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December 2012


newsbriefs Holiday Events at Lake Erie Metropark Bring Holiday Respite


aking a break from the commercialism of the holidays to reconnect with nature can feel extremely refreshing. At the Lake Erie Metropark Marshlands Museum, three weekend events that can help the family do just that. At December Do-Day, participants may make unique ornaments using natural objects and matter found within the park, starting at 2 p.m., December 9. The Muskrat Club, teaches children, ages 6 to 12, about nature and history; this month’s event, which starts at 10:30 a.m., December 15, promises to teach children about real reindeer. The December Shore Stroll, 2 p.m., December 16, is an opportunity for birding fans to bundle up and enjoy the crisp winter breezes and exceptional bird-watching opportunities along the Detroit River. Cost: $3 per person per event. Location: 32481 W. Jefferson, Brownstown. For more information and to preregister (required), call 734-379-5020 or Visit

Yoga Shelter Joins Midtown


etroit entrepreneur Naomi Ruth has opened Yoga Shelter Midtown, at 69 West Forest, near Wayne State University, between Cass and Woodward. The sixth studio sharing the Yoga Shelter name, the midtown location is offering 10 days of yoga for ten dollars to all new Yoga Shelter students. The studio will offer more than 30 classes a week with a schedule that accommodates early morning, lunchtime and evening practice times. Classes will be offered for all levels and will include Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Fusion, Yin, X-Flowsion and Foundations, a class to help newer students begin their practice. “The community feel of Yoga Shelter and its emphasis on yoga for every body mirrors the inclusiveness, connectivity, and determination that is shining in Detroit,” comments Ruth, who was previously a program manager at the Greening of Detroit. “Yoga Shelter Midtown hopes to serve the Detroit community, WSU students, local Detroit business owners and employees of all downtown businesses.” For more information, call 313-831-9642 or email Naomi@YogaShelter. com. For detailed class schedules and pricing, check out the YogaShelter. com and click on Midtown, Detroit. Also, like the studio at YogaShelterMidtownDetroit.


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Basil’s Buddies Hosts Fun Holiday Fundraisers


asil’s Buddies—a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue—is the beneficiary of three fundraising events in December. Country Christmas at the Trenton Cultural Center, located at 2427 West Road, in Trenton, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., December 9. The event promises the sale of holiday baked goods and gift baskets, plus a Secret Santa Shoppe where children can pick out small gifts for parents or friends with the help of Basil’s Buddies volunteers. There will be an area for photos with Santa, and a thumbprint portrait artist will offer family portraits. Proceeds from sales at the event support Basil’s Buddies. Basil’s Buddies will also host a Holiday Celebration Fundraising Dinner at Seva Detroit, located at 66 E. Forest Ave., at 6:30 p.m., December 11. Seva is a vegetarian restaurant that features gluten-free options. The family-style dinner includes a variety of salads, appetizers and entrees, plus tea and coffee. Wine will be available for half off the regular price per glass. Tickets cost $30 and must be purchased by December 4, by calling 734 926-1098, emailing or visiting PetSmart, in Woodhaven, will host pet photos with Santa Claws and donate $5 per photo to Basil’s Buddies on December 8, 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each 4 x 6 photo comes in a keepsake holiday frame for $9.95. Basil’s Buddies is a nonprofit animal welfare organization, based in Trenton, that is dedicated to improving the lives of domesticated and companion animals and helping end the overpopulation of homeless domesticated animals without euthanizing them. The non-traditional, no-kill rescue specializes in emergency rescues, medical rescues, special needs animals and senior pets. It runs an animal hospice for terminally ill pets that need a loving, supportive home during their final days and offers a pet food bank program, a vaccination clinic, adoption events and a pet loss support group. For more information, visit



New Holistic Networking Group


atural Awakenings Detroit is sponsoring a new networking group specifically for those in the business of healthy and sustainable living. The next event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., December 13, at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat and Conference Center. The theme of the December meeting will be green holiday practices. Attendees are invited to bring along an idea or two to share with the group. Each monthly meeting includes a group discussion and sharing, plus a soup and sandwich dinner, with options for vegetarian, vegan and raw foods. It’s a great way to connect with others and learn more about the new trends and happenings that are affecting this niche market. Location: 23333 Schoolcraft Rd. (I-96 service drive just East of Telegraph Rd), Detroit. Please RSVP by December 10, by calling 586-943-5785. For more information, visit

Sustainable Spiritual Growth


piritual growth is not an unpleasant task to be suffered by strength of will,” says the Reverend Roger Mohr, a nationally recognized Humanist minister and pastor at First Unitarian Universalist Church, Detroit. “Spiritual growth is an exciting process of continuous improvement, one small insight and one small change at a time,” he adds. Rev. Mohr will lead a program about considering spiritual growth as an enjoyable daily process of transformation. The class is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., December 18, at the Detroit Athletic Club. Rev. Mohr’s program is based on the principles of reason and compassion that are the foundation of the Humanist tradition. The basic principle is simple: know oneself. The goal is to get clarity about one’s real self, and how to care for that person. Rev. Mohr will discuss practices and ideas from world religions, along with scientific evidence and research, which is the core of Humanism. With more than a decade in ministry and advanced degrees in religion, psychology and business, Rev. Mohr has the experience and expertise to help people grow. Cost: $25 per person. Location: 241 Madison St., Detroit. Dress is business casual: no t-shirts, no denim. For more information or to RSVP (required), call 313-262-6175, email or visit

Christmas Poinsettia Magic David Lloyd Glover The day 4-year-old David Lloyd Glover accompanied his dad to watch the Walt Disney animated film Fantasia on the big screen, his world changed. “I was overwhelmed by the remarkable imagery,” he recalls. “When my father told me it was all drawn and painted, I knew that’s what I wanted to do—and out came the paints.” The paints, and Glover’s abiding passion for them, remained with him during a successful career as a newspaper editorial illustrator and the founder and director of an award-winning advertising agency whose clients included Pepsi Cola, Yamaha, McDonald’s and the 1988 Winter Olympics. Upon leaving the ad industry, Glover returned to his first love: fine art. Describing his style as, “vivid impressionism,” Glover says his artistic influences are rooted in the masterworks of painters such as Renoir, Monet and Cézanne. His oils on canvas, which are collected worldwide, reflect the sensibilities of color and light that have made the paintings of Gaugin and van Gogh so magical and inspiring. Adept at capturing the atmosphere surrounding compositional elements, Glover creates a visceral connection with his viewers. “I want to bring out human emotions in my art,” he says. “I’m telling either a narrative or an emotional story using my artistic imagination, and I want viewers to feel a resonance and an impact.” View the artist’s portfolio at

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newsbriefs Radakovich to Sign Her New, Holiday Children’s Book


atti Radakovich, founder and chairperson of Basil’s Buddies, will hold three book signings to promote her holiday children’s book, Fireball: The Christmas Kitty. Fireball follows the story of an abandoned cat and a young volunteer who befriend each other at a local animal shelter. A portion of the book’s proceeds go to Basil’s Buddies. The first book signing happens from 1 to 3 p.m., December 8, at Ukazoo Books, in Southgate, where Patti will read the book at 1 and 2 p.m. The second signing is set for Basil’s Buddies Country Christmas Bake Sale and Secret Santa Shoppe, December 9, at the Trenton Cultural Center. The third signing will occur at 6 p.m., December 14, at Total Health Foods, in Wyandotte; this event will be a children’s story hour with a reading of the book, plus cookies and smoothie samples for the kids and a thumbprint artist available to create a piece of art utilizing your child’s thumbprint.

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Canton Center Chiropractic Hosts Wellness Extravaganza


he Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic (CCCC) is proud to host its annual Wellness Extravaganza, from 12 to 3 p.m., January 12. Numerous vendors and health practitioners will provide demonstrations and information about topics including chiropractic, nutrition, massage, Reiki and reflexology. The center’s owner, Dr. Robert Potter, is both a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Certified Traditional Naturopath. Chiropractic doctors Angela Lawrence and Mark Campbell are also on staff. In addition to chiropractic care, the CCCC offers massage, bio-energy therapy, nutritional counseling and detoxification programs. The office treats everything from pain to nutritional deficiencies and allergies. Cost: Free. Location: 6231 N. Canton Center Rd, #109, Canton. For more information, call 734-455-6767.


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Looking for a more Spiritual Way to Ring in the New Year?


growing number of individuals are seeking a way to celebrate the New Year without alcoholic drinks or fancy parties. St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center offers a wonderful way to welcome the New Year with a combination of quiet contemplation and fellowship among other likeminded individuals and couples. A Spirit-filled, overnight retreat of reflection, prayer and celebration can help you begin 2013 with a heart full of thanks for the past and hope for what is ahead. Located on spacious grounds in Detroit, a spirit of serenity,

tranquility, kindness, compassion and hospitality distinguishes the retreat center, which is open to all men and women, whether couples or singles. The evening stay begins at 5:00 p.m., December 31, and ends at 11:30 a.m. on January 1st and includes delicious meals and a pre-midnight, nonalcoholic social gathering. “The New Year’s Eve retreat at St. Paul was just the right mix of reflection and celebration for my husband and I, now that our adult children have outgrown our family celebrations at home,” says Mary Anne Demo, publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine, Detroit. The retreat center has a great energy, and it’s so close to home.” Cost $120 per couple, $80 per individual. Location: 23333 Schoolcraft Rd. (I-96 service drive just East of Telegraph Rd), Detroit. Contact Marcia Sansotta to register at 313-535-9563 or email For more information, visit StPauls.


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Surrender Your Stress at Kandascent Temple


etroit native Andrea Lindsey has returned from a California sabbatical, bringing with her the energy and insight to open the Kandascent Temple of Love Sanctuary & Spa, located in historic Indian Village in a beautiful tudor style home that was transformed into business spaces called the ‘Collective.’ Lindsey is introducing a unique two-session, personal treatment called Surrender Your Stress,

which will help people move from stress to success. The first session starts with shirodhara, the pouring of a slow and steady stream of warm oils and herbs on the recipient’s forehead. The rest of the 60-minute treatment blends eight techniques from around the world that will create deep relaxation and rejuvenation and yield a balanced brain, improved concentration, a nourished nervous system and a boosted immune system. Then, she introduces simple methods to eliminate negative thinking patterns, release internal obstacles and develop a new transformational space. From this space, each person can create five personal statements that will assist her or him to reach personal goals. The second session consists of recording these five personal affirmations onto a personalized CD, which then goes home with the client. Listening to this 30-minute specialized sound composition will signal the mind to manifest the desired outcome. The spa also offers massage, sound, crystal and color therapy, steam bath, oxygen therapy and many more relaxation techniques. Stress management, weight reduction programs, lifestyle coaching and spiritual counseling are also available. The sanctuary facilities dance, yoga, meditation, qi gong and creative art therapies.


choolcraft College offers fun and affordable physical fitness classes for all age groups and lifestyles to help people reach their fitness goals. Schoolcraft offers a low-key, comfortable and enjoyable environment where people can take classes in cardio-karate kickboxing, aerobics, strength training, Pilates, aquatics, yoga, tennis, fencing and dance. In addition, non-instructional gym and court time is available. Regular exercise does not have to entail expensive fitness club dues or high-priced equipment to fill a spare bedroom. However, breaking out of old habits and incorporating exercise into one’s daily lifestyle can have impressive benefits. The winter is a great time to start a new regimen or hobby that keeps the body moving. All classes are open to the public with nominal fees, and senior discounts are available to those who are 60 and over. For a complete listing of all of Schoolcraft’s offerings and schedule of classes, go to cepd, or call 734-462-4448 for more information.

