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In This Issue 6/Editor’s Note

Spring Is Upon Us

7/We’re Still Out Here

Progress in Rural Health Care

9/Life in the Ozarks

The Reason for the Region

12/Batesville Area Arts Council 14/I Do









Hardison Wedding

16/Your Health

Antibiotic Misuse

17/The Fox Blossom Venture 18/Cover Story

The New Faces of the Batesville Area Arts Council

21/Faces 25/Feature

Shall We March

26/Things To Do 28/Read On Southern Gods

31/The Myopic Life

Let’s Go Fly A Kite...And Other Crazy Parenting Ideas

33/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista

My Love/Hate Relationship with Pinterest and DIY

34/Notes from the Clearing Double Solitaire

36/Smith’s Verdict ***1/2 Tuck Everlasting

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Meet Your Writers... Vanessa Adams is a Jonesboro, Arkansas native and became the Independence County Librarian in July 2011. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Arkansas State University. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri.

Leigh Keller is now a high school Spanish teacher. She is also a colorguard coordinator for Batesville Public Schools. She received her BA in English, Spanish and ESL from Arkansas Tech University, and an MS in Counseling from John Brown University. She is married to Allen and they have one son, Cole.

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Alisa R. Lancaster is an Advanced Practice Nurse for the U of A Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center. She has been in health care since 1983, the last 17 years with the UAMS system. Alisa and husband Scott have four children and a granddaughter. Alisa’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of others through education and practice. She welcomes feedback at or 870.698.1023. Bob Pest is the president and Co-founder of Ozark Foothills FilmFest and the T Tauri Film Festival and Movie Camp. He works as a community development consultant for First Community Bank, teaches film classes at UACCB, and currently serves as vice-president of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council. He has most recently become a member of the board of the new Arkansas Motion Picture Institute, formed to support the three major film festivals in Arkansas-Little Rock Film Festival, Ozark Foothills FilmFest, and Hot Springs Docs.

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Tanner Smith is a native of Manila, Arkansas. He has written movie reviews for the T Tauri Galaxy ( for several years and is a five year veteran of the T Tauri Movie Camp. He has made a number of films, ranging from horror to documentary, and has won awards in filmmaking and screenwriting.

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Editor’s Note

Spring Is Upon Us Joseph Thomas

Photo by Robert O. Seat



April is feeling quite nice save for the mosquitoes that have awakened. I hope the smell of the freshly cut grass is enough to make up for having to cut it and that you and yours are well. We are forced to bid a fond farewell to the writings of our dear friend, Mark Lamberth, so he can focus on other things at present. His thoughts will be missed. Bob Pest is back with the progress of rural health care and his reasons for the Ozark Gateway region. Kimberlee brings us the Hardison Wedding, the history of the March of Dimes March For Babies and the upcoming May 4th March in Independence County. Kristi Price describes her kite flying misadventures and Leigh Keller discusses her love/hate relationship with Pinterest and DIY. Alisa R. Lancaster’s March article about antibiotic misuse is reprinted with a retraction. Vanessa Adams shares her review of John Horner Jacobs’ Southern Gods and Tanner Smith reviews Tuck Everlasting. There are many more faces to see this month, many things to do, and lots to read. So, join us yet again on this Spring laden journey throughout Independence. N

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We’re Still Out Here

Progress in Rural Health Care Bob Pest

A recent issue of the always helpful and on the cutting edge Daily Yonder contained a lengthy article about Minnesota’s Rural Physicians Associates Program (RPAP). To quote the author of the article, Dr. Robert Bowman, “Minnesota’s legislature has put into place a model for medical training that has improved rural health outcomes AND boosted rural economies. Why aren’t federal health administrators taking note— and taking action?” Rural communities understand that effective health care is essential to attracting new business and retaining existing businesses and the people who work there. The Minnesota legislature took the first step over four decades ago when it mandated that the University of Minnesota would be accountable for training the physicians most needed in rural parts of the state. The legislature provided $1 million to launch the program. RPAP began with 60 medical students a year spending nine months in Minnesota communities as members of health care teams; they also provided a “low-cost boost in health care delivery communities where it is most needed.” A study of former RPAP students revealed that 64% remained in Minnesota to work and 58% kept on working in rural communities. RPAP physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses are also trained specifically for rural employment. As Bowman explains, “The beauty

or RPAP is that spending is targeted to students who are serving in rural areas. They take their spouses and families to rural communities. Imagine that: a program for rural economic development that works for restoring rural jobs, providing a rural health workforce, health access, and awareness of rural America. RPAP is SMART—Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. RPAP has been a key part of medical school graduates remaining in family medicine, instate, and where they’re needed.” Arkansas has also taken steps toward better rural health care. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences regional programs consist of the Center for Rural Health and eight Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) throughout the state. The mission of the Regional Programs is to train high quality health care professionals for the underserved regions in rural Arkansas. The regional programs are responsible for having trained over half of the 1,100 family medicine physicians in the state, half of whom practice in the rural parts of the state. Educational programs including nursing and nurse practitioner programs are being offered through the College of Nursing, pharmacy students in family medicine are trained in conjunction with the College of Pharmacy, and other allied health professionals are trained in collaboration with the College of Health Related Professions. The medical community understands that the need in rural areas is so pronounced that at least 50%

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more family physicians will be needed in the next 15 years. The fact that many health care professionals are reluctant to practice in rural parts of the state adds to the problem. In an attempt to address the need, the regional clinics instituted Patient-Centered Medical Homes, staffed with teams. The Center for Rural Health is working to create partnerships and leverage available resources to address the needs of our rural communities. Their mission is clear and comprehensive: Rural Health Workforce Research and Recruitment Health Professions Education and Training Physician Placement Service Continuing Education for Rural Providers Rural Hospital and Rural health System Support Health Literacy Improvement Statewide Telehealth and Health Information Technology Rural Health Policy and Analysis and Advocacy Translational Research and Practice Improvement The center has also has been reasonably successful at recruiting students in rural areas to pursue health care careers, continues to conduct and facilitate research on rural health topics, and teaching medical students about important rural health issues. To quote Ewell Welch, longtime Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, “As a largely rural state, Arkansas’ medical needs are markedly different than most other states. The network of AHEC centers maintained by UAMS helps insure continuing education for our health care professionals, as well as access to world-class doctors for people in every part of our state. The importance of the AHEC network to the overall health of our citizens cannot be overstated.” Special thanks to Governor Dale Bumpers, the Arkansas State Legislature, and UAMS for launching the AHEC program in 1973. The fruits of their work and the work of those who followed have made life in rural Arkansas worthwhile, productive, and healthy. Thanks to Dr. Robert Bowman, M.D., the founder of the Rural Medical Educators Group of the National Rural Health Association and a professor of Family Medicine at A.T. Still University in Arizona, a school that partners with the National Association of Community Health Centers. Dr. Bowman’s article “Rural Medical Training Spurs Economies” inspired me to write this article about both Minnesota and Arkansas, two states that have attacked the rural health issue head-on. Information about UAMS Regional Programs came from www. ruralhealth.uams.ed and N

