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ur May issue arrives with spring in the air and


“Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life,” Marlaina Donato’s blissful feature on the

importance of me-time. I know you will be encouraged by Randy Kambic’s interview, “Peter Sagal on Running Toward Mindfulness.” The popular National Public Radio host talks about healing a wounded psyche by unplugging and embracing the natural world—and you don’t

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Speaking of the natural world, what better time of year to get the little ones out of the

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Fruits and vegetables are also the focus of Melinda Hemmelgarn’s “Vision Quest: Eat

a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes.” Two specific nutrients have been shown to reduce the risk and slow the progression of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common age- and diet-related causes of vision loss.

We all know how smart it is to eat a plant-based diet, but did you know how smart

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Honor Thy Mother Celebration

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Zucchini Madness in Windsor


he 35th Annual Windsor Zucchini Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 11, at Windsor Fire Station number 61. Proceeds go to support the nonprofit Windsor Volunteer Fire Department and the community. This year, there will be live entertainment all day and expanded children’s activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo and inflatable bounce houses and the Kids Firefighter’s Challenge. More than 100 arts, crafts and plant vendors from around the state will be showing off their wares. Visitors can submit their best recipe in the Cook-A-Zuke contest, have fun carving up the zukes in the zucchini carving contest and enter the big raffle with awesome prizes, including a kayak. The menu will feature Windsor’s famous zucchini cornbread, fried zucchini and zucchini ice cream. Baked goods include Zucchini bread. Hayrides will run all day to parking areas at Illinois Owen’s Park and Windsor Baptist Church. Admission is free. Location: 1401 SE CR 234, Gainesville. For more information, visit

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Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with diagnosed North Central FL

hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA.

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.


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Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.


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Exercise Improves Young Brains, Too Walking, cycling, climbing stairs and other aerobic activities may improve brain function not only in older people, but also in younger folk, according to a Columbia University study published in Neurology. The study recruited 132 people between 20 and 67 years old that didn’t exercise and had below-average fitness levels. Half stretched and toned four times a week for six months and half exercised aerobically on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine. When they were evaluated for their executive function thinking skills—regulating behavior, paying attention and achieving goals—the aerobics group improved twice as much as the stretching group. “The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,” says study author Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.

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First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.

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A New Taste Treat Emerges Like Magic by Martin Miron


uddy Lotus Tea is an alcohol-free ethnobotanical tea specialty bar in Downtown Ocala. They serve kava, coffee, kombucha and exotic teas, in addition to drinks, oral supplements and THC-free edibles containing cannabidiol (CBD). Kibbie Fulton and Sonya Ritchie are the owners. Fulton holds a Level 1 Plant-Based Food Chef certificate from Matthew Kenney, a world-renowned plant-based chef. Ritchie has been a certified yoga instructor in aerial, chair, yin, and hatha-based styles for more than six years. They also own Leather Solutions, which has been in business since 1987, doing leather repair and restoration for mega-yachts and corporate/private jets. Fulton says, “Five years ago, we decided that we wanted to provide a healthy alternative to alcohol. Being a plant-based chef, I realized we could provide this much-needed service by creating and serving holistic, organic social drinking alternatives. I began researching popular products in the field of ethnobotanical drinks and found that quite a lot of them being served in the current market were of high quality, but I wanted to take it a few steps further. My business partner and I decided that our offerings would be only those of the highest quality and additive-free. We dove in and diligently created our own original recipes. By doing so, we crossed the barrier to a mainstream-style tea, making a once bitter base drink not only palatable, but delicious.” She explains, “The most important product we serve is kava. This amazing root, which is harvested and dried in the sun, then


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ground and made into a powder for tea, originates from the South Pacific. Being used by indigenous people for hundreds of years, this tea is purported to be beneficial for ailments such as general anxiety disorder. The active ingredients in kava, called kavalactones, can facilitate a relaxed state. Results vary from individual to individual, and of course, we are not doctors; but we listen to our customers, and most of them relay heartfelt thanks to us daily for what kava does for them. Many of them report that they’ve replaced their longtime habit of resorting to alcohol with kava as a way to socialize and/or deal with their anxiety.” The owners have been actively introducing kava as an alternative to alcohol. “We are currently the original and only kava bar in the Marion County area. Our customers are like family to us and treat us as such. We host charitable events for the homeless community here in Ocala, hold events in order to collect toys for needy children and support local singers and artists by offering them a free venue to showcase their talents to our many regular, as well as new customers,” says Fulton. “We employ and extensively train our ‘kavatenders’ to be knowledgeable and most of all, highly attentive to our vast variety of customers. We offer 100 percent original recipes and serve them in a calm, inviting and loving space. We also offer discounts to Ocala city employees, Marion County public school employees, first responders, veterans and senior citizens.” The minority-owned business has turned a dilapidated, 80-year-old-plus building into a beautiful and welcoming space while creating jobs for employees, food service people in the com-

