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publisher’s column Welcome to the September 2012 issue of 2NJoy Magazine. The heat of the summer is beginning to wane, and the kids are going back to school. But ™ Vol. 3 No. 5 September 2012
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before you turn your focus to jacket weather, the turning leaves and the smell of the fireplace, we have a few more summertime items to address. We are proud to present to you our Women’s Issue, and this month we focus on some of the many hard working women in the region that truly make a difference. Inside are articles geared toward women’s health, as well as ways for women to legally protect themselves. The world is still changing, and inside you will find some great tips for keeping up. Our NWA IT LIST puts the spotlight on Mike Bishop, one of the people making Eureka Springs a great destination, and we also take a look at the surprising wonders to be found on an Alaskan cruise. There is plenty to find inside for everyone. The places, events and people of this region make what we do here a truly rewarding
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experience. Every so often we come in contact with someone that makes meeting them not just an honor but a privilege. We would like to recognize one of those people, Marilynn Reagan Hamilton, at this time. She was part of the 2NJoy family from the beginning, and sadly we lost Marilynn on July 17 of this year. Her life was filled with service. She served in the U.S. Navy WAVES during WWII at the Fleet Post office in New York City and at the Radar Training School in Chicago, IL. She taught English as a second language and was the activities director for nine senior citizen centers in Illinois before moving to Arkansas. Marilynn had recently retired from the Bella Vista Community Television station where she was producer/hostess for 11 years of The Feminine Point of View talk show.
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out of appreciation for touching our lives as she find joy in remembering her many contributions.
May God Bless, Ann
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1 John 3:17
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02 Publisher’s Column 05 Content Page 08 Crusing Alaska Making the Last Frontier a First Choice in Destination 12 Jewelry Competition Unearthing New Talent in Jewelry Design
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16 Healing Power of Art Light, Warmth and Transformation
18 Fort Smith Movie Lounge A Reel Good Meal 20 Fort Smith Film Festival Independent Film Takes Root in Fort Smith 24 Smart Women Finish First Empowerment and Protection 26 Influencial Women of NWA Shining Stars in Our Region 30 Who Moved My Ceiling Growth Only Comes with Change 33 A Rising Tide Lifts all Women Unlocking Her Potential
36 Lectin: The Digestive Saboteur More to Consider When Choosing Foods 38 About Face! Teen Challenge A Turning Point for Troubled Youth 40 Eat, Think and Be Merry Eating Smart and Taking Heart 42 It List Guiding Eureka Springs in the Right Direction 46 With this Policy, I Thee Wed Village Insurance
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Exploring the wonders of Alaska by Bethany Stephens
Travel tidbit: The record snowfall in Alaska during a single season was recorded in 1952 - 1953 just north of Valdez at 974.5 inches.Â The highest temperature ever recorded in the state was 100 degrees at Fort Yukon in 1915, and the lowest recorded temperature was -80 degrees at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.
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ed and Diane Dreher met at the mailbox. However, their subsequent journeys have taken them more than 3,000 miles in opposite directions, from the Panama Canal to the last frontiers of Alaska.Both hail from the Midwest* but have landed in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Ted arrived by way of Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and Diane, originally from a Wisconsin dairy farm, arrived after a lengthy stint in California. Travel tidbit: The U.S. Census Bureau defines four regional divisions of the United States: the Northeast, the Midwest, the West and the South. The area known as the Midwest was previously known as the North Central Region, a more appropriate moniker. The region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The term “Midwest” comes from the region’s midway location en route to the West coast when traveling from New England, where the term originated.
The couple is only just approaching their third wedding anniversary, but they’ve had a lifetime of experiences – together and separately. Each traveled the world extensively prior to losing a longtime spouse, and they ended up living across the street from one another in Bella Vista where for some time they exchanged no more than a polite hello. Observing their effortless relationship, it’s hard to imagine they’ve been married such a short time. Both Ted and Diane have a deep and obvious respect for the other’s past life and spouse, saying they could never have imagined finding someone else meaningful. They tell their shared story in a tag-team fashion, each respectfully and politely contributing and building the stories that merged to form one. A co-ed golf tournament was eventually the ticket to their life together. “It took a great deal of courage…” Diane begins, and Ted concludes “for both of us.” If there were a formula for exploring the world and for choosing an ideal travel and life partner, Ted and Diane would exemplify it.
Why Alaska? Ted and Diane had each visited Alaska a handful of times prior to their most recent trip in 2011. In fact, Ted describes the experience as vastly different from his first visit in 1997. They are in sync on the reasons they found the state compelling: “It’s the last frontier,” says Ted, “and with the greenhouse effect, you don’t really know how much longer it will be as stunning and unspoiled.” They find cruising the ideal experience, describing the way you can bite the edge of what Alaska is all about. “It’s as though you are personally exploring uncharted territory,” says Diane.
It seems nearly impossible that one vacation could encompass so many seemingly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In fact, in planning such a trip the Drehers note, “You have a tendency to want to see everything, to pack it all in – you have to learn to pace yourself!” They cite careful planning and research as essentials for an enjoyable trip. The Drehers list just a few of their favorite Alaskan high points:
The Iditarod Such careful research and planning paid off on a recent visit. Diane spent a good deal of time looking into an optional activity and finally picked the dog ranch known as Husky Homestead run by four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King. Ted and Diane loved interacting with the puppies and watching the dogs run during summer training each day, ending with a zealous jump into the lake. The tour is a popular and highly-regarded activity which gives a real glimpse into the rural region’s lifestyle, which is so dependent on the Alaskan husky for both freighthauling and racing. (www.HuskyHomestead.com)
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Gold Rush History Juneau was the center of the gold rush fever of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Mining attractions such as the Last Chance Mining Museum, located at the site of the original Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company which operated from 1912 to 1944, provide opportunities to visit the gold mines and soak in the history of Travel tidbit: Alaska is one-fifth the size of the continental United States and more than twice the size of Texas! The state has an estimated 100,000 glaciers over approximately 5% of the state, with more active glaciers than the rest of the inhabited world.
Travel tidbit: The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (R) is known as the “Last Great Race on Earth.” Freight dog teams were still used for local transportation and daily work until the advent in the 1960s of the “iron dog” or snowmobile. Dorothy Page was chairman of a committee formed to research historical events in anticipation of Alaska’s 100th anniversary as a U.S. territory after being purchased from Russia in 1867. Today’s race is approximately 975 to 1,131 miles between Anchorage and Nome, traveling northbound in even years and southbound in odd years and always passing through the old gold rush ghost town of Iditarod. The route follows the old trail route used by dog sled teams for decades to deliver mail, goods, gold, furs, preachers and judges. (www.Iditarod.com)
the Yukon fever. The Drehers enjoyed seeing the mines and antique implements and panning for gold. The towns of Skagway and Dyea were gold rush boom towns. Today the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park chronicles the history of the thousands of stampeders who jumped on ships headed north for Alaska to seek their fortunes. (www.nps. gov/KLGO)
Mount McKinley to give travelers the chance to see it in all its glory. “It was just tremendous, and everyone was clapping,” says Ted, “and you don’t know how long it’s going to be the last frontier.” The official Alaska vacation and travel website provides many resources for river boat, train and floatplane excursion options. (www.TravelAlaska.com).
Native History Natural Beauty A recurring theme for Ted and Diane was the stunning and diverse landscape of Alaska. They enjoyed seeing the magnificent colors during a floatplane expedition and spoke excitedly about touching down on a glacier and walking to a lodge where fresh salmon was cooked for them. It is no coincidence that they were also cautioned about nearby brown bears! They raved about the majestic coastlines, rugged fjords and a boat trip down the river. Ted even reminisced about a pilot, who in 1997 during an arrival flight on a clear day flew a loop around 10
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Alaska’s history is incredibly unique, and interested visitors will get their fill of Native history, Russian culture and the lingering effects of the Japanese occupation during World War II. Ted sought to learn about chainsaw carving a totem pole and recalls taking more than 50 pictures from every angle in his quest (the result of this endeavor stands in their home today). Festivals and tours highlight the history and deep traditions of the primary three Native tribes. In Anchorage, the Alaska Native History Center features extensive exhibits, and many cultural and historic tours are available. Some
villages and experiences are accessible only if visitors are accompanied by a tribe member, such as those offered by John and Cheryl Katzeek of Keet Gooshi (killer whale in the Native Tlingit language) Tours. Traditional Eskimo dancing, native crafts, the world-famous blanket toss and basket-making are just a handful of the experiences shared to emphasize and honor indigenous cultures. Sitka, Juneau, Kenai and the Aleutian Islands reveal beautiful Orthodox churches and artwork, reflecting the lingering Russian influence of trappers and fur traders who began arriving in Alaska in the late 1700s.
Wildlife An avid outdoorsman, Ted was particularly enthusiastic about fishing opportunities. The Drehers enjoyed seeing orcas chasing silver salmon and spoke of the wonders of Denali National Park and Preserve - six million acres of taiga forest, alpine tundra and tranquil land capped by 20,320’ Mount McKinley. “It’s just fantastic,” said Ted “the only predators are
the animals themselves, and it works - there is balance.” Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, ranging from the chance to get up close and personal with an enormous moose to seeing gray wolves, bald eagles, lynx, blue and humpbacked whales and polar, brown and grizzly bears. Hunting, trapping, fly fishing and even ice fishing excursions are also available.
Expert Travel Tips There would be no possible way to see all the treasures of the great state of Alaska in just one visit. You very well may, like the Drehers, become a tremendous fan and choose to return time and again. “Without exception, everyone we spoke with who has visited loved it and would visit again,” says Diane. Any traveler would do well to learn from the couple’s energy and positive outlook regarding travel. “You have to maximize a trip - you have to go deep and be willing to go past the tourist traps to find good eating establishments,” says Ted. Both say it is essential to talk to the real locals and to realize it’s all an adventure - be open and flexible and leave home with an attitude to enjoy, learn and try new things.
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Both are very positive about cruises as the ideal way to experience Alaska, saying they do an excellent job with history, coaching and providing resources to experience the best of the state. Despite Ted and Diane mentioning that it’s all about the people and how much they enjoyed meeting others on their journey, both agree that a good and compatible travel partner is essential. The couple is confident enough to let loose and allow the other to pursue his or her own interests during a trip, coming back together to share and discuss. Apparently, very good things can come when you’re open to all that the world has to offer - even a chance meeting at a mailbox.
Weighted Talent Unique Jewelry Designs Judged in Bella Vista
by Robin Mero
Since 1987, the Arkansas Jewelry Association has held an annual competition called the C.A.R.A.T. Awards: Creative Achievement Recognizing Arkansas Talent. Members are invited to submit original pieces created in Arkansas during the past year, which are judged for design, marketability, practicality and craftsmanship. Each year a different jewelry store in Arkansas hosts the judging, and this is the association’s 75th anniversary year. An eclectic group of Northwest Arkansans mingled in a jewelry store on the evening of August 3, drinking sangria and debating the design, workmanship and visual appeal of 17 pieces of handcrafted Arkansas jewelry. These judges were asked to call upon their own unique perspectives in art, illustration, architecture, film making, marketing, the law, conservation and advertising design to critique each piece. More is at stake than simply winning a contest; winning a C.A.R.A.T. award can provide recognition for an artist and increase the market value of a piece of jewelry. Linden’s Jewelry in Bella Vista served as the host store for this year’s judging. The piece of jewelry generating the most buzz seemed to be a substantial ring made of white gold with a huge smoky quartz stone. The judges wondered, was it meant for a man or woman? They twirled it on their fingers, admired its ability to stand upright on its own and applauded its sleek profile. The ring featured three thick bands of 14k white gold, and the stone weighed a full 7 carats. One judge complimented its shape and design but thought the smoky quartz’s color was dull. Hostess Ashley Linden, the store’s owner, mingled among the judges; she answered questions and encouraged them to handle the jewelry and try it on. “These are the people we want to sell to, so we want their perspective. It is necessary feedback for us as designers,” she explained. Linden had personally selected the judges, with help from the store’s master goldsmith, David Holloway. Don Overstreet of Overstreet’s Jewelry, who is president of the state association, was also present to oversee the judging process. 12
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Many of the judges were customers, such as Jim Blair (a retired Fayetteville attorney and philanthropist), and his wife Nancy. When quizzed about his qualifications, Jim said jovially, “I’ve bought a lot of jewelry.” Jim and Nancy wore pieces from their own collections to the event; he sported a large diamond stud in his left ear that he purchased for his 75th birthday. Nancy wore a custom gold coin necklace that Linden described as worthy of a Grecian queen. The necklace even drew compliments when she wore it to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. “I’m flashy,” Nancy said with a wink. Linden had assembled the necklace and crafted a custom clasp for Nancy several years ago when she worked as a jeweler for Romance Diamond Company in Fayetteville.
Nancy and Jim Blair
Rogers architect H. Collins Haynes also served as a judge. He admitted his critical eye revealed a number of flaws and deficiencies in the craftsmanship, although Joyce Haynes expressed enthusiasm for much of the jewelry. “Basically, he didn’t like any of it and she liked it all,” Linden said, smiling. Lorraine Samuels, a business development specialist who sells her own line of jewelry at Lewis and Clark Outfitters, admired several of the pieces. “At first I thought I would vote for this
one,” she said of an oversized brooch made of thick white gold ribbons with a large tanzanite stone in its center. “But I didn’t like it after I felt how rough the edges are.” Her husband Mandel Samuels, who serves as director of media services at the University of Arkansas, is a lover of wrist watches. He favored a piece with pearls and jade stones suspended from an Omega-shaped rose gold pendant. Proving that opinions differed greatly, another judge shook her head and commented that it looked “overworked.” There was an art specialist in the mix – Jeannie Hulen, chair of the Department of Art at the University of Arkansas and an associate professor of ceramics. Hulen described her personal jewelry taste as conservative, but she said the jewelry in the competition was “more functional” than much of the wearable art that she sees in academics. Ultimately, judges voted the smoky quartz ring their favorite in the under $3,000 category. Its craftsman, Joseph Bagzula of Stanley’s Jewelry in Little Rock, had won several C.A.R.A.T. awards since 1999. The other two awards went to the work of Brazilian-born designer and goldsmith Christo Kiffer, who swept all three awards last year. Kiffer is affiliated with Sissy’s Log Cabin and developed a technique he calls Floating Channel, which enhances reflection and makes a stone appear to float on a metal surface. A pair of Kiffer’s square cufflinks won in the above $6,000 category. They were crafted of 18k yellow gold and featured 1.48 carat weight of diamonds that appeared to surf smooth waves on a textured background. As the winner in the $3,000 to $6,000 category, Kiffer’s 18k yellow gold earrings featured large diamond studs with dangling stems in the shape of pea www.2njoymag.com
pods that were filled with smaller diamonds, for a total of .72 carats. Holloway, the master goldsmith and designer at Linden’s, said the C.A.R.A.T. awards are important for emphasizing jewelry as an art form. In modern society, jewelry has become commercialized and often serves as a status symbol. Many consumers place less value on unique design. “I think that trend is shifting back,” he said, expressing relief. “Jewelry is the best art. You get to paint with colors and texture and sculpt at the same time.” Business has thrived at Linden’s despite the economic downturn, in large part because about 75 percent of customers want custom pieces and often bring their own materials, Linden said. She and her staff love to create new pieces from concept. “Most customers use their own stones and gold. Sometimes they bring in heirloom pieces that they want updated. It’s the most fun you can have recycling,” she said.
THE C.A.R.A.T AWARD WINNERS CATEGORY 1 (under $3,000) 1st Place awarded to Joseph Bagzula Sissy’s Log Cabin in Little Rock, AR (501) 663-0066 2nd Place awarded to Leah Sexton Faye’s Diamond Mine in Clinton, AR (501) 745-8434 CATEGORY 2 ($3,000 to $6,000) 1st Place awarded to Christopher Kiffer Sissy’s Log Cabin in Little Rock, AR (501) 663-0066 2nd Place awarded to James Baker Baker’s Jewelry in Bryant, AR (501) 847-9130 CATEGORY 2 (over $6,000) 1st Place awarded to Christopher Kiffer Sissy’s Log Cabin in Little Rock, AR (501) 663-0066
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According to a survey by the National Jeweler Association, jewelry sales are strengthening nationwide with 72 percent reporting gains in same-store sales for 2011. This increase is in spite of the downturned economy and high, volatile gold prices. The entire collection of jewelry submitted for the C.A.R.A.T. awards was later taken to Little Rock to be displayed at the association’s annual conference on August 11. Association members voted to select a “Convention Choice” winner, which Linden said is a coveted designation. 14
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2nd Place awarded to Christopher Kiffer Sissy’s Log Cabin in Little Rock, AR (501) 663-0066 CRAFTMANSHIP AWARD voted on by members of the Arkansas Jewelry Association: awarded to C.Y. Sheng Sissy’s Log Cabin in Little Rock, AR (501) 663-0066 Conventions Choice award voted on by members of the Arkansas Jewelry Association: awarded to Joseph Bagzula Stanley’s Jewelers in N. Little Rock, AR (501) 753-1081
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wo compassionate artists worked their magic to create a message of healing in stained glass. Their story unfolds on the chapel wall of Highland Oncology Group in Rogers, Arkansas. When Reverend Pam Cicioni, the Oncology Group’s Chaplain, was first shown the bare bones of a room designated for a chapel, she envisioned a future place of peace, calm, light, and— most of all—healing. After interviewing various stained-glass artists, she instantly connected with Beth Erbe, joint owner of Cutting Edge Glass & Frame in Springdale. Pam realized that patients go through various states of emotion when first diagnosed with cancer, similar to the four seasons of life. Four glass panels already existed between the outside hallway and the interior of the chapel, so they easily adapted to the theme of four seasons. Beth took Pam’s ideas to a preliminary sketch and then to life-sized drawings for each panel. The result is beautifully crafted art including water, color, light, sound and touch. Each panel is open to the interpretation by the viewer. Panels create the seasons through sky, foliage, cold, or warmth. Subtle liturgical symbols are cast within each window’s depiction. The winter panel features snow, frozen water, bare rocks, and gray sky; it reflects the cold reality of cancer. Although people may feel fear, the star of Bethlehem hovers over this scene creating a source of comfort. The spring panel reveals a frozen waterfall thawing. Blooming dogwood trees and flowers grow beside a more brightly colored, now moving stream. The sun is breaking through in the sky above, offering hope. Summer reveals a protective dove that hovers overhead the blue waters where green trees and alum flowers of healing grow. The sky is full of light and indicates endurance. The circle of life continues with fall, as a wisp of winter hovers in a far corner beckoning to a new life. Foliage is rich in color; the water deepens and darkens, and
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yet a portion of bright color awaits downstream. The water ripples from the gentle breeze. A butterfly hovers on a brightly colored leaf. The sky is full of light, and the image invokes a sense of anticipation. The panels are not static. Water captured in colorful glass becomes a real bubbling stream, spilling into a swirling blown-glass receptacle held just to the water’s edge by a hand-forged iron stand entwined with branches and leaves. Ron and Paula Mynatt of Callahan Mountain Studios in Springdale and Frank Wallace of Bentonville Ornamental Iron are also part of the artistic team that created these complementary works of art. “We are all on one journey, and only one story is told by the panels,” said Pam Cicioni. “I wanted a place that soothes patients, their family and friends.” The creative energy and skill of each artist translates this message clearly into a place of sanctuary.
Left: Rev. Pam Cicioni, Chaplain at Highland’s Oncology Right: Beth Erbe, Artist
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LADIES NIGHT OUT! by Amy Giezentanner
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ometimes I just need to get out with the girls. During a long and busy week when I’d rather stay home and do nothing, the better thing for me is to just go somewhere and hang out with friends. Back in the day that would have meant dancing – no special occasion needed. But these days my speed runs more along the lines of having some good food, drinking some good wine, or maybe watching a movie. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get all those things in one place, kind of like in-flight service back when you actually GOT in-flight service, only with better food and more space? If only such a place existed!
smacks of cinema. Add to that my weakness for food and love of good design, and the folks at The Movie Lounge had me eating out of their hands. Dwight and Linn Curry, owners of The Movie Lounge, knew the exact look and feel they wanted to achieve, and they went to great lengths to achieve it. The art-deco-classic-film theme is carried out throughout the lounge, into the theater and on through the ballroom. Complete with movie reel tables (with actual film inside!) and iconic movie-moment art by Arkansas artist Barry Thomas, the overall design of The Movie Lounge set the stage for a unique movie and dining experience.
Oh wait! Such a place does exist, and we found it in Fort Smith. The Movie Lounge is one of their newest hot spots, and every Wednesday night is Ladies’ Night Out. It seemed a little far to drive on a work night, but it sounded intriguing and I felt like something new. So my friends and I decided to check it out anyway. What we found was a one-of-a-kind experience in Northwest Arkansas.
Jeff Price, Beverage Director and Live Music Coordinator for The Movie Lounge, also helps coordinate the movies they show. Currently the Lounge has a mix of independent films, classic movies and recent movies, and they are compiling their stats and working to get newer movies built into their mix. If you’re a movie buff like me, there is no time like the present to enjoy films of all vintages in the lap of luxury. But if you prefer new releases your time is coming and soon, judging by the feedback they’re getting. With the way they pack the house on weekends, they’ll be ordering new releases before you know it.
You have two dining options when you eat at The Movie Lounge, and either offers you plenty of chances to kick back, relax, and enjoy your meal. You can eat in the theater, ordering at your seat without having to trek to the concession stand, or you can arrive early and eat in the fine dining lounge. I, unfortunately, didn’t get off early enough to make it for the fine dining option, so we decided to eat inside the theater. I had to take the grand tour first, though. I’m a self-confessed entertainment junky and appreciate almost anything that
Getting out with friends is a great way to build community and create memories. Spending time with friends over dinner and a movie while being catered to in luxury? Well, that’s just hard to beat. The Movie Lounge has only been open for a few months, so only time will tell, but I think they may be on to something. www.2njoymag.com
by Amy Giezentanner
here’s nothing like the magic of the movies. The lights, the camera and the action combine to create a motion picture story that offers an immediate break from the realities of life. Hollywood has given us these largerthan-life stories for generations; it has been our venerated source of silver screen dreams since the inception of big movie companies and big movie theaters. These motion picture corporations, located too far away for mere mortals of the mid-West to ever get involved, gave us no choice but to wait passively for the next big movie to hit the theaters. So wait we did, because we loved it so much.
The Seedling Film Association was formed with the overarching goal of celebrating film and bringing filmmaking to the region. Jason Suel, Seedling Film Association’s current Executive Director, said, “After 2009’s hugely successful 540 Film Fest, many of the volunteers and organizers saw an opportunity to explore film as an art form to be celebrated in Northwest Arkansas throughout the full year, not just as a festival.” They formed the Seedling Film Association and held several film events throughout the region after they incorporated in 2010. When they learned the future of the 540 Film Fest was uncertain, they decided to forge ahead with a festival anyway. “A film festival is a primary way to celebrate, promote and experience film. Because the title 540 was taken, SFA decided to name the festival Offshoot,” says Suel.
Now, though, we have our own kind of movie magic, one that hits closer to home. It offers film lovers nationwide a prime opportunity at getting involved. It is the mystical experience of independent films; it has festivals in various locations, and it is coming to a theater near you this fall. The rest just flowed from there to become Northwest Arkansas film festival history, and each year gets bigger and better. The 1st Annual Offshoot Film Festival in 2010 hosted 350 people from all over, setting the stage for what’s becoming a well-received and anticipated event. The next year doubled the size of the audience and offered an educational side, which alone was attended by over 350 students from all around. This year is just as promising.
The third annual Offshoot Film Festival is the flagship event of The Seedling Film Association. It is the natural result of a very focused, talented and creative group of people with a passion for all aspects of film. When these Seedling folks get together, movie magic happens for Northwest Arkansas. 20
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The 2012 Offshoot Film Festival will be held October 4-7th in the heart of Fayetteville’s arts and entertainment district. Check out the details at www.seedlingfilm.com because if you love film, you won’t want to miss what one filmmaker called “a hidden gem.” They even take volunteers to help man the event, so who knows; maybe you’ll be inspired to get involved and meet a future well-known artist. Or maybe, just maybe, you can become that person yourself. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a writer, an organizer, a director, an actor, or just a social person who enjoys supporting the arts. Film festivals and independent films offer something for just about everyone.
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Smart Women Finish First by: Attorney Lisa Reeves
hat is the best legal advice for a woman? Answers to that question would fill volumes, so rather than trying to cover all legal issues that affect women (yes, there are gender differences for the application of some legal principles) we should focus on what issues most often affect female 2NJoy readers. In particular we should narrow our focus to readers who have assets, who may experience the death of a spouse or divorce, who are concerned with planning for their future needs, who are considering a second marriage, who are concerned about credit history and other important matters. In other words, we should learn how to be a “Leading Lady” in the legal sense. A Leading Lady:
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earns about spousal rights, property rights, statutory law where she resides and planning. liminates doubt about her legal preparedness.
nticipates her future needs and covers those by creating an effective plan.
What about planning for distribution of assets after death? The effect of a Last Will and Testament (and the legal process of Probate of Decedent’s Estate) differs by state with the state of residency at the
eath (or Divorce) preparedness plans, to avoid negative effects on assets or liabilities. nvestigates asset ownership, resources for care and credit history. egotiates an effective Premarital Agreement to serve best interest of spouses and heirs. ets into the LEAD by creating a plan that serves her and those she loves!