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Life in the Ozarks

The Reason for the Region

Bob Pest The state of Arkansas was divided into twelve tourism regions by Arkansas legislative action 40 plus years ago, each with its own volunteer board association, ranging from the Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association headquartered in Bentonville to Arkansas's South Tourism Association in El Dorado. The primary mission of each region is to effectively promote tourism by breaking down the county lines that separate the members and create a unified region that can function well as a team. Ozark Gateway, based in Batesville, consists of eight counties in the north central and north eastern parts of the state. The eight largely rural counties that make up Ozark Gateway consist of Independence, Sharp, Stone, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, and Fulton. Each county has a unique history and culture; each also contains a number of attractions, amenities, and natural resources— state parks, lakes, rivers, caves, mountains, museums, art galleries, live music venues, restaurants, varieties of lodging, outdoor activity areas, and annual festivals and events. Each tourism association is led by an executive director supported by a board of directors with representation from each county; Cathy Drew serves as director of the Ozark Gateway; one of her many responsibilities include developing and managing the production of the annual Tourist Guide. Board members assist in this project by providing information, dates of events, and photos for the popular publication; they also assist by selling ads for the guide and distributing the guides in their communities. Ozark Gateway is also especially effective in promoting their region. In addition to distributing the tourist guides in the contiguous tourism regions, they also make them available in all fourteen of Arkansas' Visitors Centers. Thanks

to its highly successful annual ad sales campaign, the Gateway is able to purchase print, radio, and television advertising. The executive director, board president, and other board members also attend relevant trade shows during the year to spread the word even farther. The internet plays a significant role in the Gateway's promotional effort and as a community resource. Non-profit organizations and communities are urged to submit news of their events and activities to be posted on the Gateway's website. The site also includes blogs written by board members that cover everything from restaurant reviews to the importance of art in rural communities. The director also puts together and sends out a weekly newsletter with information about upcoming events. Ozark Gateway receives financial support from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and from their business and corporate partners: Area Wide Media, covering Sharp, Fulton, and Izard counties; First Community Bank and Citizens Bank in Batesville; Future Fuel Corporation and WRD Entertainment, also in Batesville; and the North Arkansas Electric Corporation, a non-profit, member owned utility service that serves several of the Gateway communities. Thanks to this financial support, Ozark Gateway is able to provide grants for its members; matching grants up to $1,000 are available for advertising, publications, and event promotion. These grants are especially important for smaller regional non-profits, Main Street Associations, and Chambers of Commerce. The Ozark Gateway organization has succeeded because of strong and unified leadership, strong participation from board members in all eight counties, and enthusiastic citizens and businesses that work hard to make sure that visitors enjoy their experience, whether it is visiting Black River Beads and Pottery in Pocahontas, spending a

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Batesville Area Arts Council 2013 BAAC National Juried Exhibition

e Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery on Main is proud to host the 2013 BAAC National Juried Exhibition from March 19 through April 20, 2013. e exhibition consists of 25 pieces from 16 artists across the United States. Please join us for a reception for this exhibition on April 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during Main Street’s Friday Frolic. is event is free and open to the public. e juror of the exhibition is David Bailin, an artist working in Little Rock. Bailin received Arts Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council and the Mid-America/NEA and has had critical reviews in Artnews, the Los Angeles Times, the Oxford American Magazine, the Arkansas Times, art Ltd, and other prestigious periodicals. Bailin currently teaches at the University of Central Image: Lindsay Garland, Chasing Light Arkansas and Hendrix College.

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I Do

Hardison Wedding Kimberlee Thomas

It was a hot, sultry afternoon in July of 2010, and Freda Cruse had accompanied a friend to the retreat of the cool clear waters of North Sylamore Creek, which runs through the Ozark National Forest in Stone County. As they enjoyed the relief from the heat the creek offered up, a new swimmer joined them. Samuel “Beau” Hardison was his name and he turned out to be an acquaintance of Freda’s swimming companion. As the afternoon wore on Freda and Beau began to converse and discovered that they both hailed from Mountain View. Freda recalls asking Beau, “Mountain View, really? You live in Mountain View and I don’t know you?” The couple enjoyed each other’s company for the remainder of the day and soon after the courtship began. It was once again a hot sultry July afternoon. In fact it was one year to the day that our water loving couple first met, and they were once again enjoying the cooling waters of North Sylamore Creek. On this day the couple was relaxing wading and floating in the creek searching for the ever elusive heart shaped rocks that Freda is very fond of collecting. “Hey, come see what I have found,” Beau called out to Freda. She made her way over to discover a rock the size of a softball that vaguely resembled a heart. “Yeah, that’s nice but look at my rocks,” she replied. Beau insisted that she take a closer look at his find first. She discovered what appeared to be fishing line wrapped around the rock. Not interested, Freda again began to show Beau her collection. He insisted again that she investigate his rock further. “I think there is something else here,” he urged. Freda picked the large rock up once more and noticed a second rock attached by the fishing line a little farther out. “It looks like the makings of a trot line. I can see the hook,” she stated. She pulled again on the line and failed to notice the second rock was also shaped like a heart because her attention was now on the red flutter just below the surface of the water. She pulled on the line again to find a smaller heart shaped rock with a red ribbon bound around it, at the end of the red ribbon was a beautiful engagement ring! Freda was speechless. Fellow swimmers who had witnessed the unique proposal began to clap. Her answer of course was, “yes.” The couple shares a love of history and chose the oldest remaining active presbytery west of the Mississippi as the location for their wedding. The Mt. Olive Cumberland Presbyterian Church is thirty long miles by car from the couple’s home, but less than a mile by river. On October 20, 2012 guests were ferried across the White River to a landing where they were picked up and driven the remaining threetenths of a mile to the church. The interior of the church was decorated with small branches covered in beautiful fall leaves gathered from the local trees. Beau’s niece, Samantha Hardison, served as flower girl and dropped fall colored leaves down the aisle ahead of the bride. The bridal party included: Len Hardison, brother of the Groom, and Chris McCollum, best friend of the groom serving as best men. Shelley Stewart Jaynes and Marsha Teague, best friends of the bride, served as matrons of honor. The Guest book was attended by Ruth McCollum. Freda was escorted down the aisle by John Henderson, who gave her away on behalf of all their friends and family. The band, Pebble Creek, played the traditional wedding

march on violin. The double ring ceremony was jointly performed by Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge, Supreme Court elect Josephine Hart, and Brother Jim Elphinstone. Judge Hart presided over the vows and Brother Elphinstone presided over the Bible passages and religious rites. A cake reception at the church was followed by a catered dinner at the couple’s home. Guests were treated to dinner by Anglers White River Resort and Restaurant and live music by the band Don’t Stop Please. Invited guests included Former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, Governor Mike Beebe and First Lady Ginger Beebe, Supreme Court Judge Karen Baker and family, and Judge Chaney Taylor and wife Leah Taylor. Beau and Freda made a honeymoon road trip from Arkansas to the Colorado Rockies and then on to the beaches of San Diego, California. The couple resides on the White River at Sylamore where Freda writes pre-Civil War history articles for local newspapers and magazines, including Eye On. She is also the author of a number of books’ including Voice of Our People and Places of Our People on the White River Valley. Beau owns Aircraft Structural Inspections in Mountain View. He has recently been named one of Arkansas’ “20 to Watch” by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. N