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munity and local artists. “We are helping to clean up and revive the area and add an asset to the Art District, an area of Ocala to which many like-minded individuals are drawn. We offer drum circles at every full moon and we bring a positive energy to all who visit, advises Fulton. “We held a singing contest that offered a $250 prize and four hours of studio recording time. We offer other fun, free events to bring people together, and are so happy to see our customers gather for game night, karaoke night, or any of our other happenings.” Muddy Lotus Tea will partner with Rustique Vintage Market to host an outdoor bazaar featuring more than 50 vendors with unique merchandise on May 11, just in time for Mother’s Day. Each Sunday, there will be all-levels yin yoga with a $10 donation.

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Vision Quest Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes by Melinda Hemmelgarn


ne of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common agerelated causes of vision loss. However, two specific nutrients— lutein and zeaxanthin—deserve special attention. These compounds uniquely concentrate in the macula, the centrally located part of the retina responsible for visual acuity, and are most vulnerable to oxidative damage from light exposure. Both are members of the carotenoid family, a large group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found mostly in fruits and vegetables, especially those with dark green, deep yellow, red and orange pigments. According to the National Eye Institute and the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin help absorb damaging ultraviolet light from the sun, as well as blue light from computer screens, digital devices and LEDs. “Think of lutein as a sort of sun-

block,” says Elizabeth Johnson, research associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. Speaking at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last fall, Johnson described the yellow macular pigments—lutein and zeaxanthin—as “internal sunglasses” that protect the eyes’ photoreceptor cells. “Yellow pigment absorbs blue light,” Johnson explains. The greater our macular pigment density, the more protection we have against light damage, and the better our visual function. As a bonus, macular pigment density also aligns with improved academic performance and cognitive function across our lifespan, reports Naiman Khan, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and director at the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Because lutein is actively transported into breast milk, Johnson suspects the compound is important to infant eye and brain health. Despite solid scientific evidence confirming the benefits of lutein and

zeaxanthin, there is no official recommended daily allowance. Johnson explains that Americans typically consume less than two milligrams per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams. Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble, lower amounts found in avocadoes (0.4 milligrams in one medium fruit) are better absorbed. Further, simply adding

an avocado or oil-based dressing to raw, dark leafy green salads will increase intestinal absorption. The same is true for egg yolks (0.2 milligrams per large egg). In a study of 33 older adults, published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that consumption of one egg a day for five weeks significantly increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol levels. According to the National Eye Institute and their Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), additional nutrients that benefit eye health include vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. When it comes to eating for eye health, here’s some more insightful advice:


Eat the “rainbow”. Choose a variety of colorful, organic fruits and vegetables daily; they are rich in eye-protecting carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin C. Whole grains, nuts and seeds provide vitamin E, and fatty, cold-water fish such as sardines,

salmon, tuna and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Vegan sources of omega-3s include walnuts, ground flax, hemp and chia seeds, or microalgae supplements.


Become familiar with the best food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin: phytochemicals/carotenoids.


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Stay informed: National Eye Institute,; AREDS studies: areds2/patientfaq. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and

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The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness.

Self-Care As Bedrock

HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato


o be female is to be Self-care does life coach and author of blessed with an innate not necessarily Expectation Hangover: Overgift for multitasking, coming Disappointment in have to involve Work, Love, and Life. but in our fast-paced, jamtime; it’s a way The San Diego-based packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act motivational speaker views of being. that can come with a steep self-care to be as vital as edu~Christine Hassler price tag if self-care isn’t on cation. “Women are not taught the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and in high school and college how to take care feeling overwhelmed are all too common. of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so According to the National Alliance on important. I see so many young women Mental Illness, one in eight women experiwith adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating ence depression during their lifetime— disorders. All of that comes down to stress, twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled Each decade poses unique challenges. For underbrush of daily logistics. There can women in their 20s and early 30s, combe a deep longing for identity well into the paring and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accommothers’ generation opened doors, but so pany women 60 and older. By passionately many 20- and 30-something women have and joyously taking care of body and spirit, interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything women of any generation can find renewal. and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, 16

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Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our selfesteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

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Benefits of Self-Nourishment Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more metime, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop peoplepleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shapeshifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s

Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.”

