Articles from ‘February 2017’ Issue

ARTful Happenings February 2017


Through February 15
52 works by 42 artists; Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, call 314-241-4810 or visit www.artstlouis.org.

Through February 18
Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, visit www.artstlouis.org.

Through March 9
Framations Art Gallery, 218 North Main Street in St. Charles; for info, 636-724-8313 or visit www.framations.com

Through March 31
ART […]

A Garden For Lovers

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

“My love is like a red, red rose” – Robert Burns

A red rose is the symbol of eternal love. We give red roses on Valentine’s Day to honor the lover that cupid’s arrow has chosen for us. The red rose and cupid are not the symbols of St. Valentine. They are the […]

A Healthy Flora Creates A Happy Gut!

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

When intestinal flora is healthy, it favorably impacts your overall health and vice versa. Understanding how to rebuild your flora is key to improving your digestion, ability to fight infections and a healthy weight for starters.
The flora (trillions of microbes that inhabit your intestines) is important for many reasons.

Vitamin production – […]

Announcing The 2017 USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Educational Lineup!

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

The Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council’s State of the Chapter & Social is always enjoyable – full of opportunities for building community, building connections, learning from one another. And, each year, it’s the day we release our annual Educational Catalog. This year that […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

ArtFul Instruction

St. Louis is home to some absolutely incredible ARTful institutions. And maybe we residents of the area sometimes take them for gran…ed.

The world-class programs, exhibitions and performances that these institutions bring to us require funding beyond just ticket prices. Missouri Arts Council, […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Can I Take To Prevent A Heart Attack?

Q: Since February is Heart Health Month, what can I do to protect myself from a having a heart attack?

A: Cardiovascular disease is a huge problem in this country. You are very smart to think about prevention rather than waiting until the unthinkable happens. Of […]

Coalition Report

By Ed Smith,
Policy Director
Coalition for the Environment

Become A Lobbyist for Clean Water and a Healthy Planet

Protecting clean water, defending family farms, supporting renewable energy, and helping families near the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill are some of Missouri Coalition for the Environment’s legislative priorities this year in Jefferson City. Unlimited campaign contributions during the […]

Do You Need A Masage Therapist or a Detective?

By Beth Maddox

The answer is that you need both. Why? Because for every ailment that one brings to a massage therapist, there is a myriad of possible causes. It is essential that your massage therapist can sift through the suspects and gather the evidence that reveals the true culprit. In the example of lower back […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Two Treks and What I Learned On Them

Friday, January 13, 2017
While St. Louis locks down in an ice storm, I am enjoying a mild winter day in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the territory of my youth.
I drove north to visit my Mom, made it out of St. Louis the day before […]

Edg-Clif Offers Great Destination For Wine Tasting & Missouri Country Getaway

Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard is a small family run Winery and Brewery created out of love for this special place. Here a third generation family farm has been gently refurbished to make it a comfortable yet vibrant venue for wine tasting, weddings, Field to Table dinners, family reunions and more.

Guests can also stay in the […]

Go Behind the Scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden at the Science and Sustainability Open House

Join us during the last weekend of February (25-26) as two of the Garden’s rarely seen areas will be open to the public from 1 to 4 pm each day. Get a closer look at what Garden botanists do behind the scenes at the Monsanto Research Center. Meet our scientists and learn how they explore, […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through February
Laumeier Art Classes & Workshops
Laumeier Sculpture Park offers art courses for all ages as multi-day classes and one-day workshops for youth, teens and adults. Art Classes and Workshops provide participants with a focused experience within a particular medium, process or concept. Art Classes and Workshops are taught by local, experienced Artist-Instructors and are […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo Set For Sunday, April 2

Registration Still Open For Exhibitors – Only a Few Spaces Left!


The Healthy Planet magazine invites everyone to come celebrate Spring at its 33rd Natural Living Expo, Sunday, April 2, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road in Webster Groves.

The first 500 visitors to […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: A Most Excellent Adventure: Getting Older, Wanna Talk?

By Tom Braford

Last month we talked about how we are building a total motivation culture at Arizmendi Ecovillage.

