ARTful Living: Let Your Spark Shine!

Articles from ‘December 2021’ Issue

How To Have a Sustainable Holiday Season

By Charlotte Renner

As happy as the holidays are, they have unacknowledged consequences on the environment. According to Stanford, Americans produce 25% more waste during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, compared to the rest of the year. Which is an additional 7 million pounds.

As we approach the holiday season, you can be mindful of your… [click headline to read more]

Vitality Unlimited Spa – Where Your Well-Being is Our First Concern

Tucked away in Webster Groves is Vitality Unlimited Spa, a hidden gem where stressed minds, bodies and spirits are soothed, centered and nourished in a warm, friendly and relaxing sanctuary. The holistic day spa offers the highest quality services, including massage therapy, reflexology, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures, as well as a wide selection of natural skin-care and self-care products. 

Locally owned… [click headline to read more]

Earthworms’ Castings: Ten-Minute Nativity

By Jean Ponzi

Holiday Time returns after Big Time Out for our whole species. Hurtle with me Back in Time, two-score Earth years, to a Time-Turning point. Cheers!

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In Nineteen Hundred Ninety-Six, the Festive Season almost lost an intense competition with Work for my small family’s celebratory attention.

My husband Dale was custom-building all the kitchen… [click headline to read more]

Do You Own a Pair of Hearing Aids? Do You Wear Them?

“Protecting My Hearing Aid Investment.”  A Webinar December 15, 3pm

An essential element to get the most out of a hearing aid investment and preserve their maximum benefit, is to follow a maintenance routine. Some of the things you should know are:

Regularly schedule your follow up appointments. They are important because a specialist can use professional… [click headline to read more]

Cast Announced for North American Tour of Cats

The full cast was announced for the North American tour of CATS that includes a stop in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre December 21 – January 2.

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries… [click headline to read more]

Kate LamprichCelebrating Bold Moves: Essential Health and Wellness Opens In Crestwood

by Kate Lamprich

On November 15, 2021, Essential Health and Wellness opened our doors to the community for the first time; arising from the ashes of other businesses during the uncertain times of a worldwide pandemic, to serve as a beacon of hope for the community. The therapists at Essential Health and Wellness are dedicated to… [click headline to read more]

Dr. Simon YuDeworming the Mummy in the Nile River: Forgotten Art of Preventive Medicine

By Simon Yu, MD

Here is an excerpt from my latest article, which I have retitled to capture your attention: 

l was in Egypt on a Nile river cruise in October. Our anthropology tour guide was describing not only ancient Egyptian history and monuments, but also frequent Nile River illness: an ancient curse of abdominal bloating, pain,… [click headline to read more]

Dr. Amy DavisCOVID 19 – Long Hauler’s Strategies for Support

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

COVID 19 and the problems that have arisen in the aftermath of even mild cases are confounding doctors across the country. Symptoms commonly include, fatigue, brain fog, shortness of breath and poor endurance. Many other issues are being seen including joint and muscle pain, recurrent shingles, reactivation of mono, strokes, myocarditis, […]

J.B. Lester The Healthy PlanetPublisher’s Corner: Holidays 2021: Bittersweet

Holidays are all about traditions. That is the way it has been for my family all of my life. Captured in photos and memories, family has always been the center of Thanksgiving and Christmas for the Lesters. The size of the table changes year to year, but not the size of our hearts. I can […]

Linda TatumSustainability – How can we contribute to the world wide effort?

By Linda Tatum, Rooftop Sedums and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Membership & Marketing Committee

As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) came to a close, many of us are asking, “How can I, my family, and my company/organization step up and be part of the solution?” First, we can examine what sustainability means and our roles. 

Sustainability is handling… [click headline to read more]

Snow GooseConservation Corner: It’s Snowing Geese!

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: Hundreds of thousands of snow geese can descend in winter wetlands like snow itself. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation

Sometimes it rains cats and dogs. Sometimes, it snows geese.

As one might guess, the snow goose gets its name from its brilliant white plumage. The tips… [click headline to read more]

Cohousing DenmarkIrresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Real World Modeling for Optimized Solutions

By Tom Braford

While it is relatively easy to design an optimized world, the real challenge is in designing how to get there from here, wherever here is.

After starting out as a restoration carpenter and green rehabber, I soon discovered that being boxed in by the constraints imposed by existing structures and sites sometimes opened up possibilities… [click headline to read more]

Books for Garden & Earth Lovers

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

In this time of gift giving, books are treasures that we can give to others and ourselves. In the shorter colder days of winter, as our gardens rest, we can take time to gather wisdom, joy, hope and inspiration from the words, photos and illustrations of… [click headline to read more]

Ambassadors of HarmonyARTful Living: Let Your Spark Shine!

Photo Caption: Ambassadors of Harmony men’s chorus brings joy, magic and a few laughs in five concerts, December 10-12, at the Touhill on UMSL campus. Read matinee or evening performance details at www.aoh.org.

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

The holiday season is upon us. And that season includes varied traditions. 

Chanala Rubenfeld, co-director of Chabad of Chesterfield said, “The holiday Chanukah is all about letting your spark shine. Each one of us has a special and unique purpose, talents, skills and the ability to make a difference… [click headline to read more]

Urban HarvestPure Farmland™ Awards $5,000 Grant To Urban Harvest STL Through its Pure Growth Project

Donation to Help Urban Farm Network Serving Food Insecure Communities & Increase Neighborhood Access to Locally Grown Produce

Pure Farmland™ recently recognized Urban Harvest STL (UHSTL) in downtown St. Louis, Mo. for its positive impact in the area with a recent donation of $5,000. The contribution is part… [click headline to read more]

Dr Teresa Garden DVMFat Cats & Portly Pooches

By Teresa Garden, DVM

COVID-19 has turned the world and everyone in it upside down and inside out. When the lockdown started it seemed beneficial to our pets. They were receiving more attention and affection from their families. Dogs were being walked more and several of my patients initially lost weight, but after a while COVID… [click headline to read more]

Dr. Larry A. BrownThoughts for a Positive Life

This is the title of a new 106 page, affordable, and easy to read, book that is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble bookstores. The author is a local person named Dr. Larry A. Brown who has amassed and entire career of work in the community and with people, organizations, and corporations. This allows… [click headline to read more]

Dr. Brian HarashaWhat is Shockwave Therapy?

By Dr. Brian Harasha

Most people know me as the ‘Laser Guy’, so why have I added shockwave therapy to my preferred modalities? To me, laser therapy is the king of promoting tissue healing, however, sometimes chronic issues and areas with lower blood flow are slow to respond. Even though special parameters used with a laser… [click headline to read more]