In many states, spouses have automatic rights in each other’s property so that even if an asset is titled in just one spouse’s name it belongs equally to the other. These spousal rights are referred to as dower and courtesy and can affect inheritance, division of debt, and ownership of assets. Young couples entering into marriage for the first time may not be affected by spousal rights, unlike situations where one spouse may have an inheritance to protect or those marrying later in life after accumulating assets independent of each other or even in second marriage situations. To overcome automatically attaching spousal rights when saying “I do”, consider creating an agreement that may direct a different approach in serving individuals and unique situations. 24
There’s a common misconception that if one spouse dies, the surviving spouse automatically owns all assets of the deceased. But this assumption is simply not so! Laws of each state may differ concerning various assets or duration of marriage. Some asset ownership is dictated by federal law. What about liabilities of a deceased spouse? Learning about the responsibility of a survivor spouse for a deceased spouse’s debts is essential and can have a profound impact on the survivor’s quality of life. Learning about rights and statutory law is as important as learning about planning options that can serve during disability or incapacity. Eliminating doubts about whether you (and your spouse) are equipped with plans that cover your present and future needs is the key to having peace of mind. Do you have any documents which provide legal authority for another to manage your things if you have a disability or incapacity that doesn’t enable you to act independently? Who will have legal authority to make your health and personal care decisions if you cannot independently direct your care providers? State and federal laws may impact a spouse’s or child’s ability to help you if you are not able to act alone. Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives are essential for everyone!
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time of death controlling. A Living Trust (or any other type of Trust), which is an alternative to the traditional Last Will and Testament, may require review when relocating from one state to another when circumstances of the Trust creator(s) change or with a change in
goals. Also, property laws differ by state of residency and those laws impact the Trust and can inadvertently alter plans. Anticipating future needs considers various issues from cost of long-term care, to providing care to another, to funding your desired lifestyle. Obviously, not all of these issues involve attorneys but rather your “team” of experts which may include financial advisors, accountants, insurance agents or even personal care providers. There may be other individuals to consider, too. Although the traditional “woman’s role” has evolved, there is one role women can still be counted on to play: caregiver. Whether providing care to a minor, a special needs child or an aging parent or a spouse, it is important to have a plan. If loved ones may rely upon another’s decision making, ask if they have done their homework by creating directives including a Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney and financial planning for care needs. Ask if there have been steps taken to protect and preserve the estate for care expenses and if there are insufficient assets, identify who will be responsible for payment for care, or what resources are available along with what the process is for qualifying for them. A quick checklist for you or your loved one to make a medical situation as emotionally, physically and financially painless as possible includes:
An updated list of important documents ( Estate Plan, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, or Memorial Instructions) and where to find them. An updated list of physicians, medications, and hospital preferences. A current inventory of financial institutions, retirement accounts or pensions with contact information, professional advisors with addresses or telephone numbers and creditors with account numbers and contact information. Ensuring Living Will has been distributed to care providers and wishes for critical or long term care discussed with those authorized to make decisions.
How can death or divorce impact assets and liabilities? With either death or divorce, the effect on assets may be to diminish what was previously owned or result in a loss in household income. Along with reduction in income or losses in assets, there may be an increase in liabilities. To have an effective plan one must change ownership, evaluate joint debts, establish individual credit and prevent losses where possible. Whether there’s a change in ownership because of a decree of Divorce and the Settlement Agreement of the parties is incorporated into the Decree or the Court determined and Ordered how assets are divided, or because of jointly held property
coming to survivor by death of a joint owner, change in ownership of joint accounts (bank accounts and investments), re-title tangible personal property (such as automobiles or bank safe deposit box) and retitle real property. Be sure to change beneficiary designations on retirement accounts, life insurance or annuities. Evaluate joint debts in divorce because even though the Decree may have determined which spouse has the responsibility for payment the debt usually Establishing a credit history individually is important whether married, divorced or widowed. follows the asset, and there is nothing to stop a creditor of the married parties from trying to collect from either individual. Just because a name is no longer on the title or identified as owner does not mean there is no liability! With death, a creditor may exert a lien on an asset before ownership changes to the surviving spouse individually. A surviving spouse may also have guaranteed the debt of the deceased’s and so remains liable. Establishing a credit history individually is important whether married, divorced or widowed. If you have previously owned assets jointly or made repayment on a joint debt and are now single, ask prior lenders to report payment history on both the husband’s and wife’s name. If married, open individual credit accounts to establish a credit history. Check your credit history regularly; it is fast, it is currently free each year and your future depends on it! Premarital Agreements get a bad rap, when in reality they can be an excellent foundation for a great relationship addressing how assets will be owned or shared and how they will be managed. Not only are they a map for husband and wife in getting off to the right start, they are important in keeping family harmony because they are binding on children or other family members. Premarital Agreements may address everything from which assets are joint and which are separate property, to what happens if the couple is moving in to one’s home and that spouse predeceases the other, to how income tax returns will be filed and how each individual’s medical and final expenses are to be covered. While non-financial and non-legal issues may be included in the contract, I encourage clients to stick to those that are factual and legal for incorporation into the Premarital Agreement and resolve who will be taking out the garbage for kitchen table conversation. Be a Leading Lady by taking action to prepare a plan or review and revive a previous plan. Do it for yourself and those you love; gain peace of mind from knowing you’re in the LEAD! www.2njoymag.com
by Donna Hamilton
very day we encounter someone who piques our interest, someone who just seems to have that little added something that makes us want to know more. Maybe it’s her seemingly abundant energy, her unique way of expressing herself or just her friendly smile. Sometimes we hear secondhand of some personal victory she has achieved or an award she has won. We then realize she is just one of many women who make major contributions in her community, whether in personal or professional life, but who rarely steps into the spotlight or hears the applause. In Northwest Arkansas, thousands of women have made a real difference in their families, their environment, their schools and their health, yet they receive no special accolades for their accomplishments. The five profiles listed here are an effort to represent the spirit and focused energies of those significant women who have made a difference in
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our quality of life and our enjoyment of that life here in Northwest Arkansas. They are the ones who have made the changes for the better in our water, our schools, our communication, our pastimes and our jobs. Their stories reveal they are mirrored in the lives around us, those unsung heroes we know who may have stories of their own to share. Don’t be surprised to find that the five reviewed here have more than one interest, even more than one job and more than one volunteer commitment. We hope you’ll share those unsung heroes with us as you encounter them. We’d like to hear their stories, too, and we’ll hope to give them the broader audience public awareness they may have secretly longed for or at the very least deserve.
fter moving from affirmative action to human resources at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Barbara was elected to state, regional and national boards of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. There she served as national president in 2006-07. Her publications span a wide range of subjects including social criticism, feminism, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, administrative information systems, political activism and diversity. She is past president of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, past president of The Twentieth Century Club, currently president of the board of directors of the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault, board member and newsletter editor for the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, board member and secretary of the University Heights Neighborhood Association and board member, treasurer and chair of the Awareness and Education Committee of the Beaver Watershed Alliance. She participated in the City of Fayetteville’s watershed luncheon series and coordinated a program on the Fayetteville riparian protection ordinance for the League of Women Voters of Washington County. This impressive list is only a small representation of her many accomplishments for the benefit of her community. Barbara is also president of the board of directors and Senior Dharma Teacher for the Morning Star Zen Center, which she and her late husband, Jim Jackson, founded in Fayetteville in 1986. Barbara is a dedicated yoga devotee who practices just what she “preaches.”
or those who know her, Rhonda Dillard is the consummate business professional in her role as Underwriting Director at University of Arkansas’ NPR station, KUAF 91.3. She is knowledgeable on almost any subject, having encountered just about every topic imaginable in her role at this popular public broadcast station. After a few minutes in her presence you’ll find you end up doing the most talking. With an almost journalistic ability to draw people out, you’d swear you were speaking with a gifted reporter. Rhonda thrives on PEOPLE! As such, you’ll discover her interest in environmental and community projects and efforts to help various non-profits promote their message or event through her work at KUAF. She has volunteered for non-profit projects such as those of Rebuilding Together, where she swings a mean hammer, having learned that skill from her dad. Her social activities, friends and family, and her pets (including chickens) take up pretty much all of her after work hours. This professional also has an unexpected alter-ego: Rhonda is a member of the immensely popular band Ultra Suede, which for the past 19 years has rocked the local scene with their 70’s style musical repertoire. The band periodically donates a free concert for charitable events, giving their time and talents to help non-profit organizations achieve their fundraising goals.
my Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District, is a petite dynamo. She manages intergovernmental, business, community and media relations, as well as the District’s website and social media. She also produces internal and external newsletters and directs the broad-based public education program. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, Amy was recently named the Carol Griffee Communication Conservationist of the Year by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Amy is a past president of the Arkansas Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Arkansas Recycling Coalition. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, the Humane Society of the Ozarks, Spay Arkansas and the American Water Works Association. With a focused approach and lots of laughter, Amy inspires in her many roles. An early love of reading led to writing and eventually to a career in journalism, communications and public affairs. One of her fondest memories is sitting under a shade tree in the hot, humid summer in Ferriday, Louisiana (her birthplace), in a washtub of water surrounded by dogs and cats while reading her favorite book. Her household is comprised of three adults and six dogs, half of them rescues! In addition to her passion for reading, the arts, and animals, she enjoys live music and dancing, collecting original artwork, travel and the outdoors.
BRENDA ROUSE These five women have accomplished much and continue to work for the benefit of everyone in the region. They consistently inspire us and serve as models for the rest of us as we go about our busy daily lives, and their accomplishments provide us all with motivation to action.