Cost for ‘Surrender your Stress’ two-part session: $135. Location: 8325 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. For more information, call 561-889-8446. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Little Free Libraries Draw Neighbors Together


simple idea, to house free books in quirky little buildings on posts, is bringing neighborhoods together and enhancing literacy around the world. Anyone can take a book or leave a book; there are not due dates, late fees or library registrations required, and the doors are open seven days a week, 24 hours per day. With a roof and plexiglass windows and doors, Little Free Libraries look like dollhouses for books. From Madison, Wisconsin, to London, England and even in Accra, Ghana, Little Free Libraries are catching on. There are dozens of them here in Michigan! The mission of Little Free Libraries—an idea started in 2010 by Todd Bol, a Wisconsin man, to honor his late mother, who had been a school teacher—is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. The LFP network also hopes to build a community through sharing skills, creativity and wisdom across generations and to build more than 2,510 libraries (the number built by Andrew Carnegie) around the world. Even in an era of e-reading and instant information, the simple act of sharing a book can draw neighbors together and elevate a sense of community. Visit to learn more.

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Discover Easy Ways to Update a Wardrobe in New Dress a Day Book


n Marisa Lynch’s recently published New Dress A Day, readers can learn how to go from thrift shop cheap to runway chic. Based on Lynch’s popular blog of the same name, the innovative tailor demonstrates how to easily and affordably transform a wardrobe from frumpy to fabulous. With a little imagination, Lynch’s do-it-yourself tips and tools like needles, thread and safety pins, an outdated castoff can be updated with style and savings. In this book, readers will discover how to ace the sewing basics, create do-ityourself designer look-alikes, style the same dress in seven different ways and more. For more information, visit

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ZumbAtomic—Zumba plus Fun for Kids


umbAtomic is like Zumba but created and designed for kids aged 4 to 12, incorporating age-appropriate exercises that encourage socialization, fun and team work and self-esteem. Earlier this year, Zumba instructor Gerry Infante teamed up with PKSA Karate Schools in Taylor and Trenton. In January 2013, Infante will open his newly remodeled studio, in Taylor; he will offer free classes the entire week of January 7. Like regular Zumba classes for adults, ZumbAtomic engages kids with fun, Latin dance moves; in addition, ZumbAtomic includes games and activities specifically for children that are not offered in regular Zumba classes. From beginning to end, Infante keeps the kids moving, running, jumping and smiling with his silly antics. Originally from Mexico, he has previously taught students a little bit of Spanish while they dance to Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Cumbia and more. Even though ZumbAtomic does involve dancing, no previous dance experience is necessary. “Even though my daughters have been taking dance class for years, I have never seen them so in love with dancing as they have been since they started Gerry’s ZumbAtomic class,” says parent Lisa Williams. “For 45 minutes, they are moving, laughing and learning, with huge smiles on their faces the whole time.” Location: 24415 Eureka Rd., Taylor. For more information, call 313-421-7177, email or visit or find him on Facebook.

~ Dalai Lama

After the Storm Spirits Lift Despite Hurricane Sandy


fter one of the largest storms on record hit the Northeast, devastating the shorelines of New York and New Jersey and uprooting the status quo in surrounding states, locals saw a new kind of energy emerge among the populace. Kelly Martinsen, publisher of the Long Island edition of Natural Awakenings and a resident of Long Beach, New York, joined the corps of volunteers that are helping families and businesses dig out of the ruins of their once beautiful beach town. In turn, her magazine’s advertisers and neighboring publishers reached out to share their office space, homes and other heartfelt help to keep her own business afloat. “While I have lost much, I feel blessed to have lived through this event,” says Martinsen. “I was able to experience the wonderful nature of people helping people in the days after the storm.” Tina Woods, publisher of Natural Awakenings’ New York City edition, changed the role of her delivery truck from distributing magazines to carrying food to residents and volunteers assisting Gerritsen Beach neighborhoods, in Brooklyn. She also participated in recovery work along the Jersey Shore and collaborated with her advertisers to raise $1,000 for relief efforts. Woods observes, “In times like this, you know what it means to truly be local and look to the people immediately next to you to get by.” To join or support coordinated Hurricane Sandy relief efforts vetted by Charity Navigator, visit JoinHurricaneSandyRelief

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One-Size Meditation Does Not Fit All


n intriguing study recently posted online by Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, suggests that new meditators are most likely to stick with the practice and reap its healthful benefits if they select methods with which they are most comfortable, rather than those that are most popular. In one of the first studies to compare meditation techniques head-to-head, author Adam Burke, a professor of health education at San Francisco State University and the director of its Institute for Holistic Health Studies, taught 247 participants four popular methods— mantra, mindfulness, Zen and qigong visualization. He asked them to choose which they preferred to practice at home for six weeks before techniques were evaluated. The simpler methods, mantra and mindfulness, each were preferred by 31 percent of study participants. Zen and qigong were selected by about 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Burke says the results showed the value of providing people new to meditation simpler and more accessible methods, and also emphasized that no one technique is best for everyone. He hopes to see more comparative meditation studies, especially to determine if particular methods are better at addressing specific health issues such as addiction. “If that’s the case,” he advises, “healthcare professionals would be able to guide patients toward techniques that will be most effective for them. Additional studies are also needed to determine if there is a way to predict which method will be best suited for any particular individual.”

A Wise Man’s Gift for Arthritis Sufferers


rankincense, an aromatic resin obtained from Boswellia trees native to Africa, is an age-old herbal remedy that may help alleviate the pain of arthritis, according to scientists at Cardiff University, in Wales. “The search for new ways of relieving the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis is a long and difficult one,” says Dr. Emma Blain, who led the research with coinvestigators Professor Vic Duance, from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, and Dr. Ahmed Ali, of the Compton Group. The team believes they have been able to demonstrate that treatment with an extract of Boswellia frereana—a rare frankincense species—inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules and helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage tissue that causes the condition. The African Somali people have long used extracts of frankincense as a traditional remedy for arthritis. “Our research achieved the use of innovative chemical extraction techniques to determine the active ingredient in frankincense,” says Ali. “We will now be able to further characterize the chemical entity and compare its success against other anti-inflammatory drugs used for treating the condition.”

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Nutty Way to Help Preserve Cognition


alnut consumption is associated with better memory scores and cognitive function, according to recent findings published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In the Prevención con Dieta Mediterrnáea study, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Health, results show that a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with olive oil or one ounce of mixed nuts, half of which are walnuts, is more beneficial than a low-fat diet when it comes to body weight, blood pressure, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation. The nutrient-dense walnuts provide antioxidants and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Both are key nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties that help protect brain cells from the oxidative damage associated with cognitive decline.

Raisins Yield Pressure Relief


or individuals seeking a natural way to keep slightly elevated blood pressure in check, eating a handful of raisins each day might do the trick. New data presented at the American College of Cardiology 61st Annual Scientific Session suggest that among adults with hypertension or mild increases in blood pressure, routine consumption of raisins may lower readings, especially compared with eating other common snacks. The researchers noted that raisins are packed with potassium, which is known to lower blood pressure, and are also a good source of antioxidant dietary fiber, which may favorably alter the biochemistry of blood vessels, enabling them to be less stiff. The study helps validate some current nutrient recommendations, such as 60 raisins—about a handful, containing one gram of fiber and 212 milligrams of potassium—as being helpful in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in three (28 percent) of American adults have prehypertension, defined as a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm Hg. Researchers cautioned that their study was small; larger trials are needed.

Say “No” to GMO Food


he big six—Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta— dominate the global seed and pesticide markets. They actively opposed Proposition 37, on California’s ballot, November 6, to label food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Each of the corporations made contributions of at least $2 million, with Monsanto’s contribution alone totaling more than $7 million, according to Pesticide Action Network (PAN), in a press release. “Research shows that genetically engineered crops drive up the use of dangerous

Giving Begets Happiness at Every Age


o give is better than to receive,” is a maxim that appears to hold true even for the very young. A new study co-authored by three psychologists at Canada’s University of British Columbia observes that giving makes toddlers happier. The study, published in PLOS One, an online journal of the Public Library of Science, found that toddlers younger than 2 were happier when giving treats to others than when receiving them. They were also happier when they gave their own treats away, rather than an identical treat that didn’t belong to them.

Stop Wasting Food


t’s time to step up to the plate—but not waste what’s on it. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that about 40 percent of all food in the United States goes uneaten. Each year, we are throwing away the equivalent of $165 billion in discarded food, making it the single largest component of solid waste in America’s landfills and costing the average family of four between $1,350 and $2,275 annually. About two-thirds of household waste consists of spoiled food that’s not used in time; the rest is caused by people cooking or serving too much food. Learn easy steps to reduce food waste via the NRDC free online fact sheet at StopFoodWaste.

pesticides, with increased pesticide use by over 400 million pounds in the United States over the past fifteen years,” says the PAN statement. The Organic Consumers Association is now calling on consumers to boycott brands created by these companies, many of which sell and promote products as organic and natural, while they lobby against labeling foods that have been grown from genetically modified seed. For more information, visit or

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Smog Begone

Dramatic Decline in Los Angeles Air Pollution Legendary late-night TV host Johnny Carson made the thick, automobile-generated smog that covered Los Angeles the butt of jokes for decades, but times have changed. In the past 50 years, California’s Los Angeles Basin has shown a 98 percent decrease in levels of some vehicle-related air pollutants even as area denizens now burn three times as much gasoline and diesel fuel. Between 2002 and 2010 alone, the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) dropped by half, according to a new study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. “The reason is simple. Cars are getting cleaner,” says Carsten Warneke, a NOAA-funded scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Primarily emitted from the vehicle tailpipes, VOCs are a key ingredient in formation of ground-level ozone, which at high levels can harm people’s lungs and damage crops and other plants. The magnitude of the drop in VOC levels was surprising, although it doesn’t mean that ozone levels have dropped as steeply, because the air chemistry is complex. Levels of ozone pollution in the basin are down, but don’t yet meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. Warneke expects the decrease in VOC emissions by cars to continue, given that engine efficiency continues to improve and older, higher polluting vehicles will be taken off the roads. Source: American Geophysical Union (

Coming Clean

Environmental Hall of Shame From shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste to laundry detergent and window cleaners, hundreds of chemicals of unknown origin and effect can be found everywhere in our daily lives. Some are regulated by government agencies, but many are not; some cleaning products, for example, are not even required to list their ingredients on labels. The research team at the nonprofit consumer watchdog Environmental Working Group has released a new Cleaners Hall of Shame database ( that ranks more than 2,000 household cleaners by how hazardous their ingredients are and how much information is on their labels. Many products contain ingredients known to cause asthma or are contaminated with carcinogens. Even so-called “green” products aren’t necessarily any better. Many of them boast of ingredients made from plants, rather than petroleum, but there is little or no safety data for some plant-based ingredients. A truly green product poses few risks to health or the environment and transparently informs users of its content.

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Bird Brains

When the Warm Get Going Global climate change is a real, measurable phenomenon, according to a new study, based on the National Audubon Society’s North American Christmas Bird Count. It found that avian species have taken decades to adjust their ranges northward in response to warming winters. Frank La Sorte, a researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York, and lead author of a study supported by the National Science Foundation, says in the Journal of Animal Ecology that because birds are highly mobile and migrate north and south with the changing seasons, they are better able to shift their ranges than less mobile, non-migrating species, such as amphibians. “It makes sense that species move slower than the rate at which climate is changing,” says La Sorte. “Many of them need to follow a prey base and a type of vegetation, or they need certain kinds of habitat that will create corridors for movement. Species are responding under their own time frame.” The challenge for humans is daunting. “We have to give species the opportunity to respond by providing corridors for movement and longterm maintenance of those corridors,” says La Sorte. “That requires cooperation across political boundaries.” Source: ABC News

Leaf Relief

Urban Trees Act as Crime-Stoppers The city of Baltimore’s high crime rate inspired a gritty TV drama. But a new study ( by the University of Vermont’s Transportation Research Center, in Burlington, found that a 10 percent increase in trees in a given area led to a 12 percent decrease in crime. “It’s really pretty striking how strong this relationship is,” says Austin Troy, lead author of the study, published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. Researchers examined the correlation in and around Baltimore using aggregated crime data and combining it with high-resolution satellite images to conduct the analysis. The working hypothesis is that because people enjoy spending time in pleasant outdoor spaces, there are more observers present to hinder criminal activity. Also, a well-maintained landscape seems to send a message that someone may be watching. To avoid culture bias, the study considered many socioeconomic factors, including housing, age, income and race of residents, as well as variables such as rural versus city setting and population density. The findings should prove helpful to urban planners.

