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Archive for December, 2020

2021 – Planting Seeds of Hope and New Beginnings

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

2021 is a year of new beginnings and hope as we start to leave behind the horrors of Covid, political unrest and so much more. January is traditionally the time of envisioning what we want to come into being. This January we can let gardens inspire […]

35th Annual World Peace Day Virtual Event

By Jeannie Breeze

Bright and Beautiful Beings, this year’s World Peace Day Celebration will be a virtual event, available starting at 6 a.m., December 31st, 2020, on The Center for Divine Love’s FaceBook page, and hopefully on the peace website at www.wpdaystl.com, and possibly YouTube. You can check the website or email me at jjbreeze46@gmail.com for […]

Advancing Sustainability via Missouri Green Schools

By Stacey “Parker” Parker, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA & Sierra Shields, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA

Educating the next generation on sustainable practices is one of the most important efforts we can make to ensure the future of our planet. Missouri Green Schools (missourigreenschools.org), a new tracking and recognition program for PreK-12 schools across the […]

ARTful Living

ARTful LivingSt. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing ArtsMichelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Please note: As scheduling can be unexpectedly altered in response to COVID-19 concerns, kindly verify all listed events at the provided websites.

December delivers special traditions everyone loves. But this year is different –REALLY different. None of us needs to be reminded of […]

ARTful Living

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky; Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Gerry Brooks is an elementary school principal in Lexington, Kentucky. He knows firsthand about teaching and has spot-on insight about the challenges to staying safe in COVID-time. His 3-minute videos, usually recorded in his car, have made me double-over with laughter on dark days during the past year […]

Coalition Report: A Thank You To Our Members and Partners

By Anna Weber & Courtney Casteel, Missouri Coalition for the Environment

www.moenviron.org

Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is a non-profit, independent environmental organization committed to educating, organizing and advocating in defense of Missouri’s people and their environment. Founded in 1969, MCE has been protecting the environment for over 50 years, working to sustain access to clean […]

Conservation Corner: Missouri’s (almost) Official Christmas Tree

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s official state tree is the flowering dogwood. But if the Show-Me State had an official Christmas tree, it might be the eastern red cedar. It’s one of the few evergreen trees native to Missouri.

The eastern red cedar is a small to medium-sized conifer that sports a dense body […]

Conservation Corner: The Fox Says Happy New Year

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation 

We humans often ring in the New Year with a roar, whether it’s dropping a giant ball or a spectacular fireworks display. But if you listen closely on a cold January night, you could hear a much stranger sound welcoming in 2021. Perhaps an unusual barking; but it might […]

Discover Nature with MDC through Eagle Days on your own Due to COVID-19

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will not host Eagle Days events this year but encourages people to watch eagles on their own.

Did you know that thousands of bald eagles visit Missouri each winter and eagle watching in Missouri can be spectacular? From late December through early February, watch for eagles perched in large trees along […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

The Shape Of Days

First of spring, a viral forceSequestered people everywhere.No one drove, went out or met. We huddled through a public scare.

Sheltering in place, how could I Carry on my working share?How could I maintain my reach To fellow humans here and there? 

Lo! through that alarming spaceAn open view, a way to share!Electrons brought us […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Resolvo Verde

Father Time has turned his pageThe calendar is cleanNow resolute upon Life’s stageI vow to grow more Green!

To set direction yearlyI must do a self-assessmentSo I can focus clearly And sustainably on YES-ment

Let’s see, in terms of daily stuffWhat habits can I tweak?I already wash my clothes in cold,My windows do […]

Environmental Advocacy Resources for the New Year

By Anna Weber

Starting off the new year, there’s never been a better chance to start making a positive impact in your community and help Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) make our state a better place. Ranging from issues with our food system to local environmental concerns, MCE has been advocating, educating, and organizing to […]

Functional Medicine – The Mind-Body Medicine Approach

By Amy Davis M.D.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to make many changes in our daily lives. We are experiencing pandemic fatigue, social isolation, anxiety, anger, sadness and loss. Because long-term stress is more constant, the body never receives a clear signal to return to normal functioning. This has real impact on our emotional and […]

Garden Books, Gifts For Yourself and Others

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

This holiday season is unlike any other. Gifts of garden books are a balm in long cold months. They give us hope for a brighter new year and garden growing season. 

Here is my list of favorite garden and nature books for children and adults. Some are beautiful picture and coffee table books, […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

December Happenings

Through December 2020HEALTHY PLANET VIRTUAL EXPO You can enjoy the Healthy Planet Expo Virtually through December online from the comfort of your own home or office. Visit some of your favorite expo exhibitors and meet may new people, too. Find new ways to live a greener and healthier life. Sign up for a trip to […]

Home for the Holidays: Quick and Simple Fixes to Save Energy and Money

By Victoria Coleman, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Intern

Heating and cooling, water heating, washing and drying, and lighting account for nearly three-quarters of energy use in a residential building. Finding little ways to reduce your energy consumption in the house, can not only help the planet but also help your pocketbook. 

