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As we begin to make our way through 2013, our fourth year of publishing, we have nothing but warm thoughts when we consider how far we have come on our journey. We owe many thanks to each of you, our readers, advertisers and friends, for joining us on this trip and enriching our lives. We turn our focus this issue to living better, being more conscientious of our health and strengthening our ties to each other. The region continues to surprise us and provide us with new flavors, faces and ways to have fun. I would like to thank my team members at 2NJoy for their hard work, long hours and dedication to fulfilling our mission of encouraging and enhancing the lives of our readers with positive stories and informative resources. Our glasses are raised for a toast; here is to your health, and may there be many happy returns in 2013. Cheers and Salud,

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Contributing Writers:

Marilyn H. Collins, Robin Mero, Amy Giezentanner, Sandy Martin, A.A Riley, Marilyn Lanford, Jamie Smith

Contributing Guest Writers:

Jim Fain, PhD, Alison Taylor Brown

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content 02 Publisher’s Column


05 Content Page 06 Cindee Joslin’s Yoga Story Peace, Possibilities, Transformation 08 My Affair with a Romance Language Dazzling Rio de Janeiro 11 Age of Enlightenment Ideas on the Move


16 The Sweet Smell of Well-Being The Essentials of Aromatherapy 18 Lisa Sharp Lifetime Lover of Books A Wonderful World of Words


20 Mountain Air Organic Mattress A Good Night’s Sleep and a Good Day’s Health 24 Chocolate Lover’s Delight The 9th Annual Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival 26 Bon Appetit Tradition in Taste 30 Cedar Lodge Sharing Their Dream 36 Chef Please! Chef Kathy Dederich Takes the Stage


40 Winter Treats Warming Up To Winter 44 Bella Vista Hearing Center Life Never Sounded This Good 46 LOL Laughter Really is the Best Medicine 50 Healthcare vs. Sickcare Dr. Jim Fain


52 Coping with Testicular Cancer A Survivor’s Story

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indee Joslin, owner of Yoga Story, is one of the few people that I have met who stays present to the moment, relaxed and peaceful—intentionally. She is happily married to Roger Joslin, priest of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bentonville. They both enjoy trail running near Avalon Lake with their two dogs, Lulu and Allee. Their garden of fall greens supplements a diet free of red meat or chicken. “We feel better with our food choices and that’s always good!” says Joslin.

perhaps won’t look good in yoga attire. “You do yoga because your body is inflexible,” says Joslin. Other things will fall in place as time goes by. Private sessions are offered for those not ready to join a class but want to explore the possibilities yoga offers. Students move on to group sessions or may remain in private lessons. Although the history and various yoga terms are interesting, students don’t need any of these to fully participate. Joslin believes she has the best yoga teachers in Northwest Arkansas. “The level of inspiration brought to me from their creativity, individuality and diversity is amazing.” Her staff includes both male and female teachers, offering unique variety as all life should be. Joslin ascribes a short description to each of her teachers: “Allisson Bulter Kablanor, light hearted; Pooja Agarwal, full of life; Amy Weir, gentle spirit; Dana Stone, powerful; Jim Hey, gracious; and Todd Verone, intelligent practitioner.”

Life for her was not always this way. However, she knew there was more to life than the corporate world offered in the marketing positions she had held. Her husband introduced her to Laurie McKinnon, owner of “Go with the Flow” yoga studio in Siloam Springs, and Joslin soon began to embrace the positive effects that yoga offered. She first started her yoga studio at home in 2009 but soon moved to a downtown space in Bentonville. Recently, she opened a new space to meet the growing number of people interested in yoga and other programs.

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Joslin loves having a full life and feels a sense of satisfaction seeing a student or client respond and experience the positive effects of yoga. She believes that if you “Do things right in life, you get to create the life you want.”

Skeptical people often think that yoga is about achieving impossible body positions. They may also feel their bodies aren’t flexible enough, or that they weigh too much or 6

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I find the company name intriguing; Joslin considered a long list of possible names before choosing Yoga Story. It gave her such “extreme joy and peace” that she immediately knew it was right. “People create their own life story,” says Joslin. “We each have our family face, business face or social face. Some stories we hold deep inside.” Yoga helps us let the facades go and find our true story within. We become able to share and embrace that story. Yoga helps cleanse our thoughts so we can begin to create the kind of life we really want to have.” Yogic deep breathing helps you clean the slate, sending more oxygen to the brain and awakening all parts of the body. Further cleansing happens in the hot yoga classes that make use of temperatures around 90 degrees or higher. Pores

release toxins within the body, and many people actually lose weight in the process. Non-hot yoga classes are also available.

“Parts of our body are dormant,” says Joslin. “Through yoga, our bodies awaken and release negative feeling stored in our body. Yogic breathing helps to release our blocked energy. Healing starts as negative energy is released. Some students even laugh or cry as healing begins.” “When you step off your yoga mat, you take with you the relaxation and renewed positive energy into your daily life, at work or in relationships.” Students have asked, “Can I come and just talk?” Joslin offers Life Coaching to help those who feel stuck in a place and want to change their lives but are hindered by “limiting beliefs.” She works on a one-on-one basis to help a person discover what in his or her current life is holding him or her back. “I don’t diagnose or treat. I refer clients to specialists with needs outside my expertise.” According to Joslin, “Yoga is meditation in motion.” Meditation helps you step out of the chaos of life and become more mindful, focused and present to the moment. Yoga deals with life as a whole by dealing with the entire person. “Yoga is about listening to your whole body. No music or distractions are present in my classes.” Each student or client starts where they currently are and builds from there. Classes are offered for all levels: Gentle, Restorative, Meditative and Challenging.

“Your focus is your reality.” -Cindee Joslin

Specific classes and workshops offered at Yoga Story: Forty-Days to Personal Revolution. Classes also include a weekly get-together and end with a celebration of accomplishment. Hip-Opening Workshop. Emotions and tension are stored in the hips and this class helps release negative energy. Breath Awareness Workshop Pilates A new dance class is in the planning stages. It promises to be fun and funky.

“I couldn’t do any of this without God my creator,” says Joslin. “I believe my greatest contribution through Yoga Story is to inspire participants and create a space where people can empty themselves, discover who they are and move into wholeness.


My Affair with a

Romance Language by Robin Mero


few weeks before I embarked on a dazzling weeklong trip to Brazil last fall, my daughter sent me a text saying she enrolled us in Portuguese classes at the World Trade Center in Rogers. Immediately, I felt uneasy. There was time for only three classes before my trip, my daughter explained, but she really wanted me to attend with her. I had no grounds to protest, as this 25-year-old dynamo daughter had used her own airline points to buy my plane ticket. Besides, the language was a growing barrier between us. For months she had been signing her notes, “Eu te amo,” downloading Portuguese music to my iPod nano and gushing “Bom dia!” when she called early mornings on her way to work for Walmart International. I always longed to think beyond the boundaries of my American, English-speaking life. The four years of French I took at private boarding school seemed wasted, although I secretly recite French words on cosmetic bottles when no one is around to hear. We lived in a racially-diverse neighborhood in San Diego in the early 1990s, and I remember overhearing my neighbors speaking Spanish and wishing I could experience their world of homemade tortillas and yard parties. So I dragged myself to the class after work on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Rogers World Trade Center building. And behold! There was a dazzling, stylish mulher bonita, a greeneyed, vivacious Brazilian woman named Larissa. I was surprised how quickly she forced us into Portuguese; she spoke almost no English to us, except to give us clues. 8

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The first night we learned the forms of “to be” and the Portuguese alphabet, and we danced the Samba while counting steps out loud with our new vocabulary. The class was mostly men. There was Bill Mayo, a local attorney who lived in Brazil for eight years and says he “speaks Portuguese with a southeast Arkansas accent.” He’s very proficient, but joked that he thinks “in hell one is likely forced to conjugate Portuguese verbs.” We had several Spanish speakers, including Herbert Morales, a Guatemala City native who works in Northwest Arkansas as a consultant for Latin America trade development. We also had a hairstylist, a jiu-jitsu teacher, two men seeking to whisper Portuguese sweet nothings in the ears of their Brazilian wives and several other businessmen. Also present was my daughter Alexandria, who flies to Brazil twice monthly for her work. Larissa pushed us hard, but there was always fun including music and Brazilian food, and she taught us cultural quirks. In São Paulo, women kiss each other on one cheek, in Rio de Janeiro on both cheeks, but it’s more like an air kiss. One must be able to converse enthusiastically about soccer, and vowels at the end of words sound nothing like they do in English.

