Sunday, December 25, 2011

Fuzzy white rabbit enjoys having nails clipped before devouring his vegetable buffet: Merry Christmas

White with black spot member of O'Feral family lurks nearby waiting for feeding time

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Photo by Lauren D Hawkins

Storm enjoys peaceful, cold, sunny Christmas 2011

Lauren pets sleepy Storm on Christmas 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

If everyone read this single book review, the way land and water are managed in the development process could be corrected in a hurry

'Keep the water where it falls' might summarize the message of 'Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's water crisis' by Cynthia Barnett. Bruce Ritchie on the Web log
reviews the work and comments on previous books by the author.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Second take on shortake file video shares photos and comments on wet-prairie destruction north of Fayetteville's Holiday Inn Express PLUS Environmental Action Committee video of Dec. 8, 2011, meeting covers diverse subject list, including the prairie-destruction issue near the end

More than 100 photos of mounded wet prairie parcel proposed as site for convention center on north side of Holiday Inn Express available on Flickr near bottom of urban infill set. A sample of the photos appears below the meeting video. Discussion of the site occurs near the end of the meeting. A slide bar at the bottom of the video allows a person skip over discussion of other subjects.

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View east shows tiny wooded-wetland tree-protection area on low corner of several acres of  remnant of mounded wet prairie.

Mowing vegetation out of swale that carries water north to a creek unnecessary and harmful.

Healthy habitat important especially where it also protects watershed

Existing tree-protection area is best place for natural swale and sheet-flow surface water to soak in.

Ditch and pipe from existing Holiday Inn Express parking lot exemplies outmoded  high-impact water management

Existing stormwater pipe causes erosion of big ditch that sends dangerous flow to swale along road toward creek, increasing erosion and flooding of downtream property.

Natural swale through wet prairie takes water to low, wooded wetland at NW corner of property

Monday, December 12, 2011

Slide show on video to be shown December 12-16 2011 on Fayetteville AR public television

Trailside Cafe and Tea Room closing on Friday after three years of providing excellent food and tea of high quality

Bad economy kills another great small business in Fayetteville.
Date: December 11, 2011 5:44:34 PM CST

Subject: Trailside Cafe closing
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Dear Friends and Patrons –
Trailside Café and Tea Room will be closed starting Friday, December 16. We hope to find a buyer who will keep the place going, but in the meantime we want to let you know that for our last week we will try to serve all our regular menu items EXCEPT there will be no further plate lunches.
All retail items including bulk tea, Christmas baskets, teaware, and books will be 20% off.
More announcements will follow regarding new ownership.
Featured dessert this week (while supplies last) is Rhubarb Cobbler. Come on by!
We have greatly appreciated all the wonderful people we have met in the last three years. It’s been an exhilarating experience serving delicious food and introducing quality tea to our patrons. Thank you for your input and generous patronage.
Denele Campbell, Kadie Campbell, Jeb Campbell, Deste Campbell, and our excellent staff.
Trailside Cafe & Tea Room

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Donna and Kelly bring a few friends to the stage late in their Still on the Hill winter concert at Mike Shirkey's place on Block Avenue in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Dec. 10, 2011

Dr. Paige Mulhollan, Kelly's father celebrated birthday night of this concert. Dr. Mullhollan served a term as president of Wright State University
Dr. Paige E. Mulhollan becomes the university’s third president. Faculty members Thomas Whissen and David Garrison compose the Wright State University Alma Mater, performed for the first time at commencement.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Joe Neal's presentation with slide show from new book, 'In the Province of Birds: A Memoir from Western Arkansas,' fills the seats at Nightbird Books on Saturday, December 9, 2011

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Susan Young of the Shiloh Museum was among the several writers on hand for Joe Neal''s 'In the Province of Birds.' She wrote  a wonderful book on Tontitown that was published about a year ago.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bryan Welch shares thoughts from his book, Beautiful and Abundant, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at the Fayetteville Public Library

OHG is pleased to present Mr. Bryan Welch, author of the book, Beautiful and Abundant, on Tuesday (TOMORROW), December 6, at

6:00 pm in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library.

