Archive for February, 2017

ARTful Happenings February 2017


Through February 15
52 works by 42 artists; Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, call 314-241-4810 or visit www.artstlouis.org.

Through February 18
Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, visit www.artstlouis.org.

Through March 9
Framations Art Gallery, 218 North Main Street in St. Charles; for info, 636-724-8313 or visit www.framations.com

Through March 31
ART […]

2017 OneSTL Regional Sustainability Summit April 5 & 6

Setting Targets for Our Shared Future

Several St. Louis area nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions and regional government partners have joined together to present a regional summit on sustainability. The theme for the event, Setting Targets for Our Shared Future, will follow multiple tracks in an effort to illustrate intersectional issues and efforts falling under the […]

2017 Summer Camp Guide

Ackermann’s Swim Program

A Sports Facility – Teaching children 4-11 the life skill of swimming and water safety for 65+ years. Family owned and operated at the same location, 1044 Curran Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122. Group swim lessons in 4 heated pools with different water levels for progressive safe learning. Enrollment by one or two week […]

A Garden For Lovers

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

“My love is like a red, red rose” – Robert Burns

A red rose is the symbol of eternal love. We give red roses on Valentine’s Day to honor the lover that cupid’s arrow has chosen for us. The red rose and cupid are not the symbols of St. Valentine. They are the […]

A Healthy Flora Creates A Happy Gut!

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

When intestinal flora is healthy, it favorably impacts your overall health and vice versa. Understanding how to rebuild your flora is key to improving your digestion, ability to fight infections and a healthy weight for starters.
The flora (trillions of microbes that inhabit your intestines) is important for many reasons.

Vitamin production – […]

Announcing The 2017 USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Educational Lineup!

By Johanna Schweiss,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

The Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council’s State of the Chapter & Social is always enjoyable – full of opportunities for building community, building connections, learning from one another. And, each year, it’s the day we release our annual Educational Catalog. This year that […]

ARTful Happenings March 2017


Through April 2
MOCRA on St. Louis University campus, 221 N. Grand; for info, call 314-977-7170 or visit www.slu.edu/mocra.

Through April 16
Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

ArtFul Instruction

St. Louis is home to some absolutely incredible ARTful institutions. And maybe we residents of the area sometimes take them for gran…ed.

The world-class programs, exhibitions and performances that these institutions bring to us require funding beyond just ticket prices. Missouri Arts Council, […]

ArtFul Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

March is Women’s History Month

This year, more than ever, it’s time to put the spotlight on WOMEN in the arts.

Said painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), “The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters.” Artist-instructor Hans Hofmann gave a “compliment” to […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Can I Take To Prevent A Heart Attack?

Q: Since February is Heart Health Month, what can I do to protect myself from a having a heart attack?

A: Cardiovascular disease is a huge problem in this country. You are very smart to think about prevention rather than waiting until the unthinkable happens. Of […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Probiotics and Antibiotics

Q: Should I take a probiotic while taking an antibiotic or wait until I’m finished with the full course?

A: Actually, the answer is both. Did you know that 70% of the immune system is located in your digestive tract? We have over 100 trillion “good” bacteria in our bodies that aid […]

Better Buildings Through Benchmarking!

By Johanna Schweiss,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

These days, our ability to collect and analyze data is revolutionizing our lives. A fitbit can remind me to move and tell me details about my sleep. A budgeting app can remind me not to buy that extra cup of coffee. The more we know about any […]

Coalition Report

By Ed Smith,
Policy Director
Coalition for the Environment

Become A Lobbyist for Clean Water and a Healthy Planet

Protecting clean water, defending family farms, supporting renewable energy, and helping families near the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill are some of Missouri Coalition for the Environment’s legislative priorities this year in Jefferson City. Unlimited campaign contributions during the […]

Coalition Report

By Heather B. Navarro, Executive Director
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

I’ll See You In Court!

In eighth grade I heard Robert Kennedy, Jr. speak about a law clinic he started to fight polluters. By that time in my life I knew I was an environmentalist. In junior high I was organizing recycling drives and telling anyone who […]

Do You Need A Masage Therapist or a Detective?

