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Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
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...
The Natural Way: A constant reminder (01/20/16)
Right in front of me and just above the monitor's edge is a framed piece of fancy work hand-done by my Grandmother Seddon. The 10x12 is stitched in color with leaves, stems buds and roses surrounding an important reminder of how to live a healthier emotional life. She embroidered, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change those things I can and wisdom to know the difference. She misspelled the word "difference."...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/20/16)
Aries: Each day is a gift. That's why sometimes it fits like a sweater your Grandma gives you because she still thinks you're a kids size 2. Squeeze as much of your big head into today as you can, and you can use the Jaws of Life tomorrow. Taurus: Your plan goes awry when someone frees all your parakeets before they finish their training. Thank goodness you didn't arm them with weapons-grade fart bombs yet, so no one can trace those paramilitarykeets back to you...
Citizen Forum (01/14/16)
Editor, Heartfelt thanks to the 62 Highway businesses for 21 years of supporting the Eureka Springs Mustang Show, as well as businesses in Berryville, Green Forest, Golden, Bentonville, Rogers and Fayetteville. Your donations kept the show alive. Regretfully, the 2016 show has been canceled. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/14/16)
Aries: When one door closes, another opens. Unless it, too, has been padlocked, barred and cemented shut. In that case, take the hint and find another hallway, preferably one with glass doors so you can see what you're getting into this time. Taurus: A monkey with a blowgun could really mess with your Tuesday. Be glad he has bad aim, or you would suffer from more than a mild case of hedgehog butt...
The Natural Way: Herbs to fend off the flu (01/14/16)
Flu season is usually during the months of January, February and March. As of this writing, we have had a very warm and 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...
From The Editor: The truth will be revealed (01/07/16)
Thanks to Hillary Clinton's latest revelations, the floodgates of disclosure have flung open. People in the U.S. and worldwide are calling for disclosure on all fronts -- they are ready for the truth about our nation's involvement in overt and covert wars over the last 50 years -- and they want to know whether we are alone in this universe...
Citizen Forum (01/07/16)
We want to express our sincerest appreciation for the generous gift received from the St. James Episcopal Church's Silver Tea which they so elegantly hosted at the Crescent Hotel on Dec. 3. The proceeds of $2,065 were raised to help fund the Back Our Kids weekend food bag program which currently serves 75 children weekly. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (01/07/16)
Aries: The old year had much to teach you, but you sat in the back and shot spitballs at the chalkboard. Sit up straight and pay attention to 2016, and not just because it roars in with a whip, a chair and pop quizzes. Taurus: To thine own self be true, but around everyone else, feel free to fake it. If you can't be charming offer a reasonable facsimile until a good mood smacks you in the forehead again...
The Natural Way: Think globally act locally (01/07/16)
Think globally, act locally. We've all heard this slogan a million times and intuitively understand the wisdom but struggle with how to implement it in a way which has meaning. Certainly, with the immense events of the last year we all have had a lesson on the broad interconnections of a global community. ...
Citizen Forum: Top 5 Letters of 2015 (12/30/15)
Editor's note: The top letters to the editor are in chronological order. Letters that made the largest impact on the community and generated the most responses from our readers. Feb. 25, 2015 Dear citizens of Eureka Springs: You ask me why I am opposed to Ordinance 2223. Let me tell you five reasons, though I have many more...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/23/15)
Aries: Tuesday is a great day for new adventures, such as a bike trip, hike to a waterfall or cleaning out the fridge to see what's making that growling noise when the light goes off. Hint: it's the seven-month-old tuna salad. Taurus: You think you're headed for a home run, but you haven't even left the dugout. Work on your moves. If that doesn't fly, work on your begging and you just might make it to second base...
The Natural Way: Anxiety is the enemy (12/23/15)
Due to the grievous events worldwide and in Riverside, Calif., I thought a rewrite of a previous column was in order. When violence happens close to home we all become stunned, then angry. The anger is an emotional way of dealing with anxiety and the loss of safety we expect our system to provide. But how do we protect ourselves from not only the criminal element but the mentally ill and now the crazy religionists?...
From The Editor: A little Texas logic (12/16/15)
I grew up in a medium-sized southeast Texas town where refinery smog billowed on the horizon as the stench of rotten eggs wafted through the windows at 7 a.m. I learned from a very early age that if you didn't want to burn your buns when you sat in the car, you might want to put a towel down and to close the windows if I didn't want my nostrils to be assaulted. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/16/15)
Aries: Everyone thinks you have a pocketful of sunshine but what you really have is a storm front in your Underoos. Batten down the flaps, because there's a hurricane headed for your pants. Taurus: You've been under that rain cloud so long, you have a wet blanket dripping over your brain. Wring it out and get some sun; you can't make a new spark unless you have some hot Tinder...
The Natural Way: South Beach for weight loss and health (12/16/15)
I talk up the South Beach diet plan a great deal as this is the way I think most people should eat. Also, back in my early days of medicine, I was with the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital where we routinely collaborated with cardiologists from South Beach and Mount Sinai Medical Center. I know some of the physicians mentioned in the original South Beach book. The South Beach plan is rock solid, tasty, easy and based on the glycemic index...
