Articles from ‘March 2020’ Issue

ARTful HAPPENINGS March 2020


Through March 14WAR TOYS: ISRAEL, WEST BANK & GAZA STRIPTouring exhibition; Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit www.gallery210.umsl.edu.


ARTful Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing ArtsMichelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Art Is More Than Pretty Pictures

“ ‘twere, the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.”  — Hamlet/ William Shakespeare 

I’ve long believed that ART is […]

Can You Use Hypnosis?

Attend the Heartland Hypnosis Conference to Learn How Hypnosis Can Help You

By William Mitchell M.Div., BCH, CI

When people find out that I am both a Protestant Minister and a Hypnotist, they want to know what can be done with Hypnosis. Most people immediately think of the entertaining hypnosis stage shows. However, Hypnotism is much more […]

Coalition Report: 50 Years of Earth Day — Rally in Jefferson City!

By Ed Smith, Policy Director Coalition for the Environmentwww.moenviron.org

Our country was able to adopt strong environmental protections after rivers were catching on fire because people like you showed up to rallies, voted and engaged in democratic processes. Join hundreds of Missourians from throughout the state in Jefferson City on April 22nd, the 50th anniversary of Earth […]

Conservation Corner

Small Frogs, Big Noises

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Being the third month of the year, March seems a fitting time to look at a special trio of outspoken amphibians. Actually, “listen” might be more appropriate since you’re much more likely to hear than see them.

One of the biggest delights in March is an evening […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Befriend the 8-Ball?

With Jean Ponzi

We humans love and loathe the unknown. At the same time, many of us yearn to rely on an authoritative guide, from Mom to Jesus to Ouija Boards. 

Inner knowing is not the strongest suit for a lot of our kind. Seems easier to get us to pledge our allegiance to the vision and […]

Envisioning A Circular Economy

By Fredericka Brandt, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

As humans we’ve adapted a linear approach to economics; we take, we make, we dispose. Yet, does this activity benefit our living system? Does it benefit you? Or your business? Probably not. We need to redefine growth, focus on positive society-wide benefits and build economic, natural, and […]

Functional Medicine: A Perfect Approach for Children with Autism

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has risen dramatically over the last 25 years and the cause remains unclear. It appears there are genetic or inherited factors paired with environmental triggers that create Autism. Each child is unique and their treatment should reflect this. In my experience […]

Healthy Planet March Happenings

March 7Introduction to Paneurhythmy1-3 pm Maplewood Public Library Experience the transformative power of this dance meditation practiced in spring and summer. Learn the simple movements and explore their profound meaning. Free.

March 10Green Building TalkTuesday, March 10, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Amy Aussieker will speak at Alberici Headquarters in St. Louis, MO about Charlotte’s Transition […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo Set For Sunday, March 29

Due the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the HealthyPlanet’s 39th Natural Living Expo scheduled for March 29 at theWebster Groves Recreation Center is being postponed. The health of ourexhibitors and our visitors is our main concern. We will let everyoneknow the new date as we access the current health crisis. If you haveany questions, […]

Healthy Planet Summer Camp Guide 2020

Ackermann’s Swim ProgramSummer Swim Camp. Teaching children 4-11 the life skill of swimming and water safety since 1949. Family owned and operated at the same location, 1044 Curran Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122. Group swim lessons in 4 heated pools with different water levels for progressive safe learning. Enrollment by one or two week sessions. Hours […]

High Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

High blood pressure—medically known as hypertension—affects about 30 percent of adults. If untreated, it increases your risks for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and dementia. Often the cause of high blood pressure is due to many factors, including a combination of diet and lifestyle factors. 

In his book What Your Doctor Might […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: March Sanity!

By Tom Braford

The definition of insanity or madness is to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. We go for more, better or different but, in reality, that is just doubling down on the same old ways of doing things. 

We forget that the first rule of holes is that when you find […]

Medical Acupuncture on Kidney Meridian: Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease Saved by Dentists?

By Simon Yu, MD

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a common medical condition among aging adults. 15% of US adults – 37 million people – are estimated to have CKD, and most do not know they have it. CKD and related problems are exponentially rising. Kidney dialysis centers have been popping up along with cancer and […]

Native Plants & Native Wisdom

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

The two most important things we can do for our gardens, ourselves and the world is to plant native plants* and to experience the world through native wisdom. We must have both.

The ecosystem we live within is dying. The loss of insects and birds alone is alarming. Are we gardeners somewhat to […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske; Naturalist

Spring Wild Edibles

Spring is here and greens are growing! If you are interested in all things native and want to nourish your body, check out the wild weeds growing in your yard. Wild edibles are full of vitamins, minerals and are easily metabolized because of their purity and untamed nature. Our bodies are […]

Publisher’s Corner

Which side of history will you be on?

These can be trying times when talking politics. One of my good friends, doesn’t like Trump, but he thinks the president has been treated unfairly by the Democrats. He also blames the “liberal press” for much of Trump’s woes. I give him the “Trump reaps what he sows” […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW 

Falling In Love In A Healthy Way

So, you have just met someone, and you find yourself ready to fall in love again. The big question then becomes determining how this love will be different from previous experiences you have had at other times throughout your life. More importantly, how will you truly […]

Winner’s Circle Perennials: Exceptional Plants For 2020

By Abby Lapides

From the thousands of perennials grown, some stand above the rest. Returning year after year, these top perennials have the powerhouse blooming ability of annuals, but don’t have to be replanted every spring. Use them in flower beds, as edgers, in containers, and cutting and pollinator gardens. They work fantastic as mass plantings […]