Robin and daughter, Alexandria, at the Cristo statue in Rio de Janeiro

When the time came for me to embark on my 11-hour overnight flight to Brazil, I descended the boarding ramp with mastery of a paltry few Portuguese phrases, but they felt luscious. “Eu sou Robin. Eu sou Americana. Eu sou escritora.” I am Robin. I am American. I am a writer. The Portuguese drizzled off my tongue like frosting melting on a warm cinnamon roll, and I couldn’t wait to use the new

words. “Boa Noite!” I exchanged an evening greeting with a handsome steward at the plane’s door. I would soon discover that very little English is spoken in Brazil, and my daughter and I are easily mistaken as Brazilians, thanks to our olive skin tone and naturally dark hair. I spent my week mesmerized and wide-eyed, taking in the São Paulo nightlife and drinking “agua de coconut” on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. I wanted to plunge into the Brazilian population, to revel in the daily living going on around me and not be seen as a foreigner.

here and a heap there, until they are all similar but distinct. Larissa is a language professional; she has traveled the world, is trained as a legal and medical interpreter and speaks Portuguese, French, English and German. She said Spanish and Portuguese are very similar, with the same grammatical structure. But as many of my classmates came to realize, the Romance languages have what she called “false friends.”

You see, Portuguese is the most magnificent part of Brazil. Particularly in Rio, where somehow life is simultaneously rabidly fast-paced and laid-back, and the conversations are lyrical, engaging and intimate. Larissa insists people from Rio have the “best accent,” one that emphasizes the “ch” sound (yes, she’s a Rio native). Portuguese is what’s called a “Romance language,” along with French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and many others that are lesser known. These languages all have Latin as their foundation and can be traced back to the Roman Empire. On our planet, more than 920 million people speak a Romance language as their mother tongue and 300 million people as a second language. It is said that if you speak one of these languages, the others are easier to master -- with the exception of French, which differs the most from its sister languages. The key is that they all started out the same, but as they spread throughout the world, each gained a blend of new influences, a spoonful

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As an example, when Larissa’s daughter (now 7) was an infant, the family employed a sweet Spanish-speaking housekeeper named Guilhermina. Larissa was in a rush one day and tried in Spanish to ask Guilhermina to take her daughter from her. She used the root word “pegar,” in Portuguese “to take,”


which is spelled the same in both languages. But alas, in Spanish the word means “to spank” and Guilhermina begged, “Oh, no, no, senora! Nunca!” So there is an advantage, but it is also tricky. “Some words are exactly the same, such as “beber,” to drink, or “comer,” to eat. Others are completely different, like “fome,” which indicates you are hungry, but the Spanish word is “hambre,” she said. Larissa said that Brazilians speak Portuguese because of the influence of Portuguese settlers who arrived there in the 1500s. During the next century, Portuguese priests tried to catechize Brazilian Indians and teach them Portuguese but largely failed. The Portuguese settlers then brought slaves from Africa to be exploited in Brazil. Over time, the races coupled. African slaves fell in love with Brazilian Indians, African slaves bore the children of Europeans, and so forth. The result is a Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge over Pinheiros River, San Paula striking mix of races and cultures and the unique and distinct language of Brazilian Portuguese. The people are zesty, sweet and kind; they love music and dance, poetry and relationships. They don’t seem as preoccupied with scheduling, and they love conversation! My most pivotal moment of the trip came after a night at the opera. We wanted to attend on a Saturday, but the evening performance was sold out, so we went one hour early to the magnificent Theatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro to try buying tickets on the street. A short, well-dressed man stopped us, said he was a percussionist in the Orquestra Sinfonica and offered us his two personal tickets for free. His friends had canceled their plans at the last minute. After a spectacular and somewhat dizzying performance (the 10

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Opera was sung in German with the Portuguese translation projected above stage), Alexandria and I boarded the subway to return to our hotel on Ipanema Beach. If I close my eyes, I can still transport myself back to those somnolent, dreamy moments on the subway, watching Brazilians enjoy each other’s company. Rather than sitting in individual seats, staring Portuguese drizzled off ahead, reading or my tongue like frosting poking at phones, the melting on a warm Brazilians clustered. They cinnamon roll, and I gathered around poles couldn’t wait to use the or turned toward each new words. other in seats, laughing and warmly conversing. They leaned toward each other, maintained eye contact and gestured expressively. Rather than tolerating the time it took to reach their destinations, they relished the companionship. I have no idea what they were discussing, but the melodic language lulled me and made me long for those relationship characteristics in my own life. I will always long to enjoy others’ company as they do. I hoped to transport it home with me, so I could affect the Brazilian way in my friendship circles. It is not always easy. Larissa says there is a word in Portuguese that has no translation in other languages: “saudade.” It is a profound, unique word to describe the feeling of missing something or someone. The word simultaneously describes loss, love and distance, as well as homesickness and nostalgia, but its meaning is in a deeper way that cannot readily be explained in English. “Saudade” is the most commonly used word in Portuguese love poems and song lyrics, Larissa says. It must describe that longing that I will always feel for the ways of the Brazilians. I cannot promise every experience of learning a Romance language will be as enriching and exciting as mine, but it is a worthwhile pursuit that can lead to unexpected encounters and pleasure. Particularly in the Northwest Arkansas area, we have many opportunities to interact with those from other countries and learn their languages and cultures. A Romance language opens many possibilities, as learning one can help you master another. Good luck, and boa sorte!



an you feel it? I’m talking about that weird sensation that you have been somewhere before or heard that same conversation but in a different place with different people. Maybe it is not ESP or déjà vu. Maybe it is history repeating itself, crying out for somebody to pay attention. Maybe it is about becoming enlightened. Our world right now seems chaotic, uncomfortable, exciting and different. Depending upon whether you prefer comfy old slippers or shiny new boots, our world is either fraught with problems or brimming with opportunity. Welcome to the New Age of Enlightenment. If you are not familiar with Enlightenment, you will be by the end of this year. Each month, we are going to dissect the original Age of Enlightenment, particularly in the United States, and draw parallels to what is happening today. It is a fascinating study of history repeating itself, and it may explain the undercurrents of change and the unknown that we are all experiencing.

As recent as October 17, 2012, New York Times writer David Bornstein wrote an article titled “Social Change’s Age of Enlightenment”. “After looking at hundreds of examples of social change efforts, I see a side of reality that goes unreported: namely, that we’re getting smarter about the way we’re addressing social problems. In fact, I would go so far as to say we’re on the verge of a breakthrough — maybe even a new Enlightenment,” said Bornstein. “Today’s Enlightenment stems from new understandings and

practices that have taken hold in the social sector and are producing better and measurable results against a range of problems.” Let us return to Truman and his astute observation about how history can teach us a great deal and answer many perplexing questions. Each cycle of the Enlightenment spans 80-90 years. Truman was born and died during the second cycle of The Age of Enlightenment, a philosophic movement that started in Europe and took hold in the United States from 1715-1789. The movement marked a rejection of traditional social, religious and political ideas, and it emphasized rationalism and education to promote understanding and the spread of knowledge. Truman studied the Enlightenment; he was a prolific letter writer and relished a good conversation and debate. Truman was a Midwest farm boy and the last U.S. president who did not have a college degree. Yet as a youth he was an enlightened chap interested in music, history and reading. He served in WW1, began his political career during the Great Depression, ended WW2 as our 33rd President and dealt with unanticipated social issues presented after the war and the explosion in population known as the baby boom. Truman was known for approaching challenges optimistically, as well as with a great deal of thought and diverse and opinionated input. Many say that Truman was


the icon of the second cycle of the Enlightenment. He knew if we studied history, we would better understand our future. Understanding the Age of Enlightenment is significant because it is unlike any other age our society has experienced. Other ages are more of a byproduct of our own making, such as the Industrial Age and the Information Age. The Enlightenment was (is), at its core, a celebration of ideas – ideas about what the human mind was (is) capable of and what could be achieved through deliberate action and scientific methodology. Politically, the age is distinguished by an emphasis upon liberty, democracy, republicanism and religious tolerance culminating in the drafting of the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Attempts to reconcile

Rationalism - knowledge can be attained through the use of reason.

Empiricism - knowledge can be gained through experiences.

Secularism - religion and religious beliefs should be excluded from civic affairs.

Universalism - all concepts of the Enlightenment can be applied to all people, whether ruler or ruled, rich or poor, educated or ignorant, urban or rural, slave or noble, woman or man, etc.

Equality - all people in society should have the same rights and privileges, as well as the same limitations, and be treated in the same manner.


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science and religion resulted in a rejection of prophecy, miracle and revealed religion, often in preference for deism. The most important leaders of the American Enlightenment include Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Wilson. Philosophes (fill-o-sofs, French for philosopher) came into being during Enlightenment. They were not traditional philosophers, but public intellectuals and writers who applied reason to the study of many areas of learning, including philosophy, history, science, politics, economics, the arts and social issues. Most philosophes were men, such as Truman in his own time, but many were women. The publishing industry, coffeehouses, libraries, salons, mass media, the cultivation of the arts, debating clubs and the creation of feminism are all products of Enlightenment. Also known as “the age of conversation,” the Enlightenment Age allowed common people and intellectuals to freely exchange ideas. “Penny Universities” started in London coffeehouses and quickly spread to the United States. Instead of paying for drinks, people were charged a penny to enter the coffeehouse to discuss, debate and gossip. Reporters and broadcasting were born. Known then as “runners,” they went around to the coffeehouses announcing the latest news - similar to what we are used

Individualism - a concept that places the focus on the individual and the removal of barriers to achieve the highest amount of freedom for everyone.

Freedom - a person has the power to exercise choice and make decisions without political, social or natural interference (although, in reality, most freedoms come with social responsibility and some restrictions).

Toleration - acknowledgement of the presence and practice of differing opinions or beliefs without opposition or persecution, but the term does not necessarily mean acceptance.

Progress - development and maturation of society that is considered to be more sophisticated, beneficial, superior and complex than the previous state.

arts improves math and science scores. In higher education, colleges and universities are faced with re-inventing themselves. The value of current degrees (or obtaining any degrees at all) are being questioned. All of these are themes from the Age of Enlightenment. In the U.S., that period led to the American Revolution. Where are these exciting explorations taking us now? The Age of Enlightenment changed the world, and there is no sign that it is over. In fact, there are more signs telling us to revitalize its legacy with conscious awareness. A new level of intellectual modernization, compassion and even our future may depend on it. Did you just have an “Aha!” moment? Congratulations! You are now a philosophe in the New Age of Enlightenment. So go out, have a cup of coffee with some friends and talk about it. This has been Part 1 in a series about learning something new from the history we have yet to realize.

to now with television, radio and the Internet. Pamphlets, newspapers and bulletins were produced for mass distribution. Does any of this resonate with contemporary times? Consider the Internet and its impact on the free exchange of ideas. Inflation counters the “penny university” idea, but coffeehouses still thrive as social gathering spots, the publication industry has re-invented itself with e-publishing for wider, less expensive distribution and once again many social and cultural issues have been pushed to the forefront. As we witnessed in the recent election individuals are more engaged, flexing their political muscle, and they are hungry for information. Front and center were the power struggles of rich versus poor, women’s and minority rights, equality, religious tolerance and influence, government control, distrust of organizations and large institutions and the need for equal educational and economic opportunity. In education a movement has emerged to put the arts back in schools to transform the STEM theory (science, technology, engineering and math) into a STEAM practice (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, math). This idea is based on scientific data proving that rounding out education with the

“The only thing new in this world is the history that you don’t know.” - President Harry Truman


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he term aromatherapy may bring to mind an image of meditating gurus sitting cross-legged in a sparselyfurnished, dimly lit studio, but the practice of using essential oils dates back to the days of ancient Egypt. These oils were highly prized and widely traded in their day for their health-giving properties; mummies were wrapped with them, priceless objects were traded for them and the Magi brought them to the infant Jesus. Yet modern science has only recently performed studies confirming the efficacy of these substances.

nutrients and the majority of vital oxygen molecules necessary to deliver the nutrients to the cells of the human body. Elizabeth Naylor, local distributor of doTERRA essential oils, says, “While most brands are generally considered safe for aromatic and topical purposes, doTERRA’s special low-heat steam distillation process achieves such high purity that the Food and Drug Administration has granted doTERRA special permission to label their oils as safe for internal use.” Ms. Naylor hones her knowledge by taking classes and studying Modern Essentials, a book about essential oils. “There are many essential oils that can help with a variety of health conditions. Learning which oil can help which issue is changing people’s lives. Studying, educating yourself about the oils and their proper use and keeping abreast of new developments in the field is the key.” Naylor. who does essential oil workshops at Genesis Chiropractic and the office of Dr. DiAnna Wallace, ND, claims most people, even the scent-sensitive, usually get used to these natural oils with time. “What makes most people allergic to scents is the artificial ingredients inherent in perfume, soaps and the like.”

René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist of the early 20th century, is credited with the first aromatherapy studies and for coining the name for the field. According to AromaWeb Gattefossé burned himself very badly while working and plunged his arm into the nearest liquid, which happened to be lavender oil. His burn healed quickly and without scars. This accidental discovery spurred his interest in essential oils. In 1937 he wrote the still widely used reference guide, Gattefossé’s Aromatherapy. Essential oils are 50 to 70 times more potent than regular herbs. The dehydration process required to make herbal supplements causes a loss of up to 90% of the healing 16

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“The bottom line is that essential oils really do work. The most interesting part is that any given oil can help more than one condition. Lavender oil, for instance, is a terrific antiseptic, but it also helps with insomnia. Simply massage the feet and back of the neck with the oil before bedtime.” Discover the unique therapeutic benefits of aromatic oils for yourself and try aromatherapy today. For more information about essential oils and their use please visit:


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isa Sharp, owner of Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, is a happy person. How could anyone who grew up loving to read not be in ecstasy surrounded by 8,000 to 10,000 books daily? “I’m passionate about books and read from five to six a week,” says Sharp. She was fortunate as a child to live between a public library and a used bookstore. “When my uncle gave me a Nancy Drew book, I had to have the entire series.” Her husband Robert is an architect. As bookkeeper for the business, Sharp worked from home which allowed her more time with their children. Later when the children were in school and her husband could hire a new bookkeeper, Sharp had the freedom to consider a new phase in her life. “I knew a big gap existed between ‘loving books’ and running a bookstore,” says Sharp. So she sought the wisdom and guidance of the professionals. She joined the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to find step-by-step advice for owning and operating a successful business. She also attended a workshop led by Paz and Associates to 18

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help attendees learn how to launch a bookstore. “They take people like me, who love books but have little knowledge of how to avoid pitfalls leading to failure, learn how to be successful.” Steps included finding a good location for a store, hiring staff, naming the business and much more. “I chose Fayetteville with a supporting population, which is vital to success,” says Sharp. “Next, I had to find a place and in April 2006 chose a 1930s feed mill on School Avenue as the bookstore’s new home. The site got lots of traffic, but unfortunately many potential customers only saw the store driving 45 miles an hour past my door. NIGHBIRD BOOKS 205 West Dickson Street Fayettevile, Arkansas “The next challenge was finding a name. My husband knew that I loved birds and purchased a painting by Dea Self called ‘Nightbird’ to display in our home. As I was struggling with a name, I looked at that painting and Nightbird Books

sprang into existence.” “I decided to give my fledging business two years to grow and, if it did, I’d stick with it.” The store developed a good customer base. So in April 2009, she decided to move the store to the vibrant, lively Dickson Street and into the former Ozark Mountain Smokehouse space. “Dickson Street is a destination with good foot traffic essential to downtown businesses. People come to the post office, Collier Drug Store, Underwood’s Fine Jewelers, restaurants and other retail sites during the day. The theater and quality restaurants draw the evening crowd.” Loyal buyers are the lifeblood of any business. “Our customers have shown their support even during these difficult economic times. They recognize that it is not enough to like having vibrant businesses downtown, they must also support them.” Sharp knows her clientele and alerts them when a new book comes in by their favorite author. Or she’ll give grandparents a call to let them know that a book their grandchild particularly likes is available.

An unusual attraction in the store is a large bird aviary handled by Living Designs. Both male and female finches occupy a large, round glass aviary in the front of her store. Nesting houses and nesting materials are available to the 10 to 15 birds. “I saw an aviary in a bookstore in Minnesota and knew I had to have one in my bookstore,” Sharp explains. Living Designs handles the cleaning, inspection and health of the birds. They also take the babies to enjoy another site. “Children often name the birds, and the birds keep that name as long as the child is in the store,” she laughs.

Lisa Sharp, owner of Nightbird Books

BOOKS “I truly love my work, which doesn’t even feel like work. I’m thrilled to refer books to people and have the opportunity to talk about books all day long,” says Sharp. Her love for the business is evident in the six to twelve hours a day—six days out of seven days a week the store is open—that she is in the store. Sharp also attends every author event held in the store. Two coffee shops, Hammontree and Brick House Kitchen, at one time

handled the concession area for the store. Both in turn brought in reading customers, but each outgrew the space and moved to larger sites. Sharp and her staff decided that they could run the coffee shop by themselves. “I’m so fortunate to have staff who truly care about the business,” says Sharp. “Graduate students and a few younger students gain good business experience working here. I even have two family members on staff.”

