just to the high nutrient value, which is all true, but most importantly to a natural compound called di-indolyl methane. Often simply called "DIM."...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/24/16)
Aries: You're so far at the bottom of the barrel, you're basically licking wood. While that can be fun, you really should be asking how to get out of the barrel. Once you can see daylight, you're good again. Taurus: Embrace new technology, but don't get creepy by copping a feel on your new phone. That's just weird and possibly illegal in three states. Siri thinks taking photos of your junk is bad enough...
The Natural Way: Hearty foods for winter (02/24/16)
This is the time of the year for hearty foods. Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard and Spaghetti squash is as plentiful and cheap as are root veggies such as parsnips, potatoes and carrots. Storing them in a cool yet dry area at home will keep them fresh for a long time. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/17/16)
Aries: You're bold, you're brave, but you're not getting any traction. If you insist on running like Wile E. Coyote over the cliff, you're going to need better shoes. Maybe a parachute, too. Taurus: You're definitely in a pickle, but it could be worse. You could be in a jam, and you really don't need all that sugar. Either pop out of the jar or let yourself stew; at least you'll be well-preserved...
Citizen Forum (02/10/16)
Dear Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry. But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ. ...
From The Editor: 'Boyfriend problems' (02/10/16)
He grabbed my neck and squeezed. As I struggled for air, every. Second. Was. Eternity. The odor of vodka spewed from his breath onto my face. I was pinned between the kitchen counter and the sink. If I could reach the few inches to grab the doorknob, I had a chance...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/10/16)
Aries: Do the emojis of your life go "Christmas tree, heart, fireworks" or are they "poo, pizza, poo?" Take a long look at what you're saying. If texting doesn't work, get radical and use actual words. Taurus: Everyone loves a diamond in the rough, but no one asks the diamond what it thinks about the situation. Know what you want before someone starts chipping and sanding your butt...
The Natural Way: A few general rules for taking food supplements (02/10/16)
Of course I support our local organic farmers and the healthy/fresh produce we get year round. It is true 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 wellbeing 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...
Wisecrack Zodiac (02/03/16)
Aries: You're used to the universe smiling down, so when it sneezes on you instead, all you want is to wash your hair. Karma's head cold won't last long, although you might want to wear a hat until it's gone. Taurus: Your soul was meant to fly, but will you soar like an eagle, or circle like a buzzard? Leave dead issues alone; if you pick at them, you won't curry favor, just carrion breath...
The Natural Way: Natural cures for irritable bowl syndrome (02/03/16)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 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. It is when a lasting change happens that the IBS label is given...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/27/16)
Aries: No matter where you go, there you are. Unless your GPS needs updating, in which case you're located two miles away near a creek or a stoplight. Recalculate and go find yourself. Taurus: The brightest star can't compare with the shining example you've become. Breaking open a thousand glow sticks and painting yourself was artistic, but getting to sleep will be a challenge for a while...
The Natural Way: Natural remedies to ward off cold season (01/27/16)
Flu season is usually during the months of January, February and March. As of this writing we have had a very warm yet wet winter. Today is the first day of biting cold but it is beautiful outdoors. Colds have been present but not like other years so far and we have not seen a case of the flu, yet. I'm hoping this year will continue to be mild. Just incase here is a revamp of how to naturally care for colds and especially flu...