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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
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...
The Natural Way: Soapberries: Falling short on nutrition (09/24/14)
Trust me, I couldn't help myself, I just had to write this column after reading an advertisement in the coupon section of the big daily Arkansas newspaper. The ad was selling a very well-known multivitamin. The interesting thing is: The ad asked if we knew that up to 90 percent of Americans fall short in getting important nutrients from food alone...
Village View: Chapter 1 (1929) (09/24/14)
In this week's column, I'm honored to share the first chapter of Marian Szczepanski's powerful novel, Playing St. Barbara. Marian will be teaching for us on October 4 and will be the guest speaker at the Domestic Violence Awareness event on October 5...
Citizen Forum (09/24/14)
I want to thank everyone in the Eureka Springs School District for your vote of confidence in giving me the opportunity to serve you as a new board member. Although I was running unopposed I believe that was with purpose. I want to assure you that I will be your advocate representing the best for your children. ...
EDITORIAL: 'The fatal sequence' (09/24/14)
Miscredited ideas, outright lies and misinformation have a pesky way of circulating around until they are accepted as truth. People sometimes massage history to prove their points, and most times they get away without anyone checking too closely. In rare instances it seems the massaged "truth" is so compelling and timely that it creates a point of view with merit...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/17/14)
Aries: Some days you're the cute little cup of espresso, other days you're the coffee grounds. No matter which one describes your day, if someone licks you, be assured you can still pack a punch. Taurus: Finding your purpose isn't as easy as finding your keys, although both can be knocked behind the refrigerator by the cat. Limber up, because some interesting positions will be required...
Village View: A Story can Change the World (09/17/14)
She stood on the porch of my apartment. We'd just had a really productive writing circle, and the other participants had gone, chattering with enthusiasm. But this woman continued to linger, "impaled," to use my husband's favorite cliché, "on the horns of a dilemma."...
The Natural Way: Soapberries: alternative to detergents (09/17/14)
Jerae and her husband visited Eureka Springs a few months ago an had a wonderful visit. The two had stopped in and introduced themselves to Robin and me. We were immediately good friends as they both had that "Eureka" feel about them. It turns out she has a tiny start-up business named 5 Little Indians based in her home-state of Mississippi. ...
GUEST COMMENTARY: Eureka deserves better from SWEPCO, Asplundh (09/17/14)
After repeated complaints, SWEPCO and their contractor Asplundh have finally removed the numerous tree limbs they left strewn across our property. However, they still left a tree that will be a danger to their power lines once it falls. It is all but dead, with nothing but dead limbs at the top of the tree. It clearly won't survive another season. If it doesn't fall in their power line, it will likely fall into our historic home...
Citizen Forum (09/17/14)
Thank you Mr. Ragsdell for setting the record straight on tourism last week. It was refreshing to her your voice of reason amid the clatter of whining and complaining I hear so frequently. It is my firm opinion that so long as we are able to put out a good and desirable product to ALL of the tribes that may enter our fair village, we are going to do just fine...
EDITORIAL: The 100K Club (09/17/14)
In my job as an editor and reporter, I have the privilege of getting to know many amazing people and deal with a wide array of issues. I attend lots of city meetings, am responsible for taking good notes, keep up with the city's many events, talk to the citizens, observe and try to accurately distill what I take in, and put it all into a few stories a week. ...
EDITORIAL: No excuses (09/10/14)
To a journalist, nothing is more valuable than credibility. And nothing is more vital to credibility than accuracy. If a journalist can't provide accurate information, then he has failed his audience, and he loses credibility. Just as important, a journalist must be able to recognize potentially inaccurate information from other sources and be vigilant against it. Sadly, we at the Citizen failed in that regard last week...
Getting to Know: Artist Denise Ryan (09/10/14)
Sitting down with Denise Ryan at her studio on Elk Street, a visitor is immediately transformed into her world. Denise's art takes one to a stunning world of vibrant color, everyday objects seen in extraordinary places. It is an utterly impossible place where tradition, dream and beauty live together. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/10/14)
Aries: Tit for tat has nothing to do with flashing and tattoos, but that doesn't mean you can't make some interesting exchanges this weekend. Whichever side you're on, don't forget the sunscreen. Taurus: There is beauty in every single day, but you'll never see it through a dirty window. Grab the Windex and start scrubbing; life will look much brighter when you can actually view it up close...
The Natural Way: Men's tip: Swedish Flower Pollen (09/10/14)
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. ...
Village View: How to Begin (09/10/14)
I recently attended the Virginia Review Writers' Conference in Charlottesville. There I heard a panel of agents and publishers speak about what sells and what they are seeking. One top New York agent listed the four things that a story must have to be published by a major house. The four "must haves:" an interesting premise (i.e., vision); a compelling character; forward momentum from the first paragraph; a unique and interesting voice...