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES 4 Schedule me-time on the calendar. 4 Unplug from gadgets. 4 Spend lunch breaks in the park. 4 Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. 4 Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. 4 Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. 4 Wear your favorite jewelry. 4 Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. 4 Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. 4 Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. 4 Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. 4 Choose a healthy breakfast. 4 Play, be silly and be a kid again. 4 Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. 4 Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. 4 Abandon perfectionism. 4 Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

Thrive With Small Changes Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at May 2019


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he 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s award-winning weekly broadcast Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as a mode of survival—and hope, persistence, practice and love as vehicles of redemption. Sagal’s collection of deeply personal lessons encompasses the emotional spectrum of running, body image and the special bonding between fellow runners. His exhilarating guide to life suggests we keep moving forward in all ways. He also reflects upon the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he finished moments before two bombs exploded, and explores how running helped him cope with a devastating divorce, depression and more. Sagal is also a playwright, screenwriter and the host of PBS’ Constitution USA with Peter Sagal when he’s not writing about the recreation he took up in mid-life where he found himself “lost, in a dark place” after a personal crisis. He lives near Chicago with his wife, Mara.

After becoming a serious runner at nearly 40, when did you realize running had evolved 18

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into something more than a simple mission to get healthy?

I was concerned about my weight, but mainly I was also concerned about getting older. I ran my first marathon in 2005 as an emotional reaction to growing older, and that’s when it all began to change for me. It struck me in a deep way as something I wanted to do better. I’ve rarely experienced the classic “runner’s high”—that endorphin-caused euphoria—although I do believe it exists. Rather, what’s more common is the sense that everything—body, mind—is working in concert, without discomfort, with strength, with ease. To paraphrase a line from Kurt Vonnegut, it’s when “everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts.”

As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging?

I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world and not with a screen in front of us. The reason we are up on two legs is so that we can look around and think. We’re supposed to ruminate.

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ur sport seems mindless only to people who never run long enough for any thought to form other than, ‘When can I stop running?’ But the only way to succeed as a long-distance runner is to do it mindfully, to be aware of the body and the world it is moving through. I think about my motion and my breathing, my muscles and their state of agitation or stress or relaxation. I note my surroundings—the downward slope I would never notice driving this street, the hawk’s nest I would never see for lack of looking up, the figure in a window caught in a solitary moment of their own. I think about the true meaning of distance—about the learning that comes from running a mile in your own shoes.

It’s okay to be confident in yourself. ~Lady Gaga

From The Incomplete Book of Running, by Peter Sagal.

I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running. We didn’t evolve these extraordinary brains and self-consciousness so we could outsource our thinking. Anybody who has done creative work knows what’s needed to do that is uninterrupted thought.

Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying?

What can non-runners take away from your book?

Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me.

Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.

Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor, in Estero, Florida.

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t’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that gardening provides both high- and moderateintensity exercise for kids. It builds good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make the decisions and be in charge of the care of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at, in Burlington, Vermont.

Getting Started

Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out


of Reach of Children”—and organic fertilizers containing fish, seaweed and other natural nutrients.

Choose the Spot

A three-foot-by-three-foot plot is an ideal size for a child’s garden, as long as it gets lots of sunshine. If living in an urban area, go with pots of soil in a sunny window.

Get the Right Tools

For young kids with short attention spans, small plastic spades, rakes and hoes might work. But older kids need hardier tools. Get them properly fitted garden gloves, plus sunhats and sunscreen.

Plant the Seeds

Help them read and interpret the seed package directions, if necessary, and use a ruler to measure proper spacing. “I always try to have a mix of plants that start from seed and from transplants, so that kids can have both immediate and delayed gratification,” says Pounders.

Water, Weed and Mulch

Show them how to use the watering can or hose properly, usually watering only when the soil is dry to a depth of one inch. They can mix their own non-toxic pesticide out of vinegar and salt, and spread such organic mulches as straw, newspaper, grass clippings and leaves to discourage weeds.

Get Scientific

“They can look at the soil to see all the living creatures in it, which is especially fun

through a microscope,” says Dixie Sandborn, an extension specialist at Michigan State University. “They can learn about vermiculture by making a worm bin and feeding the worms their table scraps.” With a ruler, they can measure the growth of various plants and create a chart comparing rates. By taking photos or drawing pictures on a daily or weekly basis, they can compile an album, along with their commentary on weather patterns.

