Articles from ‘December 2014’ Issue

A Word To The Wise: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

The holidays are officially upon us, and if you’re like most people, you are riding them out with mixed feelings, vacillating between anticipation and dread as you hustle off to the next party or family commitment, wondering how you will sit through one more minute of small talk, stress, or […]

About Missouri Environmental Fund

Raising Funds for Environmental Work
36 Environmental Organizations working in Missouri – in One Package!

By Laura Neuman-Howe,
Deputy Director,
Missouri Environmental Fund

The organization “Missouri Environ-mental Fund” was established in 1993 as a workplace giving campaign for environmental organizations. The organization has been operating as “Earth Share of Missouri” for the past 12 years, but recently re-organized and is […]

An Art Piece A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

By Kris Ash,

Given our societal obsession with health, it is no wonder that we are always on the lookout for another way to increase our wellness. Endeavors such as regular exercise, massage therapy, proper diet, and meditation are important in maintaining optimal health. One physiological benefit of these choices is increased blood flow – a […]

ARTful Happenings December 2014


December 1-January 16
Opening reception Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m.; Cathy Gregory Studio Gallery, 2000 S.39th Street; for info, call 314-773-3935 or visit www.cathygregory.com.

Through December 14
MOCRA on St. Louis U. campus; for info, call 314-977-7170 or visit www.slu.edu/mocra.

Through December 24
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 […]

Artist Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky and Students of McCluer South-Berkeley High School Selected to Create Missouri’s Ornaments to be Included in the 2014 “Pathway of Peace” in President’s Park

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced today that artist Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky of Eureka, Mo., and the students of McCluer South-Berkeley High School in Ferguson, Mo., have been chosen to design and create ornaments to be included in the 2014 Pathway of Peace in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What is There For Holiday Stress & Winter Dry skin?

Q: My skin gets so dry during the winter months. What can I do to help prevent the itching and scaling?

A: Cold air outside and dry warm air inside usually does make our skin dry. Using a humidifier helps a lot, but there are […]

Better Parenting Through Awareness & Self Care

By Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.

Developing your skill as a parent is an ongoing process that benefits from a thoughtful focus. So many of us are busy and preoccupied with just getting through our day that we forget to be present and actively choose the way we are in relation to our children.
So here is a gentle […]

Coalition Report

By Heather B. Navarro
Executive Director
Coalition For The Environment

A True Believer In Climate Change

UNAVUT, CANADA – Work just finished on the first LEED certified structure in the North Pole and not a day too early. Business as usual in the North Pole was interrupted early this morning when the northwest corner of Santa’s workshop sunk 6 […]

Creating Christmas Ornaments And Memories To Treasure In Ferguson

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

It was an ordinary day in late September when I received an email… from an assistant in the Missouri Governor’s Office, asking me to design Missouri’s ornaments for the National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C. this holiday season.

It’s the fourth time I’ve been asked to take on this […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Queen Sarah

There are great-hearted people in all times and lands all over the Earth whose sacred – and often unofficial – job is to keep our human celebrations lively, growing, truly meaningful, and full of joy.

This Celebration-Keeper work is so important that many ancient legends say if the ones who do it ever […]

Entertaining With Tea — Pairing Tea With Food

By Kateri Meyer
Owner of Traveling Tea

Did you know tea is like wine, in that its flavor profile is developed by its terroir, or the environment in which it grows? For example, Assam tea is a hearty and malty tea native to the Assam region of northern India. When I sampled the result of this same […]

Garden Glow Light Exhibit Now Open At Missouri Botanical Garden Through Jan. 3, 2015

The Missouri Botanical Garden is excited to announce its plans for an expanded “Garden Glow 2014,” the Garden’s second annual winter light exhibit. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Garden at night surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations. The exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 and run through Saturday, […]

Gardening Blogs…

By Linda Wiggen Kraft
Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

Inspiration and information are two things gardeners can find online through blogs. Inspiration and information are both magical and practical. The best blogs are a combination of the two.

Blogs from different kinds of gardeners, florists, and crafts people come to my email inbox to fill my head […]

Gingerbread For The Holidays

By Crystal Stevens

This time of year reminds us of the warming tastes and sweet aromas of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. The anticipation of the first snow and the excitement that fills our house each year around the holidays is such a pleasant feeling. While the little gingerbread men and gingerbread houses are equally fun and […]

Go Local St. Louis Urges You to Shift Your Shopping!

By Terry Winkelmann,
Co-Founder, Go Local St. Louis

Go Local St. Louis, the new independent business alliance, urges you to shift your shopping this holiday season and think local first!

