Favorite

The Observer 

There are hotbeds of harmony in downtown Little Rock, The Observer is able to report.

Last week, we lay on a floor that was wall-to-wall bodies in a studio at Sixth and Chester streets to listen to the sounds of crystal bowls. The bowl players struck a note and then created ringing vibrations from the bowls, the same way a child makes a glass of water sing by rubbing a finger around the rim. The ear-filling vibrations were meant to restore balance. They drowned out the odd snore issuing from the extremely balanced there on the floor. Afterwards, we ate chocolate. It was all good.

Then, there's the weekly love-in at the River Market. We haven't been but we saw it captured on a video on the youtube.com website.

The love-in — known to its congregation as “smile church” — offers free hugs and popsicles to all comers. According to the video, in two weekends, the college kids who're holding “smile church” have given away 1,000 popsicles and “countless hugs and smiles.” The video shows folks off the street taking part in the communion, which organizers are quick to point out has nothing to do with organized religion. No donations are sought, either.

Jeff, from whom The Observer's church bulletin was sent, informed us “we are growing very quickly and hopefully we will keep on growing and spreading happiness one person at a time.”

The church is easy to find: Just look for young men and women holding up signs that say “You're Awesome” and “Free Hugs” and “Free Smiles.” For a preview, go to www.peacelovehuman.com.

Singing bowls, free popsicles — watch out, people, the Sixties are making a comeback. There was a hopeless war going on then, too.

The Observer likes to call the young writers in the office the kids, and here's what the kids have recently spoken into our earhorn.

That “blow up” means get famous.

That you no longer need to use the article “the” before the word “dude,” as in “he says dude plays guitar like a house on fire.”

Some words, like “twee” — as in “Dude's not twee, he's blowing up” — are known to The Observer, and we toss them off like pros. We'll never drop articles, however.

Then there's “holding down the 1s and 2s,” which you will read in this paper's entertainment section. It's deejay lingo for mixing music.

Today's youth are far out.

Seen in Pine Bluff: A woman in camouflage shorts and shirt with the slogan, “I'm hiding from my ex.”

The Observer was talking recently to the interim superintendent of the Little Rock School District about all kinds of serious things, and the conversation naturally turned to cake baking. The Observer had found someone to answer a question posed to her just the day before: Why do you put vinegar in a cake?

Linda Watson, who spends Sunday with her mother cooking and visiting and sometimes cleaning out one of the two deep freezers her 84-year-old mom maintains, knew instantly. She does it herself. When you're making German chocolate cake from scratch, which surely you do once a month at least, and you don't happen to have any buttermilk, you just add a couple of teaspoons of vinegar to sweet milk and voila, it curdles.

When you read that hotel billionaire Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her dog, did you wonder what your own pet could do with that kind of money? We did.

We're pretty sure the cat would blow it nightclubbing. But the dog — dogs don't need money. Well, there are those that play poker, if the editor's favorite work of art is a true depiction of pooch behavior. And they like real meat when they can steal it out of a young child's hand, say, or off the dining table. Our dog has been known to do that, but she doesn't gamble, and she's not much for the groomer either. She only buffs her nails. She'd probably have a small party, invite her best friends over, serve steak tartar. She'd entertain by inviting her guests to chase her. But $12 million bucks? That's a lot of puppy parties. New York, of course, is a more expensive to live.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • I'm sorry

    I'm sorry we stood by while your generation's hope was smothered by $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, just because you were trying to educate yourselves enough to avoid falling for the snake oil and big talk of a fascist.
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • Show and tell

    The Observer is an advocate of the A+ method of integrating the arts and using creativity to teach across the curriculum, an approach that the Thea Foundation, with help from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, is offering to schools across the state.
    • Feb 25, 2016
  • Yawp

    The Observer has been in a funk lately for a number of reasons: revulsions and slights, both foreign and domestic. We get that way most years as the winter drags on, once the tinsel and colored lights of Christmas drop into the rearview, soon after we come off the New Year's Day hangover.
    • Mar 24, 2016

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Latest in The Observer

  • Dumb and smart, at the same time

    The Observer spent the week at a bar and thought a lot about a joke and its writer.
    • Jul 20, 2017
  • -30-

    A newspaper died up in Atkins a few weeks back, not with a bang or a whimper, but with the sound of change jingling in a pocket, just too little of it to keep the printing presses rolling.
    • Jul 13, 2017
  • Does she know?

    Did Kim Walker-Smith, when recording "Throne Room" for her new record "On My Side," truly understand the power of her music? Does she now know that her song was the one that played on the radio as Michael Reed thumped into the Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds and brought it on down?
    • Jul 6, 2017
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

July

S M T W T F S
  1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Ruth Coker Burks, the cemetery angel

    • Go Fund Me Page. https://www.gofundme.com/RuthCokerBurks

    • on July 22, 2017
  • Re: The ballad of Fred and Yoko

    • I grew up in Charleston and attended the College of Charleston, right around the corner…

    • on July 21, 2017
  • Re: A week at Midtown

    • Beautifully & perfectly written. Maggie & Mistown are definitely unique & awesome!!

    • on July 21, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation