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January/February 2014

Healthy Living Issue

Living The Balanced Life

In The Mood

With Music Therapy

Crescent Dragonwagon

Author & Chef Ahead of Her Time

Training As A Couple

Promoting Better Health Together



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Publisher’s Letter Hello and welcome to 2NJoy’s 5th Annual Healthy Living issue Volume 5/Number 1

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Publisher: Ann Gray

Associate Editor: Kenny Lamb

Graphic Designer: Jonathan Buckner

Assistant Graphic Designers: Sue Damron, Arturo Valensuela

Executive Assistant: Gail Weinberg

Contributing Editors:

Linda Caldwell, Robin Mero, Jen Para, Gail Weinberg

We are excited to announce the beginning of our fifth year in publishing. This is a milestone that every publisher looks forward to. Many have asked why I chose to start a magazine in one of the worst possible financial times. My answer has always been that when you are given a passion and direction for something, nothing should ever stand in your way. One of those passions centers around sharing information and resources for healthy living and all that it entails: the holistic Wellness approach to life. This issue explores people helping people in many different ways, from Robin Mero’s article on local chef, Crescent Dragonwagon to Jen Para’s article about couples who train together for better health. Today many of us seem to be searching for change…for an improvement in health…and for a more balanced life. We desire more simplicity and contentment with less stress. I hope the stories we bring to you offer insight into ways that will enhance your life and guide you into being the best that you can be. The team at 2NJoy wishes you a very happy, healthy 2014. We look forward to hearing from you. Let us know if we can help you on one of the most valuable journeys you will ever take. God Bless,


Arturo Valensuela, Jonathan Buckner, Robin Mero

Contributing Writers:

CD White, Jen Para, Gail Weinberg Kenny Lamb, Sandy Martin, Robin Mero

Contributing Guest Writers: Dr. Shona Palmer

But whosoever has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

1 John 3:17

contents 2 Publisher’s Letter 3 Contents 4 Featured Contributors 6 Training Together for Better Health Double the Benefits 8 LearningRx-Life Changing Exercises for Optimum Brain Health 10 Dr. Norris Rolls Back The Clock With Facial Regeneration Full Service Approach to Healthy Living 14 In The Mood Musical Therapy Alters Life’s Outlook 16 Lose Weight While Making Peace With Your Body 18 Natural Health for A Natural You Passion Restored, Dr. Wilson Charts a New Course 20 A Dragonwagon Ahead of Her Time Chef, Author and Publisher Named Most Influential Women in Southern Cuisine 25 Edward Jones Firm Ranks No. 1 in National Survey 26 Not Your Grandma’s String of Beads Eureka Spring’s Beading Colloquium 28 Tips to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy Protecting Your Furry Friends 30 Thai Cuisine With a Homegrown Touch Mr. Phouma Cooks Up Authentic Thai Food 40 What a Gas! Molecular Gastronomy -- Artistically Cooking With Chemisty 37 Fort Smith Regional Art Museum: The Art of Romance A Century of Love: Valentine’s Day Letters from 1800-1900 40 The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow The Story is Everything

Featured Contributors

ROBIN MERO Robin Mero is a Houston native who moved to Northwest

SANDY MARTIN Sandy Martin’s career includes managing radio and

Arkansas in 1994, and has since enjoyed exploring its natural

television stations, creative marketing and advertising agencies.

beauty and experiencing the warmth and diversity of its people.

She has owned her own business, Procomm Unlimited, since

She worked for many years as a newspaper journalist. She and

1996. She is currently Chair of the Eureka Springs Arts Council,

husband Kevin Butler divide their time between Rogers and

President of the Board of Directors of The Writers’ Colony at


Dairy Hollow and a Director on the Board of Community First Bank of Eureka Springs. Sandy has worked in St. Louis, New York and Kansas City, and she now calls home Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

KENNY LAMB Kenny Lamb is an award winning songwriter and music

Jen Para is a Rogers native who is currently studying English

publisher who has worked with some of the industry’s top artists

at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In the spring she’ll be

including ‘N Sync, Justin Timberlake, Jason Aldean, Rhett Akins,

interning at The Missouri Review while also continuing her

Building 429 and many others. As a lyricist, Kenny’s writing has

position as a writing tutor at the university’s Writing Center.

reached a diverse audience worldwide. Kenny is currently

When she’s not reading, she’s playing in a concert band. She

working on children’s book projects and new creative writing and

enjoys writing creative non-fiction pieces and hopes to become

publishing ventures.

an editor in children’s literature or a magazine.

Guest Contributors: Dr. Shona Palmer 4


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Training Together for Better Health by Jen Para

Alison and Mike Rush with their children Miles and Trail.

s the year came to a frosty close in Northwest A Arkansas, many people have begun making their New Year’s resolutions. According to the University of

Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 percent of Americans create goals on the first of January. The two top resolutions include losing weight and living a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Staying on track with these goals, however, can easily be lost in the shuffle of day-to-day life. One way to stay motivated is to work out with your significant other. Going to the gym with a loved one provides motivation and accountability. In fact, a study by The Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University discovered that couples who work out together only had a 6.3 percent dropout rate, compared to individuals’ 43 percent dropout rate. Another benefit training couples receive is the experience of celebrating health milestones together. Valentine’s Day can be a great marking point for staying on course for the first couple months of the year. By working hard and encouraging your partner to embrace their health, this lover’s day will feel extra special with the knowledge that both are prioritizing longevity. The fact that men’s and women’s bodies are built different does add a dimension to workout approach. So how can couples successfully work out? To gain some insight, the following four pairs gave us some 6

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Brandon and Kim Garner with their children Landon and Kamryn.

examples of how they approach it, and highlighted the ways it benefits their relationship and health. Alison and Mike Rush On one end of the spectrum, you’ve got this powerhouse running couple: Alison and Mike Rush. Alison and Mike met at the Arkansas Cares 5K in Fayetteville thirteen years ago and ran 110 miles during their weeklong honeymoon in New Zealand. Mike “would rather run with her than anyone else.” Sometimes during races Mike sings to Alison. The Rush’s also encourage others to run, and their store Rush Running has locations in Bentonville and Fayetteville. With two children, it’s difficult for the couple to train together, so they often hire a babysitter or go on a family fun run. The Rush’s are unique in that they run at the same pace. “Running together,” Alison says, “is a way to see a different side of someone. You experience crazy highs and crazy lows. You see the other person’s limits.” Brandon and Kim Garner The Garners, on the other hand, have had a more difficult time running together. Initially, it was hard. Kim says, “Brandon would run with me but we always ended up arguing when we were done. I felt that he never ran my pace and always pushed me to run harder

and faster.” Running as a couple caused more stress than it relieved. However, over their six-year marriage, they have discovered how to overcome different skill levels.