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iane began a career stint in media at a public relations firm in San Francisco; she later worked as a regional editor based in Dallas. Eventually she found employment in Fayetteville for multiple publishing companies, which included reporting for more than 40 publications. Recently, she obtained the role of the new media relations manager for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She is currently a member of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture advisory board. She has been an active member of the Parent Teacher Organizations in the Fayetteville Public Schools, including chairperson for Washington Elementary School, where she was involved in fundraising, planning and ultimately renovating both the playground and a dedicated art room.
Diane has another life, as do most unsung heroes. Her husband, two children and two dogs are her focus, and as to hobbies you can immediately tell that she is passionate about art, architecture and design. She enjoys being involved in any capacity where she can help integrate those elements into others’ everyday lives. Because she loves being on the Crystal Bridges team and sharing the news of all it has to offer, you’ll be likely to find her there on her time off as well, enjoying the film programs, talks, trails and other events.
s Operations Manager for the Passenger Train for the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad, Brenda lives in a man’s world of train engines and equipment, yet she exudes a Southern female charm and has the ability to make just about anyone feel at ease. A&M has a rich history, and Brenda shares that history during scheduled excursions with students and teachers, farm and city families or bus tour groups. She is an active member of the National Tourism Association and the National Railroad Historical Society, and she is President of the Historic Springdale organization. Brenda is also owner of Crossroads Café, a catering company and restaurant located at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. Brenda, with her boundless energy, is the key force behind the success of the restaurant. Brenda was an originator of the concept of the Troop Train and the Children’s Christmas Train, just two of the many philanthropic projects she has put into place for community non-profits’ benefit. Last year, in just one day, the Christmas Train raised more than $24,000 for the Circle of Life Hospice Children’s Bereavement Program and for the Children’s Safety Center. Brenda “walks the talk,” and she does it with flair. In what little spare time she has, Brenda can be found on cross-country trips with husband, Larry, on their individual Harleys as they ride off into the sunset.
Who Moved My Ceiling? by Sandy Martin
ou may remember the 1998 best-selling book by Spencer Johnson called, “Who Moved My Cheese?” It’s a fun read about change. The business fable employs four characters: Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw. Each character, connected by goal-seeking, takes the reader on a romp to get the “big cheese:. In the end, Haw succeeds and shares his life lesson: Change Happens They Keep Moving the Cheese
According to Webster’s, glass ceiling is “an intangible barrier with a hierarchy that prevents women or minorities from obtaining upper-level positions.” The history of the Glass Ceiling Commission dates back to 1986 when the Wall Street Journal reported a pattern of highly accomplished women being passed over for upper-level promotions due to an invisible barrier. Initially, the metaphor applied to barriers in the careers of women but was quickly extended to refer to obstacles hindering the advancement of minority men, as well as women. Why does it keep changing and who’s moving the ceiling?
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Be Ready to Change Quickly and Enjoy It Again They Keep Moving the Cheese
You may also be familiar with the phrase “glass ceiling” or that thing that hangs over every girl’s and woman’s head. It is a block, but you can see through it. 30
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Well, researchers for one are behind the change. They seem to be fascinated by gender journalism. Just last month New Zealand IQ expert James Flynn published his research revealing IQ scores for women have surpassed that of men. Flynn told the NY Daily News that women may now be testing higher than men because the challenge of both raising a family and pursuing a career is making them more intelligent. Women may have always had the potential to score higher on IQ tests, but they are only finally doing so because women’s access to education was tempered in the past. Speaking of education, women themselves are moving the ceiling rapidly in that area. Women now surpass men in holding college degrees, according to data released by the Census Bureau in 2011. Thirty-five percent of employed men
have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, as compared to 37 percent of women. Women make up more than 54% of US undergraduates, earn twice as many Master’ degrees than men and earn over 45% of the US doctoral degrees. However, research continues to confirm that the wage gap between men and women still exists with men earning 5-10% percent more than women. Women make up more than 54% of US undergraduates, earn twice as many Master’ degrees than men and earn over 45% of the US doctoral degrees.
Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., clarifies that both women and men possess general skill sets. What sets women apart is that they employ these skills differently than do men. Her book, “The Power of Women: Harness Your Unique Strengths at Home, at Work, and in Your Community” (Times Books, 2010), is intended to give women the insight and tools to leverage their unique strengths on their terms instead of forcing themselves to fit in a masculine mold. The book includes a nifty worksheet to help identify and build on strengths. The worksheet book is also free to download from Henry Holt Books.
that of others. Women can more easily identify and anticipate emotions than men, allowing them to forecast the emotional consequences of various life situations.
Relational Strengths: Women are skilled at understanding others’ perspectives and forming strong social networks that support them during stressful times. Because of these strengths, women are natural change agents and networkers. They adapt easily and are very comfortable with one foot firmly planted in the “now” and the other planted in the “future”. Women are not particularly interested in the “why”. They would rather focus on the “how” and spend the energy coming up with creative solutions. This exploratory results-oriented nature makes it easy for women to adapt to chaos, technology, competition, diversity and risk opportunities. Perhaps that is why women are consumer and business powerhouses. A remarkable trend is emerging in the U.S. job market--one that will greatly impact the workplace of tomorrow.
Over 80% of all consumer goods are purchased by women, including 55+% of electronics and computers, spending more
As author Nolen-Hoekstra says, “Rather than focusing on the obstacles to their progress, women deftly go over, under and around these obstacles. They are not concerned with what women should be doing (Have children or not? Be in the military? Be national leaders?) Instead, women are concerned with how women can do anything they want and need to do.” Successful women don’t seem to care about the ceiling or who is moving it. Instinctively, they know what “Haw” discovered. Somebody is always going to “move the cheese”, and they like that motivational game with good reason.
than $53.3 trillion annually.
In a recent online book review by Jennifer Miller of The People Equation, February 9, 2011, she summarized Dr. NoelHoeksema’s analysis of the unique talents and strengths that make women shine into four categories:
Women are leaving corporations at twice the rate of men,
Mental Flexibility: Women are very creative in finding solutions and focusing on getting things done, not just on doing things their way.
Sense of Identity: Women tend to create identities based
Women own 69% of all home based businesses and 51% of all small businesses. Women in business invested $445 billion in high tech products last year. The largest percentage of employed women (40.6%) work in management and professional occupations. The unemployment rate for all women was 8.6 % and for men it was 10.5 %.
many to start their own business (9.1 million women-owned businesses representing over 50% of all businesses). Over 50% of the stocks are owned by women. Women in business employ 35% more people than all the Fortune 500 companies combined. The 2012 ranking of the 500 largest corporations in the United States includes a record 18 firms with female CEOs, up from 12 companies in 2011. (sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Census Bureau, Forbes)
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Women are becoming the nation's jobcreation engine, starting small businesses and stimulating new jobs at a rate that outdistances their male counterparts and disproportionately exceeds their current contribution to U.S. employment. (Forbes, 2010) Women are a growing force in the political arena as well. In the last 42 years, women have made significant gains in state legislatures and subsequently the U.S. Congress. In 1970, women held 301 seats (about 4%) of all the seats in state legislatures nationwide. In 2012 that figure is 1,125 (23.3 percent). On a global scale, of the 193 countries recognized by the United Nations, 22% are lead by women.
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Olympics LONDON 2012 The 2012 London Olympic Games have already been christened the “women’s games.” Women seemed to dominate the television programming, the personal interest stories and more importantly for America, the medal count. Female athletes
No wonder there are more women in leadership positions. No wonder the ceiling keeps moving. Women see through it with optimism and a wink. Looking up at nothing but potential is an invigorating source of power, and women continue to take strides in climbing ever higher.
contributed 55% of America’s total medals and 66% of the golds. Without women pulling more than their fair share, America would probably have finished a distant second behind China in the medal count. Make no mistake, Title IX won the Olympics for America! Read more: http://www. nydailynews.com/sports/
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A Rising Tide Lifts All Women The powerful work of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas by Bethany Stephens
eginning in 1995, Arkansas Business Publishing Group (parent company of the Arkansas Business Journal and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal) selected and honored 100 top women in the state annually. In 1998, the honorees were challenged to make a collective difference for women and girls in the state; the idea for a foundation of and for women emerged, later becoming the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. The organization is dedicated to improving economic viability of women and girls through focused philanthropic efforts in areas of education. The organization’s tagline says it all: Support Women. Strengthen Arkansas. Until recently, many women throughout the state and particularly northwest Arkansas have been unfamiliar with the quiet, impactful work of this entity dedicated to helping women and girls achieve their full potential. Happily that’s likely to change given recently increased engagement, new projects and an influx of support and energy from women in the region. All of these developments are cause for enthusiastic celebration by Lynnette Watts, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. Lynnette first found herself thrust, with enormous reservation, into a leadership role early in her marriage. At that point in her life, she had typically dodged taking the reigns, preferring to be a follower and a supporter. She and her husband lived in an Army experimental housing community, and he was one of just a handful of officers. Lynnette and the other young wives of both enlisted men and officers would meet in the mornings to walk together. The military housing community was substantially lacking in day to day basics as well as amenities. The women worried about how to enroll their children in school, where to obtain medical care and childcare services and even transportation challenges for groceries and general shopping needs for their families.
