Articles from ‘June 2017’ Issue

7th Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour June 11

By Terry Winkelmann

Cats are great. Dogs are great, too. Anything you can snuggle up to that snuggles back, tends to be great. The Earth can be harder to snuggle, given its immensity and many sharp, pointy things and oh…snakes. But if you love the Earth as much as the cats and dogs that only the […]

ARTful Happenings: June 2017


Through July 2
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar; for info, call 314-725-1177 or visit www.craftalliance.org.

Through July 30
From the Phoebe Dent Weil & Mark S. Weil Collection; St. Louis Art Museum; for info, visit www.slam.org.

Through August 4

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

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Summer in St. Louis is all about performances, and you’re gonna love this summer’s ARTful entertainment!

Just before the beloved Muny Season begins, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis reigns in Forest Park. This year’s production of The Winter’s Tale opens at 8 p.m., on Fri., June 2, at Shakespeare Glen, just across from […]

Ask The Herb Lady: Natural Remedies For Seasonal Allergies

With Cathy Schram

Q: My allergies are driving me crazy. My eyes keep watering and I feel like I sneeze constantly. Besides never going outside, are there any natural remedies that might help me?

A: I guess we are called “the allergy capital” for a good reason. You are not alone in your suffering. Whenever we are […]

Coalition Report

By Ed Smith
Policy Director
Missouri Coalition
for the Environment

Legislative Wrap-up: Attacks on Solar Industry Stopped & More

A major priority of the House of Representatives was to increase the cost of solar panels for no good reason. House Bill 340 was drafted to allow your electric provider to increase your fixed cost rate by up to 75% if […]

Creating A Sustainable Future

By Hope Gribble,
Education & Green Schools Manager
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Too often, we lose sight of the larger context of life, of the systems we are a part of and the implications our actions have upon people and the planet. It’s no wonder, with the constant influx of email, social media, and information at our fingertips […]

Death Certificate for the Unknown Cause: Acci-Dental Blow-Up in Medicine

By Simon Yu, MD

A request to sign the death certificate for my sixty-five year old patient, whom I had not seen in over two years, arrived on my desk. He lived out of town and apparently, he died in his sleep from the probable cause of a cardiovascular event. The mortuary in his town could […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Tomato Forest

It grew up like magic, in and around and all over the logs and stumps of two giant Stinkweed (Ailanthus) trees we cut down last year.

Back in the farthest corner of our place, way beyond the reach of our longest hose, a forest of tomatoes volunteered, almost daily serving us bowlfuls of […]

For Peace and Serenity, Try Falling Water…

17th Annual Pond-O-Rama Set For June 24-25

By Ginny Mueller

There is nothing so calming and peaceful as the sound of gently moving water. If it doesn’t exist in their current environments, members of the St. Louis Water Gardening Society create their own serenity in backyard gardens—and once a year, they are willing to show everyone how […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

June 3
Green Homes Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
Are you looking for green living ideas? Do you want to learn how to live more sustainably? Are you planning to build a new house? Have comfort issues and want to make improvements to where you live now? Missouri Botanical Garden has resources for you, at the 16th […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Transforming Life One Community At A Time

By Tom Braford

What if solving global warming and lots of other seemingly endemic challenges were as easy as teaching your dog to catch a Frisbee?

“In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals and scientists has come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One […]

Long-Term Sustainable Weight Loss

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to weight loss that it can become paralyzing. Who is right? Who is just trying to take your money? How do you know? The fact is, weight loss is a multi-BILLION dollar industry that thrives on keeping you guessing. There […]

Publisher’s Corner

It’s A Guy Thing!

I spent a lot of ink last month praising the women in my life both at work and at home. Now I want to give fair time to the men in my life, too. I realize that only 16% of our readers are men according to all the readership surveys we have […]

Rising Temperatures Lead To Increased Risk For Poor Air Quality

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

The start of summer is just around the corner in the St. Louis area, and with it we’re now enjoying blooming flowers and trees, extra hours of daylight and warmer weather. While most of us love this time of year and the opportunity to get outside, the season also […]

Seasonal Allergies In June

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Allergies occur in our pets when their immune system is reacting to chemicals or compounds that have entered the body by any number of pathways. Your vet may use the term ‘ATOPY’, to describe recurring allergic responses by your family pets. These compounds, referred to as ‘allergens’, can enter the body […]

Summer Craft & Specialty Beer Guide

Where Beer is Brewed & Enjoyed in the St. Louis Area

2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Company
4 Hands Brewing Company, located in the LaSalle Park neighborhood, will provide the craft beer enthusiast a handcrafted portfolio inspired by the American craft movement that pushes the limits of creativity. They have 6 year round beers , a large […]

Sympathy For Soiling Senior Pets

By Teresa Garden, DVM

As some of us already know too well, it’s not easy getting older. One of the common problems I encounter every day in practice is complaints that older pets are soiling in the house. Dogs are no longer making it outside to defecate and cats are leaving little nuggets of feces outside […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Sudden Grief: Finding A Way Through

On Saturday, May 13th, my 57- year-old brother suffered a massive heart attack and died instantly. Like most people, I didn’t believe it when I learned the news. I had to do a figurative double take in order to comprehend what had just happened. I have had […]

The Five ‘Rs’ of Gut Health

Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair and Rebalance

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Optimal function of the digestive system is critical to health. Problems within the gut can cause more than just stomach aches, gas, bloating or diarrhea. GI issues may be the root of chronic health problems including autoimmune diseases, skin problems, fatigue, headaches and heart disease. How […]

To See Nature and the Universe in Your Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

There is a William Blake poem from the early 1880s that starts with “To see a World in a Grain of Sand, and Heaven in a Wild Flower”. It is a call for us to know the universe in the forms of nature. There is a modern version of knowing nature and […]

Vin de Set and Eleven Eleven Mississippi Offer “Tower To Table” Dinners & Tour

Tower To Table Dinners will be offered at Vin de Set June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd and September 6th. Limited space available. Reservations are required. Please call 314-241-8989. They will also be offered at Eleven Eleven Mississippi June 21st, July 19th, August 16th and September 20th. Limited space available. Reservations are required. Please call […]

Why Have Thermal Imaging?

By Linda Spradling, owner
Medical Thermography of Metro St. Louis

Thermographic breast health screening offers an opportunity to help women identify and reverse unhealthy breast imbalances before those imbalances develop to the point of needing risky surgery and toxic radiation. In other words, an opportunity not just to survive but to also save the breast tissue.

One misconception […]