By Beth Maddox

The answer is that you need both. Why? Because for every ailment that one brings to a massage therapist, there is a myriad of possible causes. It is essential that your massage therapist can sift through the suspects and gather the evidence that reveals the true culprit. In the example of lower back […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Invasive Bush Honeysuckle Whoop-De-Doo Sweeps, Hackathon and a Variety Show!

MARCH is the month to get out and take out swathes of Bush Honeysuckle, the invasive plant WE introduced that is taking over Missouri.
What opportunities!

Before ticks & chiggers wake up too,
For a honeysuckle WHACK
Near you!

Removal events all over St. Louis are taking place in […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Two Treks and What I Learned On Them

Friday, January 13, 2017
While St. Louis locks down in an ice storm, I am enjoying a mild winter day in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the territory of my youth.
I drove north to visit my Mom, made it out of St. Louis the day before […]

Edg-Clif Offers Great Destination For Wine Tasting & Missouri Country Getaway

Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard is a small family run Winery and Brewery created out of love for this special place. Here a third generation family farm has been gently refurbished to make it a comfortable yet vibrant venue for wine tasting, weddings, Field to Table dinners, family reunions and more.

Guests can also stay in the […]

Enhanced Interrogation Technique for Parasites by a Theoretical Internist:

“Pop” goes the Universe, Paradigm Shifting to Non-Empirical Science

By Simon Yu, MD

Parasites are masters of deception. They are directly engaged in a deceptive, asymmetrical biological and psychological warfare on mankind. Curing the “incurables”, by using parasite medications after I was deployed in Bolivia as an U.S. Army medical officer, has been the most rewarding experience […]

From Awful to Awe Full

By Phylis Clay Sparks

If I were to ask anyone who speaks English what the word “awful” means, they would have no problem telling me. Everybody knows something awful when they see it, hear it, or otherwise experience it. Something awful is that which is extremely bad, very unpleasant or even terrible. It doesn’t take a […]

Functional Medicine: A Perfect Approach for Children with Autism

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has risen dramatically over the last 25 years and the cause remains unclear. It appears there are genetic or inherited factors paired with environmental triggers that create Autism. Each child is unique and their treatment should reflect this. In my experience […]

Go Behind the Scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden at the Science and Sustainability Open House

Join us during the last weekend of February (25-26) as two of the Garden’s rarely seen areas will be open to the public from 1 to 4 pm each day. Get a closer look at what Garden botanists do behind the scenes at the Monsanto Research Center. Meet our scientists and learn how they explore, […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Area CSAs & Farm Produce & Products

By Crystal Stevens

There is a dire need for a shift in the way we source our food. Individuals around the globe are becoming more and more concerned about where their food comes from. Gardens are sprouting up across cities, towns and suburbs. There is a real need for change in our current food system. There […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through February
Laumeier Art Classes & Workshops
Laumeier Sculpture Park offers art courses for all ages as multi-day classes and one-day workshops for youth, teens and adults. Art Classes and Workshops provide participants with a focused experience within a particular medium, process or concept. Art Classes and Workshops are taught by local, experienced Artist-Instructors and are […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

March 4
What To Eat Seminars: Comfort Foods for Optimal Health & Wellness
Half-Day seminar, 9:30 am – 12:30pmLearn about the wisdom of our shared culinary traditions, backed by the very latest nutrition science. Gain optimal health and wellness from delicious, nutritious and satisfying comfort foods. Slim down, perk up and achieve your wellness goals. Hosted by […]

Importance of Your Microbiome

By Brian Harasha, BS, DC, CFMP, ACBN

This is the first in a series of articles explaining some of the foundations of Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is a medical practice concerned with the optimal functioning of the body and its organs, focused on finding the root cause of disease rather than merely relieving symptoms.

Microbiome – the […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: A Most Excellent Adventure: Getting Older, Wanna Talk?

