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Watching Paint Die

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By Amy Alkon I’ve been dating a girl I really like for six weeks. She pays her rent with a 9-to-5 job but studied painting at art school and wants to make it her career. Unfortunately, I don’t like her paintings at all. They are abstract and don’t look like they take much craft, and…

Bringing the Classroom Outdoors

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Staff Report SUMMER PROGRAMS: This summer, ONSC will be offering a whole new lineup of classes in the arts, bugs, river adventures, nature writing, young naturalists, and separate science camps for boys and girls. The classes offered include Natural Camp I and II, Ozark River Odyssey, Young Writers Camp, Environmental Education and the Arts Camp,…

Western Drought and Sustainable Food Systems

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By Gary Huxel The drought in California is stretching into Texas leaving much of the country’s prime agricultural areas in dire need of water and declining production of vegetables and fruit. This drought and the drought over the past decade have shown us that our food production system cannot be sustainable as our climate changes….

The Buzz About Bees

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Making Ripples

By Amanda Bancroft According to the UC Berkeley Backyard Bee Lab, we all should want bees in our backyards! But why, if bees can potentially sting us? “Without bees, there would be no chocolate, strawberries, or almonds!” At least 100 crops are pollinated by bees, and California almonds are pollinated 100 percent by bees. Researchers…

We are Nature, Nature is Us

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TERRAH-BAKER

By Terrah Baker One of my first loves was nature. The trees that I climbed, the mud that I played in, the tadpoles that swam in the pools in the drainage ditches and construction sites around my subdivision, the tree hollows I hid treasures in, the woods I pretended to live in, the creek that…

Public Transportation on the Upswing

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Transit ridership is indeed at its highest level in the U.S. in 57 years. According to data collected by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013—the highest number since the 1950s when many fewer of us owned our own cars. And this increase “isn’t just a…

Idle Class Magazine Releases Special Edition

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Idle Class

The Idle Class Magazine, Arkansas’ newest print and online publication showcasing the arts throughout the entire state, will celebrate the release of its new Legacy Issue on Friday, April 25, at 8:30 p.m. at The Stolen Glass in Fayetteville. The party will feature two amazing female singer/songwriters — Bonnie Montgomery and Tessa Kate. “We are…

10 Easy Ways to Help Your Local Environment

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By Terrah Baker Build a bat house — Bats have been on the decline throughout the country thanks to a somewhat mysterious disease called White Nose Syndrome, where a fungus grows on bats noses as they hibernate, waking them up when there is no food, causing many to die of starvation or sickness. Bats are…

A Defining Evening

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OPWC

By Robert Laurence Weltschmerz (VELT-schmerts) n. Anguish caused by the perceived difference between what the world is and what it ought to be. Common in teenagers. [German: “world pain”]. Connote (ke-NOTE) tr.v. To suggest or imply in addition to literal meaning. Ant: “denote.” [Medieval Latin: “to mark in addition”]. Connotations (kon-e-TA-shunz) n. pl. The award-winning…

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

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This Grand Cross leads up to vast unprecedented political, social, economic change and instability in the next three years. Before the new world can emerge, greed and corruption within our present broken system, the keeping of humanity in continued deprivation, injustice, havoc, hostage and poverty, must be exposed. Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial…