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Articles from ‘March 2010’ Issue

A Remembrance & Honoring Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

 

Six brightly colored butterflies twirl in the breeze atop the twisted branches of a tall iron trunk.  The center butterfly is perched on the tallest branch.  The blue wings and yellow polka dots echo the blue sky on sunny days and on dark days bring the promise of sunshine again.  Five other [...]

ABRA-KID-ABRA CAMPS

Make a person appear!  Ride a unicycle!  Twist animal balloons to take home!  Sound fun?  This is only the tip of the iceberg at Abra-Kid-Abra’s one-week entertainment camps!  We offer four different programs at community centers and schools throughout St. Louis, all summer:  magic, circus stars, comedy, and balloonatics.  Half or full day.  Each culminates [...]

ASK THE HERB LADY

With Cathy Burkemper

 

Leg Cramps, Heavy Periods &  Hemorrhoids

 

 

Q: I often suffer from leg cramps when I’m sleeping.  What could be causing these?

 

A: Leg cramps are a very common complaint.  Usually, they are caused by a mineral imbalance.  Most people think they are low in potassium, but low levels of calcium and magnesium can also cause [...]

Be Surrounded by 3,000 Blue Morpho Butterflies

During MARCH MORPHO MANIA TM At The Butterfly House!

 

Throughout the month of March, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield offers visitors an experience not to be missed: be surrounded by more than 3,000 tropical blue morpho butterflies in free flight, ten times the usual number! Don’t miss the March Morpho ManiaTM total immersion [...]

C.S.A.’s WHAT THEY ARE, WHAT THEY DO, AND WHY YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE

By Gretchen Morfogen

 

Community Supported Agriculture or C.S.A.’s are simply you directly financially support a local farmer and in return acquiring field fresh produce for your family or business on a weekly basis throughout the growing season. More and more people are benefiting from this agricultural exercise in gathering the freshest possible produce, meat, eggs, poultry, [...]

Cleansing Helps Break Up Congestion, Blocked Energy & Pain

By Kathleen H. Christ, NCMBT, LMT

 

New Year’s resolutions, Lent and other religious practices, all look to reestablishing health and wellness of body and soul after the shortest and coldest days of the year (less sunlight/Vitamin D).  Interestingly, we also find Valentine’s Day right in the middle of these events as though to add more fuel [...]

Duh Vinci Code for Tasmanian Devils: Cracking the Cancer Code

By Simon Yu, MD

 

In case you didn’t know, about 70 percent of the wild Tasmanian devil population has disappeared from Tasmania Island due to a facial tumor. This has occurred just since 1996 when it was first recognized. Tasmanian devils are a carnivorous marsupial from Australia. If the current rate of decline continues, devils could [...]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi

 

One For Winter

 

“I can’t wait for spring,” they’re saying, my friends who grow stupendous gardens. They’re coaxing tiny seedlings now, in holes the size of thimbles, wee plantlets glazing green their flats.

“Sunshine, what’s that?” chorus other friends, keening to get outside.

I‘m savoring every frozen moment. Winter feels so restful! The gray days soothe [...]

Five Agreements That Can Change Your Life

By Linda Potter

 

He’s a gentle, soft-spoken Nagual — a shamanic teacher and healer in the Toltec tradition. He is also the celebrated author of the internationally acclaimed book, The Four Agreements. Don Miguel Ruiz has changed the lives of over 4 million people around the world with a handful of simple, but powerful “agreements” that [...]

Floss Daily, Live Longer

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)

 

Scholars and scientists who study human behavior say that it takes approximately 21 days to introduce a new routine into our lifestyles. Repetition and commitment are two contributing factors to a successful outcome. However, without a perceived value for this new behavior, the idea or task soon becomes [...]

For Every Dollar Saved in Annual Utility Costs, Homeowners Can Expect to Add $20 to Their Home’s Market Value

By Travis Seeger

Wow, already looking at the end of the first quarter of 2010, my accountant says tax time is on the horizon and we are living the results of that darn groundhog seeing his shadow (still three more weeks?)!!!

