Articles from ‘February 2021’ Issue

A Peace & Healing Garden – 2021

After the trauma of 9/11, 2001, I wanted to create a healing space for people to collectively process what just happened. I created a Peace & Healing Garden. Now almost 20 years later I am creating a second Peace & Healing Garden to help myself and others process and heal from the traumas of 2020 […]

ARTful Living: Art Appreciation In Difficult Times

By Michelle “Mike” OchonickyHealthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo Caption: Every Thing and More, clay works by Patti Chalmers at Craft Alliance.

Today we face more concerns than any one of us could ever imagine. I started to write, and rewrite, this column more times than I can count, distracted by too many constantly changing current events.  It’s […]

Change is Within Us

By Brandon Verhoff, Ph.D., USGBC-Missouri Gateway Education Committee Chair 

If 2020 has taught us anything, change is within us. While we all have stayed relatively still in our homes, we have rapidly changed and adapted. Change is not an easy thing to do, change requires new beliefs, new processes, new commitments, and new ways of evaluating […]

Chronic Complications of COVID-19 – What Can you Do?

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD.

Most people who get COVID-19 (coronavirus) recover completely within a few weeks. However, in some the symptoms may persist for months even when the initial case was mild. 

There is a growing body of evidence of persistent symptoms in all age groups – young and old. 

Most common symptoms include:

Fatigue not improved with […]

Conservation Corner

Photo Caption: Woodcocks, also known as timberdoodles, energize open fields at night in early spring with their whimsical courtship sounds. 

February: The Wondrous, Whimsical Woodcock 

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation 

About the only thing stranger than how a timberdoodle looks, is the sounds it can make. Love makes one do strange things. 

The American woodcock, also known […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Kind Eyes

By Jean Ponzi

Dear sister and brother humans, here’s how I see where we are now.

We’re nearing the point of One Full Year in the Big Time Out for all of our Homo sapiens species, all over our planet Earth. 

Yes, we’re seeing a way through. But let’s take a moment to review. How did we get […]

Engaging & Activating Communities During a Pandemic: A Salute to our Partners at Missouri River Relief

By Christen Commuso

We are all learning to make changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and our partners at Missouri River Relief (MRR) are no exception. We want to highlight some of the great work they do and detail how they have been adapting their programs to ensure all staff, students and volunteers stay safe […]

How Changes in Weather Affect Allergy Symptoms, Headaches, and Pain

By Ian Wahl

Most people think they are having an allergic reaction when they experience allergy-like symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and in some cases, headaches. However, sometimes those symptoms are not an allergic reaction to something, but a sensitivity reaction to the weather. That’s right, changes in the weather, such as barometric […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Bridging the Divides with Community

By Tom Braford

We are building networks of Reconciliation and Regeneration Ecovillages. 

The late great John Lewis had a motto that he lived by: “When you see something, say something and then do something.”

I see that much of what we believe is no more than a figment of our imaginations. 

John Lennon invited us to imagine all the […]

Laumeier Sculpture Park Examines Art and Global Climate Change Through Its 2021 Spring Exhibition

Laumeier Sculpture Park’s newest exhibition titled The Future is Present: Art and Global Change will examine the intersections between art and some of the world’s most pressing issues: climate change, environmental crisis and the related global repercussions. The Future is Present explores the innovation of artists and their commitment to understanding humankind’s material impact on […]

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center launches new monthly Creature Feature virtual series starting Feb. 24

Photo: A spotted salamander sits on top of a log.

Kids will discover a new native Missouri animal each month with these interactive online programs.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the chance for kids to meet and learn about some of the Show-Me State’s most fascinating native creatures from the comfort of your own […]

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition Coming to the Saint Louis Science Center

Guests will explore the largest collection of mummies ever assembled

The largest collection of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled is coming to the Saint Louis Science Center. Opening to the public on Feb. 6, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition features more than 125 real mummies and artifacts from across the globe, providing a […]

Publisher’s Corner

A Breath Of Fresh Air

There is a new wind that blew into Washington D.C. on January 20, and for those of us who consider ourselves “Planet People”, it is a breath of fresh air. So much of what has been done over the past four years needs to be reversed to help get our planet […]

To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate Your Pet: That Is The Question

By Teresa Garden, DVM 

Vaccines can be life-saving medicines. But, like all medicines, they should be used only when necessary. The revaccination needs of adult dogs should take into account your individual pet’s risk of exposure, geographical location, and life style factors. 

Vaccines are not innocuous products. The questions regarding benefits versus risk needs to be addressed […]