As several of the women commiserated about all of these issues, Lynnette wondered aloud, “Why don’t you do something about it?” The pointed response: why don’t you? It was a pivotal question, and it has affected Lynnette ever since. It motivates her efforts today. She realized that as the wife of an officer, the other women viewed her as the most appropriate to take charge. Today, Lynnette’s outlook has changed. “If you have position and you have authority,” she says “you have a responsibility to take on the leadership role. If we want to see change, we have to become comfortable taking ownership and making things happen.” The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas is without a doubt making things happen. Lynnette enthuses that global leaders such as Kofi Annan and the Clinton Foundation are saying the same things that the WFA is saying: if you want to better your community, you have to educate women.
“If you have position and you have authority,” she says “you have a responsibility to take on the leadership role. If we want to see change, we have to become comfortable taking ownership and making things happen.”
This simple premise is the force behind the work of the Women’s Foundation across Arkansas. The organization has predominantly focused on grant-making efforts to support education projects statewide aimed at empowering and uplifting girls and women. Grant-making committees review applications, conduct site visits and assess the impact of programs with the most potential to create powerful change. In Northwest Arkansas, the Ozark Literacy Council is a recent grant recipient. All of the grant recipients and their programs are celebrated annually at the WFA’s Power of the Purse luncheon. This year events will be held in both Northwest Arkansas (October 5) and Central Arkansas (October 26). Another powerful initiative of the Women’s Foundation is the Girls of Promise program, a series of one-day conferences for eighth grade girls planned for ten college and university locations across the state in 2012. The program’s focus is introducing girls to ESTEM (economics, science, technology, engineering and math) fields and amazing women role models at a critical time in their development.
While the Girls of Promise and Power of the Purse/grantmaking programs are the most recognized, the WFA has pursued numerous other powerful initiatives. Its Designing Women event honors women in design fields ranging from floral, theater, graphic, event and culinary design to photography and architecture. WFA’s “Conversations” provide a forum for discussion related to current events impacting women of Arkansas, and film screenings highlight female filmmakers and topics affecting women. In Northwest Arkansas, opportunities to become involved with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas range from a simple gift or fundraising effort to serving as a volunteer for the Girls of Promise and Power of the Purse events. Sponsors are needed for both programs, and committee members will ensure each event is executed smoothly. A Northwest Arkansas advisory board has recently been formed, and many subcommittees and opportunities for further involvement are in the works. “If you’re a woman in a position of leadership or influence, bring another woman with you. We’re all better when we support one another, lift each other up and support every victory by other women.”
Group shot of the Girls of Promise
Catherine Lyon, Jamileh Kamran and Women’s Foundation board president Debby Nye Photo credit Helaine R. Williams
The Women’s Foundation exists because of a circle of influence – 100 founding members who gathered to pool their money and clearly state their values by forming an organization with impact that would last far beyond their lifetimes. Today the WFA’s Wo(men) of Worth donors and giving circles such as Women | 360° continue that legacy. The philosophy behind the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas related to fundraising really does center around the “power of the purse” – that is, the idea that every woman’s gift is significant and can have tremendous impact. Whether through your time, your talent or your giving, you too can seek out a way to support the WFA’s efforts to support women and strengthen Arkansas. At the very least, follow Lynnette Watts’ simple directive: “If you’re a woman in a position of leadership or influence, bring another woman with you. We’re all better when we support one another, lift each other up and support every victory by other women.”
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Lynnette Watts speaking at the Power of the Purse Fundraiser Event
Lynnette Hammons Watts Executive Director, The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas
ynnette has quietly worked to advance the state of Arkansas through more than two decades of work in business and philanthropy with some of the state’s most positive, well-known and impactful organizations. She has worked with St. Vincent Health System, Mount St. Mary Academy and the Arkansas Community Foundation. More recently, her efforts have included driving campaigns and giving for Heifer International, the Arkansas-based organization that is singly focused on ending hunger and poverty worldwide while caring for the earth, and for The Nature Conservancy, which aims to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. With this track record, it is hard to imagine there might be an even more compelling and essential line of work. Yet Lynnette has found it: nearly three years ago she took the helm of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas – the only organization in the state focused on developing the professional, economic and philanthropic potential of Arkansas women and girls to ensure they reach their full potential. Lynnette is truly dedicated to empowering and lifting up women and girls in Arkansas. The only thing this talented and powerful figure needs is others to join in holding up the flag.
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The Digestive Saboteur by Dr. J.E. Block
t’s quite surprising, really. The secret cause behind so much digestive distress isn’t necessarily the balance of bacteria in your gut but the sticky protein molecules called lectins that are part of the natural makeup of many living things. They provide protection and bind protein in molds, bacteria and other substances that can injure the plant. When you eat foods that contain lectins, they aren’t broken down or neutralized by your stomach acids or digestive enzymes. Some bind our good bacteria, rendering them useless in our ultimate digestion. Others stay intact and attach to cells in our digestive system, which weakens the lining of the intestines. When this happens, lectins and other foreign protein pass right on through to your bloodstream, where they’re carried throughout your body and make antibodies to our tissue.
As a result these tiny molecular terrorists can leave a path of destruction! They have been linked to symptoms beyond digestive woes. Research shows that lectins bind to cells far and wide, including connective tissue in your joints, the cells of your organ tissues and immune cells. For example, they cause the most common form of both an over and under active thyroid (hyper/ hypothyroidism) called Hashimotos thyroiditis. It’s no wonder that once these devils have been locked out or up, people report greater joint comfort, relief from bloating, weight loss and clearer thinking. But their main path of attack is all along your digestive tract.
The answer for some may be to eliminate these goodfor-you foods from daily menus. The top five are gluten, casein, egg white, soy and peanuts, but they can include citrus fruits, tuna and the night shades such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and cucumbers. There are also specific nutrients shown in research to stop lectins from binding to the digestive system cells and to usher them out of your body before they can impact your quality of life. Visit docblock.com for more details on healthy living and positive choices. Dr. Block can also be reached at his clinic at 6048 S. Sheridan Road, Suite D, Tulsa, OK 74145 and by phone at 918591-3891. Dr. Block specializes in Scientific and Alternative Medicine, and he is double boarded in Internal and Urgent Care Medicine. He was on the faculties of the UCLA Medical School, the University of Missouri Medical School, the Oklahoma State University School of Osteopathic Medicine and a former hospital chief of staff.
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AboutFace! Teen Challenge by Donna Hamilton
bout Face! - a military command to turn around. About Face! - a description of the Teen Challenge goal of empowering young men to turn their lives around for the good. About Face! - a statement and objective for the fundraiser of the same name. About Face! - a teasing play on words linking the very recognizable face of the “entertainer” for the evening of Friday, September 7! About Face! – a very accurate picture of the dramatic masks painted by celebrities and company team members presented for your review the night of the fundraiser and before the fact at http:// www.facebook.com/AboutFaceNWA.
The term has so many hidden meanings, and the event has so much to entertain and surprise you on that magic September 7 evening at the NWA Convention Center in Springdale! From 6:30 pm until 10:30 pm, a lovely three-course meal will be served as you listen to the unique sounds of the Brick Fields band interspersed with information on the impactful non-profit Teen Challenge Ranch, the charity benefiting from this special occasion. You’ve already taken a quick peek at the Silent Auction table and at the live auction items prominently displayed near the western-themed décor near the stage. You’ve even poked your head into the Stagecoach, a great backdrop for photos being taken of the event’s table sponsors by Branch Photography. The soft ambiance created by the professional lighting, courtesy of Liteworks, has even transported you to a Back to the Future III stage-set! As the surprise guest takes the stage, you get goose-bumps as the strains of “Hail to the Chief” fill the air. 38
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It’s all in the spirit of raising funds for scholarships and programs of Teen Challenge Ranch in Morrow, near Lincoln in Northwest Arkansas. Teen Challenge values education and sees academic success as a key to long-term life success. Teen Challenge takes a very disciplined and structured approach to learning and has been very successful in helping students get back on track with their education and with their lives. “In over 20 years of working with youth, I can honestly say that I have never met a ‘bad kid’,” states Teen Challenge Executive Director, Darren Reynolds. “I have met many troubled boys who needed help. They may have appeared angry and their behavior may have been out of control, but every young person that I have worked with has had goodness inside of them. I am so thankful to be a part of a ministry that helps young people work through their confusion and learn to make positive choices in their lives. Some of my best friends and most amazing Godly people I know were once students at our Teen Challenge. I am blessed to know them, and I feel honored to have been a part of helping them transform their lives.” To support Teen Challenge with a donation, go to the website at www.teenchallengeranch.com. To take part in the fundraiser, About Face!, sponsor the event by painting a mask and choosing a level of giving, donate a live or silent auction item, buy tickets or sponsor a table, call 888.289.6818 or go to facebook: aboutfacenwa or www.teenchallengeranch.com. To help as a celebrity, call Rick Katzfey at 479.387.4817 to paint and sign an auction mask. Just as there are many ways to define About Face!, there are just as many ways to help Teen Challenge Ranch make a difference in the lives of troubled youth.