I am writing to let you know that we have another big name in sustainability coming to Fayetteville on December the 6th. On December 6th Bryan Welch will share his insights with the Northwest Arkansas community and sign copies of his book, Beautiful and Abundant, at the Fayetteville Public Library at 6pm. Bryan Welch is also the Editorial Director of Mother Earth News and The Utne Reader. The Ozark Headwaters Group Sierra Club is honored to host this event as an opportunity to share the empowering message of Bryan Welch with the community. Mr. Welch believes that humanity needs a collective positive vision to inspire constructive engagement and positive change. In his new book, Beautiful and Abundant, he explores the power of human visualization and offers an engaging and practical method for building a collective vision of human sustainability one person – and one endeavor – at a time. Again, this event is Tuesday, December 6th at 6pm in the Fayetteville Public Library Walker Room.
Please use this link to read a sample from the book.
Please come join us and invite your friends. All are welcome!
Joanna Pollock
OHG Sierra Club Programs Committee

Beautiful and Abundant: Building the World We Want, by Bryan Welch

Humanity's definitive challenge: Sustain our quality of life on Earth.

While we fight about short-term environmental obstacles and debate symptoms and solutions, societies fail to offer positive incentives for change.
We need a positive vision for humanity’s future to harness the full power of human imagination and community initiative. This is where Beautiful and Abundant comes in.
Bryan Welch With DonkeysLearn how to make your lifestyle more sustainable, and learn how to look beyond immediate obstacles toward humanity's destination: a world that is aesthetically beautiful, economically abundant, ethically fair and irresistably contagious.
-Bryan Welch
Author, Beautiful and Abundant

In his compelling book Beautiful and Abundant, Bryan Welch challenges us to reframe our most pressing environmental challenges into a transformative, equitable vision of the future. His rich blend of practical strategies, poetic narrative, and deep curiosity will engage and inspire anyone intent on living a better life today - and creating a sustainable legacy for generations to come.
- P. Simran Sethi, Emmy award-winning journalist and Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Kansas

Joe Neal introduces 'In the Province of Birds' at 7 p.m. December 9, 2011, at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville AR

Hi Aubrey -- just wanted to let you know that Half Acre Press has a new book out from Joe Neal, In the Province of Birds, in case you'd like to mention it on your blog. There will be a booksigning and slideshow/bird talk by Joe at Nightbird Books on Friday, December 9 at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!


Liz Lester
Liz Lester Design

Half Acre Press

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My takes recorded Monday to show next Monday through Friday on Fayetteville, Arkansas, public-access television

Person who wants to remain anonymous contributes important message to share with people in Little Rock

Dear Little Rock friends and folk who might forward this info on to Little Rock friends of their own----

Your   water quality is being put in jeopardy by this decision of the Central Arkansas Water Commission,  and you need to do something about it.  EVERY one of you, IF, of course, you have any interest at all in what you put in your mouth and body.

These links should be forwarded to everyone you know  that drinks water in Little Rock.  

This "political compromise"  by the Central Arkansas Water Commission is clearly one of the most stupid decisions possible in regard to water protection.    If enough people call, write, and/or show up at the final decision making meeting(s), your right to clean water might have a better chance.  The problem in not taking this personally and not acting on this issue is that no one knows what is "enough," when it comes to influencing the outcome of a vote by a governmental body, therefore everyone needs to voice  their opinions.   OR just show up and clap or give a hurrah when someone speaks for the watershed's protection.  Don't take this "political compromise" of your health lying down.

Below are a couple of links to a great site about New York City's watershed.  It is protected by forests, not eroding sediment into the water supply from subdivisions and roads, and it serves millions of people with relatively clean water. The water is tested constantly, and their watershed is understood as a filter and purifier, the total opposite of what the lame brains in central Ark are doing. 

"The success of the program is one of the main reasons why New York City remains one of only five large cities in the United States that is not required to filter its drinking water."

Should you want anything less for your body, your city, and your state than what New York provides its citizens?
Get out there and fight these people, for heavens' sake!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pony rides a part of Fayetteville's Lights of the Ozarks

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To view more photos from Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Fayetteville Farmer's market on the square, please use this link. New photos appear at the bottom of the Fayetteville square set after one goes to the bottom and clicks on the latest page number.

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