Nightbird Books celebrates its founding day in April. Each customer receives a 5% discount off any purchases that day if they can recite a poem—their own or someone else’s. “However,” chuckles Sharp, “no ‘Roses are Red’ or Mother Goose rhymes are accepted unless you are under five years of age.” Customers are treated every day to a cup of brewed coffee when they purchase a book. Coffee and a good read – what could be better.

This informal writing group meets at Nightbird Books each Monday from 1:30 to 3:30. The group is an offshoot of the LifeWriting classes led by author June Jefferson. (left to right: Mary Jean Place, Lee Guthrie, Susan Raymond, June Jefferson, Linda Leavell, Ann Teague, and Mary Charlton.

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hen Joyce Robertson worked at a traditional mattress store, she became alarmed at the number of people whose health was hindered by their mattress choices. Though they thought they were getting good mattresses, once they sleep on them for a while they either realized they were uncomfortable, or worse, the chemicals in the mattresses were bothering their health.

“I have been in the mattress and home furnishing business for years now,” she writes to her customers on the Fayetteville company’s website. “One thing that experience has given me is an intense passion for bedding and what it can do to improve everyone’s quality of life. After all, we spend onethird of our lives in bed. Part of that passion has kept me looking not only for the best bedding available but a better way to sell it through facts and education.” A major issue that Robertson educates customers about is the difference between natural and organic. Organic means that all the materials used in making of the product were made without pesticides or other chemicals, where “natural” could mean that only part of the products are made from nature and those elements could have been exposed to harmful chemicals. “You’re breathing that all night long and it’s getting into your skin,” she said. “Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and a third of the mattress contains chemicals.”

Those people were often left without any recourse because they were not allowed to return their mattress. There were also many customers who came in to purchase new mattresses every few years because theirs had worn down or started getting noticeably dirty. The chemicals in the materials, or even something as simple as dead skin cells and other dirt that collected in the mattresses, gave customers with allergies, breathing problems and many other health issues more intense symptoms; in some cases the mattresses introduced new symptoms. According to Robertson the dead skin cells and dust mites are also what make mattresses heavier over time. Instead of looking the other way or simply walking away, Robertson decided to take action. She educated herself about healthy sleeping, especially when it comes to healthy sleep products like bedding and mattresses. Around that time she 20

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The organic mattresses are different both in their makeup and in their construction. Each mattress contains multiple components, including three layers that are placed into the zippered mattress. The zippered mattress has many health and convenience aspects to it; it makes it easier to replace the different layers or to clean them, where traditional mattresses can rarely, if ever, get fully cleaned.

The zippered organic mattresses are easier to move, and each person using the mattress can choose how dense they want their side of the bed to be; different layers can be placed in each side. “I’ve been able to roll up an entire king-sized bed and deliver it to a customer in my Honda,” Robetson said. Mountain Air Organic Beds sells other products, such as organic comforters and mattresses for baby cribs. They are also exclusive sellers of the Oceanic Wave Bed, which is a base for the mattresses that causes slight movement. According to Robertson, it helps with tossing and turning and increases circulation. The business has grown mostly from word-of-mouth; customers are delighted at the improvements to their health and mood simply because of a healthier sleep environment. “People are looking for things that help their health,” Robertson said.

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Chocolate Lover’s Delight The 9th Annual Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival

by Marilyn Lanford


f February is the time to celebrate your chocolate cravings, then the place to be is the 9th Annual Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center in Eureka Springs, AR.

“We are quite unique in that we sell what we make. Most candy shops will make one or two varieties and buy the rest. We don’t do that. We hand dip all of our chocolates which includes over 200 varieties,” Greer said.

Drawing visitors from Arkansas as well as eight other states, this event attracted over 1,600 in attendance last year. “The purpose of the festival is to bring people into Eureka Springs where they get to enjoy the food, especially the chocolate, and our hospitality,” Pam Hinson, event coordinator, said. “We center it around Valentine’s Day to make it special for everyone.”’

The “Best Of” contest judging will start also at 9 a.m., when entries from both professional and amateur contestants will be on display. The professional competition judging will focus on entries for the Best Decorated Cake, Best Candy, and Best Dessert categories.

To celebrate chocolate in a very big way, the festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with the chocolate sampling. According to Hinson, this year’s emphasis of the festival will be on serving gourmet chocolates. Exhibitors, both upstairs and downstairs at this event, will provide gourmet chocolates for each visitor.

In the adult competition at the amateur level, entries are judged for the Best Decorated Cake and Most Creative Dessert. For the youth division, contest entries are judged for the Best Brownie and Best Candy while those in the 12 and under age group are to be judged on the Best Cookie creation.

One of the exhibitors attracting a great deal of attention is Martin Greer, an Ozark candy maker for 58 years. Greer’s father, a candy maker himself for 54 years, taught him the trade. “When I was young,” Greer said, “I wanted to be an artist. My dad told me, ‘Son, you might not make a living at art. You need a trade. I am a candy maker. You’re going to be a candy maker, too.’” Now Greer’s 22-year-old son (and thirdgeneration candy maker) Uriah is working alongside his dad, making candy and learning the business.

Hinson said, “Some of these 12-year-olds can get very creative. When judging all of these entries, I know these judges get pretty full. Last year they had to taste 27 samples in one day.” One of the highlights in each year’s festival is the silent auction, featuring donations from local businesses. “This year we have already had a tremendous interest in our silent auction,” Hinson said. “We have everything from rounds of golf to Branson show tickets listed as items to bid on. This is


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a way for our local businesses to be involved in the festival. Last year was a huge success for us, and I think this year is going to be even greater!” In an effort to give the exhibitors a chance to shine at this event, one 15-minute product demonstration will take place every hour. Hinson explained, “These are special demonstrations for exhibitors to spotlight their products in some way, using chocolate. Maybe how to prepare a chocolate martini.” A favorite part of the festival for many years has been the Chocolate Festival Cookbook. Every recipe in this cookbook uses chocolate in its preparation. Originally created by Clear Spring School, the first sponsor of the festival, this cookbook will be available at the event or can be purchased online.

2012 Chocolate Festival Judges (left) Steve Grant, KY-3 News, Springfield, Missouri (right) Mike Bishop - Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce

Area schools that will benefit from the festival have the opportunity to participate in its success each year. Speaking of the role of students in this event, Hinson said, “We do this as a learning experience too. Each school has to furnish chocolate. The Cassville High School FFA students act as greeters, and they carry trays of chocolate around on the floors. The Galena High School Family & Consumer Science students will prepare the serving trays in the kitchen. “The Academy of Excellence and the Eureka Springs School/ Main Stage After School Kids program are more parentoriented. They will be here to set up and tear down for this event. It is this involvement from everybody that makes such a big event come off in a short period of time.”

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Bon Appetit: A Tradition in Taste photo courtesy of Meridienne

by Amy Giezentanner


ocated just off the square in the heart of downtown Fayetteville, Vetro 1925 is the authentically Italian brainchild of owner Angelo Amabile. A longtime member of the restaurant industry, Amabile brings his passion for Italian hospitality, food and wine to the table every day. His executive chef, Alan Dierks, shares his enthusiasm. They opened their doors little more than a year ago, but already they have become known for their ambiance and commitment to excellence. They have also become known for their wine tastings and special dinners. “We have a great crew,” says Chef Dierks. “They love to put wine tastings together.” Centered on Italian food and wine, the tastings are meant to highlight the interplay of and sense of place found in genuine Italian flavors. The special menu and wine tasting for Valentine’s Day at Vetro have yet to be determined. Chef Dierks features seasonal food and never knows what will be available at the market until mere days before it is needed. This commitment to quality allows Amabile and Dierks to share the freshest, simplest and most authentic food possible, a habit often shared with their French counterparts.


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If Italians are known for their savory food and wine, then the French are known for their chocolates and pastries. Truth be told, the French are also known for their savory food and wine, but their chocolates and pastries are quite fine, too, among the finest in the world. Perhaps that is why we associate chocolate with love, because the French are so famous for both. Meridienne Dessert Salon, currently located in downtown Rogers but soon to open their new location off the square in Bentonville, is a French patisserie also known for its fine pastries and chocolates. True to the French form, Meridienne proudly crafts their wares from scratch in the hope they may inspire others while they share their love of the craft and the culture.

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“There’s nothing more romantic than French,” states executive chef and owner, Tammy Varney. She plans to stand by this theory of romance by offering an assortment of sweet French treats to offer a loved one this year. “Of course there will be dark chocolate,” laughs Varney, “along photo by Joe Wittkop Photography Inc. with macarons and other Valentine’s Day treats starting in mid-January.”