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by Jim Fain, PhD
ealth is often tied to happiness, and I'm often happiest when I'm enjoying my home. This pleasure profoundly includes the artistry of food and table. Having people enjoy my home, family and hearth is a momentary magic. Sharing food and drink always brings smiles and joy. Sometimes, when not feeling good all of this becomes difficult instead of wonderful. Everyone has times when the body says, "Uggh... not now!" Aches and pain abound and hormonal changes occur. In men this change is called andropause, and in women it is called menopause. With women a complication called endometriosis can cause hormonal disruption.
Endometriosis is very common. Reportedly, it is found in as many as 7% of women in the U.S. There is an over production and unusual distribution of cells that should be limited to the uterus. These cells can be found almost any place inside the body. The trouble is they remain as active cells and cause a wide range of pain and discomfort. Sometimes infertility is caused by this disorder, and often medical treatment is necessary. A more natural method certainly can help and is easily added 40
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to medical management. Many find success with a combination of dietary changes, nutrient support, emotional healing and alternative therapies such as massage and acupuncture. The basic thrust is to eliminate underlying causes and support your body's healthy metabolic function. One of the simplest steps is to change your diet to minimize environmental exposure to estrogen-like compounds. As much as you can, eliminate non-organic dairy products, beef and chicken. Because organic foods contain no hormones, there is no reason to limit their consumption. Increase nutrient-rich foods especially cruciferous vegetables, cold water fish and proper fiber that support hormonal balance and help clear excess estrogen from the body. Fresh green veggies can reduce the intensity of endometriosis. To eat enough, maximize both flavor and nutrition by buying seasonally available and locally grown produce. The rule I use is simple; I emphasize the shortest distance between the garden/ ranch and my table. This practice makes sure of seasonality and that I maintain my localvore status. One other rule is that organically grown is always tastier. Sadly, for vegetables and fruit some care in the choice of heirloom seed versus technologically improved is needed. Heirloom has better flavor, which generally means better nutrient value. The scientifically improved version may better survive attacks by insects and with a greater yield, but I'm hesitant to
fully embrace this choice. Then again, I'm slow to embrace smart phones and texting, too. This may be about different strokes for different folks. I'm not talking about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as they are avoided in my house.
Don't microwave food in plastic wrap or containers unless made for the microwave, and try to minimize the use of plastics for food storage. Watch out for pesticides and be sure to wash veggies very well as some poisons mimic estrogens in our body. Follow a diet based upon the Glycemic Index, which helps with weight loss and insulin management and in turn helps keep hormones better balanced. A protocol of supplementation with a multivitamin with minerals and trace elements each day, a highly absorbable calcium such as AdvaCal, 1300 iu of Evening Primrose Oil a day or 500-600mg Black Cohosh, 3000 mg of good quality omega 3 fish oil per day and progesterone crĂ¨me a day (bottle directions) are good for most women and especially good for those with endometriosis. While this out of balance situation is only found in women, men and families are impacted as well. Emotional support from friends, professionals and supplements such as L-theanine for stress/ anxiety/worry and L-5HTP or SAMe for depression/blue mood/crankiness can help everyone involved. One word of caution: If youâ€™re taking a prescribed antidepressant check with your health care provider before taking 5HTP or SAMe. Feeling good, eating well and having a happy family (however defined) is a very good combination. Remember, too, that supplements are food which can add goodness to life.
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INTRODUCING... [ MIKE BISHOP] “It List” Nominee
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ou could say Mike Bishop and his wife, Dale, traveled over 1.43 million miles to reach his current position as President/CEO of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. The couple met in the mid 1970s at Dogpatch USA, a former attraction near Harrison, Arkansas, where they both worked. They quickly discovered they made good music together, and in the early 1980s they took to the road with their own musical variety show called Mike Bishop and Sweet ‘n’ Sassy.
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Along the way Bishop served as general manager of a theme park in Missouri, did a stint with the Ozark Opry at Lake of the Ozarks, returned to Arkansas in 1984 to work again at Dogpatch and operated a music theater in Harrison. Over the next 16 years Mike and Dale performed in the Ozarks and continued touring the United States as goodwill ambassadors for their beloved home state of Arkansas before landing in Eureka Springs.
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Bishop is deeply involved in the community as President/CEO of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association board of directors and is an active member of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and MAKO (Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma Chamber executives). He is not only producer and
“Dale and I started working in in Eureka Springs in in 2001,” Mike “Dale and I started working Eureka Springs 2001,” recalled. “We were booked to perform a matinee show at the Mike recalled. “We were booked to perform a matinee Ozark Hoedown fromHoedown April through October. showMountain at the Ozark Mountain from April through During that time the master of ceremonies position with October. During that time the master of ceremonies the evening show opened up andshow they opened asked me step in, asked which position with the evening uptoand they I did threein,seasons.” me for to step which I did for three seasons.” Then in 2005 the Bishops had the opportunity to take over as co-owners, directors, producers and managers of the Pine Mountain Theatre. But first they toured the United States again with their complete stage show, a professional production that won acclaim for its family-friendly music and comedy. Some 43 states, 1.43 million miles and seven seasons later the Bishops are still making music at the Pine Mountain Theatre to the delight of audiences. In November of 2011 Mike was handed the reins of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce to the delight of the business community; it seemed a perfect fit since his career in tourism had been building since his days at Dogpatch. There he had been promoted to Entertainment Director and was heavily involved in marketing and promotions, and it was then Bishop began to build his connections with tourism industry leaders around the state and country. Those relationships still remain strong with prominent industry figures today.
emcee of the Pine Mountain Theatre show, but he also directs the marketing and overall management of the facility. As a service to the community, the Pine Mountain show cast has performed shows to benefit Special Olympics, the Good Shepherd Humane Society, fire victims, mission trips and veterans’ efforts. The theatre is also made available for community functions and training seminars as well as events for local church and civic groups. Three times a year a special afternoon matinee show is performed for area and regional senior adults that do not or cannot travel at night. Over the years Bishop has been the Ozark Mountain Region Man of the Year, the Scenic Hwy 7 Association Man of the Year, the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year and has won the Business of the Year award www.2njoymag.com
The Bishops are dog lovers and parents to four “fur babies.” Mike is shown here with SugarBear.
“RAGGED OLE FLAG” The numerous awards and distinctions that Mike has achieved certainly stand as testament to the lives that he has touched and continues to touch on a daily basis. But of all those awards that he might have on display, the closest to his heart are those bestowed upon him by the soldiers and service people of our country. Mike’s rendition of “Ragged Ole Flag” would make any civilian’s heart swell with pride, but it has earned him a very unique respect with those that have served in the armed forces. He has been the featured entertainment at the
and received the prestigious Henry Award at the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Yet he’s not too busy to push a broom for a good cause. We caught up with him in the lobby of the almost-derelict Victoria Inn on US 62 E, which had been abandoned more than five years ago. The facility is currently being cleaned up; vandalism and weather damages are being repaired and hopes are high for a new beginning. With a population of just close to 2,300 people in a county of 25,000 people, Eureka Springs is visited by over 750,000 people yearly. That’s a gargantuan responsibility for a small community and its chamber of commerce, but Bishop is up to the challenge. Raised by hard-working parents and being right in the middle of eleven children, Bishop knows well the struggles of everyday people making a living. He understands the local repercussions of a bad economy, yet he is filled with hope for the future of Eureka Springs. “This is an exciting time for Eureka Springs. We are a community that is ever evolving.” 2Njoy is proud to have Mike Bishop as our second “IT” nominee. Our goal is to recognize community members who have made a significant contribution and understand how community involvement creates a better society. If you have an IT nomination, please contact us at email@example.com or 479-464-8900.
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Veterans National Coalition meeting, and he was even named Honorary Colonel of the State of Arkansas by the State Police. Among Mike’s displayed accolades is a special treasure: a Distinguished Service Cross from 1969 sent to him by 1st Lieutenant Felix E. Williams of the United States Army. Touching lives for the better is often its own reward, but Mike has been blessed with special physical reminders that aid in fueling his passion to help others.
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t is probably no surprise that Doug Bachman’s daughter was giving his checkbook a real workout. She was planning her wedding after all, and ideally there would only be one opportunity to make that particular event a magical one. What is surprising, however, is that Doug was taking an extra step financially. He purchased insurance to protect this investment, a tactic that most would overlook while in the hectic throes of managing the big day.