To keep your home cozy and warm this […]

Home for the Holidays: Quick and Simple Fixes to Save Energy and Money

By Victoria Coleman, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Intern

Heating and cooling, water heating, washing and drying, and lighting account for nearly three-quarters of energy use in a residential building. Finding little ways to reduce your energy consumption in the house, can not only help the planet but also help your pocketbook. 

To keep your home cozy and warm this season, […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Creating a Cornucopia of Community

By Tom Braford

How do we create the critical mass that it takes to establish breakthrough community?

Critical mass is the minimum amount of something required to start or maintain any project or venture.

There are 4 levels of critical mass in successful community building. When we achieve critical mass at one level, the next one becomes possible.

According […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Resolving Climate Change and Racism with Community Now!

By Tom Braford

My lived experience and research over my seventy-four years have had a lot to tell me about the most cost-effective way to get to net zero carbon emissions while solving lots of seemingly endemic challenges, like racism, along the way. 

That is why we are creating a network of Reconciliation and Regeneration Ecovillage communities […]

Ivermectin Deficiency Syndrome: Staying Out of the COVID-19 Graveyard

By Simon Yu, MD

Last week, a friend sent me a post by Dr. Richard Horowitz on work to advocate for US trials of Ivermectin, GSH (glutathione) and nutraceuticals for COVID-19 viral infection. I want to share this vital information with my readers and to spread this important message to your friends and your doctors; it […]

Long-Term, Sustainable Weight Loss

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to weight loss that it can become paralyzing. Who is right? Who is just trying to take your money? How do you know? The fact is, weight loss is a multi-BILLION dollar industry that thrives on keeping you guessing. There […]

Missouri Prairie Foundation & Grow Native! Webinars and Master Classes for the New Year

Enjoy weekly online programming January through March 2021

December 15, 2020, Columbia, MO — The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) and its 20-year-old Grow Native! program have hosted 22 virtual webinars and master classes since May 2020 with more than 4,200 live participants. 

Now to kick off 2021, MPF announces a new series of virtual learning opportunities with […]

Nature Wisdom

By Pat Tuholske

Scent of the Sacred

Incense has been with us since ancient times. Our ancestors burned incense to affect a positive change to the atmosphere of a place. Ancient Egyptians used fragrant smoke to neutralize foul odors, drive out demons and please the gods. During the Middle Ages, European cities suffering from the plague were […]

Publisher’s Corner

Don’t Let The Door Hit You 2020

There is little doubt that 2020 was a bad year. Horrific in so many ways. So if there was ever a time to throw out the old and welcome the new, 2021 is the year to do that. The bar has been set very low so 2021 already feels […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

Like everyone else, the St. Louis T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association has found itself having to change its usual class schedule in response to the corona virus. We hope to have in person classes again in mid-spring 2021. We will limit class size, may live stream classes, or some combination of […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW 

Shifting ‘The Energy’ This Holiday Season

www.ChristineKniffen.com Your Personal Relationship Coach is just a click away…. 

Have you paused long enough recently? Have you stopped, taken a step back and just felt the soothing, gentle wind and its calming effect? It is a light, but brisk reminder of all that it good about nature and […]

The Mind-Body Medicine Approach

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to make many changes in our daily lives. We are experiencing pandemic fatigue, social isolation, anxiety, anger, sadness and loss. Because long-term stress is more constant, the body never receives a clear signal to return to normal functioning. This has real impact on our emotional […]

The Year of the Dog

How to Stay Healthy the Year of Covid-19

By Dr. Gail Cloud, DC

Recently, by zoom of course, I was speaking with my cousin and he referred to 2020 as the year of the dog. This made me laugh, but the more I thought about it I realized how true a description it is. First of all, […]

This Is Our Last Print Issue For A While… Sign Up For Your Free Online Subscription

The Healthy Planet magazine will go online only beginning with our January 2021 edition. This decision came after realizing that the Covid 19 pandemic is surging and it has taken a toll on our magazine, our advertisers, our readers and our delivery crew. We think the responsible thing to do is to take our magazine […]

What is Laser Therapy?

By Dr. Brian Harasha

The term laser therapy in this article refers to specialized lasers designed to enhance the body’s own healing processes. These are not the lasers utilized in surgery, hair or tattoo removal, Lasix, cosmetics, podiatry or dentistry. In those therapies, laser is used to cut, scale or remove tissue. 

Laser therapy is also not […]