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PAGE 7_ ARKANSAS CATHOLIC APRIL 72, Now that Easter is over, I am prepared to announce: I am a non-smoker. More than seven weeks (since Ash Wednesday) and 22 pounds later, I am nicotine-free. My hips are huge but my lungs are clear. My waist is thick but my breathing is easy. A few tips to those of you who haven't quit yet: 1) Anyone who tells you that "the first three days are the hardest" is full of turkey feathers. The first seven weeks are the hardest. Next Sunday, I may revise that to the first eight weeks 2) Harder than that is making the decision not to smoke. However many thoughts can dance on the head of a pin, multiplied by the number of milli- seconds in a day and squared by seven is the number of times I've decided not to smoke in the past seven weeks. B) But the hardest part is figuring out what to do with my hands and my mouth. So far, the replacement has been food (not because it %mells bet- ter," which it doesn't). But eating is just an excuse to avoid coming to terms with with rea//y hard part: 4) The hardest part of re-becoming a non-smoker is admitting that I'm not merely doing without something I en- joy. What I'm doing is grieving over a lost relationship. Our relationship started when I was In December 1985, the Arkansas Board of Directors of the National Conference of. Christians and Jews (NCCJ) sent its executive director, with money out of board members' pockets, to Phoenix, AZ, to learn about a program called "Anytown." The 28 year-old Arizona Anytown had be- come an important part of the fabric of interracial, interrellgious and intercultural cooperation in that state. The Arkansas NCCJ wanted that same strengthening of community and voted in 1986 to develop and initiate an Anytown Arkansas. In June 1986, a small contingent of Arkansans attended Anytown Tennessee. That group formed the planning and development nucleus of the first Anytown Arkansas (August 1987). Around the theme "A Celebration of Ourselves," the 34 stu- dents learned to appreciate their differ- ences and commonalities. They also learned through the rigorous program of their week at Anytown about prejudice, racism, religious bigotry and ways to combat those common afflictions of humankind. Anytown Arkansas 1988 was conducted at Ferncliff Center for 41 students from around the state. The theme was "Light One Candle." The camp was dedicated to Anytown is an experience in learning about and cele- brating diversity. the memory of the late Ft. Joseph Biltz, who had participated in the first Anytown Arkansas, and who had commented on how much better our state would be ifAnytown Ron Lanoue Again, the NCCJ board members reached into their personal funds and f'manced four scholarships to An- ytown in honor of Fr. Biltz. An His- panic girl, an Afri- can-American boy, a Vietnamese boy and a Jewish girl were selected for these scholarships. Deborah Mathis, attending Cuture Night at Anytown, wrote that "throughout the evening, I kept wishing Louis Farrakhan or David Duke could stick their heads in for just a moment to see all their propaganda awash in friendship, re- spect and understanding." Anytown 1989 had 65 students and the A gated eating patterns in the school cat] ..... fla. Singularly and together, Anyto~t have made an important difference in t~ schools and communities, l Anytown 1990 will be conducted']l week of Aug. 5-11 at the Ferncliff Ce~]( in Ferndale. Eighty young people tr]l across the state will come together to le~t about prejudice and how to combat[ . 0i Students who will be entering the 111 1 lth and 12th grades next fall are eligi]] O i to attend. Cost for the week-long pr _~: is $180. Anytowners share the experie#]~ of their race, culture and religious e~J grounds with each other, bringing to geu~ :i the diversity which is "any town" inu] Anytown is an experience in learlt~! about and~celebrafing the diversity o f0~ another through projects, entertaitaraeP] recreation and living together. Art)'# ers learn respect and develop awarerle~ one another as they become friends. '10 meet in discussion groups and worksh and participate by offering their ideas~1 listening to the thoughts and feelings' others- including leaders of Arkan~' 0 rural, professional and religious cotr~ul first totally "homegrown" staffof volunteers, ties. .... Centered around the theme "Learning to Any~wners have fun not only in 1~ Live Together," the participants proved the ing and growing but also through reC ,EW value of Anytown for creating friends, lead- tional activities such as swimming, vq!!~, ers and better citizens. And the skills and ball, boating, campground hikes and 9~ sensitivities they learned have been trans- recreation. For more information or ~j planted into their high schools. One An- plications, write the NCCJ, 103 W,~j ytowner co4oundect "Accept No Bounda.- tol, Suite 907, Little Rock, 72201, or ties," a student organization at Little Rock 372-5219. ] Central High School dedicated to fighting (Ran Lanoue is Director of the arka~ stereotyping and prejudice. Anytowners at Couhcil Of'the National Conference of Or"I Little R,ock Hall High 6reated the "Lunch tians and Jews.) ] 16, back when My Friend cost 35 cents had started 30 years earlier. Busters with the goal of reducing segre-~ a pack. My friend was always there, even when others weren't. My friend Sometimes advanced technology is watch anything with her family bec~i always made me feel better, especially [~;~[Lx~ [[,~[~[~ not. Before the clicker, couch potatoes the whole family is addicted tO c!~ when things were rotten, had to get up and walk to the set to ing. But like all out-of-balance relation- ships, the giver was only a taker in Dolores Curran change chafinels. For some, it was their I tried, hiding, the clicker ",,l, re .... only exercise of the day. The arrival of woman said, but that just c :,m disguise, the clicker spelled heaven to such view- conflict Then I tried reason" g ~ T ffJ~l So I told my friend to take her $1.75n a midwestern city last year, police ers. : them and that didn't work. Then '~.~ price tag and what she owned of my were called to intervene in a domesticAnd misery for those who live with being the first one there and capt lungs and take a hike. dispute. Both them. I know a woman who refuses to See "Curran," ne~tl Now if I could only do something husband and wife about this fondness Ive developed for showed signs of chocolate .... assault - bruises, d "1" swelling se-: l hand fighting. So that police hauled him to jail to ~ [} separate them. ~l | Whatstarted the , .~ dispute? The tele~4sion remote control, ._., more commonly known as the clicker. '" The husband, a clicker addict, corn- " pulsively clicked from channel to chan- '~1 i'~~ ,r~ nel to see what he was missing. [ --:..~ ! On that evening, his wife asked him repeatedly to quit because she wanted to watch a program without interval> b tion, but he ignored her. When he left } briefly, she hid the clicker. From that [, (~ point on, the argument escalated to the I ' " ~.' ' point of police intervention. 1"141~ ~8 ~R~~I~R ~ HI~" wP~ ,/ The whole situation seems ready- made for a Roseanne sitcom but to anyone who is a dicker addict or living ..... with one, it's understandable.