The group, which formed in September and already has nearly 100 members, promotes the idea of keeping your income circulating in your community by shifting your shopping to […]

Guide To Green Dining

Promoting Green Dining Alliance Members in the St. Louis Area



Atlas Restaurant,
5513 Pershing, 63112, 314-367-6800

Atomic Cowboy,
4140 Manchester Road, 63110, 314-775-0775

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar,
1915 Park Ave 63104, 314-241-8100

Bailey’s Range,
920 Olive, 63101, 314-241-8121,

Brasserie by Niche,
4580 Laclede, 63108,

1004 Locust St, 63101, 314-241-8141

Crushed Red,
8007 Maryland, 63105, 314-725-8007
140 S. Kirkwood Rd. 63122, 314-238-0100,

Extra Thyme Café and Catering,
11885 Lackland 63146, 314-573-5996

Flying Rolls,
3674 Forest Park […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

November 29 & December 1
Wilderness Act: 50th Anniversary
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 11/29 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 12/01 at 8:00 p.m. The year 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Host Don Fitz explores why this law is important for protecting our country’s environment with guests Toni Armstrong […]

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Says to Protect Your Pets from the Dangers of the Christmas Tree!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Christmas is a wonderful time for family and friends to share the miracle of life, with all the love and merriment of the holiday season. Our homes are adorned with holiday lighting, poinsettia plants and mistletoe. Lots of goodies like brownies and other wonderfully fattening foodstuffs, and of course, the central […]

Maplewood: The Nation’s First Green Dining District

By Rachelle L’Ecuyer

One of the pleasures of dining in historic downtown Maplewood is the prevalence of “farm to table” practices embraced by many of its food purveyors putting good food on the table for you. However, that isn’t how a business becomes a St. Louis Earth Day’s Green Dining Alliance (GDA) member. (www.greendiningalliance.org) GDA member […]

Medicare Alone Is Not Enough!

By Michael Cohen

Medicare Supplement insurance is available for those of us who are 65 and older! When was Medicare started? In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill for the start of Medicare. Medicare pays only for Plan A which covers part of your stay in the hospital. The average cost of Plan A […]

Mind Fest Kicks Off Unique — Even Quirky — ‘Fun Classes Outside The Box’ for the Intellectually Curious Adult

Why not create a life that’s intelligent, relevant, and fun? Mind Fest classes are planned to be informal entertaining learning experiences offered one evening a week.

“Mind Fest classes are exactly the type of classes that make you think ‘I always wondered about that, but didn’t know who to ask’, or, ‘I never heard of this, […]

Parasites as a New, Emerging, Global Environmental Threat: A Paradigm Shift in Environmental Medicine

By Simon Yu, MD

Is it possible that parasites are still a problem as a global environmental problem in this modern age? Recently, I gave two similar lectures on parasites at the American Academy of Environmental Medicine in New Mexico and at the Medicine Week in Baden Baden, Germany in November, 2014. My lectures focused on […]

Publisher’s Corner

A Holiday Message (and a few tangents)

One of the best things about being 63 years old is the many holiday memories that come to mind this time of year. All the wonderful Thanksgivings at my Uncle Jim’s and Aunt Begie’s home with all the family. The Christmas mornings with my brother Bill and sister Jill. […]

Staying Active During The Holidays

By Kari Hartel, RD, LD
Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

As winter settles in around us, we often start to slack off when it comes to physical activity. It’s not difficult to see why this happens – it’s cold and snowy outside, which limits the ability to do fun, outdoorsy activities, and we fall into […]

The 29th World Peace Day, “Heart of Joy”- 6 a.m., Dec. 31

By Jeannie Breeze

St. Louis is a heart center where all the arteries come together (the Mississippi, the Missouri, the Meramec). Each year at World Peace Day, we acknowledge the truth that peace begins with us, and we understand that what we imagine and create here in the heart circulates into the body of our Mother […]

The Art of Relating: Getting Past The Winter Blues

With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW
Like my Facebook page via my website in order to get alerts to new episodes of my “Quick Tips on Love” video series on YouTube and upcoming seminars. www.ChristineKniffen.com.

Plenty of people experience some “blah” feelings during the winter, becoming bored and cooped up during the cold weather. They may not have […]

The Healthy Planet Natural Living Gift & Holiday Guide

The Art of Entertaining
Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Need the perfect party appetizer or meal? Call The Art of Entertaining to order party trays, appetizers, salads, breakfast dishes, or a full dinner for the holidays. Low sodium, low calorie, and gluten free meals are also available which are ideal for the person […]

The Marvels of Medicinal Mushrooms

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Many cultures throughout the world have known and revered mushrooms for their medicinal powers for hundreds of years. Modern research can now explain what the ancient healers already knew through practical experience. Studies indicate medicinal mushrooms contain polysaccharides (beta glucans), lysozymes, and triterpenes, which have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-tumor properties. Mushrooms can […]

The Surprising Trick To Creating A Better New Year

By Kimberly V. Schneider

I start hearing it sometime in November each year: “I can’t wait until next year! I need a fresh start.”

If you’ve had a difficult year, the sentiment is understandable. We all have challenges every year, but some times are more challenging than others, and if you’re in one of those times, there’s […]

There’s No Magic Bullet for Health

By Monica Stoutenborough

How often do you read about a new supplement or diet plan that is the easy and quick way to find the good health you are searching for? We’ve been led to believe that each and every ailment has a magical fix that does not require any effort on your part and that […]

Watching Out

By Don Fitz

Things happen which make environmentalists keep their eyes open. December 2014 episodes of Green Time TV look at antibiotic resistance which can be traced to factory farming, social and environmental problems with cannabis prohibition, social environments of black children, and promises to reduce carbon emissions.

Nearly 80% of antibiotics sold in the United States […]

Why Isn’t My Son Getting Better? Part II of III

By Dr. James Feinberg
Child Clinical Psychologist

Previously (in part I), I addressed how an inadequate psychological evaluation typically results in a treatment failure. Lack of rapport, lack of experience, lack of intensity, and poor boundaries are additional reasons why boys do not benefit from mental heath treatment. Let me explain:

First, no boy is going to trust […]