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Cedar Lodge Sharing Their Dream

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ife can be hectic; with today’s corporations and physicians stressing the healthy work-life balance, where is your happy place? To many, their R & R is a trip to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains in Colorado or the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. But that requires vacation days and travel expenses, not to mention six or seven days away from the office, and it is not likely that many can take a weekend getaway to these two destinations by automobile. But what if it was possible to take a road trip to the Rockies for a weekend with limited time in the car – even from Arkansas, Missouri or Oklahoma? Welcome to Cedar Lodge. Take one step into this masterpiece created by cedar and stone and this breathtaking, eye-popping 7,600-square-foot estate in Bella Vista, Arkansas, will trick your mind into thinking you are indeed tucked in the Ponderosa Pines of Colorado. You may not catch a glimpse of Pikes Peak or Rocky Mountain National Park out the back windows, but you are guaranteed to see panoramic views of Lake Loch Lomond, Bella Vista’s largest water-sport and fishing lake. The seven-bedroom, four full-bath lakefront chateau will sleep 21 people in 13 beds, making it the perfect solution for a wedding party, family reunion, golf-group getaway, company retreat or corporate day-trip. Large gatherings are what owners Dr. Dave and Sandra Berry had in mind when they decided to share the lodge with others. “We wanted a place that would accommodate both sides of our families,” Sandra Berry said. “When we all get together we can have 40 to 50 people here. We thought it was time to share it with others, so they can enjoy it as well.”


Vacation Rentals, Inc., a full-service property management company in Bella Vista, was given the honor of renting Cedar Lodge in February 2012. Chris Howison, rental agent at Vacation Rentals, said his company manages many spectacular lake homes on Loch Lomond and all Bella Vista lakes, but Cedar Lodge isn’t a home; it’s a resort.

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understand how amazing it is until they see it in person, and every time the experience leaves them speechless.” The home is set up as a nightly and weekly rental at Vacation Rentals with a rate structure that is based on the number of people in the reservation. The home’s rate starts at a minimum of $550 per night based on four people or less. Cedar Lodge transports you to a cabin or ski resort tucked in the snowy mountains with its many cozy fireplaces, cedar walls and ceiling, and hardwood floors, and walking outside will make one ready to sing “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles or Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville.” It is easy access to Loch Lomond for a quick swim, and a custom-made waterslide will introduce you to your bathing suit in a hurry, especially on those mid-summer days. The back deck that runs the length of the home is perfect for sunbathing, but you will also find plenty of escape from the sun’s rays under the covered cabana, complete with a flat-screen television, iPod docking station with wireless speakers, full-size refrigerator and outdoor patio furniture. A few steps away is one of the two barbecue grills, so you can fellowship all

of antiques and artifacts that the Berrys have accumulated over the years. No matter what room you pass through, you are sure to discover a few items in each step taken. Each antique of tells its own unique story, either by how the homeowners obtained it or by what made up the item’s past life before it found its way to Cedar Lodge.

in one place. The game room downstairs will keep everyone entertained with its pool table, foosball table, children’s playhouse and home projection theater complete with a 120inch screen. As if it doesn’t already have enough personality by now, what really makes Cedar Lodge so unique is the air of history that fills the home through its antique décor perfectly placed throughout each hallway, porch and room. The lodge consists

“We just find things and pick them up whenever we’re out,” Sandra Berry said. “Lots of my most treasured pieces came from my grandparents and our home when I was a child. They are so special to me. The huge logs (in the master suite) we used were found at an old sawmill in south Arkansas that was closing. We hauled them to Bella Vista and did the work of stripping and staining them right here in our driveway.” No interior decorator was needed. The Berrys placed every single antique in the house themselves with no contracted assistance.


A pair of skis and snowshoes from the early 1900s, tin and wood from an old barn now make up the ceiling in a bedroom and an old sewing machine from the 1890s add to the flavor of Cedar Lodge. The shutters in the foyer are ornately carved and come from India, while the door leading to the master suite came from Argentina and was hand carved. An old cigar-making box in one of the dens is a guaranteed conversation starter. The Berrys said Dr. Berry’s dental practice in Hays, Kansas, was the inspiration for Cedar Lodge, where his practice was called Cedar Lodge Dental Center. The reception room was an old limestone farm house built in 1875. Some 5,000 square feet of rustic charm was added to the farmhouse for the rest of the dental practice. “We wanted to make sure that our office was different from the standard doctor’s office,” Sandra Berry said. “We wanted our patients to feel cozy and warm when they visited Dave, and now we’ve included that same character in our home.” Cedar Lodge is a destination that can be enjoyed for a variety of reasons. It can be that rustic weekend-getaway desired in the Rockies or the discovery of a sunny beach on the lakefront deck. Maybe you will treat it more like a museum, spending hours examining each of the hundreds of antiques displayed throughout the home. Whatever the reason for a visit, one thing is for certain: Cedar Lodge is a must-see. Fortunately, the Berrys have now made that possible for everyone.

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Chef Please! Article by Amy Giezentanner, Photos by Keith Branch


he Food Network makes cooking look easy. All of those competition chefs flying around the kitchen and throwing things together make it seem effortless and fun, but for those of us without training and assistants cooking is a lot of hard work. When you are crunched for time with busy schedules, the need to set food on the table every day could have you yelling, “Chef, please!”

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meeting to choose menus from among her array of options. From the jeweled cous-cous with salmon to the tequila-lime chicken with sautéed bell peppers, every ounce of food was prepared with care and attention to detail from the freshest food available at the market that day. Knowing the meal preparations were in such good hands made our planning time more productive. Chef Kathy operates as a private chef, which allows her to come into a client’s home or event center to prepare the freshest meals possible. For us, this meant she could join us at Cedar Lodge and provide valuable insight on future food articles in 2NJoy as she prepared our food. She did it in such a timely manner, too, that she was able to join our group for dining. Not that she always sits down to eat with her clients; her main focus is in the kitchen, where she is best able to please her guests through authentic ingredients and creative preparations. It is that passion for authenticity, her attention to detail and her willingness to go the extra mile for her clients that help her stand out in an ever-increasing crowd of foodies. Although we enjoyed her company and her insight, that alone does not a good chef make. Knowledge, drive, creativity and a sense of adventure all play their roles. Chef Kathy wields them well, and we were glad she could relax with us over dinner with the food she so happily set on the table for us 2NJoy.

Enter Kathy Dederich, owner and chef of “Chef, Please!” The 2NJoy staff met Chef Kathy last year at a chamber event, and we were immediately in tune with her passion for food. A graduate of The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Chef Kathy’s love of cooking and baking began in childhood when her mother carefully began instructing her in the kitchen. This same love has taken her across the globe to study in the exotic locales of Florence, Italy and Bangkok, Thailand. The experiences left her with a broad spectrum of knowledge of flavors and textures from which to choose. We were so impressed with Chef Kathy’s sense of adventure and love of food that we invited her to be 2NJoy’s personal chef for our recent planning retreat at Cedar Lodge. Ever eager to please, Chef Kathy met us for a pre-planning

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Winter Treats by Amy Giezentanner


he four seasons are wonderful because they all have something special to offer. No matter what time of year it is, I usually find myself enjoying the weather while looking forward to the next season. I enjoy them so much that I feel people who do not do the same are really missing out. It is true that we all like what we like. I’m sure there are folks who think I’m missing out because I do not want to live in the bliss of an eternal summer somewhere. I understand what draws them to the sunshine and share some of their fascination. But I also think they are missing the charm of winter. The beauty and enveloping silence of snow, the

crackle of a fresh log on the fireplace, the warmth inside when you come in from the cold outside – these all captivate me. Take the cozy feel of a warm, winter kitchen, for example. It is hard to find something more inviting than a delicious hot drink in a warm kitchen, especially after you have been in the snow. It creates a feeling of snug security that is hard to find in any other season. It is easy to get hooked on that feeling, just like it is easy to get hooked on flavors of which I can never seem to get enough. The aromatic spice of apples in winter, the richness of chocolate in any form, the boldness of coffee – they all entice and draw me in. It is an addiction that began in childhood.