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Your Health

Antibiotic Misuse Alisa R. Lancaster

Many people believe or assume that they need an antibiotic when feeling sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) antibiotics are unnecessary 50% of the time. The CDC reviewed charts of patients diagnosed with an acute respiratory tract infection. 68% of those patients received a prescription for an antibiotic. After applying the guidelines used to monitor best practices, 80% of those prescriptions were unnecessary. Another study looked at pediatric patients and the doctors prescribing practices. If the physician perceived that the parents expected an antibiotic, one would be written 62% of the time. Yet only 7% of the time if they felt the parents were not expecting an antibiotic. Why should you be worried? The misuse of antibiotics is being called one of the world’s most pressing public health concerns. Antibiotic abuse and overuse leads to antibiotic resistance. This resistance means that antibiotics won’t work when we need them or be as effective. Illnesses will be longer, hospital stays extended, and more expensive and more toxic antibiotics will have to be used. Even death can result. It is estimated that $1.1 billion is spent annually on unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for adults with a respiratory infection. And that’s just one diagnosis. Antibiotics work against bacteria, certain fungal


infections, and some parasites. The majority of illnesses we experience are viruses. So, the next time you are feeling sick, drink some extra fluids, get plenty of rest, and use over the counter medications to treat your symptoms such as a pain reliever, fever reducer, or possibly even a decongestant. It takes 7-10 days to get over the common cold; with antibiotics it takes 7-10 days. Here are some common infections under the appropriate column: BACTERIAL (need an antibiotic) Bladder infections Many wound and skin infections, such as staph Severe sinus infections lasting longer than 2 weeks Some ear infections Strep throat VIRAL (don’t need an antibiotic) Bronchitis Colds Flu Most ear infections Most sore throats Most coughs Stomach flu RETRACTION OF MARCH INFORMATION (the Bacterial and Viral table printed in March Issue of Eye On for the article Antibiotic Misuse was listed wrong. The above listing is correct). N

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This up and coming new band with a fresh take on an old sound is comprised of Emily Byrne on cello and vocals, Aaron Walton on violin and vocals, Aaron Farris on banjo and vocals, Jacob lackey on percussion and guitar, and JD Spahr on bass; all are Lyon College Students. “We met when Reverend Nancy brought us together to play a chapel service at Lyon College. We got such good reviews we kept playing,” says Aaron Farris. “We've been playing together since November 7th, 2012. Our music is beyond any one genre but the term alternative folk seems to be a catch-all. We have a heavy alternative country / bluegrass / americana influence based on our string band instrumentation such as

an upright bass, violin, and banjo but we also have an alternative edge and a classically trained vocalist.” Farris says he was practicing with the band when he saw JD Spahr just hanging out close by and literally told him to grab the bass and give it a try. Spahr had never played before but has been the bassist for The Fox Blossom Venture ever since. The band recently played the Habitat for Humanity Banquet March 16th and can be seen performing at this year’s Arkansas Scottish Festival on April 12th, 13, and 14th. Also you can catch them at the Heber Springs Visitor Center at 7 p.m. on June 8th. N

Eye On Cover Story The New Faces of the Batesville Area Arts Council Joseph Thomas

This summer marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Batesville Area Arts Council. The BAAC was set up to provide more art opportunities and experiences each year through a variety of programs and activities. The space for the gallery was generously donated in 1998 by the Fitzpatrick family, owners of Heuer’s Family Shoes. In January when executive director, Colleen Jackson, resigned from BAAC to tend to family out of state, board members Paige Dirksen and Carly Dahl graciously stepped up and took over her responsibilities as co-interim directors to ensure the continuation of this program that they love so dearly. Carly Dahl left Monroe, Michigan so her husband, Professor Dustyn Bork, could teach art at Lyon College. Dahl joined the BAAC board in the fall of 2011, about a year after her husband. They had both heard about the Arts Council from Margaret LeJeune, who was, at the time, the Photography and Art History professor at Lyon. LeJeune was on the BAAC board and brought Professor Bork on to complete the board. Later when there was an open position, Dahl was brought on. Dahl also works at the Kresge Art Gallery at Lyon College and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

The art above is by artist Tom Richard, and is called "Cowboy Rifleman contemplates Viagra." 18


Paige Dirksen joined the BAAC board June of 2012, roughly six months after arriving. She too followed her husband, who also works at Lyon College as Director of Outdoor Recreation and Educaiton. Dirksen earned her Masters in Art Therapy Counseling at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and also holds a BA in Printmaking from the University of Northern Iowa and so, already had a love for art and the beauty it can add to our lives. She met Carly Dahl and Dustin Bork, who introduced her to the BAAC and what they do in the area. Dahl thought Dirksen would be a great fit to the BAAC Board of Directors and Dirksen was glad for the opportunity. The BAAC Board of Directors were in the process of making some changes to refresh BAAC ‘s marketing strategy, as well as to make the Regional Juried Art Exhibition a National Exhibition. After Dahl and Dirksen became co-interim directors, they continued this work to fruition. Now BAAC has a new website, created by board member Morgan Page, and more recently a policy change that allows a new art show rotation every six weeks to keep new work in the gallery. Part of the new marketing strategy was branding the gallery with a new logo, which was brought about by LeJeune. About a year

The above art is by artist Win Bruhl, and is called “Post Oaks in Winter.” We are word of mouth for your EYES!