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“Let them add personal touches like stepping stones, signs and other decorations that let them express their personality in their garden space,” says Pounders. Help them build a scarecrow, bird feeder, toad house, bird bath, sundial or a tent. Make a teepee or small enclosure and cover it with flowers, vines or climbing beans.

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After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish; arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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hile flowers are We underestimate by increasing defensive known to lean what plants can chemistry—things that toward light, a make a plant distasteful or do because their toxic to predators,” he says. growing body of research communication is Researchers noticed that is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and control plants also seemed invisible to us. scents—and then herald to respond to their neigh~Heidi Appel the news to their neighbors. bors being attacked. Far from being passive life Since then, Schultz, forms, members of the plant kingdom are Karban and other investigators have disadept at interacting with their environcovered that plants emit complex profiles ments and with each other. of odors in the form of volatile compounds “Plants don’t have specialized sense that can be picked up by other plants, as organs, but like animals, plants are very well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the capable of sensing their environment. They Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found perceive cues, weigh different alternatives that plants under duress emit chemical and allocate resources in very sophisticated cues that trigger nearby plants to increase ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of their defenses. entomology at the University of California These odors vary with the type of at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing threat and time, working to attract poland Communication. linators during the day and fending off enemies at night, Schultz says. A plant being Better Living Through eaten by an insect may release a chemical Chemistry that attracts predatory insects looking for Early evidence of plant communication was herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive discovered by accident, according to Jack advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your Schultz, senior executive director of research enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the development at the University of Toledo, plant being attacked.” in Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchers began Smells are just part of a plant’s multito notice plants under attack respond sensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor

in the Department of Environmental Scinatural balance sheet. Simard discovered these Plants have no special ences at the University of Toledo and one of networks had hubs—typically older “mother sense organs, so their Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with trees”—that can connect to hundreds of sophisticated sense of saplings and send them excess carbon that can collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of hearing is very surprising. quadruple their survival rates. Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Simard also found that trees engage in ~Heidi Appel Her lab exposed plants from the “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasmustard family to the sound of a caterpiling their natural defenses in response to lar feeding, with control plants in silence or “listening” to a damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal recording of the wind or other insects, and found that those networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. vibrations didn’t effect the same defensive-priming response Simard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats as that of the plant-munching caterpillar. “Plants have no like climate change and logging may further disrupt these comspecial sense organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is munication networks. very surprising,” says Appel. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encourageNature’s Networks ment can help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical might hope, says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of consignals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. nection to another life form, we are more likely to take better Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the care of it,” says the researcher. “We underestimate what plants University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the can do because their communication is invisible to us. Yet we underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with also have to be careful about overestimating their abilities. We one another below the ground in complex ways. need an understanding to be driven by science, and not wish Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on ful thinking.” a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of her at

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ith the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their fourlegged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD can be effective in treating some of the same ailments in pets as it does in humans. “I’ve used CBD on dogs and cats suffering from arthritis, anxiety and seizures,” says Angie Krause, DVM, a veterinarian with Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. “I’ve even used CBD to treat cats with chronic respiratory infections.” Unlike CBD from marijuana, which in most cases is a Schedule I narcotic that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers highly subject to abuse, CBD from industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive component THC. It is legal under federal law and can be sold nationwide, subject to state regulations. However, choosing the right CBD product is complicated by the number of confusing options. “There are so many products on the shelves with different concentrations and formulations,” says Krause, who considers the extraction method used during production to be one of the most important factors. She favors CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction over solvent extraction methods: “CO2 leaves no residue behind that could harm the bodies of small animals such as dogs and cats.”


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Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. ~Cindy Hesse Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital says

it’s always best to start with full- or broadspectrum products for the “entourage effect”, in which the cannabinoids work in concert. Isolates of additional cannabinoids can be added as needed, he says. When choosing a product to purchase for a pet, he recommends going with companies that are able to present the consumer with a certificate of analysis by a third party. “The certificate will show the complete profile of the CBD product, including cannabinoid, terpene, residual solvent, pesticide, bacteria, mycotoxin, fungicidal and elemental profiles,” he says. Cital notes that the elemental profile is especially important. “Hemp is very good at absorbing what is in its environment, including heavy metals such as lead.” Krause favors CBD products with minimal ingredients that “should be as simple as possible,” she says. “No xylitol, no artificial colors or sweeteners.” Cindy Hesse, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, also believes that CBD for pets should be as pure as possible. Her Cocker Spaniel, Reina, is both blind and deaf. Because of her handicaps, Reina experienced extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog—his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at fideleterna45@

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Celebration – noon-6pm. Honor thy Mother Celebration. Our annual celebration for all the mothers. Crystal gift for all mothers, mimosas and chocolate, sessions on the BioMat and 30% off all jewelry. Free. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657.