Well speaking of tax time, some of our customers are getting a little break this year, [...]

Free CFL Recycling For AmerenUE Customers

AmerenUE’s Residential Energy Efficiency Department is launching a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program to make disposing of CFL bulbs easier for UE customers. The program offers residential customers a convenient no-cost way to safely dispose of used CFL bulbs.

“We’re offering our customers a variety of energy efficiency programs, like discounted CFLs, to help [...]

Getting Fit and Loving It At New Town At St. Charles

New Town at St. Charles is an active, vibrant community that summons its residents outdoors to enjoy its full potential.  As we continue to grow we are continually offered new ways to enjoy being outdoors amongst friends and neighbors. New Town has become a destination spot, renowned for its full summer of music festivals, outdoor [...]

Good-Natural-Local-Organic

By Nancy Smith,

Secretary, Farm to Family Naturally

 

We have great news at Sappington Farmers Market, and we want everyone who cares about the planet to know about it.

For the past month, the store has been under the direction of our new general manager, David Harroun.  David worked his way up through the ranks at Wild Oats [...]

Green & Growing FROM THE PROS

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

 

Greenhouses Growing Green

Many local greenhouses are planting environmentally friendly plants and using eco-friendly practices.  Here’s what some of the local garden centers that grow their own plants and wholesale growers are doing.

 

Local Garden Centers That Grow Their Own

Greenscape Gardens grows over 25,000 perennials each year with the largest quantity and variety grown [...]

Green Scene

With Heidi Schoen

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

 

Welcome back to the GREEN SCENE, where progressive people, places and products aim to enlighten and empower us to live sustainably. Regardless of where our lifestyle is on the green continuum, each one of us can and should take simple steps to improve the state of our local and [...]

Growing Green Awards Set For March 31

The U.S. Green Building Council- St. Louis Regional Chapter (UGBC-STL) will hold its second annual Growing Green Awards on March 31, 2010, from 6-10pm at Soulard Preservation Hall.  This awards program distinguishes itself by recognizing people and organizations who are transforming the built environment and who are sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable [...]

IN THE GARDEN PROFILE: Greene’s Country Store Offers Many Organic & Sustainable Products

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

 

A must stop place for any city or country person with a garden, lawn, chickens, horses, pets or small farm animals is Greene’s Country Store & Feed in Lake St. Louis.  Greene’s is appropriately named for a store dedicated to “green” lawns, gardens and healthy animals.  An extensive selection of numerous brands [...]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: ISLANDERS MAY SAVE US ALL!

By Tom & Carol Braford

 

Right now our government and others around the world, many nongovernmental organizations and many individuals are sending money, supplies and personnel to Haiti.  Inhabitants of some low lying island nations are making plans with neighboring countries to evacuate their populations as the oceans speed up their rise due to global warming. [...]

March 1 & 2

Eco-Chef Bryant Terry

At Washington University

Bryant Terry (www.bryant-terry.com), eco chef, food justice activist, and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine will visit Washington University in St. Louis on March 1 and March 2!  St. Louis community is invited to attend two nights of special events at Washington University. Danforth University [...]

March is National Women’s History Month

It’s a great opportunity to celebrate women—not only as portrayed in art but, more importantly, for their role in art.

In 1971, art historian Linda Nochlin published an essay in ArtNews magazine entitled, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Her question opened a new area of art history. Does anyone today look at a [...]

NATURE WISDOM

With Pat Tuholske

Naturalist

 

Blessed By mist

 

It is a perfect spring night — the bats swoop for prey under the brilliant stars, the spring peepers trill in chorus, and the creek murmurs in the distance.  I feed the fire and wait.  The coyotes begin their long high-pitched wails.  A blue heron bound for the roost squawks overhead.  The [...]