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It’s All About We Conscious Evolution: Why We’re Better Together by Linda Sechrist


fter decades of studying issues of environmental destruction, poverty and war, Malcolm Hollick, Ph.D., author of The Science of Oneness: A New Worldview for the TwentyFirst Century, concluded in 2006 that a better future for humanity requires a more holistic worldview. It must be one that reflects the evidence of both new sciences and established spiritual traditions, all of which point to a deep unity, or Oneness, the grand reality underlying and often belying the superficial testimony of the senses. Hollick concluded, “We become open to the experience of this unity only when we recognize at the deepest intuitive level that we do not exist as separate selves.” The founder of the Findhorn College Foundation, in Scotland, recognized that while the old worldview has disintegrated, the con-

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crete of a new one has not yet set. He also observed how the acceleration of scientific findings—advancing knowledge and understanding of the universe, as well as the meaning and purpose of life—would continue to influence the general worldview. Within a decade, of the publication of his book, hard scientific evidence across many disciplines—particularly physics and biology—as well as pioneering ideas and anecdotal evidence presented by leading philosophers and authors, affirmed the existence of a reality in which everything is connected and linked in a coherent whole. Such thinking further revealed that evolution has equipped humans with genetic wiring for co-creation, cooperation and collaboration. Martin A. Nowak, a professor of biology and

mathematics at Harvard University and co-author of Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed, explains that most great innovations of life have resulted not from competition, but cooperation, the real “master architect” of evolution. Nowak believes that figuring out how cooperation comes about and breaks down is the key to human survival as a species. Books such as The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us, by Lynne McTaggart, a scientific researcher and award-winning journalist, and The Golden Motorcycle Gang: A Story of Transformation, co-authored by motivational speaker Jack Canfield, are helping individuals to see through the illusions of the old “survival of the fittest” and “I win, you lose” paradigms into one expressed in terms of connectedness and relationships. This new “Me-We” thinking and way of being has been spreading; it now informs everything from enlightened environmental stewardship to economics, as well as health and spiritual well-being.

How Community Works

Canfield emphasizes the valuable lesson of collaboration and cooperation he learned while working for W. Clement Stone, a philanthropist and self-help

author: When working together, focus on overlapping goals and interests, and not on differences. In Chicago, Illinois, where the Eat Fresh Eat Local movement sparks successful collaborations, the focus is on food, rather than issues of race, sex or economic disparity. There, hundreds of people are growing food together in communal spaces on city-owned land, privately owned empty lots and rooftops, as well as in school gardens, food forests and urban farm sites. “Self-reliant, community-operated urban farms and the food centers that retail the produce to residents in surrounding neighborhoods—some in the city’s most isolated and impoverished communities—are economic drivers that create jobs,” says Erika Allen, projects manager of Chicago’s Growing Power office. The daughter of national organization founder Will Allen notes that local workshops resemble a cross-section of the world. “Participants from different countries, cultures and economic levels come together for three meals a day, where we connect, share perspectives and learn from one another.” Another successful initiative, Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC),

“We’re one humanity and we’re all in this together.” ~ Jack Canfield

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planet and a cosmos that are whole and harmonious.” ~ Malcolm Hollick brings together the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Office of the Regional Health Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Chicago Medical Society and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. The BHC agribusiness project develops and maintains a system of more accessible food supply, distribution and markets where people live, work, play, pray and learn. Neighbors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, organized park cleanups with the long-range goal of replacing crime and litter with learning. Now, Riverside Park, once an area of urban blight, has both a college-level field research station and grade school outdoor classroom, offering innovative school, adult and community programs operated

by the Urban Ecology Center (UEC). Programs serve 44 schools and have spawned two branches in Washington Park and Menomonee Valley to serve residents in those areas. The UEC’s latest project, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, the River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee County Parks, private businesses and local landowners, is an arboretum that will protect and restore 40 acres of land for native species and wildlife habitat along the Milwaukee River. “With the creation of the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum, southeastern Wisconsin has a new, biologically diverse space for growing future environmental stewards,” says UEC Executive Director Ken Leinbach. He particularly likes creating spaces and resources that give people that wouldn’t normally connect a place to bump into one another.

Expanding Worldview College settings are similarly intended to encourage stimulating and expansive dialogue among diverse populations. At Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Massachusetts, recent environmental study grads Dana Rubin and Hannah Blackmer met Frances Moore Lappé when she visited to share the message of her book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. As a result, the pair

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“We are facing a critical moment in the unfolding of our human story, and feel called to create pathways to a better future.” ~ Craig Hamilton embraced the need to shift their view of the world away from looming negatives to focus on creating positive connections and meaningful relationships that recognize life’s interdependence and fuel constructive change. After more research, the duo built a simple website named Convenient and created a blog before commencing a coast-to-coast, 100-day, solutions-oriented journey last summer. They posted nearly 30 “webisodes” of heartfelt interactions with individuals and organizations with stories to tell, like the group at 2100 Lakeside Emergency Men’s Shelter, in Cleveland, Ohio, that is using small-scale, practical and cost-effective solutions to lessen their impact on the environment. “The personal stories we heard affirm what

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we learned from Frances—that it’s possible to locally solve global problems together,” advise the sojourners, who travel in a grease-powered car. “Learn to think beyond negative thought traps that engender fear,” advises Lappé. “Thinking, ‘There isn’t enough to go around, so I have to grab what I can now,’ for instance, focuses on separateness and lack, which is precisely what got us into the state we are in.”

Starting Within A big-picture, more-whole-systems perspective forms naturally when individuals come together to explore the power of building intentional coherence. The Art of Hosting (and convening conversations that matter), World Café, Vistar Method for Circles and OpenSpace collaborations leverage technology for the practice of mindfulness to foster deeper connections, authentic conversations and outside-the-box ideas, all contributing to a more enlightened collective intelligence. One’s own new world perspective can even emerge as a result of a dark night of the soul, as Patricia Ariadne, Ph.D., author of Drinking the Dragon,

has observed with clients that have undergone a personal metamorphosis as a result of the economic downturn. “Often, the entire process of transformation indicates a spiritual initiation— a renewal or rebirth—that acts as an induction into a level of expanded consciousness and new relationship with Spirit,” remarks Ariadne. “True spiritual progress inevitably leads to a desire to be of greater service to others, to go from ‘Me to We,’ which I believe is our mandate for the 21st century.”

“My experience has convinced me that fixing the many problems that beset us requires nothing less than ripping up our rulebook and

starting afresh, based on something other than every man for himself.” ~ Lynne McTaggart Living mindfully can literally change our brains, states Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., in the introduction to A Mindful Nation, by Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, which reports on the supporting science. “Mindfulness… can improve our capacity for perspective taking and decision making, and enhance our emotional intelligence and our ability to act with clarity and wisdom, alone and in concert with others.” Kabat-Zinn is the founding director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester. “A peaceful revolution is being led by ordinary citizens across our nation,” confirms Ryan. “At the core of it is mindfulness—finding ways to slow the mind, pay attention to the present moment and see how you are connected to others and can work in a spirit of cooperation to get things done.” The inner impulse to recognize the deeper unity of all life and sense the reality of Oneness is bubbling up within individuals, small groups and organizations, and finding expression in writings

and teachings, according to Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution. Individuals that feel compelled to join with others in expanding their consciousness to help foster systemic change and a culture of a higher order are invited to find a compatible group. Hubbard offers webcast training for Agents of Conscious Evolution (ACE), now 3,000 members strong; Craig Hamilton, founder of Integral Enlightenment, provides an online telecourse called Awakening to an Evolutionary Relationship to Life. “Evolutionaries sense that we are facing a critical moment in the unfolding of our human story and feel called to create pathways to a better future,” says Hamilton. He notes that the 35,000 participants in his most recent introduction to his webcast were interested in where they could find a supportive community of kindred spirits committed to living life on the same level. He states, “We instinctively know that we can accomplish more together.” A partnership with The Shift Network, which empowers a global movement of those intent on creating an evolutionary shift in consciousness, has enabled Hubbard, a featured sage in the documentary Awaken Soul to Soul, and her ACEs to launch a global initiative to mark the inauguration of a sustainable planetary civilization on December 22. Thousands of individuals are now working in collective hubs across the United States to prepare for the Planetary Birth Day celebration. An initial concern for many individuals seeking to experience Oneness is, “What happens to my identity?” Christopher M. Bache, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Youngstown State University, in Ohio, reassures us that within the matrix of connectivity, individuality is not suffocated, but paradoxically liberated into deeper forms of self-expression. “While opening to the collective fields that surround us melts the boundaries of the private ego, bringing about the ‘death of self’ noted in spiritual literature, as the ego dies, a deeper form of individuality is born—not an isolated individuality, but one that thrives in subtle give-and-take,” explains the au-

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thor of The Living Classroom: Teaching and Collective Consciousness. While the idea of a future in which American and other cultures reflect oneness can seem distant and idealistic, it is already present in South Africa’s Xhosa community in the form of Ubuntu, a worldview which means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” According to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Ubuntu iterates the essence of being human and speaks to the fact that it’s impossible to exist as human beings in isolation. We are people through other people. “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected, and what you do affects the whole world,” he observes. “When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. For more information and in-depth interviews on It’s All About We, visit

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Mindful Holiday Traditions Simple Ways to Add Meaning and Family-Centered Fun by Barbara Amrhein


oo many winter holidays whiz by in a blur of presents, parties and rich foods, muting the season’s true messages of love, hope and peace. By slowing down and refocusing on what makes this time of year so special, we can help our children—and ourselves—create fresh, meaningful traditions and experience genuine joy. “If the spirit of the season at your home is more ‘Gimme, take me, buy me,’ instead of ‘Deck the halls,’ don’t despair,” advises internationally renowned educator and child expert Michele Borba, Ph.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions:101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries. “There are more subtle ways to encourage your kids to appreciate the greatest gifts of the holiday season. The simplest way is to focus on gifts of the heart and letting your kids be participants, not just recipients.” Try these tips for helping youngsters co-create traditions that celebrate family, friends, sharing with others and the holidays’ festive delights. Emphasize experiences, not things. Presents can never take the place of presence. Years from now, children will rarely recall what they unwrapped, but will remember special times spent together as a family. Take a nature walk to collect pinecones and other seasonal items for holiday décor. Designate a Family Night and let the kids choose the activity, like seeing a movie or a holiday performance such as The Nutcracker, playing a favorite board game or building a gingerbread house. At dinner, ask youngsters to relate their favorite holiday memories, and then build upon their responses to plan this year’s celebrations.

Treat cards as treasured gifts. Gather the family ‘round when opening cards from others, catching up on their news and recalling funny or enjoyable shared moments. Skype calls and videos offer pleasurable immediacy while mailed cards become an appreciated, permanent memento. Encourage children to create handmade or personalized cards for grandparents and other relatives, enclosing photos or drawings and a short note describing the reasons that person means so much to them. Hand deliver other cards to neighbors, accompanied by a plate of homemade, healthy treats. Children can also send cards to military personnel overseas via a Red Cross program at Practice creative giving. Adopt a less fortunate family or child for the holidays (local churches or social service agencies can provide information)

and ask youngsters to be “Santa’s little helpers” by picking out and thoughtfully wrapping books, toys and other gifts. Help children research good causes and earmark a small amount of money for them to gift to the cause of their choice, such as an animal shelter or other local nonprofit. Honor the gift of time, as well: Youngsters that spend a few hours helping out at a food pantry, caroling at a nursing home or wrapping gifts for Toys for Tots will experience and remember the true joy of giving. Nurture a sense of the spiritual. Worship services aren’t the only venue for sharing family values and beliefs with children. On the night of the Winter Solstice, December 21—the shortest day and longest night of the year—enjoy dinner by candlelight. Afterwards, stargaze in the backyard and make some holiday wishes. On another evening, turn off all the lights except the Christmas tree, menorah or other special candles and talk quietly about your blessings. Listening to a CD of carols from around the world reinforces a spirit of unity and invites lively discussions about how other cultures observe their holidays. Celebrate the season’s sights, sounds and fun. Ask children to help choose a tree and make or buy an ornament with special meaning for them. Then join in an informal decorating party with holiday tunes (kids get to choose some favorites), cocoa and cookies. Set aside an evening to walk or drive around the neighborhood to admire holiday lights and displays. Those in northern climes can build a family snowman, forge a “snow angel” chain in the yard or go sledding at an area park. As a fun twist on traditional caroling, grab some kazoos and go humming with the kids and their friends. To capture these great holiday moments, ask each child to take turns as the official family photographer. Borba believes these types of shared experiences help children understand the true meaning of the season and bring back the heartfelt joy it represents. “In the end,” she advises, “remember that the holidays are really meant to be about love, togetherness and wonderful memories.” Barbara Amrhein is a freelance writer and editor for Natural Awakenings.

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Eastern Michigan Environmental Action Council Creating a Greener, More Equitable Community by Roger Mohr


etroit might be the perfect laboratory for those seeking alternative approaches to the issues of social justice and ecological improvement. With so much need, the city could be seen as an open slate of opportunity for those working to build a better world. Some courageous individuals and dynamic organizations have begun to take their plans directly to the street. They envision possibilities to demonstrate new ways of social organization and shared problem solving in Detroit. To them, the limitations of the status quo are obvious. They offer support and alternatives to a community that is willing to try new ideas in pursuit of a better future. One such organization is the Eastern Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). Founded as an ecological activist organization, EMEAC has a long history in Detroit. Over the years, its purpose has grown to encompass environmental justice and social equity as well. Its stated mission is “to empower the Detroit community to be stewards of the land, air and water, as well as build community power through environmental justice education, youth development and collaborative relationship building.” According to EMEAC Executive Director Diana Copeland, the nonprofit’s vision is centered on a fundamental greening of Detroit. Among its projects and initiatives are several that focus on the relationship between food and environmental justice, including water quality, waste management, food sovereignty and the 2012 Farm

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Bill. Questions of digital justice—that is, availability and access to digital resources and communication—are also foundational, as the community must be able to effectively share ideas and organize action. EMEAC envisions that those directly affected by the problems, not outsiders or even its organization, should be the creators of their own solutions. The council views its role to be the supporter in facilitating the implementation of solutions that come from individuals and groups empowered to solve their own problems. Copeland is well prepared to address the issues. She is an environmental activist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Resource Policy and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Justice from the University of Michigan. Copeland is a committed

community organizer with intense experience that includes working in the favelas (shantytowns or slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “When I finished my master’s degree, I chose advocacy and organizing rather than focusing on policy and planning,” she recounts. “I wanted to help people to collaborate in creating environmental justice.” She emphasizes her role as a facilitator, rather than a leader. “We are a leaderless organization,” she states. “We want to help people to develop the answers they need for themselves.” EMEAC is committed to eliciting ideas from the community. A particular area of interest is the empowerment of women, persons of color and members of the GLBTQ community by placing them in positions of responsibility within the organization and community. EMEAC continues to develop its role in providing the community with space to meet for conversations and

organization is gearing up to teach nutrition and meal planning through the People’s Kitchen. EMEAC also provides studio space and training for young filmmakers and digital artists, and will develop performance and recording spaces in the near future. At present, grants from a variety of corporations and foundations fund EMEAC. However, in the next few years, organizers want it to become self-supporting. Possible sources of income could include revenue from the rental of office and meeting space, as well as development of fee-based consulting and membership contributions. Eastern Michigan Environmental Action Council is always eager to engage new members in exploring new ways to create the sort of community it envisions—a greener, more equitable Detroit—and you are invited to participate. For more information, visit Roger Mohr is a nationally recognized Humanist minister and author, and a committed progressive. He is the minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church, in Detroit, and offers individual consulting in personal growth. For more information, visit or

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Critter Companions Alternative Adoptions Fit for Families by Sandra Murphy


hile dogs, cats, fish and birds populate most pet homes, other animals can be just as much fun to own.


“Rabbits are social and love routine. Be late with dinner and a bunny will show displeasure by stomping its feet,” says Pamela Hood, founder of Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue, a state-licensed shelter in Foster, Rhode Island. Her four rules for happy, active bunnies are: Find a veterinarian that knows rabbits, adopt rather than buy, get a bonded pair and spay/neuter them. Since 2000, Sweet Binks has rescued more than 1,700 rabbits as recaptured strays or from shelters meant for dogs and cats. Bunnies can live more than 14 years. “Rabbits eat more than just carrots. Pellets should be timothy hay-based, not alfalfa, for adult rabbits,” explains Hood. “But limit the amount. Hay should be 85 to 90 percent of their diet, because the side-to-side chewing of hay keeps teeth worn down to a livable length and ensures proper diges-

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tion.” Rabbits can be litter box-trained and run free if the home is pet-proofed. For example, keep electrical cords out of reach or covered with plastic tubing. A lonely, bored bunny can be destructive, so provide wooden and chemicalfree wicker toys for chewing. Play with them daily, although most shy away from cuddling. Bonded pairs need to be in sight of one another.

Miniature Horses

Miniature horses are not to be confused with Shetland ponies. Minis are fully grown horses, bred for pulling carts, not riding. They require the same care as a larger horse and make good therapy animals. An adult mini is about the same size as a standard-sized horse’s newborn foal—about 34 to 38 inches tall at the withers (between the shoulder blades), although some are smaller. “Trained minis are good, gentle interpreters of emotion,” says Veronique Matthews, founder of Hearts & Hooves, a nonprofit equine therapy organization in Austin,

Texas. “We visit abused or autistic kindergarten-age children with a ratio of one child, one horse, one handler.” Walking on a handheld leash, a mini can help a child to cope with fear and anxiety.


A few years ago, alpacas were regarded as the next moneymakers when breeding and sales brought high prices for fleece, along with their waste, sold as soil-enriching manure. After the trend peaked, many herds were sold, often to ill-suited owners, and some needed rescuing. Michelle Zumwalt, a job consultant for people with disabilities in Spanish Lake, Missouri, has hosted rescued alpacas for eight years; the number fluctuates, based on new arrivals and adoptions. “There are enough of them to help supply local organic farms with fertilizer,” says Zumwalt. “These gentle creatures feel safest in numbers; when in danger, they will kick or spit.”

Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs are likeable for their social, nonaggressive character, ease in handling and low maintenance. All crabs are born in the ocean, although some species leave the water as adults. Pet crabs in the United States are either Caribbean land crabs or the faster and more agile Ecuadorian crabs, which require access to both salt and fresh water. A 10-gallon fish tank with sand of a consistency suitable for castle building that’s three or four times deeper than the height of the largest crab works well. Crabs can grow to six inches in length and live 10 years or more, although they don’t reproduce in captivity. As colony animals, they’re much happier in a group. Hermit crabs periodically need to replace the shell they carry on their back. Provide a shell that is 10 to 15 percent larger and watch as the crab

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tries it on for size. When crabs molt their underside ectoskeleton, they burrow beneath the sand for four to eight weeks; place these crabs in a separate tank. “Because crabs are scavengers, we feed them chicken, turkey, seaweed, scrambled eggs and fish. They love carrots, bell peppers, kiwi and coconut,” says Christine Richards, a maintenance management analyst and hermit crab caregiver in Montgomery Village, Maryland. “Crabs are nocturnal, so use a small flashlight to watch their antics,” she adds. “They love to climb.”

love, remarks Christina Pierce, a federal examiner of financial institutions in Little Rock, Arkansas. “My chin, Gizmo, wants to be where the commotion is and likes to travel,” she laughs. A specialty vet is required for chinchillas, with attention given to their teeth, which grow throughout their life. Give them things to chew on and fresh hay to help file down teeth. Gizmo’s favorite chews are willow twigs, peanuts in the shell, alfalfa sticks and lava blocks. “A twice-daily dust bath keeps his fur clean,” notes Pierce, “plus, it’s fun to watch.” It seems that everyone can find a pet that’s perfect for them. It’s just a matter of thinking outside the litter box.


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Gluten-Free Apricot Scones

Preheat oven to 350° F. Sift together first 7 ingredients (brown rice flour through salt). Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a separate bowl, whisk together 4 eggs, yogurt, apricots and extracts. Add to flour-butter mixture. Mix until just combined.

Yields 8 servings (342 calories per serving)

Dust work surface with brown rice flour. Turn out scone mixture and pat into a nine-by-nine-inch square. Cut scones into desired shape or use a biscuit cutter. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

¼ cup light brown sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2¼ cups whole-wheat pastry flour (divided) ¼ cup (½ stick) cold unsalted butter ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature 1 cup maple sugar 2 eggs ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp low-fat buttermilk (1 percent) 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced ½ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted

here’s nothing so comforting as the scent and taste of homebaked treats. To fill a home with cheer, try these delectably healthy recipes. Some are gluten- or diary-free, others pack less butter and sweeteners (thus fewer calories) than their typical counterparts, and a few are vegan (containing no animal products, including honey). All are perfect for holiday celebrations, hostess gifts or exchanges.

These scones freeze well and taste even better the next day, warmed for 30 seconds in a microwave. Serve with apricot jam or honey.

1½ cups brown rice flour ½ cup tapioca flour 1 /3 cup potato starch 2½ tsp baking powder 2½ tsp xanthan gum ¼ cup natural cane sugar ½ tsp salt ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed 5 eggs (divided) ½ cup plus 1–2 Tbsp plain low-fat yogurt ¾ cups dried apricots, finely chopped

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Whisk remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water; brush mixture over scones. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.

Apple-Walnut Coffee Cake

Here’s a favorite yummy treat for festive brunches. Guests and family will never guess that this decadent indulgence contains much less butter and sugar

Yields 16 servings (239 calories per serving)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter pan sides and top of parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon and ¼ cup flour. Cut in ¼ cup cold butter until mixture becomes crumbly and resembles a streusel topping. Refrigerate until ready to use. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream together ½ cup room-temperature but-

ter and maple sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Beat in buttermilk and vanilla. Sift remaining 2 cups flour, baking soda and salt into egg-butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool before releasing from pan.

1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted 1 cup cherries, dried Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix together flours, carrot, coconut, sugar, oats, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together water, oil and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry. Mix to combine. Fold in chocolate chips, pecans and cherries. Scoop batter by 2 tablespoons each onto a baking sheet, pushing in any stray pieces. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool for 2 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground allspice 1 cup pumpkin purée 2 /3 cup fruit-juice reduction (or light agave nectar) ½ cup canola oil ¼ cup coconut milk ½ cup unsweetened coconut, shredded 1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted ¾ cup dried cranberries Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with baking cups.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These lightly sweetened, butter-free muffins evoke the scents and tastes of the holidays. With fewer carbs and calories than regular sugar, the concentrated fruit-juice reduction also adds moistness; look for all-natural options, such as Wax Orchards’ Fruit Sweet. Yields 16 servings (145 calories per serving)

Sift together flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin purée, fruit-juice reduction or agave, oil and coconut milk. Stir wet mixture into dry until just incorporated (do not overmix). Fold in coconut, walnuts and dried cranberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

1 cup all-purpose flour

Vegan Trail-Mix Cookies

These crunchy-chewy cookies are perfect for snowshoe hikes or crosscountry ski trips. Yields 36 servings (135 calories per serving) ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour 1 cup carrot, shredded 1½ cups unsweetened coconut, shredded 1½ cups natural cane sugar 1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ½ cup water ½ cup canola oil 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1 cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips

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Unexpected Upside Media Gadgets Can Boost Family Connections by Lisa Marshall


itness a gadget-obsessed family at the dinner table and it is easy to conclude that technology is fracturing family life: Mom’s emailing her boss; Dad’s watching a YouTube video on his tablet; sister’s texting her boyfriend; and little brother is playing Angry Birds on his smart phone. No one is talking with each other. But dysfunctional dinner habits aside, it appears cell and Internet technologies haven’t turned out to be as harmful as once predicted. “When we started this research, the dominant thought was that Internet technology would make us lonely, socially isolated and threaten our family lives,” says Lee Rainie, director of the

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Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. “We have been asking people about this now for 12 years in our surveys and the dominant answer is ‘Actually, we feel more connected with our families than we did before.’” Web-conferencing systems like Skype have enabled family members across the globe to chat for free and also see each other. Social networking sites like Facebook have enabled previously out-of-touch siblings to share photos and revive contact. According to Pew studies since 2008, cell phones have led married couples to talk more during the day and parents to maintain more open lines of communication with their kids.