Mainstage Play – through May 12. Sex with Strangers. By Laura Eason. A smart and sexy exploration of the conflict between the life you live online and the life you try to live in the real world. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville. 352-375-4477.

Class – 2-4pm. Ancient Russian Psychic Card Reading. With Inna Goerisch. Four-week class. Learn layout, meanings and combination of cards so that you can do a reading using your psychic abilities. $20 per class. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592.

Workshop and Pot Luck Dinner – 6pm. Explore your writing talents. Any level of writing skills welcome. Activities include reading discussions, editing and new ideas. Free with pot luck dish. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Call or email to reserve at 352-595-3377 or

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Fair – noon-5:30pm. May Day Psychic Fair. Come get a reading for spring from one of our trusted readers. $20/reading. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Class – 2-4:30pm. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Call or check website to confirm date. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407247-7823.


Class – 2:30 or 5:30pm. Learning How to Open Your Third Eye. With JoEllen Blue. You will be provided with tools and knowledge to open your third eye, which has a significant impact in your intuition. $30. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-6934592. Chakra Balancing Crystal Bowl Meditation and Playshop – 7pm. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.

Class – 2-4pm. The Violet Fire. With Rev. Rae Moonwind. Learn how to use the Violet Fire to alleviate the heaviness of current energies and change the way they are impacting you. $25. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592.



Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5:30pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

Workshop – 9am-5pm. AumaKhua-Ki® Energy Balancing 2. With Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. (MA60322.) $250 (7 CEs.) Includes AumaKhuaKi® Level 2 Attunement, book & certificate. Location: Mammana Chiropractic Clinic, Ocala. For more info and to pre-register (required): (#5014398.) or 352-239-9272.


Women’s Sunday Brunch – 11am. An amazing assortment of women, locally grown food, an entertaining program in an atmosphere of quiet, respect and contemplation. Sliding scale from $10 to whatever you can contribute. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Reserve by noon the Friday before at 352-595-3377 or

Festival – 9am-4pm. 35th Annual Windsor Zucchini Festival. Over 100 arts, crafts and plant vendors from around the state, Cook-a-Zuke contest, zucchini carving contest, raffle, live entertainment, kid’s activities, various zucchini dishes for lunch. Proceeds go to support the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department and the community. Location: Windsor Fire Station #61, 1401 SE County Rd 234,


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Bazaar – 9am. Muddy Lotus Tea will partner with Rustique Vintage Market to host an outdoor bazaar featuring more than 50 vendors with unique merchandise just in time for Mother’s Day. Location: Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. Info: 352-559-3003 or



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Thermography Screenings – 8am-5pm; by appointment. A healthy alternative to mammograms. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Natural Eye Program – May 14-16. See what you can do about wet/dry macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts, diabetic retinopathy without injections. Seating is limited, call to pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Workshop and Pot Luck Dinner – 6pm. Explore your writing talents. Any level of writing skills welcome. Activities include reading discussions, editing and new ideas. Free with pot luck dish. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Call or email to reserve at 352-595-3377 or

Ocala’s Organic Resource for Holistic Massage and Wellness to Inspire Healing Journeys!

Be Well Holistic Massage Wellness Center, P.A.

More Than 40 Services:

• CBD Massage • Polarity Therapy • Hot Stone Massage • Cupping • Reflexology • Lymphatic Drainage

Introductory Special $55 for 1 hour massage therapy session. • Bio Mat PEMF Therapy • Biofield Tuning • Holistic Life Coaching • Zyto Bio Scan • Pre-natal Massage • Bio Ionic Foot Detox

“Practice a Life of Wellness, Come to Be Well” ~Treating Body, Mind and Soul

Schedule same-day appointment online at Please call 352-547-8644 for assistance during business hours, 9am-6pm Monday–Thursday • 9am-9pm Friday–Sunday MM37830


Drum Class & Jam –1-3pm. With instructor CongaSean. Drumming can be a great tool for spiritual growth and meditation, linking mind, body, and spirit! Learn how to approach a drum circle and join in, the different type of drum circles, etiquette, etc. All levels welcome. Bring your drum, woodblocks, cowbells, shakers, etc. Extra drums may be available first come. Drum music to take home will be provided. Free, donations appreciated. Moonraven Apothecary, 1102 N. Main St, Ste C, Wildwood. 352-460-1401.