By Tom Braford

Last month we talked about how we are building a total motivation culture at Arizmendi Ecovillage.

So what, you might ask, does that have to do with aging? The answer of course is everything. We have the same positive motivators of play, purpose and potential and the same negative ones of economic pressure, social […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Getting the Biggest Bang for your Carbon Dividend Buck$

By Tom Braford

Thanks to a cadre of senior Republican statesmen, carbon taxes and dividends are now being discussed in the halls of power, pool halls, barrooms and bedrooms across America and around the world.

The idea is to get a handle on climate change quickly by putting a fee on carbon based fuels at the mine, […]

Lavender: Scentsational Delights

By Abby Elliott
Sugar Creek Gardens

Few plants reward us more than Lavender. With a dynamic scent and luscious, purple-blue wands, it’s fantastic in the garden and in fresh and dried arrangements. Over the years superior Lavenders have been introduced that bloom continually from spring well into fall. Their outstanding or unique foliage and form, super-sized flowers, […]

Life With Stevie

By Teresa Garden, DVM

There is now an abundance of geriatric pets due to better veterinary care, modern technology, and the advancement of the bond between humans and their pets. Pets are considered valued family members. Getting old is not easy for us or for the pets we dearly love. Most of us will face daily […]

Love From A Spiritual Perspective

By Phylis Clay Sparks

Most people think they know what love is, but if you were to ask ten people to define it, you just might get ten different answers. Plato, the Greek philosopher who laid the very foundation of Western philosophy, defined love as a “grave mental disease.” Comedian Woody Allen said, “Love is the […]

March Madness In The Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft,
Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

There is madness and there is madness. The March madness of the garden is not about winning and losing, it is about all of us winning. Winning the joy of increasing sunlight and spring finally arriving. It is the celebration of the awakening of mother earth as […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske,

Tracking the Missing Morgan and Me

I have studied the lost and missing for thirty years… how one gets lost, how one gets found, who survives, who dies. I sharpen my skills through constant education and training. My continuous study of scent theory, weather conditions, lost person behavior, clue awareness and search strategy improves […]

Preventing Vision Loss In Older Adults

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW,
Assistance Home Care

Vision loss is a common manifestation of aging. According to the American Association for the Blind, more than 6.5 million Americans over 65 have a severe visual impairment. The three most common causes of major vision loss among seniors are: Macular degeneration, Glaucoma and Cataracts.

These ailments have been called […]

Publisher’s Corner: Embrace Our Tossed Salad

As the crocus and daffodils begin to bloom in the early spring weather, I am as excited as many people that Old Man Winter may have gone back to sleep. And even though we get some of our largest snowfalls in St. Louis during March, the passing of seasons reflects our need for change. I […]

Publisher’s Corner: The Winds of Change

A brisk west wind is beating the Old Webster banners outside my office window. The temperatures are heading down again after a January Saturday topping 70 degrees. Some call this a cleansing wind as it blows away the dust and dirt from dormant days of winter. No real January thaw because you have to have […]

Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival March 10-11

At their biggest food & beer festival of the year, Schlafly flies in over 70,000 fresh oysters and teams of star shuckers from both coasts. Indulge in several varieties of oysters and pair them with 15 styles of Schlafly stout: Oatmeal Stout, Coffee Stout, Nitro Irish Stout, Extra Irish Stout and Oyster Stout.

Location: The Schlafly […]

Springtime Getaway in the Ozark Foothills

Nestled in the eastern Ozarks, there’s a place that believes in family-friendly fun and bonding, where the foothills of southern Missouri meet the bright blue sky, and people of all ages are playing, relaxing and exploring – away from the ordinary. YMCA Trout Lodge is a year round resort located 90 minutes south of St. […]

Springtime Preventative Health For Your Pets

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

It’s just about springtime and we are all excited about leaving our winter cocoons and blossoming into backyard explorers, often joined by our beloved pets, either dog or cat.
The first issue regards updating your annual examinations and immunizations. Each veterinarian will host their own healthcare program for your pets, so take […]

Strong Partnerships Can Help Us Avoid Illness

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

February is the month of Valentine’s Day, which brings our focus to relationships with the people in our lives who we care for and love and how we can make those relationships stronger.