ago, LeJeune was teaching a digital arts class and asked the BAAC board if they would like her students to make new logos so they could adopt their favorite as the new brand. Indeed they did and Ashley Mott, a Junior Art Major at Lyon was the winner with BAAC ‘s new logo. Dahl and Dirksen just installed the work for BAAC’s National Juried Exhibition, which will be exhibited March 19th- April 20th. They will be holding a public reception on April 12th from 5pm-7pm to help get the word out and consider this exhibition to be the BAAC ‘s re-launching. Originally, the regional exhibition included Arkansas and the surrounding five states for art submissions, but with the change to national, this year’s exhibit will consist of twenty-three pieces selected from over 150 entries, submitted from nine different states. This year’s juror is Little Rock artist David Bailin, who you can learn more about in the BAAC news and events on page 12. The ladies explain that these exhibitions are not only a great way to gather very diverse art from all over America, but also to pull influences in from farther away. Artists also have the opportunity to gain some recognition for their work and earn prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd awards that Bailin will select. Citizens Bank in Batesville is also sponsoring a purchase prize award to be able to purchase a piece from the exhibition. All art work shown in the juried exhibition will be for sale, as well, so artists can get their work out into the world away from home. While there are changes afoot, there will still be monthly workshops with familiar great artists like, Marlene Gremillion, and other local artists. Also, while what is displayed in the gallery is for sale, there is also an intrinsic section of art that is for sale and open to public perusal. These are pieces from many local favorites, such as Dave Timko. Anyone can apply to have their work shown in the Intrinsic Space or for a solo or group exhibition by going to the BAAC website at and looking under “opportunities” and clicking on “entry forms”. “Art is a language that can be reached by anyone, whether you are a participating artist or merely a lover and observer of art.” Dirksen says inviting everyone to come and see what the gallery is all about. If you’ve never been inside the gallery or even if it’s just been a while, these ladies invite you to stop in anytime. They would be more than happy to visit and show you around. The gallery is located at 246 East Main Street in Batesville, Arkansas and the gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone who would like to receive a post card reminder of upcoming shows and events, you can email your name and address to the BAAC at or mail your name and address to Batesville Area Arts Council / 246 East Main Street / P.O. Box 2326 / Batesville Arkansas 72501. The Art that Carly and Paige are holding on the cover is by artist Lauren Baker, and is called “Diatom: Fade.” N

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The Southside football program hosted its first ever player-mother date banquet. The players brought their mothers to the middle school cafeteria on Sunday, March 3rd from 1:00-3:00pm. Each was served a dinner, donated from Pilgrim’s Pride, Harps, Coltons and Tadpoles. There was also the “How well do you know your mom” game and a video message from each player to their mother. With over 130 attending the event went very well. Shown here are some of the pictures from this sweet event. All of the pictures can be found on our Photo Album at and all of the SouthSide Athletic Program pictures can be seen at southsidefootball. Pictures submitted by Coach Kenny Simpson.

The Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball at the Cow Palace at Chimney Rock in Concord is Lyon College’s annual black-tie gala benefiting student scholarships. The event included cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and live auction featuring donated items. Live auction items included a stay at a luxury suite in Little Rock, weekend at the races at Oaklawn, stay at a ski resort in Michigan, handmade quilt, gourmet dinner and private concert for 10 at the home of President and Mrs. Donald Weatherman, a Bad Boy lawnmower, Club Level seats at a FedEx Forum event, performance by the Lyon College Pipe Band, Smokey Mountain retreat, black angus heifer, custom piece of jewelry, stay at a condo in Turks and Caicos Islands and a fully restored 1972 Volkswagen Beetle. The ball concluded with a dance and tunes provided by Danny Dozier & The Lockhouse Orchestra. This year’s event raised more than $150,000 for much-needed student scholarships. Lyon College awards $7 million annually in scholarships and grants to help students attend college.

Polly Livingston of Batesville Dr. William and Lara Bulkley and Gail Davis of Concord. of Paragould.

Janet Smart, Greg Smart and Kristie Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball Honorary Chairs Jenkins of Batesville. Robert and Mary Young of Fort Smith.

Students Laura Winters, Kaitlyn Duncan, Ray LaCroix, Patrick Mulick and Lyon College bagpipers Jared Malone and Avens Ridgeway. Madeline Roberts, Callie Boyce, Robbi Riggs and Diane LaCroix, all of Batesville. Maggie Hance.

Josh Manning, Eddie Manning, Jo Ann Manning, Sandy Forbis and Mike Forbis.

Kegal Smart, Susie Smart and Diane Tebbetts, all of Batesville.

Jon Vestal, Maegan Vestal and Lynn Weatherman of Batesville.

(Right) Ricky and Cindy Davis of Heber Springs and David and Chris Heringer of Batesville.

Dianne Lamberth, Cricket Oquist McFadden and Mark Lamberth, all of Batesville.

Kaitlyn Duncan and Tommy Duncan of Hardy and Paul Holifield of Batesville.

David and Chris Heringer (far right and left) with Jon and Maegan Vestal, all of Batesville.

A beautiful crowd of local citizens turned out for Citizens Bank After Hours in March. Below is but a handful and we thank them for sharing their friendly faces with us.

Hallie Livingston, Autumn Hunter, and Debra Johns were on hand to greet everyone who attended a recent BBBS Fundraiser at U.S. Pizza.

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M & P Bank’s After Hours had a great turnout of local celebrities as well. They also were gracious enough to let us grab a photo. The 12th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest Poster Reveal was once again held in the comfortable confines of the Batesville Area Art Council’s Gallery on Main Street in early March.

Lyon College students Gabby Jenkins and Debbie Onukwube paint a woman’s fingernails at a Batesville nursing home as part of the college’s annual Service Day. Lyon College students Sean O’Toole and Jon-Michael Poff burn brush at the Batesville Community Theatre as part of the college’s annual Service Day. Lyon was recently named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for its community service work.

We had a terrific turnout for the Stanley Wood Scott Wood ribbon cutting and Grand Opening.

Habitat for Humanity of Independence County “Home is Where the Heart Is” 5th Annual Spring Banquet.

Guests enjoyed a meal catered by Elizabeth’s .

Wade’s Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric was honored as Volunteer of the Year. Steve Shrum and Joshua Karns accepted the award on behalf of Wade’s from Paul Bube (both men are employee’s of Wade’s).

HFHIC partner family, Andrew and Daniella Richardson’s along with their children Sabina and Isaac enjoy a night out as a family .

The group “The Fox Blossom Venture” played a few songs to entertain guests. It was a beautiful day for Liberty Bank’s new location Ribbon Cutting

Michele Wood has recently been named Director of Marketing for White River Health System (WRHS) by Gary Bebow, Administrator/CEO. She is responsible for overall marketing and planning at WRHS and overseeing CommHealth, Physician Liaison Services, and Public Relations. “I look forward to serving WRHS in this new position,” said Wood. “I am proud to be a part of a facility that is very focused on its mission of caring for people throughout the region.” Wood joined White River Medical Center (WRMC) in 1992. She has worked in Administration for 15 years; first as the Administrative Assistant and, most currently, as the Executive Assistant. She has also worked with Pharmacy and Human Resources at WRMC. Michele, her husband Travis, and sons Jacob and Seth have lived in Pleasant Plains for many years and are members of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains. Michele and Travis are very active in their sons’ activities. Jacob is finishing an internship through UAMS as a Physician Assistant specializing in Interventional Radiology, and Seth is a 6th grader at Midland Elementary where he participates in archery, baseball, basketball, and football.

Something Extra’s Grand Opening saw many eager shoppers to find just that, something extra.