Citizen Forum (09/10/14)
Concerning the tree trimming in my favorite city, Eureka Springs. Let me express the future of most trees there. Tree lovers need to use their time pulling down the rapidly growing vines which are causing the death of hundreds of these beautiful shade trees...
Concert Review: Robert Cray -- On from the downbeat (09/03/14)
You could almost hear it as the band just looked at each other the second the lights hit them. Everyone absolutely was with the band on beat one. Within a few seconds it was clear that this night would be special. Bands, even great ones, usually need part of the first song to get their footing -- time to put everything in the pocket, time for the sound guy to get levels right. ...
Citizen Forum (09/03/14)
Hi David, Welcome to Eureka! As a recent resident of three years myself, I can fully understand and share your enthusiasm for this unique village for all the reasons you mention - and then some. After 19 years in the City of Chicago and many previous years in the northern midwest, I moved to Arkansas in July 2000. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (09/03/14)
Aries: So-called friends may bail on you this Friday, leaving you holding the bag. Don't worry, it just means more apple pies and fries for you, and less dead weight in your life. Taurus: Why worry about the sun melting your wings when you're still in the closet fighting the moths? Jump out there and stretch those flappers; it's easier to get off the ground when you can see the sky...
The Natural Way: Take charge of your health (09/03/14)
Now, is the time to take charge of your health and wellbeing. Life changes very fast and we all are dealing with an uneven national economy as well as the ever challenging Ozark economy. Stress is problematic and ever present. What to do you may ask? Well, start out with basics, keep yourself informed and use your good sense...
Village View: A Sour Dilemma (09/03/14)
This week's column space is devoted to a creative piece by Village writer Nancy Harris, who reminds us that even God has a sense of humor. Helen Anne, age ten, was a formidable figure in the fifth grade classroom at St. Mark's Catholic School. Her large feet provided a sturdy foundation for her big-boned, wide-shouldered body. A surprisingly narrow waist sloped to hips that served as a resting place for plump hands with stubby fingers tipped by nails bitten to the quick...
EDITORIAL: Long overdue (09/03/14)
Next Monday the City Council will meet and talk about an ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The topic was added to the agenda at the last meeting by Alderman James DeVito. He said at the meeting, "Fayetteville was the first in the state to adopt an ordinance like this, and I would like to see Eureka Springs be the second."...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/27/14)
Aries: Most people reap what they sow, but you won't even get near the garden. Munch on dandelions for a while and you'll finally choose to get your hands dirty. Taurus: Not every cloud in the sky is an impending storm; sometimes they float by to give you a bit of shade. Enjoy the break, you'll be back in the thick of things before you know it...
The Natural Way: Green Tea benefits (08/27/14)
Iced Green tea blended with spearmint or peppermint is refreshing and delicious especially as the days heat up and we get more sun exposure. Most everyone knows of the long-term damage to the skin caused by sunburn and the increased chance of skin cancer. Accordingly, many know about wearing hats, protective clothing and sun blocker. But some don't want the chemicals in commercial preparations. To the rescue comes the ever refreshing green tea...
Village View: Celebrate with Us on Sept. 9 (08/27/14)
The public (that's YOU) is invited to join us as we celebrate our mission--writing stories--with a party that includes Arkansas writers, food, and music. On September 9, we are inviting all Arkansas authors to bring their books to our open house. Any stories written by folks born or living in Arkansas. ...
EDITORIAL: Try to see it my way -- for a minute, anyway (08/27/14)
My band had a concert in Dallas, and the other guitar player, Bernard Jenkins, who was from Mississippi, stayed with me. After the gig, he went out with some people from Dallas to check out the local music scene. He called me the next day, overwhelmed by the musical opportunities he saw there, and how great the Dallas music scene seemed to him. "Man! We could own this town."...
Village View: Imagining My Way into the Truth: An Interview with Kevin Brockmeier (08/22/14)
Yesterday, someone called Kevin Brockmeier a "Rockstar of Fantasy." In this discussion, which was originally part of an interview in The Georgia Review, he talks about his new memoir, his way of working, and the blurring of genres. Reprinted with permission...
Wisecrack Zodiac (08/22/14)
Aries: You're faced with an uncomfortable truth, but it will take more than digging in your underwear to solve it. Consider this a mental wedgie, not a physical one, and use some hand sanitizer before you go back to work. Taurus: There's a bright spot in your day, but you don't see it as a perk, just a reason to buy more sunscreen. Lighten up! Not every sliver of sunshine indicates a hole in your umbrella...