The quality of our personal relationships has an enormous impact on our overall health and wellness. Research shows […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden. You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial. You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Manifesting Your Dreams: Focus On Getting A Great Relationship

(now accepting insurance)

Isn’t the thought of getting what you want exciting? Isn’t the idea of a healthy, loving and respectful relationship appealing to all? Who wouldn’t agree with that notion? Almost everyone would agree with that, but many people have lost their […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Adjusting the Balance of Power: The Best Valentine’s Gift for Your Relationship


As a therapist who works with couples it is my job to assess the dynamics between the partners. There are some common themes that emerge as to why individuals just aren’t getting along. One of the first […]

The Comfort Food Cure

Celebrating the Wisdom of our Culinary Traditions

By Greg Kiger

Well for starters, you wouldn’t have to watch CNN to know if eggs were good or bad. You wouldn’t have to count calories, go hungry or consume “health foods” that taste like cardboard. You wouldn’t need to wait for a hospital, drug company or government agency to […]

The New Environment

By the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, 31 May 2014

When the Masters begin Their historic return to the everyday world, They will find much to do to enable Them to function adequately in the new environment. As many know, telepathy is Their normal mode of communication but, working with men, They will have to learn […]

The Power Of Past Life Regression Find Healing In The Past

By Peggy Levinson, LCSW, LMFT

In America, many of us ache for the next thing that will make us feel like we are okay. Sometimes we look to the little things – the company of a friend, escaping into Netflix, a drink, exercise, a delicious meal. Other times it feels like a major life milestone is […]

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Go Unnoticed

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

An estimated 47 million people in the U.S. have a vitamin B12 deficiency and most of them don’t even know it as symptoms can go unnoticed for years or are attributed to other causes. This is why vitamin B12 deficiency has been referred to as a silent epidemic. And one with […]

What You Can’t See, Can Hurt…

By Ava Frick,

It’s easy to ignore things that are not visible. Like your pets teeth. Their cute muzzle lips cover the teeth so well that it takes effort and intention on your part to actually observe what is going on inside their mouth. What you can’t see can be hurting their very existence.

It’s […]

Why Bees? Beekeeping Workshop Feb. 11 Explains What All The Buzz Is About

Beekeeping is an interesting hobby with sweet rewards! The world that bees create inside their hive is largely self-sufficient, requiring monitoring more than intervention. The infrastructure and hierarchy they create is a breathtaking creation requiring not much more time and effort than a garden. Colonies will forage up to 8,000 acres, so the entire community […]

Winter Is Upon Us. Take Heed!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

We are just getting a taste of winter weather, albeit with little snow, but more than enough frigid cold. What are our pet concerns this time of year? Many should be obvious, but nonetheless, we will review them for our reading audience.

Cold can be threatening, but wet cold and wind are […]

Women’s March Shines Light On Social Issues & Human Rights

By Crystal Stevens

On January 21st, 2017 millions of women around the world gathered to celebrate diversity, to walk in solidarity with women, to march for women’s rights and equal rights, and to rise together. Women marched beside their friends and family to speak out against racism, sexism, classism, and to protest violence against women. Millions […]

Women’s Wellness Weekend At Trout Lodge Feb. 24-26 Valentine Weekend Feb. 10-12

What was YOUR New Year’s resolution? Most people vow to get into better shape, lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle. There’s got to be a fun way to get in a healthier mindset that doesn’t require changing your whole world and keeping a smile on your face.

The perfect solution to start those motivational juices […]

You May Be Blind To One Of The Easiest Ways To Make Money

TeleSeminar & Workshop Explains Why

By Samantha St. Julian, Ph.D. & Kimberly Schneider, LPC

If you had a sensing mechanism that was as powerful as sight in its ability to give you information, wouldn’t you want to use it every day? Wouldn’t you rely on it to make decisions about relationships, health, money and life? You DO […]