Warm Winter Mulled Cider 1 gallon fresh apple juice ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed 3 juice oranges, thinly sliced 6 cinnamon sticks 1/8 teaspoon cardamom ¼ teaspoon allspice

Method: Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until brown sugar dissolves. photo by Amy Giezentanner

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My generation grew up on food that came from boxes and drinks that came from packets. They were great for convenience but short on flavor and nutrition. They were short on richness and aroma, too, but we didn’t know any better back then. I was in my twenties before I had ever had real, old-fashioned, homemade hot chocolate. I didn’t even know you could make it from scratch. Not that I could blame my mom for raising me that way. She and the other first-generation working moms had their hands full with careers in the day and families at night. They did the best they could with the information they had. But we know better now, and with that knowledge comes a plethora of choices. To make those choices wisely, it is important to have information and to know your options. It is fun to play around in the kitchen and tweak recipes, so my obsession with creating homemade classics serves me well. It is healthier and more fun than simply opening a package and adding water, and it’s a great social outlet when you invite others into the kitchen to cook with you. While it may take a bit more time initially to create scratch food and beverages, the results give you more servings for your efforts. They also show the friends and family you share them with that you care enough to give them the best, and they’ll appreciate you the more for it. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing for the holidays this year. I went in with a sense of adventure and the ultimate goal of creating healthier versions of winter classics. What I came out with are recipes we will use again and again for years to come, two of which I’ve included here. Use the recipes yourselves and tweak them however you like. The all-natural mulled apple cider will warm you through and through. The cookie bars are just a bonus splurge, from my kitchen to yours.

Graham Cracker Shortbread Cookies 1 1/3 cup butter 1/3 teaspoon salt 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs 1 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons AP flour 3 tablespoons cornstarch ¾ cup sugar 1 cup cornmeal Zest of 1 orange (optional)

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9” x 13” baking pan and set aside. Beat butter and salt in mixer until fluffy. Add rest of ingredients and mix until just combined. Put the cookie dough into the pan and spread evenly. Bake until cookies are completely set and slightly golden around the edges, approx. 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let set for 5 minutes. Cut into squares and allow to cool completely. Remove cookie squares from pan and serve with a delicious hot drink.

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ead by a desire to become a sign language interpreter, Dr. Molly Dillon, owner and head audiologist at Bella Vista Hearing Center, ventured into the fascinating worlds of speech pathology and audiology. Dr. Dillon, who earned her clinical doctorate in audiology from Salus University, describes the breadth of the field: “There are four main areas to pursue in audiology after graduation: become a professor,


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work in public schools doing hearing screening and basic care, balance testing and rehabilitation and the broad area of hearing instrument technology.” Dr. Dillon chose the latter because she enjoys working with Dr. Molly Dillon people and seeing the instant improvement in a person’s quality of life with the application of a needed hearing instrument. “With a practice focusing solely on aural rehabilitation, both patients and their families can see improvements in hearing

immediately. It’s a very rewarding career choice.” Dr. Dillon strives to provide each patient with superior care. “The main goal of our clinic is to provide a comfortable atmosphere with impeccable service to our customers. We want them to know we are here for them in the long run to fine tune their hearing aids by focusing on their personal preferences and lifestyles.” Dillon’s work finds its way outside of her clinic. She is a frequent speaker at health fairs and service organizations such as Kiwanis, and she finds great satisfaction from donating her time to community outreach clinics. “It’s critical to get the word out that there are solutions available for all hearing problems and hearing devices to suit everyone’s needs and budget.” Common activities such as mowing lawns, cutting wood or listening to your favorite music through headphones or ear buds can induce a gradual, but measureable, loss of hearing. Due to an increase in workplace, environmental and recreational noise since the 1950’s, audiologists are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of middle aged people experiencing hearing loss. “It’s all that loud music people listen to nowadays,” Dillon jokes. Hearing loss is no joking matter. Years of research have proven a link between hearing loss and mental health issues. Long term studies have shown that people with even minor hearing loss are at a greater risk for brain atrophy linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s. Citing a study published in the Archives of Neurology, Dr. Dillon explains, “when hearing is a constant struggle, your brain shuffles more of its resources toward deciphering what’s

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being said, and that can sap your ability to form and keep memories. . . for every 10-decibel loss in hearing, your risk increases 20%.” Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes, and hearing loss is also associated with heart disease. According to Dr. Dillon, “The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow.” Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. “In highlighting the connection between heart health and hearing health, we can empower people with that knowledge. This means many vascular diseases can be exacerbated by prolonging treatment of hearing loss when needed,” Dillon says. “It’s imperative that hearing loss be treated upon diagnosis; it’s not just your hearing health on the line, it’s the health of your heart and mind that is also at stake.” Tinnitus, or more commonly called ringing in the ears, is another recently recognized condition. According to Dr. Dillon, “When a person has a hearing loss, this creates a void between the inner ear and the auditory cortex. By filling this gap with stimulation from prescriptive hearing instruments, we are in essence giving your brain something meaningful to listen to, thereby reducing the subjective sounds being created by that damaged system. 82% of people find relief from tinnitus while wearing hearing aids.” Bella Vista Hearing Center provides comprehensive screening and care for patients of all ages.



Laughter is the Best Medicine by Sandy Martin

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” - Victor Borge


o ahead - flip back your head, open wide and launch a big belly laugh. Laughing is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health. Even a smile can be a mini-facelift! Remember the Readers Digest section on “Laughter Is the Best Medicine”? They were ahead of their time and on to something powerful, so powerful that now there is a scientific field studying the benefits of laughter on your mind, body, social life, professional life and spirit. This field is called gelotology, pioneered by William F. Fry of Stanford University.

public with a book and movie called Anatomy of an Illness. Suffering from a heart disease, Cousins was told that he had little chance of surviving. Instead of giving up, Cousins trained himself to laugh and developed a recovery program incorporating mega doses of Vitamin C, along with a positive attitude, love, faith, hope and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep,” he reported. “When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again, and not infrequently it would lead to another pain-free interval.”

Norman Cousins, a journalist, author, professor and world peace advocate, is given credit for linking laughter and healing when he went through his own health crisis. He went

Dr. Fry found Cousins’ story no laughing matter. In 1971, he launched a research career to become the undisputed leader in therapeutic humor. He was the first to prove that


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laughing is equivalent or better than exercising. In an article for WebMD, Dr. Fry said, “it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.”

baby begins to laugh at 4 months - approximately 3 months before the beginnings of talk. Kids laugh on average 400-500 times per day while adults only laugh around 17-18 times daily.

It didn’t take long before more scientists and psychiatrists jumped on the laugh wagon to research and quantify the benefits of laughing out loud.

How come? Most likely it is because of daily stress and our perception of a world out of our control. Children sense stress differently than adults. They love ‘out of control’ and respond with spontaneous, emotion. They are constantly learning and discovering new things - their lives are filled with wonder. As we age, we begin to take on outside influences, and that can lead to less joy in our lives. We can’t control outside influences, so we become fearful, stressed, negative and - dare I say - way too serious for our own good. We can stay stuck in that rut or we can reboot with more laughter and joy in our lives.

Here is a short list of long-term benefits brought to you by the makers of laughter Lowers blood pressure Increases good cholesterol Increases vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood Gives a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg and back muscles. Up to 80 muscles are used during a hearty laugh. Reduces certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline Increases the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells Reduces inflammation Reduces body fat Defends against respiratory infections, even reducing the frequency of colds, by immunoglobulon in saliva

Research has shown the common causes for laughter are sensations of joy, humor and the relief from fear. We do not all laugh at the same jokes. We all do smile and even laugh at things that satisfy us and make us feel better about ourselves and life in general. Kids giggle almost at the drop of a hat or a slip on a banana peel. Adults tend to filter and categorize humorous intake. In doing so, we don’t even recognize simple joy in our lives. That has implications on our personal relationships.

It increases memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores Improves alertness, creativity and memory Increases resistance to allergens Improves pituitary gland release of pain-suppressing opiates, a natural analgesic

Neuroscientist Robert Provine, Ph.D, author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation (Penguin Books, 2001), found that laughter plays a big role in mating. Both sexes laugh a lot, but Dr. Provine’s research found women laugh 126% more than men. Men are more laugh-getters, but a woman’s laugh is the critical index of a healthy relationship and sex life.

Improves and helps the aging process in three areas: physical health, improving social communications and helping to achieve a sense of satisfaction in life Repetitive laughter effects the body the same as repetitive exercise Cleanses the lungs. Frequent belly laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in, resulting in a cleansing effect, similar to deep breathing.