Citizen Forum (12/09/15)
Trump reveals more of his racist opportunism. Now, he advocates letting no Muslim person enter the U.S. (including Muslim Americans who may have gone out of the country). I grew up a big fan of FDR, especially of Eleanor. However, as Trump quoted the war president to defend his racist position, FDR removed loyal Japanese Americans from their homes to internment camps, one in Arkansas...
From The Editor: Discerning disinformation (12/09/15)
In light of recent chaotic national and international headlines -- mass shootings and rumors of wars -- it's important to know what disinformation is and how it is used in the media to accomplish a goal. Disinformation is a form of propaganda that uses carefully crafted and thinly veiled lies -- sprinkled throughout a fact-based story -- to manipulate the public. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/09/15)
Aries: All the world's a stage, and you're the one with a mop. Don't worry that you're missing the spotlight, just think of all the dirt you can collect on those wannabe divas. Taurus: Wanting to be secure is a sane choice, but the tinfoil hat is not. Relax, the bogeyman has problems of his own, he has no time to fulfill your paranoid fantasies...
The Natural Way: L-Theanine for brain health (12/09/15)
L-Theanine is an amino acid that I have written about from time to time. I liked it then; I like it even more now. You see new science was published just last month that clearly shows two new benefits for this amazingly affordable and safe supplement. But first, a short review...
From The Editor: Principles before personalities (12/02/15)
In a rare moment during a special city council meeting Monday night, alderman James DeVito and state Rep. Bob Ballinger stood on the same side -- arguing that a person should not be prevented from operating a business because of his or her personality or political affiliation...
Wisecrack Zodiac (12/02/15)
Aries: Some days you're the star of your own show, other days you're just a face in the ensemble. Square up those Spanx, kiddo, because you finally get your close-up on Friday. Play your cards right, and you won't get bumped off for a younger, hipper character...
The Natural Way: Remedies for Reynaud's (12/02/15)
Colder temperatures have come upon us. Soon, many will be wearing ear muffs and gloves and warming their noses by blowing into their hands. When do the normal things we do cross over the line and become a symptom of a medical condition? Some people have more trouble than others with very painful and cold fingertips and noses. ...
Guest Column: Protect our property, or let it burn? (11/24/15)
Fire protection comes in many disguises but a community usually gets what it pays for. Big cities with a solid tax base invest in hydrants, equipment, facilities and personnel. Small towns build their infrastructure over generations, adding bits of fire protection here and there, as annual budgets allow. ...
Citizen Forum (11/24/15)
Dear Editor: While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey's life. And here are some good reasons: You can brag about pardoning a turkey - like Obama...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/24/15)
Aries: You'll be the talk of Thanksgiving dinner when you decide to use up all the uneaten Halloween candy corn by mixing it in the stuffing. In the future, your family will refer to it as "the time we all had our stomachs pumped together." Taurus: Black Friday is tough when you sober up and discover that instead of a "Frozen" Barbie from Toys R Us, you bought a knockoff Barbie with real stripper pole action from Spencer's. At least you'll have a present under the tree...
The Natural Way: Supplement for IBS (11/24/15)
Feasting time is upon us! Thanksgiving, Christmas and Winter gatherings all include large amounts of rich food along with drink and socializing. Food we usually don't eat much of and the pressure of family, friends and community, while wonderful for most, can cause havoc on our digestive systems. ...
Citizen Forum (11/18/15)
Dear Editor, I doubt that many will remember, but this year is the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The earliest and most significant figure in the history of Social Security in Arkansas is none other that my grandfather, U. S. Congressman Claude Albert Fuller of Eureka Springs, who represented the 3rd District of Arkansas from 1929 to 1939...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/18/15)
Aries: No man is an island, but sometimes you can be a real peninsula. Work on your social skills before your co-workers decide to cut you off and set you adrift. Taurus: Quit worrying about Black Friday and focus your concerns on Brown Wednesday. Maybe you should check the expiration dates in your fridge a little more often...
The Natural Way: The miracle of Milk Thistle (11/18/15)
I haven't written about this herb in a long while so here is an update. Milk Thistle, or Silybum marianum, is one of the most ancient herbal medicines, dating back 2000 years. The old ones would use this artichoke like plant, which produces a prickly yet beautiful flower mostly for liver, prostate and kidney problems. ...
Citizen Forum (11/11/15)
The Auditorium is a major building that has been a part of Eureka history for nearly 100 years. It has always needed a revenue stream to keep it in the black. Community theater, high school graduations and many strictly local events have been held there. It exists for local use just as much as it does for a major entertainment venue for our visitors...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/11/15)
Aries: Quit looking for a cloud with a silver lining, those are impossible to cash in. Instead, look for a cloud with a warm, fleece lining and a built-in monitor with a free year of Netflix. That's the cloud with rewards. Taurus: No one expects great things from you, they're just hoping today isn't the day they have to bail you out of jail for solicitation of a farm tractor. Surprise your family by doing something productive and respectable, like proposing to that tractor...
