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Travel on a Budget — With a Purpose

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By Terrah Baker Have you ever wanted to travel while making a positive difference and not spending your next three months rent, possibly leaving you homeless? If you’re human, and a part of the large majority of working class citizens, most likely your answer is “yes.” We humans have a need for change, excitement, exploration,…

Socially Responsible Investing for the Future

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By Terrah Baker There comes a time in most Americans’ lives when they need to think about investing. When the time came for me — maybe a little later than it should have — I was not only at odds with my conscious and the companies I would be investing in, but with my future,…

Know Your Enemy: Ignorance

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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. By Abel Tomlinson Let’s face it. We are all ignorant about many things. However, not all ignorance is created equal. If you know next to nothing about the molecular chemistry of vitamins yet still believe vitamins are…

Serf’s Up!

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By Amy Alkon My boyfriend works at a hardware store and can fix things, and in the past six months, his sister and her husband have asked him to install their new kitchen faucet, mend their fence (with the husband’s help), and assemble a lawnmower. They are lawyers and could afford a handyman. Instead, they…

Aries — the Will-to-Be

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By Risa D’Angeles Last week, Sun entering Aries, the new spiritual year began. Archangel Raphael assumed protection of the Earth. Raphael is the Archangel of Healing. During Aries, Raphael and the Forces of Restoration work together streaming new light and life into the Earth. They come in on the wings of the Spirit of Resurrection….

FreeCycle Thieves or Eco-Entrepreneurs?

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By Amanda Bancroft FreeCyclers be warned: some free gifts come with strings attached. According to the main website,, “The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,121 groups with 7,117,991 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns….

What Is Modern Yoga, Anyway?

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By Brent Miller Yoga, what’s the deal? Well there must be something to it considering that 15 million Americans are spending $27 billion a year on “yoga” products alone. So what is this yoga anyway? The first mention of the word Yoga can be found in the Rig Veda. This ancient Hindu text comprised of…

Blues in the Natural State

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  WIN TICKETS: For one lucky Free Weekly reader, Blues in the Natural State attendance is on us. Get a chance to win two weekend passes and a gift certificate to Jose’s? by emailing ( or texting (479-387-8794) your name and favorite musician on the line-up ( by March 28. Winner announced March 31. By…

Arkansas High School Won’t Publish Gay Student’s Bio

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Dear Editor: Administrators at Sheridan High School, located just south of Little Rock, are refusing to include an interview with openly gay student Taylor Ellis in this year’s yearbook. The NWA Center for Equality, a grassroots advocacy organization working to achieve full equality for the LGBTQ and ally community, is calling on Sheridan Superintendent Brenda…

Natural State Naturalists

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There’s a big difference between loving the earth and knowing what critter just landed on your shoulder for a hug. Let’s say that you’re out in nature, enjoying a beautiful spring day, when suddenly a gray cloud floats by in your brain: you aren’t sure how to build that birdhouse or platform feeder to bring…