Chris and Janet Cantwell

Kim trained with Rush Running and now keeps up with Brandon, “So now we can run together without arguing about it! Both of us feel like it’s a good run.” Even though time is tight with two kids, the Garners find time to enjoy running together. Kim says, “We get to talk about things that we can’t talk about when other people are around and we’re getting fit doing it.” Chris and Janet Cantwell The Cantwells are all about promoting overall health. Chris is a P.E. Coach at Eastside Elementary in Rogers. Janet is a pediatrician at Rogers’ Community Clinic. Although they’ve been married for twentynine years, they’ve only been running together for the past two years when their two kids left the house and Janet wanted to stay in shape. The Cantwells work out together because, as Chris says, “It just fits; a sort of catharsis. You’ve always got a training partner.” They run at the same pace, as Janet is a fast runner and Chris isn’t about being the quickest or best, but just enjoys staying healthy. Running is more fun when your partner is there to encourage you. The couple signs each other up for races without consulting each other. For example, for their upcoming 30th anniversary, Janet surprised Chris by signing them up for a 29-mile trail run, and then they’ll run

one more mile to mark their 30th year together. Kevin Butler and Robin Mero-Butler Kevin Butler and Robin Mero-Butler wake up at 5

Kevin Butler & Robin Mero-Butler

a.m. to work out together. In fact, that’s where they met. Every morning during a spinning class, Kevin moved from bike to bike, inching towards Robin before he finally asked her out. After three years of marriage, Robin and Kevin still wake up at dawn and work out doing weights, yoga and other classes. The couple makes sure the other is honest on form and holds each other accountable. “Working out is like marriage,” says Robin. Although there are many benefits to working out together at 5 a.m. every day, there are some disadvantages. Robin and Kevin complain more liberally that they “lose cuddle time in the morning and are more tired at the end of the day.” There are always trade-offs. But working out together is worth it for the longterm benefits. Both Kevin and Robin lost parents at a young age and decided that working out was one way to take control of their health. “You value that the other person is taking care of themselves for the longterm,” Robin says. Each couple is unique in their way of staying fit together, yet all enjoy being healthy and using the time to communicate with each other. So for your New Year’s resolution, try training with a loved one. Love your body and love your partner. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a whole new way.


Learning RX

Life Changing

Left to right: Miranda Wiese (Director of Training) with owners Suzanne and Tony Miltich.

by Kenny Lamb “Anything you want to change about your brain, we are the people to talk to.” When speech and language pathologist Suzanne Miltich first walked into a LearningRx brain training office, she had no idea where it would eventually lead. Her husband Tony Miltich, an Audiologist and hearing specialist, was impressed with the platform LearningRx had developed and they both began to get more involved. Suzanne’s passion and commitment for the program grew as Tony’s interest turned to excitement. “I saw the results and knew I wanted to be a part of this,” Tony says. Eventually they opened their own 8

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LearningRx Brain Training Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. Since then, they have had the opportunity to change lives with the custom curriculums that they offer a wide range of clients. We hear a lot about the importance of exercise for our health, but we seldom hear of anything about exercising the brain. With a little thought it is easy to see the impact of brain training and brain exercises on our quality of life, not only as we age, but as we strive to reach our potential in our passions. This author was given the opportunity for a

behind-the-scenes look at a typical one-on-one training session, and was immediately immersed in the environment. He found the exercises were very well thoughtout and deliberately designed to enhance abilities in certain areas depending on the exercise.

All three are at the heart of the LearningRx model, and IQ increases are part of this. “If you are struggling in a certain area, and have some weakness, we can focus there,” Tony says with a confident smile. “And our enhancement programs help you get better at something you are alTraining session. ready good at.”

“When there is a learning disability, as parents you want to help,” Suzanne says. “You figure out what needs to be addressed and how to accomplish that.

As we age, staying sharp is something that we all want to do, he says. But most people never consider exercising or training to help keep the skills you have, and actually improve.

Suzanne said most programs emphasize “compensation”, which is an approach to working around a learning weakness. “Typically, it includes altering a student’s environment by selecting challenges to fit individual strengths while ignoring their weaknesses. It gives the present appearance of success but brings future frustration and failure,” Suzanne says. Addressing weaknesses is as important as reinforcing strengths to raech the desired results, she says. LearningRx has developed programs and exercises that challenge the student , yet are interactive and enjoyable. Things happen fast these days, and learning begins at earlier ages now, she says. Expectations are so much greater in terms of how quickly things are done. LearningRx shows great results in these areas: • Sharpness • Multi-tasking •

Speed skills

It’s so important for quality of life. It’s a lot like going to the gym: we know the results if we go. If we don’t exercise our bodies, we become complacent and unhealthy very quickly. Exercising the brain is the same principle. “This isn’t magic,” Tony says. “It’s exercise and sweat. It’s commitment.” The generations ahead will undoubtedly learn more about these areas, he says. The things we do in the future to improve our mental abilities and health, and subsequently our quality of life, will become ubiquitous aspects of culture. LearningRx is ahead of its time in the approaches, thought processes and programs they offer. Suzanne and Tony are great at what they do, and that is a result of having a passion for teaching, helping. A phone call or a visit to their office or website will get you more information how you and your family can benefit. It’s about improving, finding your potential and retaining our skills. LearningRx is here to give you that edge.