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intertwine and play a role in our life today. $30. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-6934592. Chakra Balancing Crystal Bowl Meditation and Playshop – 7pm. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.


THURSDAY, MAY 16 Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5:30pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 Class – May 18-19 – Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-noon. Reiki 2: Usui Reiki. With Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. $200 (9 CEs.) Includes Reiki 2 Attunements & certificate. Location: Mammana Chiropractic, Ocala. Pre-registration required: (#5014398.) 352-239-9272 or Workshop – noon-4pm. Animal Communication and Crystal Healing for Your Animal Companion. With Jenna Butler, Animal Therapist. Learn about different techniques to meet your animals’ needs. $30. Call to sign up. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657. Full Moon Drum Gathering – 8pm-midnight. Cohosted with Ocala Drum Circles. Drums and percussions only, extra drums will be provided first come first serve. Outdoor bonfire, dancing, fire spinning. Must be 18 or older. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003.

SUNDAY, MAY 19 Guest Speaker – 10:30am. Rev. Jim Rosemergy, Unity minister and author whose creed is “Our God is Love. Our Race is Human. Our Religion is Oneness.” Center for Spiritual Living – Ocala, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.

MONDAY, MAY 20 Patient Education – 6pm. Learn what we do and time to ask questions. Free. Seating is limited, call to reserve your seat. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Suite 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

TUESDAY, MAY 21 Save Your Mind Intensive Personalized Program – May 21-23. What can you do to clear mental fog, remember, and sharpen your thinking? Seating is limited, need to pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Class – 2:30 or 5:30pm. Karma, Past Lives & Reincarnation. With JoEllen Blue. Learn how they

Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5:30pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Class – 2-4pm. Coping Skills for Accession. With Rev. Rae Moonwind. Join Rae for a discussion on implementing coping skills so you are not a victim to the incoming energies and can maintain inner peace in the midst of spiritual crisis. $30. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592.

Thai Herbal Bundle Therapy is a multi-therapy massage treatment, combining traditional Thai Massage, aromatherapy, and herbal healing. 9CEs for LMTs and $100 per class. Bodhi Sangha and Ariela’s Thai Massage, 7120 NE 19th Ave, Gainesville. Register: 813-417-6745 or

JUNE 22-24 Event – June 22-24. 9am-6pm. Qi Revolution. A 3-day event designed to unlock your healing power and create your best life. Teachings give ENERGY using the most effective Breathing Techniques, Qigong & Food-Healing. $199 for all 3 days. CE hours. Location: Heritage Park Center, Kissimmee. Info and tickets: 800-298-8970 or

JULY 26-27 Workshop – 10am-5:30pm. Quantum-Touch Energy Healing. Learn how to create high vibrational resonance fields, distance healing, creative visualization, amplified healing techniques and spiritual healing principles with certified instructor Patricia Wagner (15 years.) 14 CEUs for LMTs. Location: First Unity Spiritual Campus, St. Petersburg, FL. Info: Patricia@LookingFor Register: contact First Unity, 727-5272222 or

Workshop – 2-4pm. Grid Your Home and Property for Positive Energy with Crystal Energy Feng Shui. With Sharron Britton. Learn how to use crystals to enhance and elevate your space. $20. Call to sign up. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657.

FRIDAY, MAY 31 Mainstage Play – May 31-June 23. Million Dollar Quartet. By Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Four legends, one night and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll! Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley have one of the greatest jam sessions of all time in the Tony Award winning musical. Inspired by a true event, these four iconic musicians play their hearts out live on stage as they weave a tale filled with broken promises, deception, betrayal and passion. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville. 352-375-4477.

plan ahead SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Workshop – 9am-noon. Intro to AumaKhua-Ki® Energy Balancing. With Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. $25 or 3 CEs for $50. Bring a snack & bottled water. Location: Mammana Chiropractic Clinic, 3256 NE Jacksonville Rd, #D, Ocala. Register: (#50-14398.) or 352-239-9272.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Workshop – 9am-4pm. AumaKhua-Ki® Energy Balancing 1. With Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. $225 (6 CEs.) Includes AumaKhua-Ki® Level 1 Attunement, book & certificate. Location: Mammana Chiropractic Clinic, 3256 NE Jacksonville Rd, #D, Ocala. Register: (#50-14398.) or 352-239-9272. Certification – 10am-7pm. Thai Herbal Folk Medicine. Offered one Sunday a month for 7 months,