The Natural Way: Coconut oil, the natural wonder (11/11/15)
Coconut oil is absolutely amazing. People from the tropics knew very well the many benefits of rubbing this on the skin and hair as well as cooking with it or eating it by the spoonful. Most people don't know that it is the source for a very strong and safe anti-microbial called Monolaurin...
Citizen Forum (11/04/15)
Dear Editor, "Back Our Kids" wants to usher in the season by thanking the incredible Eureka Springs community for having ensured that its children will be well fed and ready to learn for all of this school year and the beginning of the 2016-17 year as well...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/04/15)
Aries: You think you're bad, but you're not a wolf in sheep's clothing. If anything, you're a ferret dressed like a hedgehog: rather prickly and able to squirm out of any situation. At least that comes in handy during political debates at the dinner table...
The Natural Way: Berberine for diabetics (11/04/15)
Listen up everyone, I've found a supplement that is shown to be excellent for pre-diabetics, type 2 diabetics and also for those with high cholesterol. This is clinically studied in people and tested in the laboratory. The herbal supplement is called Berberine which has been used by the old grannies and now has been discovered by medical science. ...
FROM THE EDITOR: Change begins at home (10/28/15)
I rented a movie last week in which a young woman was in a car accident and her car was struck by lightning, causing the aging process to stop. The narrative faded in and explained how the moon effects everything we do. The woman lived to be more than 100 but didn't look a day over 30. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/28/15)
Aries: Things are going your way on Thursday, but don't expect a limo. The most you'll get for that hitchhiking thumb is a clown car unless you hike up those khakis and show some skin. Taurus: Beauty surrounds you, but it's not there to inspire, it just wants to shake you down for your lunch money. Hand it over before beauty smacks you right in the eye of the beholder...
The Natural Way: About Metanx (10/28/15)
Here is an interesting natural product which crosses between the typical prescribed medicines and yet is fully sourced from nutritional supplements. The prescription drug is named Metanx and is available from a doctor's prescription. However, it is made up of three nutritional supplements which can be bought cheaply from specialty supplement stores. The following is a cut and paste description of Metanx from Wikipedia:...
Citizen Forum (10/21/15)
Hats off to Brashears for another wonderful Giving Tree Awards Ceremony. On behalf of People Helping People (PHP), we thank the Carroll County Community Foundation for our grant which helps to purchase vitally needed prescription medicine. With grants such as this, in combination with tax-deductible donations from individuals, we have provided this service for 24 years. In 2014, we spent over $17,000.00 at our counties pharmacies, filling more the 1,000 prescriptions and helping 338 people...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/21/15)
Aries: Don't complain about the breeze between your knees if you're wearing a kilt in a wind tunnel. Some things you bring on yourself, like chapped butt cheeks. Taurus: It's not easy admitting you're wrong, but it's even more difficult to give a TED talk on the physics of blindfolded pole dancing. If you're limber and smart enough, great. If not, just hope your pasties stay in place...
The Natural Way: Grapefruit seed extract is a cure-all (10/21/15)
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 lightening. Back in those days, people got by in the best way they could, times change and some things stay the same. A non-alcoholic squeezin' that you should know about that helps with just about anything that ails you, at least the infectious bugs, is grapefruit seed extract liquid (GSE)...
Citizen Forum (10/14/15)
We want to express much gratitude to both Sun Fest Market and Hart's Family Center for their on-going help and provision to Flint Street Fellowship food pantry and lunchroom. Hart's has been extremely gracious in providing affordable fruit and other items for the Back Our Kids food bags, which is a huge benefit to the nutritional needs of the hungry school kids on weekends. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/14/15)
Aries: You're between a rock and a hard place. The seating isn't that comfy, but the view is tremendous. Take a deep breath and enjoy the scenery before you shimmy through the cracks to escape. Taurus: Not everyone has your incredible looks, sparkling wit and ability for self-delusion. Take pity on the little people and regale them with your supposed awesomeness. If they fall asleep during your chat, just wake them up with an elbow to the ribs...
The Natural Way: Fending off the Flu (10/14/15)
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...
FROM THE EDITOR: Vultures in Eureka Springs (10/07/15)
The vultures in Eureka Springs are once again causing a flurry of controversy. Though I'm new to the issue, this is a problem that has been brought before city council before and one that doesn't seem to be remedied easily. During the last city council meeting, Mayor Butch Berry brought to the attention of aldermen the havoc that vultures have reeked on a long-time resident's home and quality of life. ...
Wisecrack Zodiac (10/07/15)
Aries: No good deed goes unpunished, unless you're into that. Lace up into those latex undies while Karma grabs the paddle. Add some fuzzy handcuffs, and you might help little old ladies across the street more often. Taurus: Your answer is in the stars, but the night sky is a notoriously bad speller. Run any celestial messages through your phone's Autocorrect. It may not get it right, but it will be far more entertaining...