Contact Suzanne or Tony at: (479) 715-6870 or visit LearningRx Bentonville Location: 1401 SE Walton Blvd Suite #109 Bentonville, Ar 72712


Dr. Norris Rolls Back The Clock With Facial Regeneration soft, steaming towel is draped over the face. A Calming music plays in the background. Hydrating serums are gently applied to the skin,

followed by a cool infrared laser and tiny, painless needles that stimulate collagen and lift weary chins and eyelids. Afterward, the skin is glowing, supple and tightened. It’s no dream; these are the pampering services offered by Dr. Max Norris, a chiropractor and acupuncturist, as part of his Facial Regeneration program. Dr. Norris offers this at both his offices in Bentonville and Huntsville. “You can roll back the clock five to seven years,” Norris says of the pleasant and painless combination of massage, lasers and acupuncture that he uses to increase skin tone and stimulate circulation. These techniques hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sagging and puffiness. The treatments are also helpful for people who are experiencing loose skin following weight loss. “Each 45-minute facial session increases the elasticity of facial muscles, improves the complexion and contributes to overall health,” Norris says. “Typically, patients undergo a series of 10 to 12 10

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sessions, and the benefits last 3 to 5 years,” Norris says. Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that involves the stimulation of specific points on the body using tiny needles. It was developed many centuries ago in China, and modern research has shown it can effectively treat pain and nausea. It is also useful for stimulating healing throughout the body. Norris received special training in using acupuncture to rejuvenate skin on the face and make it more youthful. Following the acupuncture, Norris uses two different lasers—cold infrared, which encourages cell growth and stimulates the production of collagen; and microcurrent stimulation, which works on a cellular level to stimulate healing and increase collagen synthesis, states Dr. Norris. Some patients are at first apprehensive about acupuncture because they expect it to be painful. It is not painful, Norris says. “The needles are really tiny. I can put one in a patient’s hand to demonstrate. If you do feel it, it’s like a little mosquito bite.” A candid and casual person, Norris has a comfortable office inside the Ozark Herb and Spice

store on Walton Boulevard, west of I-540. He takes appointments there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, he sees patients in Huntsville at the Natural Life Health Clinic on South Harris Street. Facial rejuvenation can easily be enjoyed on a lunch hour, and afterward the skin looks vibrant and healthy, without redness or irritation. Norris has practiced as a chiropractor since 1997 and as an acupuncturist since 1993. He believes the leading cause of premature aging is chronic inflammation, and much inflammation comes from a poor diet. Norris teaches his clients that diet is just as important to skin health as is overall health. Facial Regeneration now makes up half of his business, and clients love their results.

izing toner. If there’s an issue with acne I can do other things. I might do a little cranial work to improve movement of the skull and facial symmetry.” The result is a patient looking softer, at peace and relaxed, he says. Norris has been fascinated with natural medicines since he was in grade school. He grew up in Brownwood, Texas, “the pecan capital of the world,” he says. When he was in second grade his father announced the family would no longer rely on allopathic medicine. This began a quest for health that endures. “I was a voracious reader. I read my way through the library, and eventually made it to the natural health section. At age 14, I cured myself of seasonal asthma,” he says.

“You’ll see and feel change that first day,” he says. “Over a week the skin will continue to lift and tighten. Each session builds on the one before.”

“Kids used to make fun of my (health food) lunches,” he says. “But when I went to my 30 year reunion, they were tugging on my hair to see if it was real.”

Depending on the condition of their skin at the beginning, most clients feel satisfied after a dozen treatments. They see improvements in their crow’s feet, and in the tightness of skin on the face, chin and throat.

Today, his father is age 88, and does not take any pharmaceutical medications.

“From then on, I tweak it occasionally, maybe when the seasons change. One lady I see each six weeks— she likes the changes and doesn’t want to lose them. One client tells me the treatment is the best rest and relaxation that she gets. I turn the laser on and leave the room for a few minutes. I hydrate with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to nourish the skin, and use the lasers. I play soft music, use massage and a moistur-

Norris, who serves as Treasurer for Madison County Health Coalition, sometimes speaks to school children and community groups about maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Dr. Norris gives free consultations. He also offers chiropractic adjustments, traction, nutritional counseling and general acupuncture services to treat injuries and relieve pain. He enjoys the variety of his practice, and being able to help clients with his diverse expertise.

For More Information: Dr. Max Norris Huntsville: 479-738-1300 Bentonville: (479) 254-9230


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In The Mood

by Sandy Martin

It’s a beautiful day. You’re cruising down the road with the windows open and suddenly you get bugged by an earworm. It won’t stop, so you roll up the windows and start singing at the top of your lungs. Wow! What a feeling! You swell with nostalgia and you know you’re on your way to getting a Grammy for your performance. o…Re…Me….Feel So Good! What is that D bizarre thing about music? It gets to us and plays with our mind. Music is a unique art form

comprised of sounds and silence. Even if we hear just a few notes, music can take us to ‘another place’ quicker than a rocket. We associate music with memories, experiences, stories, images and emotions. Yet, music is very mathematical. Weird, huh? Well, maybe not. The word “music” is Greek in origin (mousike) meaning “art of the Muses.” Greek mythology tells us the Muses were the source of knowledge, so it must have something to do with the brain, right? In fact, it has to do with the right and left brain. “Right-brained” people are typically associated with creative, artistic, and open-minded thinkers who perceive things in subjective terms. They depend more on emotions to solve problems. Meanwhile, “Left-brained” people are thought to be analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded. They are linear thinkers. Researchers from the University of Utah found with brain imaging that people don’t use the right 14

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sides of their brains any more than the left sides of their brains, or vice versa. Certain functions do occur on one or the other side, but it appears the mind works connection by connection. How you take in information – music – is influenced by the side of your brain engaged at the time. That’s why we go through mood shifts. The ears have it. We typically think our worldview is perceived through our eyes. If you’ve ever watched a movie without a soundtrack, you know the power of music to create moods and intensify emotions. You see the movie, but you don’t feel the mood of the movie as well as you do with a soundtrack. Your brain works harder to figure out the plot. With a soundtrack, you can leave the room and still have a sense of the plot and action. Powerful. The common elements of music are pitch (which govern melody and harmony), rhythm, dynamics and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The messages in the music we listen to (lyrics) are accumulated in

The lesson from the Muses is that music is a source of conscious and sub-conscious knowledge. our brains. Over the long term, they change our beliefs about life and the way we function in this world. Each of the elements of music can trigger a response and alter moods gradually or suddenly.

His study divided music preferences into four broad categories and then related some personality traits to these four groups. Below is the list of the categories along with their associated personality traits.

A growing body of research points to the many benefits of music. Here are just a few:

• Alternative, Rock, and Heavy Metal (Edgy and Aggressive Music): A person who prefers this music category is sometimes rebellious. This energetic person has no problems in taking risks because of a natural curiosity and a belief in self-intelligence.

• Reduces stress: Music can relax your muscles and help you reduce your breathing rate. Both of these actions are directly related to reducing stress and can assist you in making your life less stressful. • Makes you happy: Music can stimulate your body to produce serotonin (the happiness hormone) and so elevates your mood. • Alter your brain waves: Music can alter your brain wave pattern, which can help improve your mood even after you stop listening to it. • Motivates you: I am sure you have listened to one or more songs that made you feel more motivated. There is even an expanding field of therapy called “music therapy” which depends on using music for healing. According to the Music Therapy Association, “Music therapy is the clinical and evidencebased use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional.” Music Therapy is used to alleviate pain, enhance memory, improve communication, promote wellness, cease smoking, help weight loss and support physical rehabilitation. Techniques involving music, vibrations and frequency are utilized with great success. The key is resonance. When something is vibrating with a certain frequency and another thing is vibrating with the same frequency, resonance happens. Choices in life are usually based on the concept of resonance. Are you compatible with that person? Does the job fit your lifestyle? Do your music choices match your inner feelings? The music we listen to on a regular basis says a lot about our personality. Professor Adrian North, of Heriot-Watt University in the UK and Curtin University in Australia, is an expert on social and applied music psychology. Over a three-year period covering 60 countries, Professor North conducted the largest study of musical tastes and personality types ever done to date.

• Hip-hop, Rap, Funk, Soul, and Electronic (Energetic Upbeat Music): A person who prefers this category is usually enthusiastic, introverted, talkative and opposed to conservative ideals. • Pop, Religious, Country, and Soundtrack (Fun and Simple Music): Cheerful, enjoys helping others, outgoing, introverted, unconventional and artistic. • Classical, Blues, Jazz, and Folk music (Reflective or Complex music): Creative, intellectual, open to new experiences and politically liberal. This research also provided insight into how to use music to alter your mood – not your personality. When you find yourself feeling low, you might pick a song that mirrors what you’re feeling. Instead, pick a song that starts with a slow pace then changes pace in a few seconds. You’re lifted in a matter of minutes. Another tip is to divide your playlist into small ‘mood pods’ – one for relaxation and meditation, one for that party mood, one for that walk down a happy memory lane, etc. The lesson from the Muses is that music is a source of conscious and sub-conscious knowledge. The lesson from research is that music is beneficial and therapeutic because it taps into the conscious and sub-conscious. So get in the mood - roll up the windows and start singing at the top of your lungs. It’s healthy.

Other resources on Music Therapy and Moods: American Association of Music Therapy: Psychology of Music: Psych Central:


How to Lose Weight by Making Peace with Your Body by Dr. Shona Palmer Rather than enduring yet another fad diet, or making a resolution you’ll inevitably break, why not call a truce with your body? Not for this year, but for a lifetime. It might feel like giving up, but coming to terms with your body’s biochemistry and learning to give your body what it truly needs are the first steps to moving beyond waging war with your body and instead creating a healthy lifestyle that’s sustainable for a lifetime. Start by understanding that your body has an amazing design, and chances are it’s been doing it’s job with less than 100% support from you. If any of the following areas are out of balance, the result can be additional

fat being stored in your body: • Food • Supplements • Exercise • Good Sleep • Stress Management Are you getting enough good, solid sleep? Are you taking the supplements that your body requires? Are you exercising? Are you reducing stress? Are you eating fresh, unprocessed food? If any of this seems foreign to you, or overwhelming, you’re not alone. The easiest thing to do is to start in one area first, and master that one before you move on to the next. For example, getting a consistent, good night of sleep might be the

place you choose to start. Research what it would take, experiment and notice what works, and incorporate everything that works into your life as a habit. Once you’ve mastered that one on a consistent basis, then choose another area and do the same. If this approach seems too slow and you want to see results more quickly, you might be interested in our Sugar Busters Program and Jumpstart Kit. It’s only a five day commitment, but you’ll get food (nutrition), supplements, support and coaching designed to work together to give you a jump-start in your new healthy lifestyle. Regardless of how you approach it, make peace with your body this year. You’ll be glad you did!

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fter retiring from a successful career on the A West Coast that combined her expertise as a surgical nurse, chiropractor and naturopathic doctor, Dr. Awilda Wilson moved to Northwest Arkansas with her husband, a retired California Highway Patrolman, in 2008. As as it turned out, Arkansas needed her more than California. After the Wilsons settled in Bella Vista, Dr. Wilson’s neighbors and new friends began knocking on her door and sending messages to inquire about their health concerns. She discovered that people in Arkansas rank last on many lists that measure health. “A lot of the therapies I was recommending they couldn’t find — or, if something wasn’t covered by insurance, they wouldn’t try it,” said Dr. Wilson, who is a board-certified traditional naturopath and a doctor of chiropractic. Dr. Wilson decided to open a small space in downtown Rogers to help the growing number of people who asked for help. She called her office The Natural Path, LLC. More recently she realized she needed more space and relocated to Halsted Circle, off of Walnut Street and closer to I-540. She invested in equipment for natural therapies, which she recommends in conjunction with nutritional 18

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counseling. “We use anything natural — water, heat, light, nutrition, supplements,” she said. “We use movement and sound, therapies that incorporate these. We take into account the entire body: spirituality, family life, emotions and the physical condition.” Often, her patients want to lose weight and suffer from chronic stress and digestive imbalances. Many have all but given up hope of feeling better. “We’ve helped people with fatigue, chronic migraines, high blood pressure and pain. We help people balance their gastrointestinal tract and thyroid and reduce chronic inflammation from poor nutrition,” she said. Dr. Wilson’s ultimate goal is to offer a free clinic at least once a month. She wants to give more people, particularly children, access to her counseling and therapies. “Unfortunately, we’re often the place of last resort. This is not what people expect. If only they could get out of their minds that if insurance doesn’t pay for it, they don’t need it. Because often they leave here saying, ‘I wish I had come here first.’” Dr. Wilson emphasizes that The Natural Path Clinic

offers complementary health care, not alternative health care. “My mission is to help as many people as possible reach a level of health and vitality that they only dreamed of, while using what God put on this planet for us,” she said. “Many people have the mindset: ‘I need to know what supplement to take to get rid of

However, the GI Bill would not cover medical school expenses, so she enrolled in nursing school. She was offered a nursing position at a clinic associated with the University of Southern California Medical Center, a teaching hospital. As a surgical-oncology nurse, she worked directly with top medical specialists. She discovered that many illnesses and diseases

this condition.’ But most conditions have an origin of two to five years before. People don’t understand how big of a role their lifestyle and habits play.”

didn’t respond favorably to conventional medical care. She saw doctors treating symptoms, rather than causes, and grew disillusioned.

Dr. Awilda Santiago Wilson was born in Puerto Rico. A petite powerhouse of a woman, she does not lack energy and passion.

