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Solar Peppermint: Energy on the Go

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By Amanda Bancroft Shopping for solar panels is a lot more complicated than picking out curtains. Fortunately, solar panels aren’t limited to your roof the way window curtains are generally confined to the windows. Solar devices have been diversifying for years, and can now be found in a wide range of sizes for various uses….

Bright & Shining Fire

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Thursday is May Day, an ancient Spring festival. May Day, always under the sustaining light of Taurus, is the Celtic (Gaelic) festival of Beltane, a Sun festival. May Day also International Worker’s Day and a cross quarter day — halfway between spring and summer. Within our microcosm, there are immeasurable cycles within cycles. These cyclic…

Songs of the Beaver Lake Watershed

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By Terrah Baker Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Stjerna, of the band Still on the Hill, are getting ready to unveil a project that the long-time traveling, folk music duo says will be beneficial to the community, our watershed, and offers a great outlet for their talent. Four different organizations concerned with water quality in NWA…

Local Collaboration of Talents Creates Amazing Looks

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Some of the most exciting projects are those that start with a collaboration of like-minded people. Although it is nice to create art on your own and it is also nice to create art with someone who may not see things through the same lens as you do, it is extraordinarily satisfying to create and…

You Can Dance if You Want To

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By Rachel Birdsell All those many years ago when I was in high school I never went to a prom, or any other dance for that matter. Christian schools didn’t allow dancing, because it was sinful and would lead to lustful thoughts which led to making babies in the back seat of the bus on…

All Doc And No Action

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By Amy Alkon I’ve been going to the same primary care doctor for a few years. I’m very attracted to him, and I believe he’s attracted to me, too. There’s always been a dynamic between us. I thought it was his “bedside manner,” but when I asked others, they didn’t have the same experience with…

We Deserve Free Media — My Parting Thought

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By Terrah Baker Wow. What an exciting, eventful, stressful, enlightening last one year and nine months its been as managing editor of The Free Weekly. When I was offered the position, I had already been a fan of the publication, for the same reasons as so many. I saw my friends in the pages. I…

Gone With The Windex

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By Amy Alkon I’m a woman sharing a house with several roommates. We’re all in our mid-20s. This one male roommate and I sometimes cook meals together, and we share a bathroom (since we’re both cleaner than the other roommates) and deep-clean the kitchen together. I’ve always been attracted to him, but he spends three…

Keeping Cultural Arts Alive

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Staff Report In the early 1900’s, the exact date unknown, the Muxen family traveled to Iowa through the Boston Mountains on their way to Hot Springs. Clara Muxen and her brother were taking their elderly and frail mother there for a famous mineral bath to improve her health. On the top of Mount Fayler, Did…

Fear-Based Health Care

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By Terrah Baker It started with a bump on my nose. And if you’ve kept up with my columns in the last month, you’d know it ended as a diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma — or a somewhat malignant form of skin cancer. Before my scheduled surgery to remove “any possible cancer that may be…