“There always seems to be anxiety in raising a teen, and now a lot of that can be alleviated,” says Larry Rosen, Ph.D., a research psychologist at California State University and author of Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation. “A scared mom or dad can text their kid, saying ‘R U OK?’ and get a one-word answer back, whereas before that kid would have had to find a pay phone, maybe wouldn’t have done it and Mom and Dad would have panicked.” Rosen’s own research suggests that social networking can actually teach teens to be more empathetic, a trait that enhances their bonds with family members. For example, a cousin will post on Facebook that her cat died, then the

teen responds warmly and their bond tightens. The teen gains empathy useful in face-to-face experiences. “Research from the Pew Center has shown that active social networkers tend to have more friends and support and be more involved with their communities and families,” Rainie maintains, while cautionary studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest that kids unhealthily obsessed with media tend to have lower grades and get into trouble at school. Overall, according to a 2011 study by the Barna Group, a Ventura, California, research firm, 32 percent of parents and 47 percent of teens say technology has made their family life better, while 18 percent of parents and 6 percent of teens say it has worsened, because the news is not all good. Consider how, instead of sitting down to watch a show together, family members often are in a room or vehicle watching their own show on their own tiny screen. “People miss social moments around them because they are communicating with the network inside the screen, rather than the world immediately surrounding them,” says Rainie. (On the flip side, Rainie notes, families often share those moments with each other, too, like a funny YouTube video or a picture on Facebook.) Rosen cautions that the smart phone could be a pivotal game-changer if consumers aren’t careful. “We are already finding that most people under the age of 40 check their phones every 15 minutes or less, and if they can’t, they become highly anxious. Their whole social world appears channeled through

this device, and that is worrisome.” Both Rosen and Rainie stress that the key to making any technology a positive for family dynamics is to set rules at the outset and know when to unplug. Here are some guidelines to consider. Cell phones. Everyone can check their phone messages before dinner and then power it down while the family is eating. Don’t use phones in bed, or in the hour before sleeping, which can be particularly detrimental to a teen’s rest, Rosen’s research shows. Facebook. “When your child says, ‘All of my friends are on Facebook and I feel left out,’ that is probably the time to let them join Facebook,” advises Rosen. Reserve the right to look at their page periodically with them. Each parent and child pair can decide if they should “friend” each other, but don’t assume that gives a parent a backstage pass to the child’s personal life. Pew reports that 80 percent of parents whose children use social media have friended their child. However, “Insisting that your child friend you on Facebook is often an invitation for them to set up a phantom, or fake page,” notes Rosen. Smart phones and tablets. Set specific times to ban technology. “As couples, we used to retire to bed at night and watch TV and talk. Now we watch TV, check our phone and play Words with Friends games, and that has taken the place of intimate communication.” It helps to set specific times to check the phone and leave it off for big chunks of time.


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ith the volume of household waste soaring 34 percent beyond normal levels in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day it’s particularly important to remain eco-conscious during the holidays,” says Anna Getty, author of I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas. “It’s easy to get so wrapped up in buying gifts and decorations that eco-friendliness goes out the window.” This year, consider giving the family’s stocking stuffers a sustainable makeover by gifting homemade items. Getty observes, “Useful, thoughtful homemade gifts can be really sweet… and green.”

A Jar for Everyone With a ribbon and label of instructions, inexpensive canning jars and glass containers filled with homemade goodies can become creative and practical gifts for everyone on the list. Sugar body scrubs offer a simple and affordable home spa experience. Combine two cups of sugar with one cup of oil (sweet almond, grapeseed or olive) and add 10 to 20 drops of

essential oils to scent. Try a combination of rosemary and peppermint for an invigorating morning scrub or lavender and vanilla to unwind later. Fill jars with ingredients for some simmering home aromatherapy. Labels instruct recipients to boil the contents in a small saucepan of water, and then reduce heat to simmer, adding water as needed. Combine evergreen sprigs, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried apple peels and citrus rinds for a festive holiday scent. Lemon, rosemary and vanilla afford a refreshing alternative. For family grill masters, obtain bulk spices for barbecue rubs at a health food store. A basic recipe from combines four tablespoons paprika, four tablespoons brown sugar, two tablespoons chili powder, one tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, two teaspoons garlic powder, two teaspoons onion powder and one teaspoon dried thyme.

Upcycled and Sewn Experienced crafters can follow online guidelines to upcycle fabric scraps and unwanted clothing and linens. An old

sweatshirt or sweater becomes an iPad case and colorful Tshirts morph into tote bags and scarves. Creating therapeutic hot/cold bags can be fairly simple, even without a sewing machine. Cut a 16-by-eight-inch piece of flannel, cotton, fleece or terrycloth and fold it in half with the finished side inside, lining up the edges. Using sturdy thread, sew a quarter-inch seam along the open edges, leaving a half-inch opening. Carefully turn the fabric right-side-out through the opening and fill the bag three-quarters full with long grain white rice. Tuck in the opening’s unfinished edges and sew closed. To treat aches and pains, the giftee can microwave the bag for 30 seconds at a time until achieving the desired temperature or place it in the freezer to use as a cooling or freezer pack. For aromatherapy, mix the rice with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil before filling. At room temperature, the scented version doubles as a soothing eye pillow.

completely before removing from the molds. “I like to encourage families to focus on creating memories and rituals as a way to avoid excessive holiday consumption,” says Getty, who is renowned for her home-cooked gifts packaged in reusable tins with recycled bows. She notes, “These become a tradition that people know and love.” Such heartfelt gifts open the door to special moments and memories celebrating the true spirit of the season. Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings of Mobile/ Baldwin, AL. Connect at Healthy Holiday waste report source:

Seeds to Throw and Grow Guerilla Gardening’s ( recipe for seed bombs makes fun gifts for gardeners and nature lovers. Choose flower and herb seeds that grow well in each recipient’s region. Combine five parts clay soil or potter’s powder (from art supply stores), one part compost and one part seeds, with water to bind. Form the mixture into balls approximately one inch in diameter and let dry for one to two days in an empty egg carton. Wrap seed bombs in recycled paper or cloth tied with a ribbon and instructions. Toss them in the yard or garden and watch them grow.

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How Unconditional Love Harmonizes Our World

Marci Shimoff Explores its Transformative Power by Judith Fertig

time. One day, I spoke to 8,000 people and autographed 5,432 books and felt like an author rock star. Yet when I returned to my hotel room that night, I burst into tears. All of the success was great, but it still hadn’t made me happy. That’s when I began my intensive study of happiness and love.

Does science support our capacity to daily experience and deepen a love for all things? Science is finding that there is a neurophysiology of love. Studies by researchers in major institutions worldwide show that we can do simple things like breathe more deeply, walk barefoot on earth, listen to uplifting music or practice meditation that will support us in experiencing more unconditional love. These activities create greater heart rhythm coherence and new neural pathways in the brain.

How does having a heart that’s open to unconditional love benefit us?


self-described “seeker from the get-go,” Marci Shimoff, is an expert at helping others effect greater personal fulfillment and professional success. The noted transformational leader, speaker and author has written two bestselling books on happiness and unconditional love—Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and Love for No Reason: 7 Steps for Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, and co-authored six bestselling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series.

What is the old way of looking at love, versus the new paradigm shift you propose? We’ve been trained to think of love solely as energy between two people, usually experienced as conditional love—we feel love if the other person agrees with us, treats us a particular way or loves us back. But love is actually the essence of who we are, and when we live in a state of unconditional love, what I call “love for no reason,” we experience our essence that is love,

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which doesn’t depend on another person, situation or romantic partner. It is the core of every spiritual tradition.

Why do our ways of loving often seem inadequate? We each have a “love set-point,” the upper limit of our ability to give and receive love. We can’t feel more love by trying to change the outside—by relying on others to fill us up—because it will never work in the long run. We need to raise our love set-point higher; then we experience everything more through the eyes of love.

Do challenging economic times help us grow spiritually? We can use any life challenges to help us grow and find fresh avenues of lasting fulfillment. Success and money don’t guarantee happiness, and I know that from my own wake-up call. In 1998, I had three of my Chicken Soup for the Soul books on The New York Times bestseller list at the same

The Institute of HeartMath has discovered that the magnetic field generated by the heart—what’s measured on a magnetometer—is 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain. HeartMath research has also demonstrated that when we’re in a positive emotional state, our hearts beat in a coherent rhythm that causes all the other systems in the body—including the brain, immune system and hormones—to work more efficiently and harmoniously. Their research shows that experiencing this regularly leads to better health, slows the aging process and brings us greater creativity, resilience and happiness.

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What are the seven doorways to practicing unconditional love revealed by your own research? I’ve interviewed hundreds of people that are living examples of unconditional love. I’ve found seven access points to experiencing more love: safety, being grounded and present; vitality, energy and well-being; unconditional self-love, feeling empowered; openness, being comfortable giving and receiving love; communication, listening and speaking with love; vision, seeing through the eyes of love; and oneness, feeling connected with the greater wholeness of life.

How does one person’s loving larger bless our families, communities and world? The more we experience love, the more we spread love to others. Our feelings are contagious. This idea is beautifully expressed in an ancient Chinese proverb: “When there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. When there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. When there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” Connect with Marci Shimoff at Judith Fertig, of Overland Park, KS, is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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What Are You Hungry For? by Ellen Livingston


hen it comes to feeling hungry, food is only part of the picture. We have biological mechanisms to balance the calories we consume with the calories we burn. In our natural world, eating the foods that we are designed to eat and being naturally active ensures that we will maintain a relatively stable, ideal body weight. Bodily signs of true physiological hunger include a feeling of emptiness in the stomach accompanied by a pleasant drawing sensation in the mouth, throat and neck plus extra saliva in the mouth. True hunger is not uncomfortable, and it makes food taste much better when we eat it. If everyone was in touch with and always honored the signs of true hunger and ate only natural foods at those times, it would be almost impossible to be overweight. Nature has designed the system well. Our body also comes with a built-in reward system, known as the dopamine response. This is also essential to our survival and encourages us to seek out pleasurable things. The anticipation of reward provides the motivation necessary to bring about action. In our natural environment, this