“I decided that I needed to find a health profession with a preventative approach; that’s how I discovered chiropractic. My passion was restored and I was on a mission to save the world. To my delight, my patients were seeing a level of health that they had not experienced before.”

“When I was a little girl I was in charge of the family first aid kit. Whenever someone got hurt I wanted to be the first on the scene so I could be the one to take care of him or her. It was no surprise that if asked what I wanted to be when I grew up my answer was always, ‘I want to be a doctor.’” When she was young her family moved to New York City. The family endured many hardships as her parents struggled to create a new life. “Times were extremely tough and more often than not we went without. I learned early on that the road to being a doctor would be very expensive.” She joined the Army, hoping the GI Bill would help with her education. “In the military, I saw the world and discovered my strengths,” she said. The Army sent her to Germany where, engaging in field maneuvers on a cold January day, she was badly injured. “At the age of 23 I thought my life was over. I was medically evacuated back to the U.S., hospitalized 10 months and discharged with a bad limp and constant pain.”

Dr. Wilson opened a private practice in the foothills of Yosemite National Park. She became a Board Certified Traditional Naturopath and incorporated that into her chiropractic practice. “Looking back, it makes sense that I would naturally gravitate to a healthcare field that was native to my Caribbean culture,” she said. So retirement has been postponed for Dr. Wilson, but she is where she needs to be. “From healthy lifestyle options, quality supplementation, infrared sauna, herbal body wraps, ionic therapies, stress reduction methods, to more specific natural healthcare protocols, I have seen some dramatic changes in people’s lives. When I see someone go from not working or spending quality time with their family due to severe migraines, to laughing, starting a business, planning trips and spending lots of time with their grandchildren, it makes my boat float.”


Crescent Dragonwagon

A Dragonwagon Ahead of Her Time

by Robin Mero

uthor and chef Crescent Dragonwagon remains A a darling of Arkansas, despite the fact that she moved to Vermont in 2002. Dragonwagon, 61, has published more than 50 cookbooks and children’s books. She was a pioneer of the bed and breakfast concept here, having opened the first of its kind in the Ozarks in the 1980s. She’s a writing coach, the founder of a writer’s colony, and a gardener extraordinaire. She is perhaps most known for being one of the first chefs nationally, especially in the Ozark region, to insist upon shopping with small farmers to use fresh, seasonal, local ingredients for her recipes. Her restaurant, Dairy Hollow House, received national acclaim. Her ways seemed avant-garde then, but the culinary tide has shifted her direction. In November, she was recognized at a University of Arkansas event for her early and passionate preference for local ingredients. Dragonwagon’s love for local food used to raise eyebrows in the South. She seemed to always beat her own drum. “If you try to catch the latest thing, you’ll miss the lasting thing,” she has said. “Cornbread was so associated with poverty that people were put out that I served cornbread on white tablecloths; it was supposed to be only at a buffet,” she said. “Back then in Arkansas, you had either health food, granola eating or haute cuisine, European types. There were a lot of artificial barriers.” But her enthusiasm was catching. She was surprised to be invited to speak at an Arkansas Bar Association spouse’s luncheon in 1983. The women pestered her with questions about her obvious love for the state. “They told me, ‘When we go on vacation, we get away from here. You chose to come here. You need to tell us what we’re not seeing about where we are.’” More recently, the Southern Foodways Alliance named Dragonwagon one of the most influential women in Southern cuisine. “Some of my acceptance today is that I lived long enough,” she said. “It was so clear to me back then that good food would be regional, local, seasonal. That what you took out from the soil you put back. That gardening is a social relationship; every living thing


affects everything else.”

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Dragonwagon and her husband, Ned Shank, coowned Dairy Hollow House, and later co-founded the non-profit Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow with their friend Crow Johnson. Shank died in 2000 after a motorcycle accident, and a grieving Dragonwagon – who had lived 36 years in Eureka Springs – soon moved to Vermont, in part to be near her mother in New York.

“Your writing practice is done for its own self. It’s how you fall in love with the words. You must practice writing just to do it, not for money or acclaim. This tells your muse and your unconscious: ‘Hey, I’m showing up!’”

Dragonwagon tries to spend several weeks a year in Eureka Springs. She spent most of this past November in Arkansas, managing to headline 14 events in 20 days. Her trip was cut short by the death of her mother, renowned editor and children’s book author Charlotte Zolotow, who was 98. A New York Times obituary described Dragonwagon’s mother as a “midwife of books of immense emotional honesty.” Dragonwagon’s father was the late Hollywood biographer Maurice Zolotow, who died in 1991. One of Dragonwagon’s passions is encouraging other writers. One of her recent workshops in Eureka Springs was Deep Feast: “Writing the World Through Food,” for aspiring cookbook authors.

“Reach for the thing that is behind the obvious thing.” Dragonwagon loves to remind writers that she didn’t even graduate from high school. Her published works include “The Cornbread Gospels,” “The Dairy Hollow House Cookbook,” two novels and more than a dozen children’s books. Her heftiest work is the “Passionate Vegetarian.” Its more than 1,000 pages leave a reader inspired by recipes, stories and the marvel of food and relationships. Dragonwagon thinks it’s her best cookbook. Dragonwagon also teaches seminars entitled Fearless Writing, both in person and on the internet. Her website,, is a treasure trove of writing wisdom, musings, recipes and history lessons.

She peppered the aspiring writers with Dragonisms, a process she calls a creative chiropractic adjustment: “Each of us is one of a kind! You must ask yourself, ‘What is the thing that I have to say?” “What is your thing? If you’re looking for stable and predictable – you’ve got the wrong world!” “Part of writing is tolerating the anxiety of not knowing how it will turn out.” “Stop insisting that everything will be safe. Life is unsafe.”

Crescent and late husband Ned Shank

She lives in southeast Vermont, in a 1700s home on 35 acres that belonged to her aunt, with her partner David R. Koff, a documentary filmmaker. She remains a hybrid Arkansan-Vermonter; “They claim me there, but in Arkansas they claim me with more passion,” she said.

“Emotionally and socially, Arkansas is compatible for me. Here, if you cough twice, your friends show up with miso soup. But one thing that pains me: in Arkansas, we don’t take care of what we have. In Vermont, we treasure our resources.”

“We want to feel good and competent before we start something. I like to help people get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Dragonwagon said but for her husband Ned’s death, she would not have left Eureka Springs, because it suits her. She paused and added that it is nice not to be quite such a big fish.

“Another reason writers get so crazy is that they sit down to write and they compare it to someone else’s

In the ocean of life, she prefers to be smaller. A goldfish. “Nice, shiny and bright color,” she said.