White River Medical Center (WRMC) Administrator and CEO Gary L. Bebow has announced the appointment of Dr. Doug Bernard, M.D. to WRMC Chief Medical Officer (CMO). As an Independence County Reserve Deputy, a member of the Independence County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, a private practice family physician at White River Diagnostic Clinic, and a member of the Medical Staff at WRMC, it is clear that Dr. Bernard is passionate about people. “I love interacting with people and having a positive impact on their lives,” said Bernard. As CMO, Dr. Bernard will identify solutions and assist in developing improvements aimed at enhancing the overall environment of care. He will act as a facilitator and a physician advocate, improving communication between the Medical Staff and hospital leadership. “I am both honored and humbled to be chosen as CMO,” said Bernard. “I look forward to assisting the hospital and my colleagues as we tackle the challenges of providing high quality medical care to area residents.” Bernard, his wife Melissa, and sons Garrett and Clayton reside in Batesville. N

Eye On Feature Shall We March

Kimberlee Thomas

Spring is in the air and everywhere you look life is expanding and bringing forth new generations. Baby kittens, puppies, ducklings, rabbits, baby birds cheeping in their nests, flowers blooming, turning their faces to the sun, everywhere there is the evidence of new life. It seems to happen with very little effort; in fact we humans need do nothing at all to assist in this annual ritual; it will continue to happen with or without us. There is however a ritual that needs us. It needs our time, our attention, our participation, and our dedication. This ritual began in 1970 and has become the biggest fundraiser for its founding organization, The March of Dimes. The annual March for Babies takes place in more than 900 communities across the country, with more than 1 million participants and more than 20,000 companies participating. The event has raised close to $2 billion to help give babies a healthy start in life. The Independence County March for Babies will be held on Saturday, May 4, at the Southside Football Stadium. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the March will begin at 10:00 a.m. There will be entertainment, hotdogs, drinks, and fun activities for the children. Teams have been forming since the beginning of the year, each team working hard in advance to raise funds and awareness for the March. If you and your friends would like to know more about the March of Dimes or the March for Babies and starting your own team or donating you may log on to, or call the NEA Community Director, Brittney Johnson, at (870) 932-0300. The March of Dimes was established in 1938 by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in an effort to conquer polio. In the late 1930’s polio was raging across our country, crippling and killing children. Roosevelt himself was stricken with polio at the age of 39 and never walked again. The foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, MD and Albert Sabin, MD. These vaccines effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States, with the last known case in 1979. With its original mission accomplished, the foundation turned it focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. They have led the way in discovering the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. The March of Dimes has supported research for surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress and helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care for premature and sick babies. Their recent Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defect birth defects for the brain and spine. Since 2003 the rising

incidence of premature birth has demanded action and the March of Dimes has responded with a multiyear campaign to raise awareness and find the cause of prematurity. 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes. The organization continues to push forward funding much needed research to protect the health of America’s children. English and Spanish moms-to-be and new moms can read and share articles, watch videos and send questions to health experts by logging on to or www.; the Spanish website. Sandy Liles, Independence County March Coordinator, has been Marching for forty years. “I became involved with the March of Dimes in 1973, I was 16. I walked the six miles around town with a group of my friends. We collected money based on how many miles we walked that day. We were quite pleased with ourselves to have walked those six miles,” Liles commented. Liles feels that Marching for Babies for forty years is quite an accomplishment and this writer must agree. Liles shared, “I have made many friends through my affiliation with March of Dimes. I have lost many as well. Sherri Lamb, who passed away not long ago, was one of the most passionate people to ever work with the March of Dimes.” I asked Liles why she felt having a local chapter was important, “Educating our local community on the seriousness of prematurity is vital. Premature birth is a common, serious and costly problem that takes a toll on families and imposes a huge burden on our health care system. The direct healthcare costs to employees for a premature baby is nearly eleven times that of a healthy full-term baby. It is also the leading cause of death in newborns.” Her vision for this year’s walk it to exceed the $40,000.00 raised last year. It is her hope that the local organization will continue to grow each year. The local support from area businesses is outstanding. We are thrilled with the assistance we receive. Southside Superintendent Roger Rich is very gracious in allowing us to use the track each year," states Liles. The 2013 Independence County Chapter committee members include; Janet Smart, Farmers Insurance, Wiley Osborn, Peco Foods, Tracy McClurg and Kristi Morgan, Citizens Bank, Brittany Lawrence, First Community Bank, and Sandy Liles. How will you spend your first Saturday in May? Shall we March? I’ll see you at the track. Statistical information provided by the Match of Dimes Media. April 2013   25

Things To Do UACCB to Offer Sign Language Classes Intermediate Sign Language: Apr. 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Row Johns Building, Room 816 with instructor, Stephanie Patterson. There is a $45 fee plus textbook to be purchased through UACCB Bookstore. Prerequisite: Sign Language for Beginners or prior experience. Advanced Sign Language: Jun. 3, 10, 17, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Row Johns Building, Room 816 with instructor, Stephanie Patterson. There is a $35 fee plus textbook to be purchased through UACCB Bookstore. Prerequisite: Intermediate Sign Language or prior experience. **The same textbook will be used for all classes.** Preregistration and full payment should be received five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information or to register, please call 870-612-2082 or email katrina.stevens@ Crocheting Feed your brain and exercise your fingers. Lisa Krause will show you how to choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work. Lisa Krause’s instructor fee is $29. Bring one skein of acrylic yarn in a color that is not too dark or too bright and a crochet needle, any size from H through J. Join us April 4th, 11th, 18th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Row Johns Building, Room 816. Pre-registration and full payment should be received at least five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information, email or call (870) 612-2082 or log on to and click on “Programs & Services”, then “Community & Technical Education.” Tactical Combat Survival (TCS) TCS is an instructional class with the goal of reducing participants’ odds of being a victim of a violent crime. Legal responsibilities, physical tactics, interactive training and consequences are also discussed in relation to the training provided for ages 18 and up. Shihan Don Gregory, full range close combat instructor. Class fee is $40 per individual, or $60 per couple. TCS will be held Apr 6th, 8 to 4:30 p.m. in the Annex, Room 404. Pre-registration and full payment should be received at least five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information, email katrina.stevens@ or call (870) 612-2082 or log on to www.uaccb. edu and click on “Programs & Services”, then “Community & Technical Education.” Freezer Cooking Let Jennifer Cannon show you how to plan ahead and store meals in the freezer for those hectic schedules. Participants will leave with a DIY recipe guidebook for freezer cooking. A fee of $26 will be required for this April 26