NEW EXHIBITS

FRONT ROOM EXHIBITIONS

March 3- April 18: JOCHEN LEMPERT

March 3-14: ROMAN SCHRAMM & HARIS EPANIMONDA

March 17-28: LESLIE HEWITT

March 31-April 18 MACHINE PROJECT

Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington; for info, call 314-535-0770 or visit camstl.org.

March 3 through April

COMFORT YOUR DEN IN 2010

Exhibit of  western-style paintings by Steve Grzyb, Lanie Frick, Leslie Faust; reception 4-9 p.m.; Harvest Arts Gallery, [...]

NOTES FROM THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF MISSOURI: Windows Into Spring

By Sarah Felumb

Education Coordinator

The Wildlife Center of Missouri

 

From the cozy warmth of my office chair, gazing out onto our acreage at the Wildlife Center of Missouri, I can see the pond as it freezes and thaws, freezes and thaws.  I haven’t taken a walk around the pond trail in a few months.  After the first [...]

Publisher’s Corner

Better Dust Off My Reading Glasses

 

I am thinking about opening a bookstore or at least a lending library. We receive many new books from publishers almost every day and they are beginning to pile up. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great new titles coming out. Books like: Outdoor Fitness: Step out of the [...]

Relationships 101:

With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,

Therapist & Relationship Coach

Doing Your Work Before You Get “Hitched

 

  Don’t miss…

“The Art of Relating”

   radio show!

Monday Nights at 7pm central….

listen live or download the podcast

Where:  christinekniffen.com

or blogtalkradio.com/the-art-of-relating

 

March 1:  Getting Past Your Breakup:  How to Turn Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You by Susan J. [...]

St. Louis Celebrates 40th Earth Day In Forest Park, April 25

By Cassie Phillips; Executive Director

St. Louis Earth Day

 

Every year, on the fourth Sunday of April, St. Louis Earth Day stages what has become the oldest and largest Earth Day celebration in the Midwest. This premier event, held on the Muny Opera Grounds in Forest Park, annually draws more than 25,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors for [...]

St. Louis Earth Day Elects New Executive Director

The St. Louis Earth Day Board of Directors  announced the appointment of Ms. Cassandra Phillips as the organization’s new Executive Director.  “Cassie became the natural choice for this position given her initiative, organizational skills, and commitment to the organization and to a healthy environment for St. Louis. Cassie is already working with sponsors and exhibitors [...]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros

 

The topic of this month’s issue is:

Similarities of the “Gita”

and the “Tao de Ching”

 

It has been said that “next to the Bible and the Bhagavad-Gita, the Tao Te Ching is the most translated book in the world”.  That said, since this is an article about Yoga, some of the similarities between the last [...]

The Heart of Communication Between Parent & Child

By Dr. Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

 

Good communication is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship with your child, gives her a positive view of herself and serves as her foundation and model for good relationships throughout her life.  When you truly listen to your child, you communicate to her that she is understood, valued and accepted [...]

The Tale Of Twisted Biscuits

By Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

 

Twisted Biscuits, a small St. Louis business that specializes in creating healthy pet treats, originated as a way to help rescued dogs get the chance to have a healthy snack.  This pet business with a twist is my Planet Pet Pick for March.  Lindsay Harmon launched Twisted Biscuits in April [...]

Webster University to Host Vandana Shiva, Regional Panel of Food & Water Experts

Webster University invites you to two free March events that are part of the Year of International Human Rights 2009-10: The Right to Food & Water.

The first event, a panel discussion titled “Human Rights: Using New Tools to Grow Food and Protect Resources,” will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in Sunnen Lounge. [...]

“Run for the Rainforest” to Support Indigenous Conservation and Literacy

May 1,  2010 in Tower Grove Park, a 5K run and Kids Fun Run & Scavenger Hunt with prizes from the Missouri Botanical Garden will benefit two partner nonprofit organizations, one based in St. Louis and the other in an indigenous village in Guyana, South America.

Guyana is a small country, about the size of Idaho. The [...]

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