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Crescent at Dairy Hollow in 1992.

Crescent with partner David R. Koff

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Not Your Grandma’s String Of Beads by C.D. White

he first beading colloquium and workshop ever T held in Northwest Arkansas brought three internationally known artists/instructors as well as off-

loom bead weaving jewelry makers from as far away as Alaska, Florida, Connecticut and California to the region last September. If you’re thinking these ladies sit around stringing beads, perish the thought! The only string at this gathering was the string of amazed reaction coming from those getting a close-up look at the jaw dropping collection of intricate work on display. “I expected to see some nice necklaces and bracelets with strands of interesting beads, but this is … wow, I’m dumbfounded,” said one visitor to the event’s open house. Area artist and organizer, Jeannine Rainone, lives in Gateway and is a long-time beader. “I started the retreat in Eureka Springs because the town is a hotbed of artists and natural beauty – comparable to 26

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the beauty of Santa Fe or Taos – but much more affordable, and the artistic attraction of Crystal Bridges is close by,” she explained. “I also wanted to create a retreat that rivals the famous bead retreats in California, Colorado and Milwaukee, to name a few. To accomplish that, I needed to bring in the very best artists in the beading industry. I knew that once people experienced beading classes in Eureka Springs, they would want to come back for more.” Those attending the 2013 conference had to have already mastered certain stitches before they were even allowed to sign up. Some of them were themselves teachers, either brushing up on new techniques or taking a break to relax and enjoy some creative time; but there were novices as well, and each got personal attention. Attendees were divided into three groups so

they could spend one full day of the three-day conference with each instructor. Each “student” had a workstation, lamp and sometimes magnifying equipment for the painstaking work. Instead of conversation, there was a buzz of concentration as everyone set about following instructions from experts whose designs often must be licensed for reproduction. Students also had the opportunity to incorporate precious metals and other costly materials such as Swarovski crystals. Instructor Melissa Grakowsky Shippee’s work has been featured on covers of Bead & Button Magazine. Her mask titled “Ceremonial Headdress” won 3rd Place in the Objects and Accessories category of Bead Dreams, an annual juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world. A photo of this and more of her amazing work and workshop schedule can be found at mgsdesigns. net. Met Innmon has taught nationally and internationally since 2008. Her collaborative work, Beads in Motion, was on exhibition at several museums throughout Japan. Her Egyptian Waves collar won First Place in Professional Seed Bead and Best Use of Color in 2008’s Celebrating Beads and was on exhibition at the Bead Museum in D.C. Innmon created the “Kudu Spiral” stitch in 2009 and has designed several pieces using the stitch. “Beading in the Ozarks retreat in beautiful Eureka Springs was a blast!” Met wrote, “I had such a great time teaching, laughing, meeting new friends and reconnecting with old friends.” Met’s work can be seen at

Leslee Frumin has won numerous awards for juried shows and exhibitions from 2000 to the present. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, such as Bead & Button Magazine and Beadwork Magazine. Bead & Button Magazine alone reaches beaders in 89 countries on six continents. “Nothing excites me more than mixing colors and textures sprinkled with shiny, matte, translucent and opaque beads, metals and stones to add depth and impact. Whether using clean lines or embellishing the pieces to the ‘nines,’ my artistic goal remains to create simple elegance,” said Leslee. Her work and schedule can be found online at “There’s only a handful of events like this in the country bringing together such a well known and respected group of artists/instructors,” said area artist and organizer Jeannine Rainone. “Bringing them to Northwest Arkansas is an artistic feather in our cap!” Next year’s retreat, August 13 – 17, 2014, will feature what Jeannine calls “the rock stars of beading” – Laura McCabe, Sherry Serafini and Maggie Meister. The retreat will be held again at the Inn of the Ozarks Conference Center in Eureka Springs. The price of $645 is still lower than comparable bead retreats around the country. For more information see www., call Jeanninne (469) 4503723 or email

From left to right: Melissa Shippee, Jeannine Rainone, Met Innmon and Leslee Frumin


Tips to Keep Your Pet Healthy And Happy Protecting Your Furry Friends with Dr. Marlow Ball, Veterinarian at the Rose Animal Clinic, Bentonville, AR Q. What is your advice on keeping pets as healthy as possible? A. My first recommendation is to spay and neuter your pets. Also, be sure to get the heartworm test and prevention, plus all vaccines needed based on their lifestyle. Q. Is “people food” okay for animals? A. I do not recommend people food. Low sodium green beans is the only food I would allow. Q. Why do they need their teeth cleaned? A. Periodontal disease produces bacteria that affects internal organs and can cause bone disease. Q. Do animals need to be brought in during the winter? If so, at what temperature? A. It depends on how acclimated they are to the outside temperature. What’s hard on pets is a sudden change in temperature. At any temperature they need proper shelter. Also, remember that their water will freeze, so make sure that you replenish it. Q. How much exercise do dogs need? A. It is very important to get an animal that fits your lifestyle. A high-energy dog requires more exercise than one that’s laid back. Q. When walking a dog during the winter do their feet need to be covered and/or do they need a sweater? A. Having a sweater also depends on how acclimated the animal is to the outside. Some dogs tend to be more cold natured. Boots can help their feet because of the cold and the salt that is used in the winter . The salt and chemicals can cause irritation. Also licking the chemicals on their feet can cause GI issues. Q. Any other advice you have for our readers? A. I recommend that your pets receive wellness bloodwork because it gives vets a good baseline to work with when needed. Also Xylitol is a chemical in artificial sweeteners that are dangerous to animals, so beware of foods and plants that are unsafe for your pets.

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Thai Cuisine With a Homegrown Touch native of Southeast Asia dishes up authentic A Thai recipes with ingredients from his own garden at Thailand Restaurant, which is located in an unassuming building across the street from the old St. Mary’s Hospital building in Rogers.