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inevitably leads to healthy choices. Food addictions can occur when our bodies have acclimated to noxious agents. Spiced, salted and processed foods can cause artificially intense releases of dopamine within the brain’s pleasure centers, creating a deceptive short-term feeling of well-being. The high sugar-fat-salt content of modern processed food is designed to get us hooked, sadly. Many grains and animal products can also stimulate us in an unnatural and unhealthful way, as they naturally contain substances like opioids and casomorphine. It becomes a vicious cycle: hyper-palatable foods (with an unnaturally ramped up pleasure factor) activate opioid circuits, and activating these circuits increases our consumption of these hyper-palatable foods. Animals, humans included, seem to have a built-in preference for features larger than those that occur naturally. This has been termed supernormal stimuli. Hyper-palatable foods alter the landscape of the brain. For example, they cause the dopamine response and appestat, the area of the brain that controls appetite, to fail to tone down as

they would naturally, and our desire remains unnaturally high (dopamine increases in response to pleasure). It could be said that rewarding modern foods are rewiring our brains. So much variety and availability further amplify overeating, and our biological system for balance truly goes awry. Our natural food is designed to provide us with the fuel and nutrition we need. The processed, hyperpalatable foods available today, along with the myriad other manners in which we have strayed from natural ways of living, have conspired to cause us to create all sorts of reasons to eat, other than true physiological hunger. Many of us eat when we are bored, anxious, lonely, disappointed, sad, excited or happy. Certain foods may trigger emotional associations with pleasurable events, such as pizza and beer and friends or macaroni and cheese and mom’s love. Sometimes we support emotional addictions with unhealthy foods. We

become attached to and comforted by negative emotions because this helps us to fit in with society, it brings us attention (people feeling sorry for us), and it gives us an excuse to take what may seem like the easy road and continue living a limited version of our true potential. However, if we are not fulfilling our spiritual purpose and living our deepest personal truths, we may become bored with ourselves and our lives, which could lead to depression. What is the something that we sense is missing in our lives? What is our deeper hunger for? Real and lasting pleasure comes from doing what we are meant for— from living authentically, expressing our spiritual purpose and sharing our unique gifts. Food can then move into the place it is meant to inhabit (as fuel and nutrition), rather than becoming bigger than normal, used like a drug in our attempt to cover up what is missing in our lives. When we learn to

speak our truth and live sincerely from our hearts, we begin to have a healthy relationship with food as our fuel and nutrition, not as a numbing agent. When we eat only natural, nutrient-dense foods, we learn to find pleasure in eating for nutrition and fuel. As our body cleanses itself deeply, it frees precious life energy for healing and discovering our natural joy and life purpose. What are you hungry for? What enlivens you and brings forth your inner joy? What is your unique and authentic song? When we learn how to listen to our inner wisdom and live from the heart, centered in love, we can find the deep lasting pleasure we long for. Ellen Livingston shares her extraordinary teachings through life coaching and an annual health retreat in Costa Rica, in February. For more information, call 714-645-3217 or visit

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Holiday Bazaar - 12-3pm. Come shop a selection of hard-to-find gifts from home party shows at affordable prices!Tupperware, PartyLite, Princess House, Home & Garden Party, Home Interiors – all new, all discounted, & many retired items – all cash & carry. Private Residence, 2801 Toledo, Trenton.

Fiber Class - 6-7:30pm. Join us for a free Fiber Class by Kathy Peltier Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver. com, 734-246-1208.

Swim with your senior dog - 2-5pm. 4ft deep heated pool, 1/2 hour swim $15. Private sessions so RSVP required. $15 Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. MeAndMyShadowLLC. com, 734-525-9500.

BFF - Advent Event - 7- 8:30pm. (Dec 4, 11, 18) Share an evening with your BFF’s and prepare for the coming of Christ - read & discuss Advent and Christmas scriptures, make new friends and share your faith, enjoy fellowship and refreshments.


December 4


$5 St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit., 313-286-2809.

December 5 Advent Day of Prayer for Men & Women - 9am-2:30pm. Examine how to get ready for the holy day. Delicious hot lunch included $20 per person. St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit., 313-286-2800. Against The Grain-Cooking Gluten Free 6:30-7:30pm. Cooking gluten-free and loving it! Kids & gluten intolerance. Presented by Theresa Edmunds, CHC of Natural Concepts Health Counseling. $15, seating is limited - RSVP to 734-246-1208 or TheresaEdmunds@hotmail. com Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte.

December 6 Eating Healthy for the Holidays - 7:158:30pm. Presented by Dr Robert Potter, DC - get info on how to eat healthy all year round, as well as during the “tempting” holiday time. register @ 734-455-6767. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Canton. Meditation & Markers - 6:30-7:30pm. Fun filled children’s guided imagery/meditation/ drawing to relax minds, increase creative energy, and thought patterns. Inspire your children to what is beyond the normal classroom environment.  Kids love this class.  Fills fast! $12, discount for siblings. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 Mill St, Plymouth. BodyWorksHealingCenter. com, 734-416-5200.

December 7 First Fridays - Best of Detroit Music - 10pm1am. Join us every first Friday to celebrate the best of Detroit music, including live performances, DJ sets & videos from some of your favorite Detroit artists + drink specials, streamed live at and $5. UDetroit Cafe, 1427 Randolph, Detroit. Movie, Fun and Movement - 6-8pm. Community screening of ‘Ingredients’, a documentary film about the local food movement and how some farmers and chefs are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local. Donation only. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St Ste 304, Monroe., 734-457-9003.

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December 8 Nia Potluck Holiday Jam - 12:30-3pm. Join Metro Detroit Nia teachers and students as we dance in community to holiday music. We will use songs of the season to create a loving relationship with our body.   Nia follows the Body’s way and addresses body, mind, emotions and spirit simultaneously. Potluck to follow Jam - bring a dish, drink, baked good, etc. to share. Love Offering. Renaissance Unity, 11200 E Eleven Mile Rd, Warren. 313-899-0170. Fireball: The Christmas Kitty - Book Signing - 1-3pm. Patti Radakovich, founder & chairman of Basil’s Buddies, will be holding a book signing to promote her holiday children’s book, which follows the story of an abandoned cat and a young volunteer who befriend each other at a local animal shelter, a portion of the proceeds go to Basil’s Buddies. Patti will also read the story at 1 pm & 2 pm. Ukazoo Books, 13667 Eureka Rd, Southgate., 734-926-1098. VegMichigan Dinner - 7pm. All-you-can-eat vegan combination including collard greens, red lentils, mixed vegetables, yellow split peas and cabbage sautéed with jalapeno, $21,  including tax  and  tip. Must RSVP by  Dec 6, leave a message at 1-877-778-3464 or email karen@ Link to map yjdztxo Blue Nile Restaurant, 545 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale.

December 9 Sewing Party for Little Dresses for Africa 12-5pm. We are in need of volunteers to help make sundresses for Little Dresses for Africa, especially anyone who may be able to bring their own sewing machine! There will also be hand-sewing and non-sewing jobs to do.  Please RSVP with free. Haberman Fabrics, 905 S Main St, Royal Oak., 313-506-3073. Country Christmas Bake Sale and Secret Santa Shoppe - 1- 3pm. Bring the whole family for photos w/Santa & tour the Victorian style home decorated for the holidays. Basil’s Buddies will be hosting - there will be baked goods & gift baskets for sale to help support the animals, a thumbprint artist will be available to capture your family’s thumbprint portrait, 2013 Entertainment books will be for sale, plus a Secret Santa Shoppe for the kids, let them shop in a safe environment. Parents - send your kids with a list and a budget while we help them shop for you! Proceeds to support Basil’s Buddies. Trenton Cultural Center, 2427 West Rd, Trenton., 734-926-1098.

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Drink Yourself Healthy - 11am. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr. Fischer, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticwellness. com, 734-664-0339

Pet Food Bank – 3-5:30pm. 2nd Wed of every month. Bring proof of your animals which you are seeking assistance for, see website for requirements. Trenton/Woodhaven Animal Shelter, 21860 Van Horn Rd, Woodhaven., 734-926-1098.

December 11 Youngevity meeting - 6-8pm. Come learn about Youngevity, see what the hype is all about. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208 Balancing Energy wih Essential Oils 7-8pm. Join M.J. Potter, Reiki Master, for this informative workshop exploring the use of essential oils with focus on the chakras. Call to register 734-455-6767. Free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd. Ste 109, Canton. BFF - Advent Event - 7:00PM- 8:30PM. Share an evening with your BFF’s and prepare for the coming of Christ!Bible:  Read and discuss Advent and Christmas scripturesFriends:  Make new friends and share your faithFood:  Enjoy fellowship and refreshmentsTuesdays:  December 4, 11 and 18A donation of $5 for the pizza and pop will be appreciated. donation of $5.00 to cover pizza and pop. St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit., ppaxton@, 3132862809.

Holiday Food Survival Guide - 7-8 pm. Back by popular demand, having a higher food I.Q. can make the holidays difficult. Come learn how to make the best food choices and what to do when you can’t. Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd floor 32777 Five Mile Rd. Free. KarlWellnessCenter. com. Reserve your seat: 734-425-8588. Eat Your Way Thin 7-9pm. Learn how the body and metabolism work, why most diets do not work, the true value of being healthy and fit, along with how food and water play a role in health and how to turn your body into a fat burning machine. Learn what foods help and which will hurt you. Take a natural approach to a healthier, new you.  Presented by Dr Carol Ann Fischer, BS, DC, ND. Please phone 734756-6904 to reserve your seat, limited to 10 guests, Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.


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BFF - Advent Event - 7- 8:30pm. Share an evening with your BFF’s and prepare for the coming of Christ - read & discuss Advent and Christmas scriptures, make new friends and share your faith, enjoy fellowship and refreshments. $5 St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit., 313-286-2809. Science and Engineering...for Kids ONLY! - 7-8pm. (Grades 6-8) Wind Power 2.0 Kit, 12/11 (Grades 1-8) Advanced 500 & 1 Electronic Lab Kit. Four part series aimed at teaching 1-8 graders Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, fun atmosphere all ages are welcome. Free. Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St, Dearborn Heights.

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Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchipping Clinic for Pets - 4:30-7pm. Protect your pets from illness even in this economy with top quality vaccines, heartworm meds, plus flea & tick preventatives for dogs and cats at low prices. Microchips available for $25. Nail trims available for $5. Clinic brought to you by Basil’s Buddies. Check online for prices. . Tiny Paws Pet Grooming, 13498 Dix Rd, Southgate. 734926-1098.

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December 13 Holistic Networking Group – 6-8pm. Join us for a light dinner, group discussions and sharing, plus networking and fellowship. Dec mtg theme is green holiday options and practices, please bring a couple ideas to share. RSVP by Dec 10th 586- 943-5785. St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @Telegraph), Detroit. Dine & Dish with Veggie Patti – 7pm. On the fence about becoming a vegetarian? Questions about vegan lifestyle? Having problems figuring out what to eat on a gluten-free diet? Q & A sessions on vegetarianism, veganism, whole foods, gluten-free diets, and eating with food sensitivities. Free. Total Health Foods (Juice Bar), 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Why Aren’t You Sleeping? - 7-8pm. Join Dr Mark Campbell, DC to find out what’s keeping you from getting a good night sleep. Sleep habits, sleep aids, pillows and more will be discussed at this presentation.  Register @ 734-455-6767. Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd., Canton.

December 14 Kids’ Christmas Night - 6pm. Patti Radakovich, founder and chairman of Basil’s Buddies, will be available to read her book, Fireball: The Christmas Kitty. Fireball follows the story of an abandoned cat and a young volunteer who befriend each other at a local animal shelter, a portion of the proceeds go to Basil’s Buddies, story hour with a reading of the book, cookies & smoothie samples for the kids, plus other goodies. A thumbprint artist will also be available to create a piece of art utilizing your child’s thumbprint. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-926-1098. Drink Yourself Healthy - 7pm. All water is not created equal, learn which water is the best for your body. Dr. Fischer, a hydration expert, will help you learn the truth about water to help boost your overall health and improve your mood. Free. TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. TLCHolisticwellness. com, 734-664-0339.

December 15 Santa Claws Photos – 11am-4pm. (Dec 15 & 16 same times)You and your pets are invited to pose for a holiday photo with Santa Claws. For $9.95, you will receive one 4x6 digital photo in a holiday collector frame. And $5 from each picture will be donated to Basil’s Buddies. PetSmart, 23470 Allen Rd, Woodhaven., 734-926-1098.

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Thermography Class - 2:00PM- 2:30PM. Join us for a free informational class on thermography. Scans available after the meeting by appointment for a fee - 2:30 - 6 pm. Info class is Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

December 16 Temple Community Gathering: free, to discuss Sexuality/Consciousness - 5-7pm. Join us at a regular gathering for seekers, getting a chance to connect and discuss openly on sexuality, consciousness, spirituality and more! Free., Leslie Blackburn to RSVP and for location details, 313-269-6719.

December 17 Free Christian Yoga Christmas Class - 7-8pm. Join us for our biggest class of the year to find peace, joy and the meaning of the season! Your mind, body and spirit will love this slow-flow, therapeutic yoga style, suitable for all levels. RSVP and plan to bring a yoga mat or towel. Free. Chapel at Nardin Park, 29887 W 11 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills., 248429-9642. Free Trial Belly Dance Lesson - 7-8pm. Ladies 16 and up--join us for a free trial belly dance lesson, all fitness levels welcome, no experience necessary - wear comfortable clothing. Free. Wayne Recreation Center, 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne ., 313-506-3073.

