I don’t know about you, but sometimes my thinker gets stuck in neutral. That’s my situation at the moment. Maybe I’m just plumb thunk out. I have a mental image of “The Thinker,” a famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin, which sits in the middle of a beautiful garden at the Musee’ Rodin in Paris. My wife and I had the privilege of walking through that garden on an anniversary trip a few years ago. We visited that museum just to see the statue and, frankly, I was stunned to discover it sitting out in the open rather than inside a building in an area restricted to the public. The image shows a powerful man deep in thought sitting on a rock and is one of the most recognizable sculptures in the world. Perhaps he was stuck in neutral or was all thunk out, too.

Let me thank the Editor of Women’s Inc for publishing my “Monster in the Closet” article last month. Thanks to social media, that article has been shared from coast to coast. The responses I’ve received have been humbling. Hopefully it will make a difference and help reform a broken marketplace which denies patients access to their local pharmacy. I actually testified before the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee at the state capitol about this very issue during the special legislative session in March.

On another note, let me kind of bring you up to date on what’s been going on at Smith Family Pharmacy. This is old news, but for those of you who don’t know, we actually moved our pharmacy to the corner of Dave Ward Drive and Nutter’s Chapel Road on October 1st. We are now located in the Daniel Building right on the corner next to several family practice physicians, an ENT clinic, a Dermatology clinic, an Oral Surgeon, a Pediatric Dentist, two Pain Management clinics, CARTI, and a Physical Therapy clinic.

We doubled our space and have added several gift lines to go along with the best selection of plush toys in Faulkner county. Nobody does plush like Aurora. You simply won’t believe how soft the Aurora “Luvsters” infant toys are. We now carry a complete line of Melissa and Doug toys and games for children and an amazing selection of silly socks by SockSmith. We can’t keep the chicken socks or goat socks in stock. You have to see our new line of water bottles, mugs, sippy cups, and dog bowls by True North. They are terrific and come in all the colors of our local schools. We also have some really neat tea towels by Wildwood Landing that you must check out. They make very good, yet inexpensive, gifts. We can even order them with custom messages for special occasions. For the man in your life, you’ve got to come see our new line of Duke Cannon products. You just think he’s manly now but wait until he uses some of the Duke Cannon soaps, beard oil, or man-sized lip balms. These products would make Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor grunt for sure.

We have home décor signs and a rack of skinny signs which will make you laugh out loud. For those of you who love to soak in the tub, check out our new bath bombs by UR and our Spongelle bath products. I’m a huge fan of our Naked Bee line of products, a collection of natural, personal skin care products. We carry their complete line of lotions, lip balms and shampoos in a variety of fragrances, and are now featuring their new Naked Zinc line of sunscreen/sunblock products.

Our candles by Illume are very exclusive, smell fantastic, and make a beautiful decoration for your home. We have them put back in the storeroom for now, but come Christmas, you’ve got to see the ones which come inside a music box! Last, but not least, we now have an excellent line of aromatherapy oils and diffusers by Rare Essence. They are both fun and therapeutic. Oh, you have to try on the best neck and shoulder wrap I’ve ever seen. It is unbelievably soft and is filled with lavender infused beads.

I know this article is quite different from what I try to write in this space, but after last month’s article, I really just wanted to keep things light. Come see us soon.