8th, 6 to 8 p.m. class in the Row Johns Building, Room 815. Pre-registration and full payment should be received at least five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information, email or call (870) 612-2082 or log on to and click on “Programs & Services”, then “Community & Technical Education.” Digital Photography Instructor Jenifer Rodgers, owner of local business Earth Angel Photography, will teach students the basic functions and principles of shooting in manual mode with a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. Students will need a digital camera with manual shooting capabilities (DSLR body and lens), media card and note-taking tools. Pre-registration and full payment should be received at least five business days prior to the first day of class. A fee of $49 will save your spot for this April 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th class from 6 to 8 p.m. in Independence Hall, Room 102. For more information, email or call (870) 612-2082 or log on to and click on “Programs & Services”, then “Community & Technical Education.” Try Scuba In this class, you will learn the equipment and some basic skills used in the water. You will spend time in the pool just having fun with scuba equipment. If you want more, a portion of the class fee can go toward an open water certification. Bruce Fletcher is your instructor for a $60 fee, plus $10 pool rental fee. This April 9th class will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lyon College, Becknell pool. Pre-registration and full payment should be received at least five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information, email or call (870) 612-2082 or log on to and click on “Programs & Services”, then “Community & Technical Education.” Snorkeling In this class, you will learn what equipment is necessary and optional to begin snorkeling. You will discuss facts, medical requirements, physical aspects of water on the body and safety procedures. Upon completion of this class you will have the knowledge and skills to have a fun, safe time in the water. Bring a mask, fin, and snorkel to class. Bruce Fletcher is your instructor for a $90 fee plus $10 pool rental fee. Join us April 16th, 23rd, 30th, at 6 to 8 p.m. on April 16th is in classroom in Independence Hall, Room 102. Snorkeling practice will be April 23rd and 30th at Lyon College, Becknell pool. Pre-registration and full payment should be received at least five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information, email or call (870) 612-2082 or log on to and click on “Programs & Services”, then “Community & Technical Education.” Make Your Own Mesh Wreath Deann Castleberry of Ivory Owl will show you how to make your own mesh wreath out of the popular poly deco mesh netting. Bring ribbon, balls, or decorative items of your choice to add a finishing touch! The fee for this class is $20 plus $20 supply fee. Join us April 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Row Johns Building, Room 803. Pre-registration and We are word of mouth for your EYES!

full payment should be received at least five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information, email or call (870) 612-2082 or log on to and click on “Programs & Services”, then “Community & Technical Education.” Knitting In this class, you will begin with a simple scarf or cowl (neck warmer). Lisa Krause is your instructor for a fee of $29. Bring one skein of knitting worsted weight yarn in a color that is not too dark or too bright and a pair of #8 knitting needles for this April 25th, May 2nd, 9th class from 6 to 8 pm in the Row Johns Building, Room 803. Pre-registration and full payment should be received at least five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information, email or call (870) 612-2082 or log on to and click on “Programs & Services”, then “Community & Technical Education.”

Wilderness First Aid Training This class held April 20th and 21st at Lyon College by Team 1 Group Development of Jonesboro, Arkansas. To register log onto or call 501-492-9481. Also register at www.team1wfa.eventzilla. net. 2013 Heasley Prizewinner April 9th from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the 2013 Heasley Prizewinner, Geoffrey Douglas is in for a public interview in the Alphin Board Room. 34th Arkansas Scottish Festival Schedule of Events A rundown of these events can be found at or Flute Choir Spring Concert April 21st from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Lyon College Flute Choir Spring Concert will be in the Brown Chapel Bevens Music Room. Senior Recital for Aaron Walton April 27th from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Brown Chapel a Senior Recital will be held for Aaron Walton for Organ and Piano. Senior Recital will be held for Hannah Cruise April 28th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Brown Chapel a Senior Recital will be held for Hannah Cruise for Organ and Oboe. The Visiting Writers Series Students in the poetry-writing workshop taught by Budy, the writer in residence at Lyon College, will read new poems created during the semester. The readings will be in the Bevens Music Room in Brown Chapel Tuesday, April 23rd from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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ARKANSAS CRAFT SCHOOL The Arkansas Craft School kicks off its regular season programming on April 6 & 7, with a class in Basic Digital Photography, taught by Ed Alexander, known for his stunning nature-themed photographs. Also included will be the mechanics of digital camera settings including shutter speed, f-stop, focus, ISO, white balance and camera maintenance. Tuition for the class will be $125.00 for the two-day workshop. Students should bring a digital camera (No camera phones, please), and can also bring a tripod, a laptop computer, and Photoshop software. Classes will be held in the field, and at Ozarka College in Mountain View. Class registration forms, scholarship applications, and further information on these and other class offerings of the Arkansas Craft School may be found on the website: Students may also sign up for classes by calling Terri Van Orman at (870) 269-8397. March Of Dimes Register at 9 a.m. on May 4th to walk with us at 10 a.m. Visit for more information and to sign up to walk with us at the Southside High School Track! Why we walk? When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. Family Violence Prevention Family Violence Prevention, Inc. will host the 4th annual Silent No More: Dine to End Domestic Abuse Dinner and Silent Auction on April 26, 2013 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Outreach Office located at 192 East Main Street inside the courthouse. Tickets are $85 each, $425 for a table of 6, or $600 for a table of 8. For more information please contact Patty Duncan at or Billie Grady at Stanley Wood Chevrolet Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, April 6th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all are invited to the new Stanley Wood Chevrolet so we can show our appreciation to you. For more information call 870-793-8400. Batesville Small Business Workshop The cost of this website design and marketing workshop is $35 ($25 for Chamber and Main Street Batesville members) at the Chamber office at 409 Vine Street and features speaker Steven Trotter of Pleth LLC. Operation Jump Start This six week series is designed for new businesses to connect with ideas and resources that lead to successful business launch. It will begin Thursday, April 11th from 6 to 9 p.m. at UACCB and continue for six consecutive Thursdays for a participation refundable $50 registration fee. Read

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Read On

Southern Gods

Book Reviews by Vanessa Adams In my quest to find Arkansas writers, I was fortunate to discover John Hornor Jacobs, from Little Rock, who wrote Southern Gods.The novel, published in 2011 and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, takes its reader on a macabre journey from an Arkansas plantation in 1878 to the mysterious backwoods communities and blues clubs of eastern Arkansas in 1951, where even the dead are menacing. Southern Gods taps into the Cthulhu Mythos created by H. P. Lovecraft, whom Stephen King credits as being his single greatest influence in the horror genre, in the early twentieth century. In a very small nutshell, Cthulhu (pronounced cuh-thoo-loo) uses the idea that the universe is indifferent to humans and the evil forces are determined to torture and then eliminate the human race. Just from this description, I would probably never have picked up the book, except that I wanted to review a book by an Arkansas author. Boy, am I pleased that I did. This is a prime example of why we need to read outside our favorite genres occasionally; we might discover a new genre we will enjoy in the future. Now, I want to read everything written by H. P. Lovecraft, not to mention John Hornor Jacobs. Jacob’s protagonist Bull Ingram, World War II veteran, is now a different type of soldier, or bill collector for hire, a Rocky Balboa-type. When he is paid to find enigmatic blues singer Ramblin’ John Hastur, heard on one of the South’s pirate radio stations, he has no idea how dangerous his search will be, nor what horrors he will encounter. However, before leaving Memphis for the Arkansas delta, Bull’s employer warns, “you go west and cross the 70 bridge, it’s like you’re entering a whole different country over there, and it ain’t friendly and it ain’t even making any attempts at joining the rest of the civilized world.” What Ingram finds is indeed an uncivilized horror that comes to life on the pages with Jacobs’ fanciful imagination. After investigating seedy, run down blues clubs and backwoods music joints while searching for Hastur, Ingram nearly loses his life, but manages to escape on a raft floating down the river. The very imposing Ingram, nicknamed Bull for his massive physique, is rescued by Sarah, a woman who lives with, and cares for, her ailing mother in a crumbling Southern plantation mansion. It was at this point in the novel that I decided I loved the story. I was reminded of William Faulkner’s and Flannery O’Connor’s Southern gothic stories that nearly always include a deteriorating plantation home and a matriarch who remains mostly out of sight, yet is always present in the minds of her family. Ingram and Sarah, along with a Catholic priest, soon piece together clues and historical documents that connect Sarah’s ancestors 28