December 18 BFF - Advent Event - 7- 8:30pm. Share an evening with your BFF’s and prepare for the coming of Christ - read & discuss Advent and Christmas scriptures, make new friends and share your faith, enjoy fellowship and refreshments. $5 St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit., 313-286-2809. How to Boost your Child’s Immune System 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to have a healthy, happy child who will resist infections, allergies, and chronic illnesses naturally. Seating is limited, RSVP 734-525-9588 Free. Dr. William Civello, 34441 8 Mile Rd., Ste 116, Livonia.

December 21 Christmas Open House at the Wyandotte Museum - 5:30-8:30pm. Special holiday celebration at the Ford-MacNichol Home as we recreate a turn of the century Christmas with the customs and décor of days gone by. Warm yourself by the fire as you enjoy the traditions of holiday yesteryear, pick up the trolley in Downtown Wyandotte to visit for a special Dec evening open house. (Trolley only runs Friday evening) The Wyandotte Museums, 2610 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734324-7284.

December 22 Christmas Open House at the Wyandotte Museum - 5:30-8:30pm. Special holiday celebration at the Ford-MacNichol Home as we recreate a turn of the century Christmas with the customs and décor of days gone by. Warm yourself by the fire as you enjoy the traditions of holiday yesteryear, visit for a special Dec evening open house. (no Trolley on Sat) The Wyandotte Museums, 2610 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734324-7284.

December 24 Total Health Food Christmas Eve - 9am6pm. We will be open on Christmas Eve until 6 pm. Enjoy the holidays! . Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. THFDownriver. com,734-246-1208.

December 28 Chillaxing with Choffey - 5-9pm. Relax at the Juice Bar with a french press of Choffey and save $1 per pot. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

December 29 Chillaxing with Choffey - 5-9pm. Relax at the Juice Bar with a french press of Choffey and save $1 per pot. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

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savethedate New Year’s Eve Celebration - 5pm (over night) – 1/1/13 -12pm. If you’re looking for an alternative way to ring in the New Year, join us for a candlelight dinner, group discussion, personal reflection, fellowship and a Pre-midnight nonalcoholic social.  Enjoy relaxing overnight accommodations prior to starting the New Year celebrating mass and concluding the day by enjoying a terrific brunch prior to departure.  Open to all men, women, couples and singles. $80/individual; $120/ couple. St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph), Detroit. Passionist. org/stpauls, 313-286-2802.

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Yoga Class - 11:30am-12:30pm. Guided poses to warm the body. Gentle postures with optimal alignment. All levels, including beginner exploration. Donation based/not Free. BE NICE Yoga Studio, 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-544-9787. Yin (restorative) Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Ctr, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia., 248-449-9642. Hoop Dance/Hoop Fit Sessions - 8:15-9:15pm. Hoop Dance Levels 1-4. Build a strong core, increase upper body strength and relax the mind and soul. $10. World of Pole Fitness & Dance, 32669 Warren, Ste 6, Garden City. WorldOfPole. com, 734-306-0909.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 12pm. (2nd & 4th Mondays) Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit 2 mtgs free. Famous Dave’s, 23800 Eureka Rd, Taylor. Suzan 734287-3699. Lunch Yoga – 12-1pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. info@ 734-282-9642. Kids Yoga – 4:45-5:30pm. Students ages 5 to 12 will gain focus, confidence, and body awareness while having fun with new friends, $8 per child. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Yogalates – 6pm. This class combines the benefits of both Yoga and Pilates. Increase your flexibility, balance and core strength. $10. Vixen Fitness, 1347 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit., 866-900-9797. Yoga – 6-7pm. De-stress, relax, rejuvenate! $10. The Sanctuary, Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Katie 248880-3755.

Basic Hatha Yoga - 8-9am. All levels $10. W Dearborn. Lisa Phelps., 313-410-3147.

Healthy Backs Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Call for details. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary, Dearborn. OneSpaceConnected. com/EmbracingtheLotus.htm, 313-410-3147.

Gentle Flow Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pte., 313-884-YOGA.

Nia Technique – 7-8pm. All ages & fitness levels. $7. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734455-6767.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 11, Taylor. Rick Williams, 734-626-7778. Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. Suitable for all levels. $14. TaylorYoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Foot Detox Tuesdays - 9am-8pm. Call to make an appt with Alicia. Walk-ins also welcome. $25. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Yoga - 10:15-11:15am. Come enjoy yoga in a nurturing environment! $10 walk-in rate. St. John Neumann, 44800 Warren Rd, Canton., 734-455-5910. Classic Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E Nine Mile Rd, 1 blk E of Woodward, Ferndale. NiaBethSchedule. Beginners Pilates – 6pm. Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness, 30942 Ford Rd, Garden City., 734-266-0565. Qi Gong and Yoga for Real Bodies and Yoga Nidra – 6-7:15pm. Qi Gong is ancient Chinese exercise. No exp needed, provides stress relief and focus. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate., 734282-9642. Core Yoga + Meditation - 7:30- 8:30pm. Come and experience Core Yoga + Meditation in a nurturing environment! $10 walk-in rate. Canfield Community Center, 1801 N Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Hghts. 313-791-3600.


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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767. SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two mtgs free. Best Western/Greenfield Inn “The Pink Palace” Packard Room, 3000 Enterprise Dr, Allen Park. Mark Slagle, 734-671-5888.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 8, Taylor. Yoga Class - 5-6pm. Enjoy health and wellness through a yoga class with Mehmuna-Michelle Jackson, wear comfortable clothing, shoes aren’t permitted beyond the front door, please arrive On Time! Drop-in fee $10/class. SanKofa House, 658 Goldengate St, Detroit., 313-366-5250.

Chakra Yoga at Taylor Yoga – 11am-12pm. One-hr vinyasa yoga class led by certified yoga instructor Courtney Conover. Experience a practice that’s designed to help balance chakras, includes both standing and seated yoga postures. All levels are welcome. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. Qigong – 5:30pm. Harmonize your body and relieve stress w/this ancient Chinese practice of meditation through movement w/instructor Terrell Thomas. Open to all fitness levels, first class is free. New Center Yoga, 6080 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 248-7036971 or 313-815-0007.

Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Canton Coney Island, 8533 Lilly Rd, Canton. Canton.FreeToastHost. com, 734-994-0569. Community Share Dinner & Activities – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a delicious catered meal, followed by contemporary worship, Bible study, classes, music, cards, and crafts. Please sign up for dinner each week. Suggested cost is $6 per adult, $4 for 4-14, 3 and under free. This catered, full meal is “pay-what-you-can”. Allen Park Presbyterian Church, 7101 Park Ave, Allen Park., 313-383-0100. Pranic Healing Clinic – 7- 8:30pm. Pranic Healing is a system of energy healing that helps to ease many illnesses, diseases, stress and anxiety by dissolving and disintegrating blocked energy. Must pre-register. Love Donation. BodyWorks Healing Center, 819 Mill St, Plymouth., 734416-5200. Thursday 8 am every week - Best Western/ Greenfield Inn “The Pink Palace”, 3000 Enterprise Dr., Allen Park, Packard Room

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Budokon Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Experience movements that fuse the yogic, martial & living arts. 1st wk free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pte Wds., 313881-2874. Community Yoga at Living Waters Yoga, Grosse Pointe Farms - 7-8pm. All-levels class. Dedicated Christian Yoga Studio. Free/Donation. Living Waters Yoga, 63 Kercheval, Ste 20, Grosse Pointe Farms., 313-884-4465. Tai Chi Classes - 7:15-8:15pm. Gain health and wellness, taught by AmenRa Menelik Jihunti, wear comfortable clothing, shoes aren’t permitted beyond the front door, please arrive On Time! Drop-in fee $10/class. SanKofa House, 658 Goldengate St, Detroit., 313-366-5250. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up. $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214. Prenatal Yoga – 7:45-8:45pm. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main St Unit B, Northville., 248-449-9642.

Vinyasa Yoga - 9-10:15am. Flowing sequence, suitable for all levels. $14. $14. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor., 313-292-9642. Zommer Yoga - 10:30-11:30am. Chair Yoga. Safe, low-impact workout with cross training benefits. Enhance flexibility, mobility, bone density, and strength. Good for active seniors. $10. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St, Ste 304, Monroe., 734-457-9003. Slow Flow Yoga - 11:30am-12:15pm. Beginning students and moderate pace. Introduction to vinyasa. Gentle flow working toward an advanced beginner class. All levels. $10. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St, Ste 304, Monroe., 734-457-9003.

Yin Yoga - 11:45am-12:30pm. Suitable for almost all levels of students, the yin practice is a unique quality of challenge and surrender that works to stretch not only the muscles, but the connective tissues as well. $15. BE NICE Yoga Studio, 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 313-544-9787. Festive Fridays in Wyandotte - 5pm. In Dec, every Friday is Third Friday in Wyandotte. Hear carolers and strolling musicians, visit w/Santa and his live reindeer, many shops & restaurants in the downtown district stay open later than usual, offer freebies, specials and discounts, plus musical entertainment, free trolley, horse & carriage rides throughout the downtown district. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. It Works! Body Wraps - 5-8pm. It Works! Body Wraps. Lose those inches in time for the holidays. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208.

Choffey Tasting – 10am-2pm. Join us for a free Choffey tasting, check out brewed cacao. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte., 734-246-1208. Beginner Pole Dance – 11am. This 60-minute class is taught in a sequential format featuring beginner transitions, floor work and spins. No experience required. $10. Vixen Fitness, 1347 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit., 866900-9797. A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than you love yourself.

Swim with your senior dog - 2-5pm. 4ft deep heated pool, 1/2 hr swim $15. Private sessions RSVP required. $15 Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. MeandMyShadowLLC. com, 734-525-9500.

Tai Chi Class - 3:30-4:30pm. Gain health and wellness, taught by AmenRa Menelik Jihunti, wear comfortable clothing, shoes aren’t permitted beyond the front door, please arrive On Time! Drop-in fee $10/class. SanKofa House, 658 Goldengate St, Detroit., 313-366-5250.

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Beginner/Adv Beginner Yoga - 5:30-6:30pm. Combine beginner and advance beginner poses in a hatha vinysasa style. $10. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St, Ste 304, Monroe., 734-457-9003. Kid’s Yoga - 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 7-12 years old. Learn basic postures, activities, and games. $10. Mind Body Balance, 105 E Front St, Ste 304, Monroe., 734-457-9003.

Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. Open yearround. Now that most of the local farmers markets have closed for the season, it’s great time to check out Eastern Market. EBT accepted. 2934 Russell St, bet Mack & Gratiot, Detroit. Qi Gong – 8am. Harmonize your body and relieve stress w/this ancient Chinese practice of meditation through movement w/instructor Terrell Thomas. Open to all fitness levels, first class is free. New Center Yoga, 6080 Woodward Ave, Detroit., 248-7036971 or 313-815-0007.

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RAMA-CHI, Self Help LYMPHATIC MASSAGE - 10-11am. Gain insight to the ancient knowledge and experience health improvement and spiritual development. An easy to learn set of exercises designed to relax, strengthen and balance the body and open the mind to Spirit. Learn to master the principals of meditation and harmonious body movement. $10. Dr. William Brown, ND, PhD, LMT. 31224 Mulfordton St, #120, Farmington Hills., 248-416-3313. natural awakenings

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Theresa Edmunds, CHC 734-307-3226 Have a child with ADHD or Spectrum disorders? Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or glutenintolerance? Suffering from digestive issues? Theresa Edmunds is a Certified Health Counselor who helps her clients feel better and create lasting health. Call and schedule your free initial consultation today.