Customers who’ve traveled to Thailand say the restaurant’s food is some of the most authentic they’ve found in the U.S., and is equally appealing to vegetarians and meat eaters. The menu features recipes with harmoniously contrasting flavors such as Thai rice noodles, spring and summer rolls, coconut milk, red and green curries, dumplings, BBQ chicken, and a huge variety of fresh vegetables including Napa cabbage, eggplant and peppers. Phouma Louangchoumphonh brought his generational recipes to the United States in 1987. Mr. Phouma (pronounced “Puma”), as he is known at the restaurant, was born in Lao to a Laotian mother and Thai father. Mr. Phouma’s father died when he was age 7, leaving his mother to raise four children. After the Vietnam conflict, the family lived for several years 30

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in a tent camp in Thailand with Laotian, Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. Through UNICEF, Mr. Phouma was matched with an American sponsor who helped him migrate to the U.S., but he had to work and reimburse the sponsor. His first job was in a French bakery in Seattle, making French bread. Mr. Phouma worked hard and was eventually able to open a Thai restaurant in Portland. He joined a cousin in Arkansas several years later. Mr. Phouma purchased the former Kimo’s Taste of Thai restaurant in 2010, and is now living his dream serving his homeland cuisine week with help from a small, loyal staff. All of Mr. Phouma’s recipes are prepared from memory, as none have been put in writing. They feature an abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs and spices—many which are grown in his garden outside his Bentonville home. Mr. Phouma loves to garden, and his restaurant is somewhat of a greenhouse for indoor plants. His wife Pheut (Pronounced “Pot”)

works in the kitchen. His daughters are ages 10 and 15 and attend Bentonville schools.

The menu is especially friendly to vegetarians and vegans, and brown rice is always available.

Mr. Phouma’s father, who was born in Thailand, had a rice farm. He taught his son to grow the tomatoes, lemon grass, Thai basil and many other herbs and vegetables that Mr. Phouma now cultivates for use in his recipes.

Mr. Phouma said he finds his life in the U.S. to be satisfying, and he is happy to honor his family traditions and share the food of his native land in America. He aims to work with the individual dietary needs of his customers and has a loyal following.

Mr. Phouma also has lemon and lime trees, which he winters in a greenhouse. He grows the tiny red and green Thai and Mexican chilies that are used to spice his recipes; he cooks and grinds them into a powder. Diners choose between 1 and 5 stars (5 being the spiciest, the equivalent of a scant teaspoon) for their meals when they order, although Mr. Phouma said traditional Thai food would use the equivalent of about 7 stars.

“It is fun for me to work with different recipes; all the ingredients are easy to adjust for customers,” he said.

Each day, Mr. Phouma offers his regular, diverse menu—along with specials and off-the-menu options. A dish will be listed on the menu by its traditional name. For instance, Pad Phet Kong Pla Muk will be given with the translation of Prawns and Calamari with sweet basil. Customer favorites include Kai Yang, or Thai BBQ chicken; avocado and mango curries; and a sweet sticky rice topped with fresh mango. Seasonal dishes are rotated, and dishes can be prepared interchangeably with tofu, chicken, beef, pork and seafood such as prawns, scallops and fish.

Monday through Saturday lunch hours are from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday dinner is served from 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday dinner is served from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. Take out meals are very popular and the service is quick. They are located at: 104 N. 12th Street Rogers, AR 72756 (479) 636-2250 Thai meals are customarily served family style, seated on the floor on a mat or carpet. Traditionally, one holds a spoon in the right hand, and a fork in the left hand is used to push food onto the spoon.


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What A Gas magine Einstein, Emeril Lagasse and Andy Warhol I in a kitchen together … cooking. Crazy, huh? Not so much if you’re a foodie or if you read our early

by Sandy Martin

arts is technically known as “molecular gastronomy” (MG). The term was first coined in 1988 by Hungarian physicist Nicholas Kurti and French physi2013 articles about the “New Age of Enlightenment”. cal chemist Hervé during a series of workshops they The Enlightenment period (17th/18th century) was hosted. The workshops brought together scientists a cultural and social transformation period driven and professional cooks for discussions on the science by intellectuals, artists and the common people. behind traditional cooking preparations. One thing They challenged the status quo through scientific led to another and soon they were making meringue methods. Tradition was replaced by experimentation in a vacuum chamber and cooking sausages by conand individualistic creativity based on necting them across a car battery. Their scientific reason. As we talked about in the experiment caught the attention of several Gourmet Pearls articles, there are many indicators giving chefs who are now associated with popularreason to believe we are in the New Age of izing the movement - Ferran Adria of El Enlightenment. The latest culinary craze is Bulli, Heston Blumenthal of the Fat Duck, yet another example. Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Per Se. The term “molecular gastronomy” Le Cordon Bleu refers to it as “Mr. Wizleft a bad taste in their mouths. It was ‘too ard meets Julia Childs”. It’s hot and hapelitist’ and too scary for the casual diner. pening everywhere - in upscale restaurants, But they loved what they were learning, apartment kitchens and campus food scicooking and seeing. They knew it had ence labs. Unlike fusion and other food potential to go global. Chef Bulli prefers fads, this one does not appear to be a trend. the term “Modern Cuisine”, others prefer In fact, it’s a food science field of study with “Avant Garde” “Progressive Cuisine” or a degree from higher education institutions “Techno Cuisine” – all a bit more appealsuch as Harvard and prestigious culinary institutions ing to the adventurous gourmet. such as Le Cordon Bleu. No matter what it’s called, the food is beautiful, This collision of food science and the culinary mind boggling, full of flavorful explosions and very ed34

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ible. It comes to the table in foams, fizzles, flying nerds, flaming citrus and spherical cocktails. The idea is to create foods and cocktails using physical and chemical transformation of ingredients that occur while cooking. While science is doing its thing, the chef adds the artistic presentation twist to the whole experience where colorful liquids turn to solids, solids to foam and things go puff in your mouth. The phenomena of MG was the first formal scientific discipline dedicated to the study of regular cooking done in a restaurant or at home. All previous studies concerned themselves with industrial food production. The “What a Gas” part of this article is that anyone can cook this way; you don’t have to be a professional chef or have a commercial kitchen to prepare a “Modern Cuisine” dinner for your friends and family. You can buy starter kits from $30-$60 or go for the whole molecular enchilada for around $300-$500. The other fun thing about it is that it has become an ‘open source’ social networking cooking lab. There are recipes, forums and blogs all over the web. (see sidebar for sources) Like many things, everything new is old. Kurti and Hervé weren’t the first to recognize culinary chemistry. There’s an interesting bit of regional history credited to the origins of this food science. A Missouri-born professor at Iowa State College, Belle Lowe, wrote a book in 1932 called “Experimental Cookery: From the Chemical and Physical Standpoint”. Her book became the basis for U.S. home economics courses (remember those?) Makes you wonder where food science would be now if home economics hadn’t been cut from the curriculum, doesn’t it? Everything old is new again, too. Home economics taught us a lot more than just cooking. It was like a mini-MBA for homemakers of the time. It also taught us about science, math, nutrition, design and how to socialize. As a consumer science, it made us use both sides of our brain. Hmmmm – Mr. Wizard meets Julia Child? As put it:

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experience with artistic dish presentations, textures, aromas, flavors and even sounds. The plate is your canvas! Then again, do you even need a plate? How about serving soup in a tea cup or a sphere in a bended spoon or a salad in a parmesan basket or a bruschetta on a titanium mesh?”

