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Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
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...
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...