Archive for December, 2021

ARTful Living: Here’s to a healthy, happy New Year as the calendar turns to 2022

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

photo caption: Speak Truth by Jill Downen, Bruno David Gallery

January is cold, but the jazz is hot this month at Jazz St. Louis, 3536 Washington in Grand Center. Check out this lineup of concerts: The Bad Plus (Jan. 5-9); Joel Vanderheyden Quartet (Jan. 12), The Kaleb Kirby Quintet […]

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 […]

Colon Hydrotherapy Helps Achieve Body’s Natural Balance

By Kate Lamprich, Colon Hydrotherapist, Foundation Level 1-ACT certified

Colon Hydrotherapy is a great way to support your body in maintaining homeostasis ( a stable internal environment). Our colon (or large intestines), are filled with a balance of good bacteria and yeast for the purpose of digesting and eliminating the waste from the foods that we […]

Conservation Corner: The Leaf that Winter Forgot

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo caption: The leaf of the putty plant grows through winter, while its flowers (inset) bloom on a more conventional schedule in the spring.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation

Green leaves growing in the middle of January? Impossible, right? Not so in the unusual world of nature. Take […]

Eagle Days Event Moves to Powder Valley Nature Center for 2022; Takes Place Jan. 15 with New Format

Due to a renovation work on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Eagle Days programming is moving to Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood this year.

Few words can describe the thrill of seeing America’s national symbol soaring through the air in the wild, or close enough to touch. During the winter, the Mississippi River hosts […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Night Sky

By Jean Ponzi

Staying an October nightwith friends in their forest cabin.Seeing starlight sparkleon Brazil Creek, a tributaryto the Meramec River,into Mississippi, Earth’s water cycle shining.

Step outside with dog friendfor the good-night pee.A pet for her headthen I look up . . .

Awestruck!Breathless!Ahhhhh! Behold:Night Sky, Celestial Glory!Silent scintillating brilliance!

Living in the City,my Night Sky is nice, but […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Bring your Boatload of Knowledge!

By Tom Braford

Are there things about the current world you would like to change?

Anthropologist Margaret Mead is often quoted as saying, “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To […]

Promoting Green Buildings For 20 Years In St. Louis Area

By Hannah Roth 2021 Chair, Board of DirectorsUSGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

2021 has been a significant year for the St. Louis region and the global community. This is our 20th year catalyzing green and healthy places. We at the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter continue to play a vital role in the greening of our region. […]

Publisher’s Corner: From Warrior To Writer & Bottle Washer

The new year conjures up all sorts of resolutions and new beginnings. We often take this time to inspect our inner balance and try to adjust what has gotten out of whack over the past 11 months. For me, this new year gives me pause. I am exploring my relevance and purpose. At 70, I […]

Strategies to Enhance Your Immune System!

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Natural immunity to COVID-19 is not lasting. People who have had documented cases of COVID-19 when I tested months later no longer are positive for antibodies. What that means is that 8-12 months after the initial infection, protection has diminished to the point that original antibody tests are negative and new infection with […]

Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions — for Everyone

By Charlotte Renner

Looking for a New Year’s resolution that shows your commitment to keeping our environment safe? The following resolutions are doable no matter who you are and where you live. 

Stop buying single-use plastics 

Just by taking a trip to the grocery store, you’re probably buying more single-use plastic than you realize. Produce like potatoes or […]

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 […]

Tree Poems

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, The Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

My nectarine tree grows in a garden bed next to the street where many people walk by. The tree grows along with several shrubs and many perennials. In the winter the tree is bare of its leaves, but late last winter it had tree poem […]