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Welcome to gozarks portal into the past, present and future of life as we know it... researched, observed, intuited and empirically experienced from an isolated nook in a semi-rural cranny of The Ozark Mountains of Northcentral Arkansas.

As we approach the 11th Anniversary of gozarks online debut, I look back with awe and wonder at all that has transpired between there and here, much of which is detailed in gozarks archives.

For the now, it is nice to be announcing my retirement from the world of the gainfully employed. Thanks to my family, my own industriousness and the generosity of my Social Security benefit, I am now the proverbial lady of leisure... which means that instead of working around the clock, I get to take a break now and then.

Also it means that the nature of the things I'm working on now is somewhat different since I have substantive freedom to do only those things that truly make sense to me, seem to deserve doing and somehow make me feel great.

Still, this altruism is tempered by Henry Ford's wisdom... that the only thing of substance one person can give another is 'opportunity'. Also, a lot of decades of defining the critical line between enabling and empowering. But I digress...

My point here is that gozarks, as with all things in the universe and each of us therein, is ever-changing. This is indisputable fact. Thus the only truly important question to answer: Is it changing for the good? For the benefit and well-being of ALL... And if it is not, what is my role ensuring this takes place...?

This page along with the pages here linked mirror that predisposition. Come blog with me and we'll chat more about stuff like this.

~Christine Beems

"That you may be filled with strength and power, rooted and grounded in love that surpasses all knowledge: Be kind to one another; live with compassion, producing every kind of goodness; stand firm and hold your ground in truth, righteousness and peace; be courageous; embrace faith which is perfect trust in justice."
~Ephesians 3-6 (condensed)

What are some of the most serious threats to our 'general welfare'...? Here are a couple we find alarming and compelling:

Unbeknownst to most of us, sex-crime law has become as perverse an atrocity as are the heinous and violent criminal acts it seeks to prevent. The article referenced above (PDF link below) exposes a deliberate abridgement of human rights.

Not only are the modalities of prevention ineffective, and thus wasteful of taxpayer dollars, but the dysfunctional application of punitive laws does life-quaking harm to an astronomical number of individuals and their families who have been unjustifiably branded with this Scarlet Letter.

Read "Sex Crimes Madness Exposed!" (PDF, opens in new window). Educate yourself. Learn more from:

<> Texas Voices
<> Reform Sex Offender Laws
<> Sex Offender Solutions Education Network

Look closely at what is being done in your name under the banner of law and order. Then contact your legislators, speak your mind and get involved with groups like those listed above. ~~~

The Drug War is a pox upon civilization and poses an indefatigable threat to life as we know it:

"The US is missing the real danger," Inmate9, author of HOAX, asserts. "It's not just al-Qa'ida. It's drug-cop corruption, moral bankruptcy and the drug-lord Cartels. With their vast wealth and contacts and the violence and destabilization they are bringing across our southern border, in the interest of national defense the war on drugs must end."

It's NOT too late to send Legislators a Valentine

Go Cannabis!!!

Or, if you've looked into the abomination of our legal system described at left, you might send your legislator a book...

As America blindly wages war on 'crime', too many people -- good men and their families -- are being condemned to brutal and unjustifiable life-long consequences for acts of intimacy which were completely consensual.

If you find this hard to believe, Consensual Consequences is the true story of one family's life as they cope with the social branding, undeserved stigma, fear of vigilantism and the outrageous expense imposed upon all of them by bigotry, prejudice, ignorance, morality-run-amok and fear-mongering as they simultaneously battle a 'legal system' that endlessly punishes them all.

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