Articles from ‘November 2016’ Issue

10 Healthy Fall Fruits and Vegetables

Melissa Bess, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Camden County;
Edited by Jessica Kovarik, RD, LD, former Extension Associate,
University of Missouri Extension

Some fruits and vegetables are easier to come by in the summer months, but a good variety is available in the fall and winter as well. It’s important to include fruits and vegetables in your […]

12 Strategies to Enhance Your Immune System!

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We are constantly exposed to potential infectious agents like viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis and ear infections. The immune system defends us from invaders and repairs the damage that occurs with infections.

When the immune system is weak infections may occur frequently and be difficult to […]

14th Annual Fair Trade Market at Manchester United Methodist Church

On Saturday and Sunday, November 19 & 20, and Friday through Sunday, November 25, 26, & 27, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm, shop the 5,000 sq. ft. marketplace of fair trade items from all over the world and “Design your life around Fair Trade!” This is the largest Fair Trade Market in the […]

ARTful Happenings – November 2016


Through November 17
Human rights paintings inspired by real people; Gallery of Contemporary Art at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive; free; for info, call 636-422-2241.

Through January 12

Free; Galleries 234 & 235, St. Louis Art Museum; for info, visit www.slam.org

Through January 22
TOYS OF THE 50’s, 60’s 70’s
“Living room […]

ArtFul Living

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

While art often offers beauty, it sometimes gives us cause to rethink circumstance.

Throughout the centuries, artists (whether visual or performing) have used their talents to shake us a bit, to make us see things from a different viewpoint.
Currently on view in the Gallery […]


By Cathy Schram

A Healthy Liver – When To Take Supplements

Q: I have recently been on a variety of medications and I am very concerned about the health of my liver. What can I do to protect it?

A: Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body. Its job is to filter […]

Barriers To Better Being

By Don Fitz

It seems like every plan to improve the environment is met with barriers that get in the way for a month, a year or a century. November Green Time episodes delve into surmounting some of those barriers, including criminalization of medical marijuana, power grid disruption, misuse of water, or misuse of land.

Are there […]

Benchmarking Jam: Get Hands-on Help To Benchmark Your Building’s Energy Use

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

Have you recently participated in a fundraiser for your house of worship, your favorite nonprofit or your children’s school? Budgets are tight, and all of our institutions are rightly asking for community support. But there’s a way to reduce operating costs that some organizations may not have […]

Celebrate Family and Nature at Innsbrook

Fall has firmly settled in around us and the peace of the season can be felt in the crisp morning air, heard in the crunch of the leaves and seen in the wildlife preparing for winter. For more than four decades, St. Louis-area families have expressed their surprise and delight at the absolute serenity that […]

Coalition Report: Never Forget Flint

By Heather Navarro,
Executive Director Coalition For The Environment

The story of Flint, Michigan is not over and it is not one St. Louis can ignore. I am asked a lot of questions about Flint and what, if any, parallels there are to the drinking water in St. Louis. While I was very pleased to see that […]

Confused About Nutrition?

Learn The Answers Nov. 17 In St. Louis

By Hugh St. Onge
Nutritional Services Inc.

Many people are confused about nutrition! We see a report to “Eat this” and the next day another article that says “Don’t eat that; eat this.” How do we sort all this out so we can more easily shop for ourselves and our […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Bush Honeysuckle: Sweep It!

It’s time to take up our loppers, hand saws and – that most amazing leverage tool – the Puller Bear. To take to the parkways, streams and streets and make a dent in the infestation that’s taking over natural Missouri.

Bush Honeysuckle, Lonicera maackii, is degrading our natural areas. It’s turning […]

FORGIVENESS… It Is NOT What You Think It Is!

