Articles from ‘December 2017’ Issue

ARTful HAPPENINGS December 2017


Through December 8
Photographs by Richard Sprengeler; part of the IPHF International Photography Collaborative; Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville, IL; for info, visit www.swic.edu/theschmidt.

Through January 1
Windows of Craft Alliance in the Loop; 6640 Delmar; for info, visit www.craftalliance.org.

Through January 20
Bruno David Gallery, […]

Artful Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

No matter what holiday you celebrate, this season is a special time for family, friends and memories. 

We think of times past, of family members and friends who are faraway or, perhaps, gone from our lives. But, for too many people, those memories are limited or lost.

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Can I Do For Fever Blisters and Cold Sores?

Q: Every winter, I have a huge problem with fever blisters or cold sores. I even get them inside of my mouth. They are very painful. Any suggestions?

A: Fever blisters, cold sores or canker sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus. Unfortunately, […]

Become an Official Lazy Gardener: Leave Your Garden Messy for Wildlife

By Linda Wiggen Kraft
Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

There are many kinds of lazy gardeners. Most of us have been lazy gardeners from time to time. But to be an “Official Lazy Gardener” you need to make an online pledge* to the Habitat Network stating you will: “leave your garden messy for wildlife and not […]

Bethel Lutheran Church is First House of Worship to Earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri

By Johanna Schweiss,
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

I am excited to announce that Bethel Lutheran Church, located in University City, is the first worship facility to earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri! ENERGY STAR Certification recognizes efficient energy use in buildings. With an ENERGY STAR score of 81, Bethel Lutheran Church outperforms 81% of worship […]

Calling All Angels: 32nd World Peace Day December 31

By Jeannie Breeze

I am Calling All Angels, celestial and terrestrial, because we need help here on Planet Earth! Now, more than ever, we need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER, to feel compassion for all our relations, to bless those who curse us, and to BE the change we want to see in the world.

One of the […]

Coalition Report: Taking Action in Tough Times

By Caitlin Zera, education and outreach coordinator
Missouri Coalition For The Environment

It’s no secret that being involved in environmental issues can be overwhelming – especially in the current political landscape. From devastating disasters like intensified hurricanes and wildfires to the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan, it’s easy to feel discouraged, disempowered, and even disengaged. Even […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Illuminating! Jeannie Breeze

It’s December 31, at 6 a.m. local time. Hearty souls gather in an urban temple to celebrate, affirm and literally make Peace. Around our world, at the same time, many groups of humans tune into Peace.

Kindred spirits have been doing this since 1985, making this date World Peace Day. We in […]

Guide to Green Dining in the St. Louis Area

Visit www.greendiningalliance.org for a complete list of participating restaurants – be sure to use our site when choosing where to dine out. This Green Dining Guide is cosponsored by The St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste District.

4 Hands Brewing Company1220 S. 8th Street314-436-1559 • 4handsbrewery.com

Atomic Cowboy,4140 Manchester Road, 63110, 314-775-0775www.atomiccowboystl.com

Avenue Restaurant,12 N. Meramec, 63105, 314-727-4141.www.avestl.com

Bailey’s […]

Happy Holiday Visits With Older Adults

By Denise Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

Visiting with older adults at holiday time can be a wonderful experience. It often brings back happy memories, and is an opportunity for renewing family ties. Sometimes, though, seeing a loved one who is aging can be cause for worry. They may be experiencing a decline in their vision or […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

December 1
Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes renowned Missouri nature photographer Matt Miles
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center will welcome accomplished Missouri nature and wildlife photographer Matt Miles for a special presentation on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Miles, who recently published the book Missouri Wild and Wonderful, will share […]

Holiday Events at Missouri Botanical Garden and the Butterfly House

Missouri Botanical Garden Events

Through January 1
Garden Glow presented by Wells Fargo Advisors
The Garden’s Fifth Annual Garden Glow runs nightly from November 18 to January 1. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. with last entry at 9 p.m. The expanded event features more than 1 million lights, photo opportunities, food, drinks and music. New this year, […]

I’ve Tried Everything for My Back Pain — What Next?

By Paul Hyland, D.C., B.E.S., B.S., L.M.T.

Chronic back pain is disrupting my life. I’m missing work, having problems walking and lifting. I’m really not enjoying life. Over the counter pain pills take an edge off or do nothing at all for my pain. My medical doctor prescribed medications, but they make me loopy and limit […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Tim’s Place at Arizmendi Ecovillage

By Tom Braford

We were very sorry to hear recently that Tim Montgomery, our local architect at Arizmendi Ecovillage, had been diagnosed with a rapidly debilitating condition. Sadly, he chose to resign from the project and hand off completion of final design to new team members, but his moral authority and commitment to collaboration continue to […]

Medical Heretics in Munich for IPT/LD Conference: (Medical) Renaissance in Florence

By Simon Yu, MD

Obama Care or NObama Care for medical politics aside, rather than accepting current medical care, what we need is a new Medical Renaissance based on New Biology. Renaissance – Rebirth – is always preceded by heretics who change the “paradigm” of current thinking by challenging the ruling authority.

Let me introduce you to […]

Natural Living Holiday and Gift Guide

Kim’s Herbs & Detox Center
Kim’s Herbs & Detox center is a specialty herbal store centrally located in Olivette, Missouri.  We carry high quality herbs that aren’t typically found at supplement stores in the metro area.  We carry Nature’s Sunshine, Cheryl’s Herbs, Pure Encapsulations, Essential Oils, Real Time Pain Relief products, Jean’s Greens teas, Organo Gold […]

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 […]

Publisher’s Corner: Cheers & Tears of An Eventful Year

It’s just a few days before Thanksgiving as I write this and I have just put our December holiday issue to bed. Tucked in nicely with all the holiday trimmings you will need to make your celebrations full of love and joy. Every year at this time we become reflective and memories of the past […]

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

I love the holidays. It’s a time when we have the incredible opportunity to gather together with our friends and loved ones. However, if we’re not careful, the holidays can also mean a time of unwanted weight gain, stress, and illness. Luckily, we have some tips to help you avoid these […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

The Best Present for You or Someone You Love: Coaching for Personal Growth

Visit: www.ChristineKniffen.com
(Insurance Accepted)

So, you have a few things you want to improve about yourself, but you aren’t sure how to make that happen. Do you struggle with setting boundaries? Are you uncomfortable saying “no” and speaking your mind? Do you find […]

The Natural Medicine Cabinet: An Alternative To Antibiotics

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

According to the World Health Association, “antibiotics are serious medicine – not to be taken lightly. Overuse has led to increasing numbers of antibiotic resistant superbugs like – MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus).

So what options do you have when you get sick and would like to avoid unnecessary […]