Articles from ‘August 2021’ Issue

A Green Building Game Changer

By Marion Smith, AIA, LEED AP, Engine House No. 1and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Founder

As we celebrate the 20-year anniversary of our local USGBC Chapter this year, it has been a good reminder to reflect on what the green building movement looked like at the founding. Before our U.S. Green Building Council St. Louis Regional Chapter […]

ARTful Living: Music’s Place In History

Coalition Report: Resources To Help You Shop Local

By Chiamaka Chukwu

Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on advocating for clear water, clear air, clean energy, and a healthier environment. MCE supports allied organizations working towards the same goals while providing vital information to thousands of Missourians on issues that affect their water, air, food, health, and environment. 

One […]

Conservation Corner: Showered with Gifts from the Sky

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the best of the year, and it peaks around August 12 this year. Photo by Dan Zarlenga

You can watch thousands of particles older than the Earth itself come to dramatic and fiery ends before your eyes. That’s essentially what […]

Earthworms’ Castings: On Peers Prairie

By Jean Ponzi

Golden Yellow 

Lavish Greens

Birdie warbles, twitters, trills

Breeze lilt, rattle and whoosh

Solar canopy

Cumulus piles

July Sunday afternoon heat

Ripples the vast blue dome view.

Rare treat now for human eyes:

Vista that all hues of our species

Took for granted, loved and fought,

Over ages under Nature’s rule.



bee balm,

Sturdy as tomato stakes.



 brush my chest.

Grasses I cannot name

Poke and whisk and flip […]

Explore Shawnee Forest Country – in Southernmost Illinois

photo caption: Bike, or hike along the Tunnel Hill Trail

Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind art, wine, or antiques, or exploring the great outdoors, Shawnee Forest Country in Southernmost Illinois can take you there.

The trails begin in the rolling Southern Illinois countryside where you can sip your way along and discover truly surprising and authentic wine […]

Gateway to the Great Outdoors Presents Brain Teaser Bash in Tower Grove Park A Puzzle Hunt Through The Park August 7

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Gateway to the Great Outdoors (GGO) introduces the first ever “Brain Teaser Bash”! Solve mind-challenging, brain-teasing puzzles as you race through Tower Grove Park! All funds raised will be used for GGO programming and will directly benefit St. Louis Public School (SLPS) students in grades 4-8 throughout the 2021-22 school year.

When: Saturday, […]

Growing Food is an Amazing Way to Savor the Seasons

By Crystal StevensUrban Farmer

Photo Caption: Flourish Farm photo by Virginia Harold

Fresh, homegrown food adds flavor and nutrition to every meal from spring through fall for gardeners in the midwest. There is nothing quite like slicing open a fresh, homegrown heirloom tomato in the summertime or cooking a butternut squash. You can almost taste the summer […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Critical Mass, Achieving a Pandemic of Plenty

By Tom Braford

Critical mass is the minimum amount of something required to start or maintain a project or venture. It begins a chain reaction and follows the same laws of contagion as communicable diseases, but what if we actively pursue it to create a positive social movement!?

According to British anthropologist, Robin Dunbar, there is a […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – A Functional Medicine Approach

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Functional Medicine provides a new way of thinking about chronic disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which can impact 1 in 6 people and is entirely correctable. 

Typical symptoms of IBS include: 

BloatingGasDistentionConstipationDiarrhea that often comes on after a mealCramping

Each person with IBS may have a different cause even though the symptoms are […]

Migraines 101: What You Need to Know About Them and How Not to “Go Mental” Over Them

Ian Wahl, DAc, LAc, CH

A minor headache can make it hard to concentrate for a while, but for most people, a couple of over-the-counter remedies can usually get them under control. However, if you are suffering from migraine headaches, it can be outright debilitating.

According to the American Migraine Association, 12% to 16% of the U.S. […]

Nature Wisdom: Screen Time vs Nature Time

By Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Seems many of us today would rather sit inside with screens than explore our native environment. Plugged into laptops, video games, and television, our senses are consumed causing us to be alienated from the natural world. We may watch Nature programs and know a few facts about whales, the rain forest or […]

Non-Core Vaccines: Should You Get Them for Your Dog?

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Non-core vaccines are not for every dog. The diseases they protect against have less mortality than those of the core vaccines. The dog’s risk factors based on his lifestyle and exposure should determine if a non-core vaccine is needed. Examples of non-core vaccines include Leptospirosis, Bordetella, and Influenza. 

Leptospirosis is the most common […]

Particle Pollution and Your Health

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

While cities all across the nation have made significant strides in cleaning up harmful air pollution over the last several decades, many areas in the United States – including the St. Louis metropolitan region – produce high enough concentrations of particulate matter that it can trigger illness, hospitalization and […]

Publisher’s Corner: Vaccines Are Our Ticket To Freedom

As I write this column on July 26, facemask mandates have been reinstated in the St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The Covid-19 Delta variant, 1,000 times more infectious as the original Covid-19 virus, is running wild across the country and particularly bad in southern Missouri and quickly coming our way. Those who are […]

Seen Around Town: Whimsical Ornamental Onion

By Abby Lapides

If you made it to our fabulous Missouri Botanical Gardens this year, you may have witnessed a magnificent Allium show. Many of our customers kept asking “What is it? What is it?”

The answer: Globemaster Ornamental Onion

A crowd favorite, Globemaster Ornamental Onion, Allium, brings fun and whimsy to the garden with its huge 6-10” […]

Start Your Fall Veggie Garden Now

By Linda Wiggen KraftHealthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

Now is the time to plant seeds for your fall vegetable garden. Seeds of arugula, Asian greens, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard greens, peas, radish, spinach, and turnips can all be planted now. Seeds need time to germinate and grow large enough to harvest […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitnessby Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

Like everyone else, the St. Louis T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association found itself having to change its usual class schedule this last year in response to the corona virus. We are planning to start an in-person class for beginners in September. If you are interested, […]