By Phylis Sparks

Why is it important to forgive a person who has made you miserable? Because what that person did to you is not what’s making you miserable. What keeps you in misery is your emotional attachment to what that person did to you. Even if you don’t consciously remember it! Another word for it […]


By Crystal Stevens

The Oxford Dictionary defines gratitude as: “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Gratitude often is only encouraged to be expressed surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. This causes a narrowing of the word and emotion that is reserved for only a specific time of year. From my […]

Green Dining Alliance Brings Sustainability to St. Louis Restaurant Scene

Membership Grows To More Than 100

The Green Dining Alliance, a program of St. Louis Earth Day, certifies restaurants in sustainable practices, connecting them with resources to help lighten their carbon footprint, and encourages diners to eat at GDA certified locations. GDA restaurants recycle, they phase in energy efficient lighting, they manage water use responsibly, they […]

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 […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

November 1
CE Blitz: Energy in Buildings
Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz exploring energy in buildings, and earn 7 continuing education units for LEED or AIA professional credentials. From global to building specific, educational content will examine energy policies, usage, systems, and financing. WHEN: Tuesday, Nov 1, 8 am -5 pm WHERE: […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Come Home To Community

By Tom Braford

Heartache comes not from what is present but from what is not. It comes not from what does not exist but from knowing that it is out there just beyond our reach.

For some it is a fleeting experience of ecstasy that somehow seems illusive. For others it is a long-established way of […]

Natural Living Holiday & 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 […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske,

Ethical Wildcrafting

I have walked the Ozark woodlands, ridge-tops and meadows for many years hunting the wisdom of the wild plants. For over four decades I have gathered wild Ozark native plants and crafted them into teas, tinctures, salves and wreaths. This time of year I am gathering roots, barks, seeds and cones. All […]

Parasitic Human Called Para-sapiens: Forgiveness for Nobel Prize Winners Gone Bad

By Simon Yu, MD

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article questioning the wisdom of the Nobel Prize. It was titled, “Five Decisions That Made the Nobel Prizes Look Bad”, published on October 9, 2016 in the Sunday news section, and written by Karl Ritter from the Associated Press.

Nobel Prizes cannot be revoked so the […]

Publisher’s Corner: Why Do We Recycle?

An impressive 75% of Missourians say they recycle according to the Missouri Recycling Association. With the birth of community curbside recycling programs and single stream recycling (which allows homeowners to commingle recyclables together in one bin making it easier to recycle), recycling has become a way of life. Over the past 20 years, we have […]

Self Knowledge is Your Key To Change

By Peggy Levinson LCSW, LMFT

A smart man once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.

Sometimes, both personally and in my psychotherapy practice, I run up against a problem that seems like a brick wall. All of the usual therapeutic techniques aren’t helping. […]

St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District News

The St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District is a regional agency that was created in 1993 to assist the public, private and nonprofit sectors in establishing and expanding waste reduction and recycling. The District includes the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. For more information visit […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

How To Fall In Love Successfully

Now accepting Insurance
visit www.ChristineKniffen.com

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 […]

The Wood Wide Web… How Trees Talk, Feel and Communicate

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Trees suckle their children” is something German Forester Peter Wohlebben likes to say. He describes old trees that nurture younger trees and have connections with most other trees in a forest as mother trees. He and Suzanne Simard, a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, star is a […]

Tips For Living With Chronic Illness

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain,” – Vivian Greene

Many of us are living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, COPD, or fibromyalgia. We struggle with issues such as limited mobility, special diets, chronic pain, fatigue, and other difficulties. […]

Turkey Day is On The Way!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Holiday Cautions for Your Beloved Pets

November houses Turkey Day, and that means tons of great foods, lots of family love and more. Many of our pet health concerns around Thanksgiving have to do with all those scrumptious table goodies getting into the mouths of our non-descriminating pet gourmets.

Generally speaking, any introduced […]

What To Do If Your Child Worries Too Much

By Lucy Schrader,
former HES Associate State Specialist and Building Strong Families Program Coordinator, University of Missouri Extension

My daughter worries at bedtime every night. She always asks, ‘Will you check on me soon? Will you check on me after you go downstairs? Will you check on me before you go to bed?’ I always tell […]