Even though MG is a playground for passionate, curious and creative foodies, it does have structure and discipline. After all, it is a science. Any dish or cocktail can be deconstructed by using natural texturing agents and any of the 7 basic molecular gastronomy techniques: Technique What it can do Gelification Sculpt food into pearls and other shapes Spherification Encapsulate flavors in bubbles that pop in your mouth Emulsification Create colorful foams Siphon Whipping Add super creamy touches Suspension Defy gravity and gives flavors a suspended twist Powderizing Transform any fatty ingredient into a light flavored powder Deep Freezing Cook with the cold or create incomparably smooth ice cream

(source: If you are a curious enlightened individual who happens to be a social mixture of chef, inventor and artist –MG may just be the next feather in your toque! Are you ready to put on your lab coat and head to the kitchen? Try it, it’s a gas!

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my! Valentine’s Day is a special day for people to express their sentiments towards their friends and family. In fact, according to the Greeting Card Association, approximately 1 billion valentines are sent each year. To celebrate this loving day, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is presenting Valentines: The Art of Romance, an exhibition that includes about 100 Saint Valentine’s Day greeting cards, postcards and elaborate three dimensional foldouts from the United States and Europe during the 1800s to 1930s. These cards show how the celebration of Saint Valentine’s Day has changed over the years according to differing social mores and customs. During the early 19th century, directly expressing feelings was often discouraged, while a written and decorated card was a widely accepted form of communication to convey romance and courtship. In the 1840s, the most common form of valentine

by Jen Para was the quarto; a letter-sized sheet with borders elegantly embossed and decorated with elaborate print or lace work. The card usually contained a lithograph or hand painted picture in the center.

Around the same time, the “Mother of the Valentine” Esther A. Howland started selling the first mass-produced valentines in America, and by the 1900s printed cards replaced written letters. As visitors glance at the historical valentines they will see that by the early 20th century the cards produced lacked the physical and spiritual characteristics from the earlier era. The exhibition’s opening reception will be on Thursday, January 16, and will run through April 2014. Visit the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and see how the expression of courtship was beautifully displayed through exquisite lace paper valentines, embossed designs, purely hand-made valentines and Rebus puzzle valentines, and get a heartfelt glimpse of a less complicated era.

The exhibition’s opening reception will be on Thursday, January 16, and will run through April 2014. Visit the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and see how the expression of courtship was beautifully displayed through exquisite lace paper valentines, embossed designs, purely hand-made valentines and Rebus puzzle valentines, and get a heartfelt glimpse of a less complicated era.






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One thing hasn’t changed: You gotta have a good story!

Over the past 14 years, The Writers’ Colony has been the creative incubator for over 985 writers of every genre, composers, play writers, screen writers and culinary professionals from 45 states and 13 foreign countries. We rely on our alumni to tell us what they need to advance their craft. They want to learn how to be better storytellers and have more opportunities to present their stories. The Writers’ Colony jumped on the idea because it’s not only great for our writers – it’s fantastic entertainment for the public!

onventional writing doesn’t cut it in today’s world. Not just because of technology, but because of technique. From the beginning of time, technology has always changed how we see and talk about (and to) the world. It’s now clear, however, that we are completely trained as a consuming digital society without geographic or demographic borders. Within that huge universe, we can cut slivers to create niche markets and audiences. It’s a big, wide, wonderful world for creative writers who get it and know how to connect to a variety of audiences and tell their stories across different platforms.

Whether you are a conventional or a contemporary writer – story is everything. And a good story starts with the written word. One thing has changed: You have to be a good storyteller! The difference between the two is the ‘telling’ part. Contemporary writers need to be transmedia storytellers comfortable with fragmentary writing. Say what? Simply put, transmedia means a single story can be cut into pieces and live across multiple platforms without losing the point of the story. The story actually gets better with multiple platforms. Fragmentary writing captures the tension between “digital” and “analog”. Tension is the defining feature of the contemporary reading, listening and viewing experience. Conventional writing is “one size fits all: hope you like my story.” You read a book primarily by and for yourself. You listen or watch storytellers by yourself or with an audience (virtual or physical). Transmedia storytelling is more complex, more personal, and more powerful. It calls for 3D thinking.

Last year, we presented the first “Tales From the South – Eureka Stories”, and it was wildly successful. The internationally broadcast and award winning program is the ultimate in transmedia storytelling. Starting in 2014, The Writers’ Colony will present a series of new opportunities and performance venues for contemporary writers, songwriters and storytellers. We’re proud to announce our formal partnership with creator and producer Paula Morell and “Tales from the South”. We will record and film four shows next year, and conduct several digital storytelling workshops. We are entering the world of independent film as a partner in The Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival, and a special “Tales from the Table” is planned for June, featuring local food history, memoirs and tell-tale table stories. Go to our website (www. to find out how you can participate. Heads up for Tales! Here’s to a great transmedia year full of stories!

Writers’ Colony CulinArts Center of Eureka Springs

Save The Date Give Them Wings April 19, 2014


by Gail Weinberg

eing a past victim of domestic violence and abuse, Vicki Thomas volunteered at a women’s shelter. Realizing that the effects of this abuse is so powerful and that support is needed to recover, a passion was born. Vicki has desired for 12 years to provide a place where such counseling is offered. After retiring from Walmart, she searched for a purpose that would combine this passion with God’s will for her life. “Trust and Faith – You can’t have one without the other” is her belief. She felt a prompting to talk to the Mayor of Centerton, Bill Edwards, about her dream of opening an agency for women 17 and older. He agreed that Centerton would provide a great location. After many answered prayers, including a donated house, the center is becoming a reality. It is named Sara’s HOPE - after Sara Williams, Vicki’s close prayer partner for 12 years at Grace Point Church, who passed away three years ago. HOPE stands for Healing Outreach Purpose Empowerment. Sara’s HOPE first fundraiser called GIVE THEM WINGS is April 19, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bentonville from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be served and there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $50.00 per person and corporate tables will be available for $1,250.00. There are several sponsorships still available. For more information you can contact the agency through

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