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NATURAL LOCAL FOOD EXPRESS 1192 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170 248-231-6533 734-927-6951 Our company’s mission is to provide our customers with products raised or produced using sustainable farming practices. Our beef and bison cuts are heart-healthy meats, high in Omega-3 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid – a cancer-fighting substance) grass- fed and free range. Chickens are vegetarianfed, and all animals are free of antibiotics and hormones. Cheese is from animals that are grass-fed in an open pasture. Best selection of grass fed meats in Michigan including beef, buffalo (bison) and lamb. Free range and air-chilled chicken. Local chemical free pork and turkey. The very best free range eggs, soy free with no GMO’S. Duck eggs. A wide selection of gluten free and organic groceries. Many fine Michigan made artisan products including raw milk cheese. Open 7 days. Store Hrs: Mon - Thur 9am8pm, Fri - Sat 9am-7 pm, Sun 10am-6pm Free local home deliver ($50 min)



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Certified naturopathic doctor offers acupuncture treatments, nutritional counseling, massage raindrop therapy, and biomeridian testing for a variety of issues. Advanced training in nutrition response testing for food sensitivities, chemicals, heavy metals, or virus, bacteria, fungus or parasites. She works out of several clinics in Canton or Livonia. Call to schedule an appt today to get your health back on track.

DR WILLIAM N. BROWN, PH.D, L.M.T., C.HT. THE FOUNDATION FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH THERAPY 31224 Mulfordton #120, Farmington Hills, MI 48334 248-416-3313

Dr Brown is a nationally certified Holistic Health practitioner and teacher for over 25 yrs, he has helped clients and students throughout the USA and internationally. He teaches Ram Chi/Healing Energy and Lymphatic Massage, plus offers these specialty services: Nutritional Consultation, Lymphatic Massage, Thought Field Therapy, Neurological Integration and Clinical Hypnotherapy.


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MESSAGE THERAPY LINDA’S PEACEFUL AND THERAPEUTICMASSAGE (734) 765-1341 CUSTOMIZED THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE for you. Designed to relieve muscle tension and the stresses of the day. Complimentary, Essential Oils offered for additional benefits. Ask me about AFFORDABLE PRICES, GIFT CERTIFICATES and SPA PARTY ideas. Serving Southeastern MI at: Shaft Chiropractic Wellness on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays. Avail weekends; call or email to schedule an appointment. ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals).

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URBAN OASIS MASSAGE Sherry Lane, CMT 2930 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte MI 48192 734-331-0696 Certified myomassologist and Reiki practitioner. Sherry will work with you to customize a combination of therapeutic and relaxation techniques to achieve balance of mind and body. Integrative massage sessions can incorporate Swedish, myofascial release, lymphatic, and hot stone work. Chair massage is also available for those who need a break in their busy workday. Offering massage, Reiki and doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Gift certificates available, see website for full service menu.

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Certified Wellness Doctor with over 30 years experience, Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., is dedicated to helping his patients obtain optimal healthutilizing whole food supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutritional consultation, allergy elimination/reprogramming techniques, detoxification programs, advanced chiropractic care, cold laser, and Neurological Relief Techniques for Fibromyalgia and pain management.

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Try These Tips for Better Workouts


t’s easy to take breathing for granted. But tune in to your breath—when, say, halfway through a sun salutation or headed for a finish line—and you’ll find that it not only feeds muscles fresh oxygen, but also indicates whether it’s time to increase the intensity of the activity. To get the most out of every breath, follow these exercise tips from acknowledged experts.

Running With closed lips, breathe in sharply and deeply through the nose. Then purse the lips as if trying to blow out a candle and exhale through the mouth. While running, breathe in for one step and out for two. “The rapid inhale and slower exhale in this technique fills lungs from the bottom,” explains Danny Dreyer, author of ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running. “Breathing exercises help take in more air when inhaling and empty lungs completely when exhaling. Muscles receive more glycogen, which lowers the chances of their cramping up.”

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Yoga Use the Hindu breathing method called ujjayi, in which the lungs are fully expanded. First, inhale once with the mouth open, and then exhale the same way, making a “Ha,” sound. Then close your mouth and continue making the same sound while inhaling and exhaling through the nose (it will resemble the rushing sound that Darth Vader makes in Star Wars movies). “Your breathing is the barometer of all your poses,” says Elena Brower, founder and co-owner of Virayoga, in New York City. If you’re gasping for air, back out of the pose. “Always give preference to deeper breathing over deeper postures,” advises Brower. This controlled breathing technique is largely responsible for the yoga buzz that helps keep students coming back for more.

Strength Training Exhale through the mouth when lifting weights and inhale through the nose when lowering them. As a rule of thumb, take two seconds to raise weights and three to four seconds to lower them.

“Focusing on your breath keeps your brain in the game, so you’re more likely to pay attention to overall form,” says Tom Holland, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer and fitness consultant in Darien, Connecticut.

Cycling “The key to breathing on a bike is to go in through the nose and out through the mouth, and to be as relaxed as possible,” Holland counsels. As intensity increases on climbs or long rides, breathe more forcefully—deeper, quicker inhalations through the nose and rapid exhalations through the mouth. “The more relaxed your breathing is, the more relaxed your entire body will be,” says Holland. “Relaxed breathing conserves energy, prevents fatigue and improves endurance.” Using forceful breaths when you’re tired also sends more energizing oxygen to muscles to help counter fatigue. Source: Women’s Health online © 2012 Rodale Inc. All rights reserved; used with permission.



The Luminous Web Why We Are One by Barbara Brown Taylor

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~ Chief Seattle, 1855

hat I see is an infinite web of relationship, flung across the vastness of space like a luminous net. It is made of energy, not thread. As I look, I can see light moving through it as a pulse moves through veins. What I see “out there” is no different from what I feel inside. There is a living hum that might be coming from my neurons, but might just as well be coming from the furnace of the stars. When I look up at them, there is a small commotion in my bones as the ashes of dead stars that house my marrow rise up like metal filings toward the magnet of their living kin. Where am I in this picture? I am all over the place. I am up there, down here, inside and outside of my skin. How could I ever be alone? I am part of a web that is pure relationship, with energy available to me that has been around since the universe was born. Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside and outside of my skin. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light—not captured in them, as if any one of those concepts was more real than what unites them—but revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. It is not enough for me to proclaim that God is responsible for all of this unity. Instead, I want to proclaim that God is the unity—the very energy, the very intelligence, the very elegance and passion that make it all go. This is the God who is not somewhere, but everywhere; the God who may be prayed to in all directions at once. The “I am who I am,” in whom everything else abides. For the moment, we see through a glass darkly. We live in the illusion that we are all separate “I ams.” When the fog finally clears, we shall know that there is only One. Excerpted from The Luminous Web, by Barbara Brown Taylor, with permission of Cowley Publications.

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Kwanzaa Celebration Spreads The 46th annual Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday celebrated from December 26 to January 1, may be observed by as many as 18 million people this year. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor is it meant to replace Christmas. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of black studies, as a celebration to honor the values of ancient African cultures and inspire African Americans working for social progress. The name comes from the Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means, “first fruits of the harvest.” Its seven principles are believed to have been key in building strong, productive families and communities in Africa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, a sense of purpose, creativity and faith. Source:

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Human Rights Day is December 10 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. Now, the office of the high commissioner for human rights has been awarded the Guinness World Record for having collected, translated and disseminated the declaration into more than 380 languages and dialects, from Abkhaz to Zulu, making it the world’s most universal communication. The work sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women everywhere are entitled, without distinction. It was drafted by representatives from all regions and legal traditions, and has over time been accepted as a contract between governments and their peoples. Visit

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Charles Best, founder of, has enabled his organization to provide a record $40 million in funding for 300,000 U.S. classroom projects, simply by personalizing public appeals for charitable giving. When potential donors enter their personal interests, an online database supplies a list of corresponding classroom projects. For example, artists might consider funding a silkscreen press for an art class. Hikers can purchase trees for a classroom to plant. When the funded project is completed, the donors receive a note from the teacher, along with photos. maximizes the personalization potential by asking the participants if they want to post their donation on their Facebook wall, where friends may read the post and feel compelled to make their own donation. Teacher-generated Facebook project updates garner even greater success; these two types of Facebook status updates have so far raised a combined $1.9 million. Source:

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Here are some fresh ways to tweak family traditions for a greener holiday this and every year. Incorporate local, sustainable cuisine into the family feast. Ingredients for a traditional holiday dinner can travel up to 30,000 miles. Instead, show support for local community farmers and reduce food transportation miles by choosing a heritage turkey or meatless entrĂŠe. Stellar complements may include organic cranberry jelly, mulled apple cider or wine from an area farm, orchard or vineyard.

billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. This year, instead of the usual snail mail, send a bouquet of flowers for the price of a stamp. Recipients can plant a grow-a-note holiday card in the ground and see wildflowers bloom. For plant-able holiday cards that can be personalized with a corporate logo, offers card sets and party favors.

Adopt or recycle the Christmas tree. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as many as 33 million live-cut Christmas trees are purchased each year in North America, and most end up in landfills. Fortunately, Christmas tree adoption services like Central California’s Rent a Living Christmas Tree are popping up across the country, allowing them to go on living. The potted trees can be rented and delivered. If tree adoption services are not yet available locally, make sure to recycle a live holiday tree so it’s turned into landscape mulch for reuse as ground cover to hinder weeds and nourish plantings. Reduce energy costs through efficient cooking. Wait to fire up the oven until the heritage turkey or organic ham is ready to go in; preheating is unnecessary for these slow-roasting items. For baked goods, opt for glass or ceramic pans, which allow cooking time to remain the same while lowering the heat by about 25 degrees. Another energy-saving trick is to place stovetop cookware on the smallest burner possible; more heat will embrace the pan, while less is lost to the surrounding air. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner typically wastes more than 40 percent of the energy generated. Crockpots work well for serving other small family dinners during the busy holiday season or anytime; an entire meal requires about 17 cents worth of electricity. At cleanup time, load up the dishwasher fully. One load of dishes scrubbed in a dishwashing machine uses 37 percent less water than washing the same dishes by hand. Send plant-able holiday cards. According to CalRecycle, an estimated 2.6 natural awakenings

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Citrus Fruits Lower Risk of Stroke

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is spearheading a new wave of renewable energy research by recruiting top scientists from the nation’s best research laboratories to staff a new agency called ARPA-E, modeled after DARPA, the research and development wing of the Pentagon that invented the Internet. With a surge in funding for renewable energy, courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, plus grants from the Department of Energy, ARPA-E has made more than 180 investments in basic research projects in renewable energy. One company, Ocean Power Technologies, is installing a 260-ton generator in the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon coast to capture renewable energy from waves. If the generator

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opular winter citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit come with an unexpected health benefit: eating them may lower the risk of ischemic strokes (clots), especially in women, per a study reported in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. The researchers analyzed 14 years of follow-up data from the National Institutes of Health Nurses’ Health Study, which included 69,622 women that reported their food intake every four years, including details on fruit and vegetable consumption. The study discovered that a high intake of flavanones, a subclass of flavonoids found in the greatest concentrations in oranges and grapefruit, was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke. In the study, the presence of flavanones came primarily from oranges and orange juice (82 percent) and grapefruit and grapefruit juice (14 percent). However, the researchers recommended that consumers increase their citrus fruit intake, rather than juice consumption, to avoid the sugar in many commercial juices.

Pitfalls of No-Fat Salad Dressings


or those thinking about balancing a rich holiday meal by choosing a low- or no-fat salad dressing, consider this: To get the most nutrients from leafy greens and vegetables, we need to pair them with a healthy fat. A recent Purdue University study showed that the more “good” fat there was in a salad, the more carotenoids diners absorbed. The researchers found that vegetable oils rich in monounsaturated fats like olive oil, or polyunsaturated fats like sunflower oil, help the body absorb essential carotenoids and other nutrients and increase their bioavailability in the intestines. The study also found that eating bread with butter with a salad was also beneficial, although to a lesser extent.

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operates as planned, it will link to the grid and generate enough electricity for 1,000 homes. Other ARPA-E-funded projects are making cheaper batteries, more efficient air conditioners and appliances, experimental algae-based biofuels, carbon sequestration (trapping) technologies and even plants that secrete crude oil. Source: The Atlantic magazine (

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