“Wedding insurance is becoming more common,” said Bachman, President of Village Insurance, Inc. and proud father. In the unfortunate event that the bride or groom should get cold feet, “any cost that I’m out would be paid.” While not the most romantic step taken in a new couple’s life together, it can be a means of financial protection for parents and as such one step closer to peace of mind. In addition to traditional insurance policies covering the home, vehicles
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and for such items Bachman uses either an insurance company or an appraiser. At times he also calls upon an expert in the field to provide a dollar figure. Such attention to detail is typical of Village Insurance. Of course, putting a price on a marriage is impossible, and a daughter’s happiness is equally priceless. But just as an investment in a relationship is made with love and protected by trust, so can a wedding day be protected with an investment in insurance.
Celebrating over 50 years of service in Northwest Arkansas, Village Insurance is a staple in protection and peace of mind. The company even provides a free meeting room at their Bella Vista location for clubs and groups to meet. “Bella Vista has been very good to us - it’s a way of giving back to the community,” Bachman explained. Visit them at their office at 303 SW 16th Street, Bentonville, Arkansas, or go online to www.villageinsurance.net for more details.
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24TH ANNUAL PEA RIDGE
t’s a fair, a festival, a competition and excitement. It’s also laughter…hilarious laughter at the antics of the mules as they are cajoled, courted, pulled, and begged to jump the burlap barrier. It’s the 24th Annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump, and this year it will take place on Saturday, October 13, at Pea Ridge High School in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The Jump has grown enormously over the past three years as people from across the country began to discover the annual event. At home in the Ozarks, the Mule Jump has accommodated initial attendees in the hundreds, and last year’s attendees numbered more than 6,000! Many of the participants are local citizens; however, last year the organizers registered attendees and participants from as far away as Minnesota and Oregon. This year the 24th Annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump will host close to 100 vendors who will share their food and beverage options, along with crafts and special Ozark-specific gift selections. Music will again be a part of the entertainment, and visitors will enjoy the special talents of the Ridge Rockers while touring the vendor offerings. Of course, the primary “draw” is the Jump itself. With 40+ mules participating this year, a full slate of competitors will be vying for more than $4,000 in prize money. Realize, too, that mules do not like to jump! That fact alone creates an atmosphere ripe with laughter as the handlers work to coax their mules over the burlap barriers, some as high as 6 ½ feet!
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THE HISTORY OF GOLF IN BELLA VISTA
by Xyta Lucas
id you know that people were playing golf in Bella Vista over ninety years ago? That’s right, the Linebarger Brothers starting building the first golf course in Bella Vista in 1919! The Linebarger Brothers had bought Lake Bella Vista and the surrounding acreage in 1917 from Rev. and Mrs. Baker of Bentonville, who were the original promoters of a vacation resort in the area. The Bakers were the ones who built a small dam across Sugar Creek in 1915 and created a small lake, which they named Lake Bella Vista. The Linebargers invested a great deal of time and money enlarging the dam and the lake, and adding lodges and amenities,
in hopes of making Lake Bella Vista and the hills and valleys surrounding the lake an attractive summer resort. By 1919, they owned 375 acres, and they kept thinking of ways to make the area more enticing to visitors. That is when golf came into the picture. Golf had become popular as a sport in Europe in the late 1800s, and it was formally organized in our country when the Amateur Golf Association, later renamed the US Golf Association, was founded in 1894. By the early 1900s, golf was being played all over the U.S., including Arkansas. The Fort Smith Country Club opened in 1904, and in 1915 delegates of country clubs in Fort Smith, Helena, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Pine Bluff
and Texarkana founded the Arkansas State Golf Association. On a national level, the PGA was formed in New York City in 1916. The Linebargers decided a golf course would be the perfect addition to their vacation resort. At that time, the “Bella Vista Road,” as it was called, was a narrow two-lane graveled road hugging the hillside along the west side of the valley, so there was much more room for a golf course in those days than there would be with the wide four-lane Highway 71 that exists today. The golf course was built as a par 34 course, 2,616 yards long, with one 575-yard par 5. The surface of the greens consisted of oiled sand, a mixture of river sand and motor oil. The tee for the first hole was located just north of the east side of the Lake Bella Vista dam, and the golfers had to hit across the creek to a green between the creek and the road. The Bella Vista Information Office, as the Linebarger sales office was called, was
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located at the northwest corner of the lake where the parking area beside Highway 71 for the walking trail is now located. That office served as the pro shop for the golf course. The number two tee was just east of the pro shop, and the golfers went south along the west side of the lake from there. Then they had to hit across the graveled road to the number four green up the hill west of the road, and from an elevated tee on the hill they hit back down across the road to the east and then worked their way back north toward the pro shop.
Original Bella Vista Golf Course Late 1920's to early 1930's
Over the years, the aging resort with its increasing maintenance costs, as well as natural disasters like floods and fires, took a toll on the Linebargers and they decided to sell out. By the time they sold the resort to E. L. Keith in 1952, the golf course had not been used for at least five years and had fallen into complete disrepair. Mr. Keith was not a golfer and had no interest in the expense of maintaining a golf course, so that was the end of golf in Bella Vista until 1965, when Cooper Communities, having
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bought the original resort and many farms in the area to consolidate into “Bella Vista Village,” announced an 18-hole golf course would be built in the Sugar Creek Valley along Highway 71 just north of Lake Bella Vista. From that point on golf has played a major role in Bella Vista; by 1999 six 18-hole courses and two 9-hole courses had been built and are still in use today! For more information on the history of Bella Vista, visit the Bella Vista Historical Museum in Bella Vista at the corner of Highway 71 and Kingsland next to the American Legion building. Hours of operation are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March to November. Sources: 1) From Vision to Reality, A History of Bella Vista Village, 1915-1993, by Gilbert C. Fite, published 1993 by RoArk Printing, Rogers, AR 2) The Bella Vista Story, by the Bella Vista Historical Society, George H. Phillips, Editor, published 1980 by Bella Vista Historical Society, Bella Vista, AR
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She Skipped Ahead by Alison Taylor Brown
ouise Haley Lester (19011974) was of Irish Catholic immigrant stock. In her lifetime she faced discrimination as a single mother and also as a member of a minority religion. A liberal, outspoken thinker, Louise was a woman ahead of her time. She lived just long enough to see the world make efforts to catch up.
In the 1889 land rush, her father staked a claim to what became part of Oklahoma City and opened a tavern, the first business there. Between this business venture and selling city lots, he became wealthy enough that his family could summer in Eureka Springs to escape the Oklahoma heat. Louise attended Crescent College and graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1921, where she marched for women’s suffrage. She later did graduate study at the University of Chicago, a hotbed of liberal thinking. But Louise interrupted her studies to marry a man who developed a tragic alcohol addiction. When their son was four years old, she left her husband to return to school in Chicago. But her plans changed drastically when she 52
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realized she was pregnant. She told her family she was going to return to her husband, but instead she fled back to the only place she felt at home, Eureka Springs. As an unmarried woman with an infant daughter and a young son, Louise could not secure a job as a teacher. Though extremely qualified, she represented scandal and unwanted independence to the older men of the school board. Louise opened a private kindergarten in Eureka Springs, and she wrote and illustrated children’s stories about the mythological Brownies of her Irish folk culture. When World War II ended Louise began to work for a more forwardthinking school board. She held meetings to educate young parents on school board procedure; her progressive ideas prevailed, though one ousted school board member threw a rock at her car. Louise taught in the public schools for 51 years, and she taught Eureka’s few black children after school. According to Louise’s daughter Mary, “My mother always said that no matter how little you have you can share with someone who has less. One year, I got two pairs of mittens for Christmas: a blue pair and a red pair. My mother said, ‘Isaac has no mittens.’ Isaac was a little black boy that she taught after school, and we played together. I knew what she was telling me, but I loved both my pairs of mittens. Which would I give up, the red or the blue? I finally gave Isaac one of each, so we
both had mismatched mittens. I wore mine to school, but he couldn’t go. My mother taught the black children to the fourth grade, and then the Methodist minister taught them to the eighth.” After Louise retired from public school, she went full circle and reopened a private kindergarten. But after a few years, she told Mary, “I don’t think I can teach much longer. I can’t skip.” “I knew what she was telling me,” Mary said. “Teaching was her life. If she was giving up teaching, the end was near.” Louise died within a year after her last class, but she lived to see the march forward by women, civil rights and education. For this energetic playmate until her final days, the fine art of skipping was no challenge.
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We visit the museums, the dinner theatres and the arts centers. We eagerly squeeze the produce at the area markets, and we gladly taste test...
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We visit the museums, the dinner theatres and the arts centers. We eagerly squeeze the produce at the area markets, and we gladly taste test...