Remember, PLANS CHANGE! Please call ahead to confirm dates and times. May 2019


on going events NOTE: All calendar events must be submitted via our website by the 10th of the month and must adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries.

sunday A Course in Miracles – 9:30am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. Sunday Spiritual Service – 10am. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352­-687-­2113. mail@ Sunday Service – 10:30am; Guided Meditation – 10am. Awaken and LIVE. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352629-3897. Meditation and Book Discussion – 10:30am-noon. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352-214-1334. Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude – 1-2pm Bring your own mat for yoga in the warehouse. All experience levels. Suggested donation $5. First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch, Gainesville. 352-727-4677. Yin Yoga – 2pm. All levels. $10 donation. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003.

monday Hearing Screenings – afternoon. By appointment. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-­291-­9459. A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. Meeting – 5:30-7pm. Adult Children of Alcoholics. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-6872113.


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tuesday Technology Help Center - 2-4pm. Free. Belleview Public Library, 13145 SE Hwy 484, Belleview. 352-438-2500. Meditation Instruction and Orientation – 6:30pm. Meditation, book discussion, refreshments to follow. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352-214-1334.

wednesday Qigong – 9-9:30am. With Dr. Neil Crenshaw and Dr. Don Mederios. Donations go to Connected Warriors. Van Ness Park Civic Center, G Ave and 7th St, McIntosh. 352-425-2975.

Game Night – 7:30pm. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003.

thursday A Course in Miracles – 10am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. Embodiment 101 – 6:30-8pm. Body awareness movement followed by meditation. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352214-1334. Karaoke – 8pm-11pm. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003.

friday Health Happens Farmers Market – 9am-2:30pm. Shop for fresh produce, seafood, honey, baked goods, gluten-free snacks and prepared meals for lunch. McPherson Governmental Complex field, 601 SE 25th Ave. Ocala. 352-438-2360. Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Adult Children of Alcoholics. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352687-2113. Queer & Trans Dharma – 7-9pm. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352214-1334.

saturday Haile Farmers Market – 8:30am-12pm. Open rain or shine, heat or cold. Haile Village Center in Haile Plantation, SW 91st Terr, Gainesville. Farmstead Saturdays – 9am­3pm. Free. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-­595-­ 3377. Ocala Farm Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown farm fresh seasonal produce, homemade jellies and jams, crafts and plants. Location: Corner of SE 3rd St and SE 3rd Ave, Ocala. 352-629-8051. Class – 2-4:30pm. One Saturday each month. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Call or check website to confirm date. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-2477823. Fire Flow – 9pm. Fire spinners and poi with music outside. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003.

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer and forgiveness.

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Nelson Kraucak, MD, FAAFP “We are committed to aid and promote the body’s innate mechanisms to heal and achieve homeostasis for optimum health by introducing and using natural approaches with innovative and cutting-edge technology.”

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Jaclynn Sola, LMT

MA56771 Over 10 years experience Specializing In: • Raindrop Therapy – • Cupping for Aromatheraphy Pain Relief and utilizing essential oils Lymphatic Drainage • Myo Fascial Release • Sports Massage/ • Deep Tissue Golf Massage • Hot Stone Massage • Cranial Sacral • Body Scrubs/Wraps SpectraVision • Reflexology/Foot • Reiki Master Massage Tuning Forks • Cellulite Reduction • Colonics Massage

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Karin Panyko

Licensed Aesthetician Over 13 years experience Specializing In: • Micro Derm Abrasion • Spa Facial/Galvanic (tightens and tones cheek muscles) • High Frequency Therapy • Light Therapy • Facial Massage – Deep Tissue My passion is to assist others in achieving their balance with inner and outer beauty.

Gretta Ellis, ARNP

Over 10 years experience Specializing In: • Chronic Disease • Gastro-Intestinal Disorders • Alternative Medicine • SIBO/Leaky Gut • Bio Identical Hormone Replacement - BHT • ER and Internal Medicine Experience

Healing Central Florida, One Stem Cell at a Time!

Healthcare Partners Family Medicine 1501 HWY 441, Suite 1704, The Villages, FL, 32159 www. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm May 2019


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GENTLE WATERS HEALING CENTER 352-374-0600 Gainesville

The therapists at Gentle Waters Healing Center assist each individual with detoxing using colon hydrotherapy and/or far infrared sauna. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit G e n t l e Wa t e r s H e a l i n g . c o m . MA41024, MM15426.


