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The Bach Flower Remedies

An Interview With Larry Miller

Larry Miller calls the Bach Flower remedies “the most remarkable healing system I know.” Which counts for something, since this 34-year-old herb­alist, who lives alone in Cedar Grove, North Car­olina, knows a good deal about healing. A quiet man, with warm, lively eyes, Larry has studied herbs, on his own, for seven years. He manages Harmony, a Chapel Hill natural foods store. And, with some friends, he’s about to start marketing a new natural food candy bar called Power Pak.

Another View

An Interview With Tony Waldrop

Tony Waldrop set a world record for the indoor mile (3:55) in 1974 as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina. He surprised the running world by deciding not to try for the 1976 Olympic Games. He was widely considered to be the only American capable of making a serious challenge in the mile to gold medal winner and world record holder John Walker of New Zealand( 3:49). Waldrop is no longer running competitively. He is in graduate school in physiology at UNC.

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Real Radio. FM 107

An Alternative View Of Alternative Radio: Some Words From The Man Who Started It All

More than any other person, Robert Chapman is responsible for the creation of WDBS. If it weren’t for Chapman, DBS would probably still be a campus AM station at Duke, and 107.1 FM would be the FM soul voice of WSRC, the black-format daytime AM station in Durham.

The Life Of Edward Bach

Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) was a British pathologist, bacteriologist, and practicing physician turned herbalist. He is most known in conventional medical history for his discovery of a new system of vaccination, less so for the herbal remedies he found to replace it. Early in his career, while working at the University College Hospital, and in private practice, he observed that the same treatment did not always cure the same disease in all his patients and that those with a similar personality would often respond to the same remedy. Conversely, those of a different temperament, though diagnosed as having the same disease, seemed to need a different remedy. He saw that many people were not cured; their pain was merely alleviated and their symptoms suppressed. He wished to find a simple method of healing the whole person, even those with diseases thought chronic and incurable. Bach realized that the majority of the medical profession was so concerned with the particular disease that they ignored anything other than the patient’s bodily symptoms. The notion of psychosomatic medicine, that many bodily illnesses are mental in origin, had not yet become accepted. Dissatisfied, Bach began to look for other methods of healing and thus became interested in a branch of medicine called the Immunity School.

Mushrooms: A Lesson In Self-Discovery

Dissatisfied with the surface observation (“they’re like parachutes,” “first cousins to the umbrella,” “dwarf children of nuclear explosions”), the experienced observer pops off the cap and, with his spectacles, carefully examines the under-portion of the mushroom crown. Although there are many varieties (ranging from the psychotrophic psilocybin mushrooms that sprout after rain from cow dung near Palenque, to the delect­able bottled version at Safeway), under each crown we can find the likeness of a 35mm slide carrousel — a sort of supple file cabinet, a community of papers bound in fungus, the collected manuscripts of unknown scholars, hermit poets, classics pre­served in these ancient gills, in files with the breath of these cavefish.

Cars And Other Heartaches

We took it as just so much more enemy venom when Nikita Kruschev said the Russians didn’t have to fight the United States because we would spend ourselves out of the ‘race.’ Enemies are always wrong; who would believe a character like that?

Safety In The Kitchen

The statistics are clear — nearly 85% of all divorces are related to unsafe housekeeping practices and the neglect of personal appearance by American housewives. These are but a few of the startling facts revealed in a study by Dr. Axel Romany and Ms. Phyllis Lustrum, whose interviews with divorced couples has led to a heated controversy among professional marriage counselors. The report claims that ex-wives commonly believed that their husbands were “lazy, “unsafe,” or “dangerous” around the house, and that these feelings of in­security contributed significantly to their eventual divorce.

The Arts: The Politics Of Filmmaking

I have no doubt that we are partisan when we look at art, its meaning and worth, just as I have no doubt that all art is partisan, too. College professors would have us believe that a science of criticism exists which would enable us to make judgements we can be sure of — and it does — but, unfortunately, such a science doesn’t cover enough of the elements which constitute a work of art or our ways of judging it. After teaching English in the universities for six years, I decided that criticism provides us mostly with an excuse to enjoy what we are already predisposed to like, and, given the emotional limitations of the university world, what we are capable of teaching. (After mortgage and children and insurance and tenure what we like in art is frequently what we are.) The eighteenth-century man likes the eighteenth-century, its Popes and Johnsons, its values, its classical measure— and even in its failures he is inclined to find the shape of good intention.

Different Drummers

Book Review

It was with some misgivings that I approached this month yet another memoir of rural Southern Life. The subject has been exhausted by a swarm of admittedly excellent Southern writers, and I am past the point, anyway, of thinking that going barefoot in the summer, fetching water from a well, cooking vegetables with sidemeat, and shitting in an outhouse produce a particularly more virtuous, poetic, or tragic character than any other upbringing. I have also somewhat lost interest in those details in themselves, as striking as they once may have been for a man from my urban background. I am ready, in fact, for the new wave of Southern writers, those who were brought up in mobile home parks and spent their youths exploring shopping malls.

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Readers Write


Money, quite simply, is freedom. To be without it in our society is to be always limited. It is also a catalyst and does not give to its possessor any quality, positive or negative, which was not there already. It only serves to emphasize — to magnify and expand the possibilities.

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Sy Safransky's Notebook

March 1978

An American Dream

Chances are this story makes no sense, except in the overheated vestibule of my own imagination. So proceed at your own risk. Maybe you’ll find it scary. Maybe merely laughable. I’d laugh, too — except it hurts. In my heart, America is still democracy’s sweet maiden, youngest and fairest of the great nations. In my foolish heart. To see her with matted hair and breath fouler than the cities, a crooked old witch with blood in her eye, is no joke. I happen to live here.

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The political campaign won’t tire me, for I have an advantage. I can be myself.

John F. Kennedy

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