Not only is laughter healthy, but it is also an honest, involuntary emotion with which we are all born. The average

Funny business - is it good for your career? Only 15% of people are fired because of incompetence. The remaining 85% are fired because they can’t get along well with others. Research conducted by Dr. Steven Sultanoff, Ph.D shows that successful humor boosts both personal productivity and group effectiveness. Note the phrase “successful humor”. Not all humor is successful or funny. At times it can be downright offensive. In a recent Forbes interview, Sultanoff said it is the


“empathic humor,” which has a positive intent and arises out of your compassion for a person or situation, that serves people well. Conversely, “hostile humor” undermines productivity and wellbeing. It negatively targets an individual for a misdeed or character flaw. It causes people to withdraw, feel more irritated and less motivated and actively avoid others. When positive humor is used, Sultanoff says, “People who are funny likely will be perceived as more enjoyable and as better employees because they are in fact more successful. If someone is using humor, then they are connecting with people and building relationships, which creates opportunities that other people may not have.” Making people laugh and laughing in the workplace increases attentiveness and persuasiveness. It helps people get along better, eases tension, decreases turnover and increases productivity. Now that you know that laughing and humor will improve your health, sex life and career you probably can’t stop laughing. If you do, however, feel laugh-challenged, then here are some simple things you can do to expose your funny bone (which, by the way, is not a bone at all – it is a nerve!) Find out what’s funny to you. What makes you

laugh? Silly humor that makes you snort milk out of your nose may be the ticket or absurd humor that comes from the unexpected. Sophisticated humor when you are “in the know” about the subject may provoke a giggle or slapstick where someone gets smashed by an anvil and gets up to save the day. Then there is dark humor where you laugh at what scares you. The only kind of bad laughter is the kind that is at another’s expense. Laughter works its medicinal magic best when it is lasting and shared. Laugh without a joke. According to Robert

Provine, professor at the University of Maryland, you just may be “tuned” for laughter from family and culture. Even if you are not “tuned”, you can develop the technique by becoming more observant. Lots of funny things happen every day; start looking for them. 48

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Immerse yourself in humor. Watch more

comedic movies than horror films. Go to a comedy club. Read Mark Twain or get an old vinyl recording of George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television”. Do something silly with your friends; you will talk about it and laugh about it for months. Play more and get back that childish playfulness.

Trigger laughter (a do-it-yourself therapy).

We have mirror neurons designed to trigger a similar reaction to what we are exposed to, for example, we get depressed when we are around depressing people, we get frightened when others are frightened and we laugh when we hear laughter. Program your mirror neurons to trigger your humor and listen for the laughter around you. Watch a group of kids playing. It is just like yawning, but a ton more fun. Even fake laughter quickly becomes real laughter.

Make others laugh. “It seems it’s absolutely

true that ‘laugh and the whole world laughs with you’,” said Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at the University College London. “We’ve known for some time that when we are talking to someone, we often mirror their behavior, copying the words they use and mimicking their gestures. Now we’ve shown that the same appears to apply to laughter, too--at least at the level of the brain.” Start smiling more just for the heck of it. Even

thinking about it may make you break into a guffaw. What is also fun about smiling more often for no reason is that other people want to know what makes you so darn happy.

Read the comics in your newspaper or online to get a daily dose of humor. Draw

your own comic. Research also shows that laughter has a direct correlation with creativity and cognitive abilities. Who knows, you may become famous for your humor.

Try laughter meditation. This is a

great way to transform your energy and mood. It’s simple - just rotate stretching, laughing and silence.

Make eye contact. If you look

down, all you are going to see are your shoes, and they probably need polishing (oh boy, another thing to worry about). Real smiles come from the eyes. Look up and in the eyes of everyone you meet during the day. If you do, there will be two people you know of with a smile on their face.

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here once was a time of health care during which the healer was not paid in time of sickness. During periods of good health and good times the healer would be paid by villagers with food, housing, clothing and essentials not tied to income. In simpler times this arrangement was sensible, as the sick person or family certainly could not attend to the hunting, gathering and the family garden to raise needs for themselves, much less pay the healer. The healer and the villagers would act together to attend to the needs of the patient.

What does healthcare look like today? I’ll describe just a little as seen through the looking glass prism of nutritional supplements. I’ll be quoting a favorite medical doctor who is esteemed and practices a combination of health care and sick care, Dr. Julian Whittaker, MD. From one of his newsletters he wrote:

“If everyone took absorbable (my word) calcium and vitamin D about 776,000 hospitalizations for hip fractures could be avoided. Savings could be

Now, in a complex world without villagers wrapped in a warren of conflicting laws, policies, rules and regulations, healing is provided by billable units. Level of care is often assessed by the front desk based upon the determination, by formula, of ability to pay. As much as the modern healer might wish to go beyond the standards set by a morass of committees, often they cannot. Contracts have been signed and agreements codified by specialty groups, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, medical instrument suppliers and hospital groups. The patient receiving the care is the object, but the system will determine how much and what will be done. Payment for services (money) will come from somewhere.

as high as $16.1 billion”

Here is the essential difference between health care and sickness care. If payment is made to stay well, incentive pushes people in that direction. If payment is made because someone is sick, incentive may well be filled with integrity yet pushed more and more toward billable units. After all, level of care has already been determined; for those with greater ability to pay, why not do more testing or more procedures if it can be justified? On the lower end of ability to pay, some people get lost, under treated or left out while others are impoverished by the high cost of what healing was provided. The village (community) may raise money to help, but beyond the sense of enlightened humanity often is just a drop in the bucket.

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“If people took 1800mg of fish oil daily, 374,301 hospitalizations for coronary artery disease could be cut back. Savings estimated about $3.2 billion” “If just a quarter of the women in childbearing age not taking 400mcg of folic acid/day did use it, 600 mothers could be spared with certain birth defects saving about $1.4 billion” “If those with macular degeneration took 6-10mg of lutein with other antioxidants, daily, 190,927 might be able to remain independent and stay $3.6 billion”.

Dr. Whittaker reported this information a few years back in his monthly newsletter, making a blistering impact on me. I ask, why not choose healthy food and proper food supplements smartly in order to take charge of our own healthcare? Allowing myself to succumb to sick care, passively, makes it too easy for the system to control the process. I want this for myself, my family, my friends and my community (village). At times, advanced medical science moves toward health care and away from sick care. Research genetics has advanced

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to the point of being able to prove a prescribed drug, or supplement, will work for an individual before it is used. This advance is not ready yet, but if it pans out then side effects and disease caused by the drug could be eliminated while effectiveness of the drug is assured.

cholesterol. The expense of the statin drugs as well as all of the long term side effects would not exist for most people. Side effects are medically treated and billable units assigned. While complicated, I’m excited with what this approach could mean to the quality of life for an aging nation.

Here is another case of new research which is much more on the side of health care and away from sick care. Research is underway in people that could change the paradigm of statin drugs and cholesterol lowering. Suppose raising to optimal (not normal) levels of hormones would reduce cholesterol (lipid) levels naturally. In most test subjects cholesterol dropped without statin drugs just by optimizing certain hormones. It seems the body needs cholesterol to produce hormones, and if hormones are low the body naturally produces more soup stock of

As a final thought, the sense of village and belonging is increasingly lost in our time of billable units. When patients are known by name the human incentive is moved in the direction of connection. The healer of the old days knew this, and while limited perhaps in what could be done added that element of human importance. Laughing, loving and respecting had nothing to do with the assessment of billable units. Maybe we have changed too much, but I am hopeful; it is time to have that glass of red wine and practice part of my own type of health care.

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Coping with Testicular Cancer:

A Survivor’s Story by Derek Dague


he time of transition from one year to the next finds us being thankful and counting our blessings, for which I have many; I have a good home, a wonderful family and great friends. I have a good full-time job and two great part-time jobs that both supplement my income and provide me with a creative outlet and intellectual stimuli. The changing of the calendar year is also a time that we take a closer look at our health, and this evaluation is especially important for a male in my age group. Being in my late 30’s, there are several health risks that arise, and I was recently faced with one of the most frightening concerns that men of all ages face: testicular cancer.


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Several months ago, I found my left testicle swollen and sore. I thought I had somehow injured myself, and I hoped that the matter would clear up on its own; it did not. Fearing the worst, I searched for a lump but found none. However, the swollen testicle felt hard. Seeing a warning sign, I expressed my concerns to my fiancée, and she urged me to see my doctor. Upon examination my doctor was also concerned, and he set me up with an appointment the next morning for an ultrasound. As embarrassing and nerve wracking as this examination was, I knew it was important to determine the extent of my problem. Later that afternoon I received a phone call from my doctor. “It doesn’t look good,” he told me, and he stated the doctor that had conducted the ultrasound “used the ‘C’ word.” He stressed that diagnosis could not be made from an ultrasound, and he set me up with an appointment at Benton County Urology. Fearing the worst, my fiancée and I decided to discuss the matter with our two girls (ages 11 and 16). Though worried, they put on brave faces that both impressed

me and made me proud. I also called my parents and explained the situation to them, and they decided to make the three-hour drive to Rogers for my appointment at the urology clinic.

The dangers with a younger age group seem greater, since younger men are less likely to seek help out of fear and embarrassment.

The urologist examined me and recommended the only course of action for my situation: orchiectomy of the left testicle. Once removed, the testicle would be sent to the lab for testing to determine if cancer was present. While in the hospital blood would be drawn, and x-rays and CT scans would be taken to ensure that there were no additional problems. There was no hesitation on my part; I checked into Mercy hospital the next day for outpatient surgery, and I was home resting later that evening. The following week was spent nursing my incision with ice packs and trying to get as much rest as possible. After a week of waiting I was finally able to meet with the urologist to go over my lab results. The testicle had, indeed, been cancerous, but he felt certain that the removal was effective; I added yet another blessing to my growing list of many. Pure Seminoma is the name of my attacker, a type of cancer that has a treatment success rate of anywhere from 95 to 98%. Often surgery is all that is needed, and in my case chemotherapy

might not be necessary. However, I will meet with an oncologist as a precaution and see what the recommendation is. I also have follow-up appointments scheduled for the spring to see if I am still cancer free, but I know that whatever course of action is required between now and then I am prepared to take. I face 2013 older, wiser and stronger. I am blessed with a wonderful family, encouraging friends and supportive co-workers. Other than the fingerlength incision just below my waistline, you would never look at me and be able to tell that any surgery had been performed. My fiancée and I hope to have a child together in the near future, which looks very bright and promising. I am a cancer survivor, and I have much for which I am grateful. It is important for men to be vigilant and aware of the warning signs. The symptoms listed earlier are certainly important to note, and low back pain is also an indicator. I had actually experienced intense lower back pain a month prior to my surgery, but it never occurred to me that it was an indicator of a larger problem. Early detection helped ensure that my odds of success were high, so never delay a trip to your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms. This form of cancer is more common in men around my age group, but it affects young men, as well. The dangers with a younger age group seem greater, since younger men are less likely to seek help out of fear and embarrassment. But I urge you to be strong, know your body and be open with your doctor. It could very well save your life.

Disclaimer: This account is simply my personal story, and I hold no medical degree. Medical advice and diagnosis are best left for your family doctor or other professionals, as each person’s case is unique. Testicular cancer affects mostly young Caucasian males between the ages of 15 and 35. Common symptoms may include, but are not limited to, several warning signs: A change in the size or shape of one or both testes A heavy feeling in the scrotum A dull pressure or pain in the lower back, belly and/or groin One or both testicles feel hard The presence of a lump on the testicle Please remember that symptoms can vary widely, and the opinion of a medical professional is required. In 2012 it is estimated that around 8,590 cases of testicular cancer were diagnosed. A man’s lifetime chance of developing testicular cancer is about 1 in 270, but because treatment is so successful the risk of dying from it is very low: 1 in 5, 000. Early detection is important, and educating one’s self is key to knowing when a trip to the doctor is needed. More information may be found at testicularcancer.



s baby boomers, we are constantly finding new ways to redefine living. Each and every stage of life, from our school years to our mature years, we have changed and created new ways of living, thinking and acting. We made 60 the new 40 and 70 the new 50. Our goal is to live life to the fullest and never grow old. We have put off retirement, and many of us are searching for new ways to reach out to our communities to make life better for all. Barbara Spickes King is one such person. She retired and began to redefine her own life after 46 years of working for the University of Arkansas and the Cooperative Extension Services in Perry and Washington Counties as Family Consumer Agent. Her mother and grandmother had lived full lives into their 90s. With that in mind, Barbara had some planning to do. Barbara wanted a productive, healthy life, and wanted to live it fully to the end. Her motto was, “to spread JOY and be a help to others.” As she aged, though, she noticed her strength was decreasing. With a conscious decision to take responsibility for her own health and do her part, she went to work to find a solution. Barbara was having serious ailments of which no one could find the cause. She had sought help in every way she could imagine, until she finally found some at a health 54

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and wellness clinic in California. She flew there for several months to utilize their Whole Body Vibration and Bio Density machines with marked results. She had realized great help and in the process had lost four pant sizes and over three inches in her waist. She had renewed strength in her core Angie Ferguson and leg muscles; her body was changing for the better. Just by standing on the “shaking machine” for ten minutes, she received the equivalent of an hour in the gym with no sweat. It became clear to her what she needed to do. Barbara knew that she had hit upon something special, but she couldn’t continue flying to California every month. So she found a way to get these machines to Arkansas. She grew up in Northwest Arkansas and just had her 50th Rogers High School Reunion, so she was led to Bentonville and South Walton Suites on Walton to start her new business and bring her new found discovery back home. Her BioDensity machine, the only one in Arkansas, is designed to buildup strength and bone mass. Barbara chose as the name for her new venture because her goal is to rejuvenate people. had its grand opening in the fall. Barbara fuels her business with her passion for helping people be the best they can be as they get older. She and her staff want to reinvent themselves and be an example for their friends and families. What’s next for them? Barbara says, “We want to use our individual talents to share with each other our very best, and together we can make the world a better place for all.”

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by Marilyn Lanford


hen meeting Damon Wallace for the first time, the phrase “salt of the earth” easily comes to mind. His story of living in northwest Arkansas is similar to that of many other residents. It revolves around his work, family and faith. For him, these connections provide a sense of purpose. Trained to work in the medical field first as a paramedic and then as respiratory therapist in local hospitals, Wallace began to focus on investing in area businesses in 2008. “At that time, I started looking into properties to invest in, and through a series of events, I came across the opportunity to buy Mount Pleasant Sales & Service shop in Gravette,” he said. Then in 2011 he purchased Finish Line Automotive in Bella Vista and left the medical Dreams are the touchstones field to work of our character. fulltime as a small -Henry David Thoreau business owner. According to Wallace, this change was part of the game plan. “When I was still a teenager, I came up with a goal for my life. First I wanted to be a paramedic, then own several businesses and in the latter part of my life I wanted to be involved in politics.” Jokingly, he said, “I am working toward this now that I am in the latter part of my life.” A single dad with two daughters and five grandchildren, Wallace spends time involved in Benton County community activities and organizations that include his volunteer work on Gravette Days, an annual event sponsored by the Gravette Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, Wallace was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Bentonville-Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, where he works on the government relations committee. Wallace said, “The purpose of the government relations committee is to work with other business leaders and to discuss the direction we would like our state and national leaders to go in. This is something we have just recently 56

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In addition to his work at the chamber of commerce, Wallace serves on the Arkansas advisory panel for the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which recently sponsored the Small Business Resource Expo in Fort Smith. In an effort to promote greater understanding of the small business owner’s perspective on the American economy. Wallace wrote The Common Sense Guide to Restoring Our Economy Damon Wallace in 2011. His book highlights the issues of the small business owner that he believes are not being addressed today in our economy. In spite of other demands on his time, Wallace conducts a weekly Bible study in Gravette at the In Zone restaurant. Meeting there for the last 18 months, this non-denominational gathering is a small group, numbering anywhere from 6 to 12 people each time. “The topics for discussion center around Christian living. For many of the people who come to it, that is their church service,” Wallace said. When asked why he makes this kind of effort to reach out to the community, he said, “On a personal level, you have the opportunity to get to know people. If you feel like you can contribute something, then you pitch in and help out. Basically, it is to help people to accomplish what they want to accomplish for the community.” The Common Sense Guide to Restoring Our Economy ISBN-10: 1456597922, ISBN-13: 98-1456597924 $6.99



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acial Rejuvenation is a painless and effective way to improve facial muscle and skin tone. It can increase collagen production and circulation throughout the skin. Patients experience reduction of puffiness, sagging, wrinkles and dry skin. Their pores tighten, circulation increases, and the skin regains its healthy glow.

Does it work? A study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture (1996) documented that among 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included the skin becoming delicate and fair, improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and leveling of wrinkles, a ruddier complexion and overall improvement in patient health.

What can I expect during a session? Warm towels to relax and cleanse the skin, followed by a botanical based hydration formula designed to energize and balance the skin. Very tiny acupuncture needles are placed into specific points to stimulate the body’s natural energies, toning the muscles and tightening the skin. Low level infrared technology is applied to the skin, stimulating cellular respiration and collagen production. Finally, micro-

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current is applied, followed by a facial massage. The experience takes about 45 minutes, and is deeply relaxing.

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ach new year, many of us review our long-held dreams. We want to write, paint, play an instrument, or compose our Magnum opus. But real life is busy, and we aren’t sure how to begin. Here’s a recipe: Take your life and add three things, and you’ll push that dream out of the nest and give it wings. 60

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such prodigious natural talent that they do not need training. There are methods to achieve results and tools to use; learn those. Whether you take community workshops, learn on line, hire a teacher, or return to school, you need a comprehensive program to acquire the skills your art requires. Community: It is difficult to work in a vacuum. Family members may be supportive, but often they do not understand the challenges, or the immense satisfactions, of creating in your particular medium. When establishing a writing life, for example, connect with other writers through workshops, critiquing groups, and conferences. You must find your tribe. The exchange of information and

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