MA60322/MM27671 Healthy Hands of Ocala 1302 SE 25th Loop, Suite 104, Ocala 352-239-9272 Specializing in energy balancing sessions, sound healing, crystal healing, energy activation, spiritual counseling and guided meditation. Also offering energy healing classes by appointment. Experience a balanced lifestyle for body, mind, heart & soul. Unique programs created for your individual needs.


Lemire Clinic 9401 SW Hwy 200, Suite 301 352-291-9459 • Dr. Lemire is both Board Certified in Family Practice for 40 years and is an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner. Some of the common protocols Dr. Lemire works with are: Thyroid conditions, Chronic Fatigue, MS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Leaky Gut, Cancer, Hormone Unbalances, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Inflammatory and Auto Immune Conditions, Lyme Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Management. Dr. Lemire sees children and adults. See ad, page 3.


EFT, Emotion Code, Body Code, Hypnosis 352-454-8959 You can achieve your health, wealth and relationship goals. Certified Energy Healer, Sandy will help you eliminate blocks to be successful in getting fit, having better relationships, reaching business goals. Why wait?See website or call to start your path to success.


Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist Lemire Clinic 9401 SW Hwy 200, Suite 301, Ocala 352-291-9459 • Forrest Petty has joined our practice. Forrest has 5+ years in the hearing aid industry with all manufacturers. He offers free hearing exams and hearing instrument demonstrations with the latest technology for all patients. Come experience how well you can hear again. Call to schedule your appointment. See ad, page 3.


The conserve is an ecological preserve, retreat center and organic farm. Local fresh produce can be bought at The Farm Store on property, through Farm to Fare weekly Baskets or delivered to your restaurant. The Farm Store is open 7 days a week. Certified kitchen honey house and event space available. See ad, page 7.

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DEBI GOLDBEN, RM/T, LMT MA78069/MM37419 13722 SW 40th Circle, Ocala 352-209-0303

Reduce or eliminate physical and emotional discomfort, stress, anxiety and PTSD with Debi’s unique blend of life coaching, energy balancing and spiritual intuition. Techniques include Reiki, Emotion Code, Body Code, Psych-K and Metaphysical Anatomy. Yes…she works on animals!


Students can advance in their studies of Thai Massage and Tr a d i t i o n a l T h a i F o l k Medicine. Courses offered are; Thai Foot Reflexology, Double Practitioner Thai Massage, and Thai Herbal Bundle Therapeutics. The Bodhi Sangha Shala is a place to grow and learn, to build community, to cultivate mindfulness and compassion, and to deepen one’s studies of the ancient healing art of Thai Massage. See ad, page 14.


MA47715 Healthy Hands of Ocala 1302 SE 25th Loop, Suite 104, Ocala 352-817-3887 Specializing in easing muscle tension and pain while promoting wellness. With over 10 years experience, Kurt offers massage therapy based on each client’s individual needs. Call or text to schedule an appointment.


MA68087 Healthy Hands of Ocala 1302 SE 25th Loop, Suite 104, Ocala 352-207-5423 Offering Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone, Swedish, Therapeutic and Trigger Point with an emphasis on neck, shoulder and sciatic pain therapy. Compassion and knowledge help to aid in pain management and relaxation. See ad, page 15.




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Shauna Cantwell, DVM Ocala 352-538-3021 •

Holistic veterinary medicine for small animals and horses. Arthritis, neurologic and hormonal dysfunction, skin, allergies, cancer, pain, immune and chronic disease. Certified veterinary acupuncture, certified-AVCA animal chiropractic, herbal therapy, tui na medical massage, functional neurology, postural rehabilitation, ozone therapy, homotoxicology and nutrition. Available for workshops. See ad, page 4.

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2019 2018 NATIONAL EVENT Largest Qigong event in the USA Experience 3 days of $199 PROFOUND ENERGY for $149

Qi Revolution is a 3-day event designed to unlock your healing power and create your best life. Teachings give ENERGY using the most effective Breathing Techniques, Qigong & Food-Healing. National Event is our biggest production creating sacred space for 1000 people.

Featuring Extraordinary Guest Speakers

Dawn Cartwright Presenting TANTRA Heart Activation

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Kissimmee, FL Heritage Park Center JUNE 22nd-24th, 2019

$199 All 3-Days. Holistic Wellness Training. Limited Seats Remain Register Today. Florida CE Hours Approved. (800)-298-8970


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