to the current death and destruction occurring in the Delta. As the story progresses and Sarah learns more about her family’s ties to the supernatural, she realizes she is risking the safety of all those around her, but she must continue to search for the truth in order to end the destructive evil. While the anticipation and tension grows with the fear of the unexplained, readers are allowed to relax from time to time and enjoy the story of a close friendship and also a tender, albeit brief, romance. I wasn’t bored for one minute with this story. After finishing the book, I wanted to know what other novels Jacobs had written, so I looked him up on the Internet and discovered his website. He has an e-mail address included on his website, so I wrote to him and he was kind enough to promptly respond. I asked him who influenced his writing, and what inspired him to write Southern Gods. He told me that the idea began in the summer of 2007 when he was reading nearly all of Manley Wade Wellman’s (twentieth-century science fiction writer) novels about a supernatural traveling guitarist. “That was the kindling,” Jacobs said. “Then, one morning driving to work, NPR featured a segment about A&R [artists and repertoire] agents in the fifties – how they’d have some money and would really just travel around, looking for talent, sometimes in the most obscure places, places far off the beaten path. That segment got my creative juices flowing. Add to that mix an intense interest in music history as it relates to the South, a fascination with old school radio history and practices, and the birth of rock-n-roll. Those were the sparks,” he said.Then, after other influences from literature and radio, Jacobs began to piece his ideas together into a novel for the 2007 National Novel Writing Month competition. “That was the gasoline,” he added. After the publication of Southern Gods, Jacobs wrote This Dark Earth, a post-apocalyptic zombie story set in what was once Arkansas, but what is, in the dystopian future, a community known as Bridge City, one of the last surviving fortresses after the zombie uprising. Fans of The Walking Dead will want to read this. I promise to purchase a copy for the library. Jacobs’ most recently published novel, The TwelveFingered Boy,is the first of what is to be a young-adult trilogy. I am one-third finished with the book as I write this review and I really want to hurry up and finish this so that I may continue reading. Jacobs clearly and perfectly delivers to the reader a fifteen-year-old boy’s voice and attitude. The narrator, incidentally, is named Shreve, which is also the name of a character in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!- a truly Southern gothic novel. As long as Jacobs continues to channel writers such as Faulkner, Lovecraft, and Stephen King, I believe he will keep writing, and writing well. For more information, check out Jacobs’ website at : http://www., and Read On! N We are word of mouth for your EYES!

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I acquired some persistent notions during my childhood. First, every girl should own a horse. I fully expected to look out the window and find a horse in my backyard the day of my 8th birthday. This dream still hasn’t become a reality for me, but the conviction endures. Also, thanks to early exposure to Anne of Green Gables, I’m clinging to the idea that gallant,Victorian romance is a real thing. And judging from the popularity of PBS’ Downton Abby, I’m not alone in this notion! My husband, a fully loving, fully embodied Twenty-First century kind of man, just rolls his eyes at my wacky expectations. But finally, one of my other persistent images has fallen apart. As a girl, I was very impressed by the kiteflying scene at the end of Mary Poppins. The family has come back together, Mary Poppins’ magic has restored harmony, and happiness is re-established in a kite outing, set to the soaring strains of Let’s go fly a kite, Up where the AIR is high…! It is an impressionable moment. So when the March winds kicked up, I made a special effort to carefully select and purchase three kites for my children. I kept them secret until we had a free day. In my mind, I could see us outside together, sun on our faces, each of my children laughing as the kites soared and dipped. Can’t you just see the bright colors and the streamers dancing against a perfect blue sky? Nice image, right? Here’s what really happened: I helped the children launch their kites. I ran inside for my camera, leaving them standing within 20 paces of each other, kites rising, faces determined. I re-emerged thirty seconds later to snap happy pictures. But the scene had changed. One daughter was stomping inside, yanking her kite along the ground, mouthing angry words, all because she could NOT get it back in the air, and really, this was a stupid, STUPID idea. The other daughter was thirty yards away sitting in the middle of the street, bawling, with the kite string wrapped three times around her ankles. Three times. She was, essentially, hog-tied. My son was even farther away, his kite in a tree, whistling and looking around as if to say, “Kite? What kite? I’m just hanging out here in the woods.” And another parenting dream bites the dust. Is it that way with you? Expectations and reality differ wildly? That’s almost every single day for me. But really. The horse is a good idea, right? N

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The Lyon College Board of Trustees has frozen tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year in response to changes in the Arkansas lottery scholarship. It took this unusual action because it recognizes the need to keep Lyon affordable and accessible to students and their families, college officials said. “The combined effect of the down economy, the uncertainty of the future, as well as the reduction in state scholarships has the families of our students and prospective students concerned,” President Donald Weatherman explained. “Lyon College does not want to add to their worries by placing an additional burden on them. That is the main reason the Board of Trustees decided to freeze tuition, room and board, and all fees at this year’s rate for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.” Three and a half years ago, when the lottery scholarship took effect, most schools in Arkansas raised their tuition to match the new funds. Now, the Arkansas Legislature is lowering the amount available to incoming students. To help those students and their families access a premier liberal arts education, Lyon College has responded by freezing tuition and fees. “The last few years have been very difficult for many families seeking higher education,” said David Heringer, vice president for administration. “Unemployment rates are high, prices on everything from food to gas have gone up, incomes have gone down, the Arkansas Challenge (lottery) Scholarship has been adjusted down, and the federal budget — which determines Pell Grants and student loan interest rates — is uncertain. Heringer continued: “Given the current climate in higher education and obstacles facing families seeking a chance for their children, higher education must be sensitive to students and families’ needs. Lyon especially considers cost because of the composition of our student body. Nearly 50 percent qualify for low-income Pell Grants and 70 percent come from Arkansas. These are students and families potentially taking a double-hit from recent changes to the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship and rising tuition. But we’re doing what we can to help families.” Heringer said the board’s action means “absolutely zero increase in cost of attendance — tuition, room, board, or fees — for the following school year. We are committed to keeping higher education affordable for students, their families, and our community.” According to The College Board, the average 2012-13 tuition increase was 4.2 percent at private colleges, and 4.8 percent at public universities. The 10-year historical rate of increase is approximately 6 percent. Lyon College has long been recognized as one of higher education’s best bargains among private, selective liberal arts colleges. More than 95 percent of Lyon students receive some form of financial assistance. Lyon’s tuition for 2012-13 is $23,370; room and board is $7,560; and the student activity fee is $224, making a total comprehensive fee of $31,154. With the board’s action, the same fees will apply for 2013-14. Last fall, Lyon made the list of 26 national liberal arts colleges whose students owed the least amount of money upon graduation, according to U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News compiled a list of schools whose Class of 2011 graduated with the heaviest and lightest debt loads. The data include loans taken out by students from their colleges, from private financial institutions, and from federal, state, and local governments. According to U.S. News, 44 percent of Lyon graduates were debt free, while 56 percent owed money when they graduated. The average amount of debt for Lyon’s 2011 graduates was $17,092, U.S. News said. Lyon is the only Arkansas college or university on the “Least Debt” list. N