So what, you might ask, does that have to do with aging? The answer of course is everything. We have the same positive motivators of play, purpose and potential and the same negative ones of economic pressure, social […]

Life With Stevie

By Teresa Garden, DVM

There is now an abundance of geriatric pets due to better veterinary care, modern technology, and the advancement of the bond between humans and their pets. Pets are considered valued family members. Getting old is not easy for us or for the pets we dearly love. Most of us will face daily […]

Love From A Spiritual Perspective

By Phylis Clay Sparks

Most people think they know what love is, but if you were to ask ten people to define it, you just might get ten different answers. Plato, the Greek philosopher who laid the very foundation of Western philosophy, defined love as a “grave mental disease.” Comedian Woody Allen said, “Love is the […]

Preventing Vision Loss In Older Adults

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW,
Assistance Home Care

Vision loss is a common manifestation of aging. According to the American Association for the Blind, more than 6.5 million Americans over 65 have a severe visual impairment. The three most common causes of major vision loss among seniors are: Macular degeneration, Glaucoma and Cataracts.

These ailments have been called […]

Publisher’s Corner: The Winds of Change

A brisk west wind is beating the Old Webster banners outside my office window. The temperatures are heading down again after a January Saturday topping 70 degrees. Some call this a cleansing wind as it blows away the dust and dirt from dormant days of winter. No real January thaw because you have to have […]

Strong Partnerships Can Help Us Avoid Illness

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

February is the month of Valentine’s Day, which brings our focus to relationships with the people in our lives who we care for and love and how we can make those relationships stronger.

The quality of our personal relationships has an enormous impact on our overall health and wellness. Research shows […]

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 […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Adjusting the Balance of Power: The Best Valentine’s Gift for Your Relationship


As a therapist who works with couples it is my job to assess the dynamics between the partners. There are some common themes that emerge as to why individuals just aren’t getting along. One of the first […]

The Comfort Food Cure

Celebrating the Wisdom of our Culinary Traditions

By Greg Kiger

Well for starters, you wouldn’t have to watch CNN to know if eggs were good or bad. You wouldn’t have to count calories, go hungry or consume “health foods” that taste like cardboard. You wouldn’t need to wait for a hospital, drug company or government agency to […]

The New Environment

By the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, 31 May 2014

When the Masters begin Their historic return to the everyday world, They will find much to do to enable Them to function adequately in the new environment. As many know, telepathy is Their normal mode of communication but, working with men, They will have to learn […]

What You Can’t See, Can Hurt…

By Ava Frick,

It’s easy to ignore things that are not visible. Like your pets teeth. Their cute muzzle lips cover the teeth so well that it takes effort and intention on your part to actually observe what is going on inside their mouth. What you can’t see can be hurting their very existence.

It’s […]

Why Bees? Beekeeping Workshop Feb. 11 Explains What All The Buzz Is About

Beekeeping is an interesting hobby with sweet rewards! The world that bees create inside their hive is largely self-sufficient, requiring monitoring more than intervention. The infrastructure and hierarchy they create is a breathtaking creation requiring not much more time and effort than a garden. Colonies will forage up to 8,000 acres, so the entire community […]

Winter Is Upon Us. Take Heed!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

We are just getting a taste of winter weather, albeit with little snow, but more than enough frigid cold. What are our pet concerns this time of year? Many should be obvious, but nonetheless, we will review them for our reading audience.

Cold can be threatening, but wet cold and wind are […]

Women’s March Shines Light On Social Issues & Human Rights

By Crystal Stevens

On January 21st, 2017 millions of women around the world gathered to celebrate diversity, to walk in solidarity with women, to march for women’s rights and equal rights, and to rise together. Women marched beside their friends and family to speak out against racism, sexism, classism, and to protest violence against women. Millions […]

Women’s Wellness Weekend At Trout Lodge Feb. 24-26 Valentine Weekend Feb. 10-12

What was YOUR New Year’s resolution? Most people vow to get into better shape, lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle. There’s got to be a fun way to get in a healthier mindset that doesn’t require changing your whole world and keeping a smile on your face.

The perfect solution to start those motivational juices […]