Articles from ‘October 2023’ Issue

18 Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Practical Friendship

On a sunny weekday in spring 2020, I socialized at the social distance from Katie, one of my life’s best friends, as we felted cool wool stuff on her back deck.

This was practical friendship in more ways than one. We enjoyed (understatement, in that uncertain time) each other’s company, maintained mutual […]

A Pilgrimage to Ancient Tree Wisdom

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

The wisdom of long-life experience is not limited to humans. There is wisdom to be shared by the long lives of ancient trees that have made their homes on the soil of what is now called North America. There are living trees that are over 4,000-5,000 […]

Announcing the Builders Fall Home Show Fenton, the Newest Show from the Home Builders Association of St. Louis!

St. Louis (September 14, 2023)–The first-ever Builders Fall Home Show Fenton will be held at STL Athletic Center November 4-5, 2023. The Show is being produced by the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, which also produces two successful suburban home shows – the Builders St. Charles Home Show and the Builders Home & […]

ARTful Living — October Events for Everyone

Photo caption: Reach for the Stars, quilt by Lois Hayes, at U. City Public Library

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Autumn is just a delightful time of year, with its crisp temperatures, nature’s own art show of color, and plenty of ARTful events to enjoy. Gotta love it!

Missouri Botanical Garden hosts its great Best […]

Butternut Pumpkin Soup with Gluten-Free White Cheddar Apple Scones

By Natalie R. Toney M.F.A,C.H., Healthy Planet Food Editor

Autumn has arrived in all its splendid glory, and with it comes beautiful, blazing colors against a backdrop of cool, crisp air. After a day at the pumpkin patch, or a long walk admiring the foliage, what better than to cozy up with a comforting, vitamin rich […]

Checking the Mail

By Steve Davies, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

As usual, I’ve waited till the last minute to decide what to write about but, at least this time, I feel like I have an excuse. It was just last month that I left my two part-time jobs for a full-time job. Of course, I could have used my […]

Conservation Corner: A Mushroom That’s A Trick, Not a Treat

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

October is the essence of autumn. It also embodies the spirit of Halloween. And for many of us, there’s nothing more iconic to Halloween than the Jack-o’- lantern. But did you know there’s also a Jack-o’-lantern mushroom in Missouri? While pumpkins are edible, in the spirit of a spooky […]

Designing an Accidental Cure: Simple Solution?

Creating Human Lab Rats for Better Response

By Simon Yu MD

Become a human lab rat and you may live longer. Would you like to know why? When I say become a rat, I meant a medical grade laboratory rat, not the stereotypical dirty, rotten scoundrel. If you don’t like the term human lab rat, you may […]

Don’t Miss The Total Eclipse Of The Sun 2024 In Southernmost Illinois

Grab your eclipse glasses and head to Carbondale or Makanda, Illinois. Both towns are in the centerline of the total solar eclipse that will occur at 1:59 p.m. CST on April 8, 2024, and will last more than 4 minutes in totality.

 So, what exactly is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse is a lineup of […]

Fall Hiking in Missouri and Illinois

By Susan Hunt-Bradford, Publisher

Fall is finally underway, and my hiking boots have been staring at me all summer. It’s time to brush them off and go for a hike with both of my dogs. Fall is my favorite time to hike, not just because of the colors but also because it’s cooler. Winning, all the […]

Founder’s Forum

By J.B. Lester

October Offers Great Potential

October is one of my favorite months of the year. The goldfinches are finishing up the spent cone flower seeds. Flocks of birds are gathering for their migration south. Kids are trying to decide on what costume to wear for Halloween. My 10-year-old grandson Jackson was named student of […]

GDA Certifies Sustainable Dining and Green Business Practices

Check out all the Green Dining Alliance members at www.greendininigalliance.org

The Green Dining Alliance, a program of earthday365, is now in its 11th year as the St. Louis region’s sustainability certification program for businesses in the food and beverage industry. The GDA works with restaurants, breweries, bars, coffee shops, university campus cafes, catering companies, community outreach […]

Get Glowing with a Proper Skin Care Treatment Plan

Unlocking Radiant Skin

Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against the harsh elements of the world. Daily exposure to sun damage, pollutants, dry air, and cooler temperatures can leave your skin feeling tired, dull, and prematurely aged. At Vitality Unlimited Spa, we understand the importance of taking care of your skin, and our […]

How the Schumann Resonance Impacts Earth

By Diane Wilson

The universe’s most fascinating phenomena is the Schumann Resonance. Named after the German physicist Winfried Otto Schumann in 1952, this electromagnetic phenomenon has a profound impact on our planet and its inhabitants. It’s a daily cosmic symphony that resonates through the Earth’s atmosphere, affecting everything from our mood to our overall well-being.

Schumann ResonanceAt […]

Inspirations for Life! CHALLENGES!

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

Going out for a meal once in a while can be a nice break, but wow, can it have challenges!

Being pressed for time, my friend and I went to a nice, popular, pizza restaurant for dinner. He can’t eat gluten, and I’m vegan, but we knew what we wanted. I’m […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Having Your Green Lifestyle Cake – and Eating it Too!

By Tom & Carol Braford

Recently I considered the fact that the real estate industry is still selling the idea that you can live a totally green lifestyle in a single-family home. I suppose this is true if you have really deep pockets.

I wondered, however, what it might cost to provide carbon-optimized single family homes with […]

Missouri Botanical Garden Shares Success for Chihuly in the Garden 2023

Countdown to close Oct. 15; Chihuly Nights ends Sept. 30

Since its opening May 2, Chihuly in the Garden 2023 has been an attendance and membership boon for the Missouri Botanical Garden. As this stunning exhibition uniting art and nature prepares to close, the Garden is sharing surprising facts and numbers (so far) from the run. Daytime viewing […]

Practice Breathing and Improve Your Health

By Dr. Amy Davis

People frequently live in a chronic state of fight or flight.  This creates a long term drain on your energy and health.  The negative impacts on your body may include fatigue, weight gain, poor digestion, sleep problems, memory and concentration impairment, anxiety and depression, heart disease, osteoporosis etc.  It’s very important for […]

Product Launch: Energy Therapy Body Scrubs

By Diane Wilson

Experience a Difference!

After much long work, I am proud to announce my launch of a new line of Crimson Cre8ive Energy Therapy Body Scrubs. I have been diligently working and testing combinations that will actually result in energy & frequency transformation. These are not your typical salt scrubs: Not only are they a […]

Publisher’s Corner

By Susan Hunt-Bradford 

Fall is in Full Swing

Last month, I declared September as my favorite month, but I’m feeling good about October. There’s a possibility that these months may be neck and neck. I take my weather seriously, and October is forecasting some beautiful fall temperatures, which makes me so happy. Also, there are plenty of […]

Reflecting on the 2023 Air Quality Forecasting Season

Air quality forecasting concluded at the end of last month, and while the season began with news that the St. Louis region had once again escaped being ranked among the top 25 most-polluted U.S. cities, we still struggle with unfavorable air quality here in the bi-state area. Despite the fact that air quality may not […]

Saint Louis Welcomes UrbanSpa Mobile: Your Luxurious Wellness Spa on Wheels

UrbanSpa Mobile is changing how Saint Louis residents experience luxury wellness and relaxation. Divinity Cross founded this innovative concept from a successful kidney transplant and a desire to bring high-quality spa experiences directly to people’s homes and offices. UrbanSpa Mobile is now Saint Louis’ premier wellness spa on wheels, offering services designed to promote health […]

Stored Memories

By Dr. Gail Cloud

It is very important to tell our stories and our secrets, or to give them air in some form.  Otherwise, they end up festering inside of us. In most families, there are secrets which go to the grave with them. 

Did you know that when our old hurts are buried and/or not talked […]

The 4th annual Sunset Hills Makers Market – A Juried Art Fair

Saturday, October 21, 2023

The Fourth Annual Sunset Hills Makers Market will be held in Watson Trail Park (12450 West Watson Rd. 63127) on Saturday October 21, 2023 and will run from 10:00am–5:00pm.

It’s time once again for The Sunset Hills Makers Market! Everyone is stoked about this one day outside fair for artists, designers, crafters and […]

The Impact of Corporate ESG Action

By Abigail Sirevaag, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C, Missouri Gateway Green Building Council, Board Secretary

You might have heard about “ESG” in the news lately, either in a positive or negative context. This small acronym has vast power, as Environmental, Social, and Governance issues of all types are currently dominating our world. The concept of ESG […]

The Shadow that Looks Back

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

The shadow that we have is the part of us that we tend to forget exists because it holds our inner-flaws that we usually do not want to confront, so we decide to turn our backs to that aspect of ourselves.

Rather there comes a time in our lives where […]

There’s Only One Earth

The world is changing, the climate is changing, and we as humans need to change too. At least that’s the idea, but it can be difficult when you call a recycling center or scrap yard and they tell you about all the things they don’t take, while the list of things they do accept keeps […]

Which Goldenrod Should You Plant?

By Sarah Wilson, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

According to author/entomologist Doug Tallamy, Goldenrods are a top Keystone Plant supporting 100+ species of butterflies and moths and 40+ species of specialist native bees. A versatile plant, there is a goldenrod for nearly every light, soil, and moisture variation. And, drumroll, they are deer-resistant. 

With over 100 species of […]