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Pinterest and DIY Leigh Keller

It’s no secret that one of my many vices is Pinterest. If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, I’m sorry to your family for introducing you. Pinterest makes you believe you can do amazing things. Yes! You can eat that 874 calorie cookie and still have six pack abs!!! Yes!!! Your tiny children will listen to you if you read this article about sand tray play and bubble therapy!! Yes!!! You can build your family some furniture out of a pallet and some old cotton balls!! My friends make fun of my love of spray paint (Mark Sparks thinks that I need a support group, but seriously, you should try the glitter spray paint, it’s amazing!), since I swear that you can basically spray paint anything with a new coat of paint and someone will think that it’s fabulous. A portion of my yard has permanent spray paint stains, from my many “projects”. My Sunday morning coffee time usually consists of me making an insane list about what projects I would like to tackle and then trying to talk myself into running to go and get the items I need to complete it, only to find that I cannot find them here. One of my most popular Pinterest failures started out looking like this.

This was supposed to be a delightful peppermint topiary for my front porch for Christmas. The blogger insisted that it would only take thirty minutes to complete. It took me thirty minutes just to unwrap all of the peppermints, during which time I tried to enlist the help of my then two year old and the dogs. During this crucial time, I couldn’t locate my glue gun

(blasphemy!), and since the blogger said they used spray adhesive (as seen in the photo), I tried that. It was a colossal failure. Although the tears of frustration certainly helped hold the topiary together in the end.

Only after my friend Jeanne Roepcke showed up at my home to rescue me did the topiary actually get completed. It then sat on my porch until Christmas, where every woodland creature in the neighborhood was thankful for the gift I had bestowed upon them. I have had a couple more horrible failures, simply because I think that the people who put those recipes on Pinterest either (a) have no life, or at least don’t have small children or dogs in their kitchen at all times, usually chasing one another or (b) leave ingredients out on purpose, simply to mess with busy mamas like me. I made some crock pot pork chops once that no one in my home, even the crazy outside dog, would touch, and a couple of horribly ugly casseroles that shall never be made again. But, I do consider myself a fairly right-brained person, so trying to do it myself, since I am running a non-profit on a budget of zero, and creating our prom from a miniature budget as well, I like to save money when I can. So that you don’t think I am a horrible mother and a failure, I wanted to show a couple of my successes too. Never be afraid to try new things, because you never know what you might find out about yourself! I am kind of crazy about initials right now, so this one was

a gorgeous, inexpensive, 45 minute project. It’s on my desk at home, where I do some writing, and like to sit when I need some inspiration (and to make myself forget about the tragic topiary)

These were so easy and so yummy! These were cupcakes in a jar for Cole’s precious Preschool teachers and for my colleagues at work. Two cupcakes, extra frosting, and a spoon attached.

One bulletin board, cute fabric and some push pins. This would be a great gift for a new teacher or a new colleague at work who needs to brighten up their workspace. I have some gorgeous orange chevron fabric I need to use on a gift for a friend. N

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Notes from the Clearing Double Solitaire Joseph Thomas

The deck is shuffled, the pawn’s in position. The deciding hands so eager to play that his fool hardy disposition runs barefoot across the busy expressway. The chances taken, dangerously pleasurable as they are chosen and made leaving scars so very humble and yet healed with ceremonial blade. Reminders of the days fallen asunder beneath the moonlights stardust blanket. Pink jagged tears of victory and blunder

alike in their mantra, “Life is what you make it!” The Queen moves like a Knight with an air of virtue with a weakness for happy endings. Their union a quickened thirst for truths and dare. A wakeful, passionate, perfect mending! May their sleep be quick if ever they tire for there is much to do, even here after. Mischievous friends and mythical creatures to inspire before the next night falls with their loving laughter. N


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Reviewed by Tanner Smith “Don’t be afraid of death. Be afraid of the unlived life.” These are the words said by Angus Tuck to Winnie Foster. Winnie is a teenager from a wealthy family who has stumbled upon the secret of the Tucks, a family living/hiding in the woods who hold the secret to eternal life. She has lived with the Tucks and fallen in love with Angus’ young son Jesse, who finally reveals the secret to her and would like to share it (eternal life, that is) with her. As Jesse puts it, “I’m going to be 17 until the end of the world.” The Tucks didn’t choose to live this full life. They happened upon it—you see, it’s the spring in the middle of the woods that causes those who drink from it to become immortal. The Tucks were able to realize it later. And they do have their regrets. The oldest son Miles, in particular, has a tragic past and would prefer to die—but it can never happen. Angus—the oldest in

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time Winnie must make her choice, you genuinely wonder what will happen for them. Will Winnie stay with Jesse or will she leave him, knowing he’ll outlive her? There’s weight added to the question of immortality. The Tucks are well-developed and have their own shadows and advantages. Angus and Mae (William Hurt and Sissy Spacek), the parents, are stuck in middleaged bodies, but remain lively. Miles, stuck in the prime of his life, is the most tragic of the family, with a past revealed later that makes him more like a zombie stuck in a lifelike state without ever dying. Jesse is more like Peter Pan—never growing old, never dying, and forever young. As if the choice of normality and eternity wasn’t enough, there’s a rising action featuring another character crucial to the story—a mysterious Man in a Yellow Suit (Ben Kingsley) who knows the Tucks’ secret and is determined to expose it. And of course, there’s the conflict of Winnie’s parents intent on finding their daughter, also risking the Tucks’ hideaway. These elements may be necessary, but they almost make the final act of the story seem somewhat overstuffed, with all the right payoffs. But that’s a minor quibble, mind you. Ben Kingsley is suitably menacing in the role and the determination of the parents wanting their daughter back is realistic enough. However, Winnie’s important choice is the element that should address the most concern, in my opinion. “Tuck Everlasting” is a wonderful film—one that makes you wonder, and provokes thoughts such as, “If you live forever, what do you live for?” That’s at the center of the movie and it’s very engaging. N We are word of mouth for your EYES!

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