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e welcomed a new furry member of the family into our home a little more than a month ago, and I’m happy to report that our new rescue kitty is making herself right at home. Turns out she is quite talkative, so I was excited to see the article ‘Animal Talk’ by Sandra Murphy [pg 34]. She describes how beings can communicate through images, and how often we don’t take the time to focus and listen. (our cat has literally nudged my phone out of my hand in order to get my full attention!) A few years ago I had the experience of dealing with end of life issues with our family dog who lived with us for a little over 12 years, when her health failed. We all knew it wouldn’t be too long, but at the time I was very concerned that I wouldn’t know when we reached the point that she was in pain and we needed to let her go. People would tell me that I would just ‘know’, but the logical part of my brain just couldn’t accept that. Turns out when the time came they were right, I just knew and there was absolutely no doubt in my mind. I was so blessed to be with her and help to ease her transition, but it was pretty traumatic for me just the same. Looking back, I really think that she and I were communicating in a way that didn’t require words. It’s interesting that when our children are first born we don’t have the benefit of language to communicate, but for the most part we figure out ways to manage. Even when the kids are older and have all sorts of communication skills, they may choose not to use them. So then we’re right back to communicating with our heart open and just letting them know that bottom line, we truly care. At the other end of the life continuum we might be dealing with seniors who have lost the ability to communicate verbally, and once again we can go back to the most basic ways of reaching one another. If we can all just slow down and tune into to the universal heart language of loving one another, the world would certainly be a much happier place. So clear you mind, let go of your thoughts and see if you can feel the positive vibes we’re sending out to all beings: great and small throughout the Wayne County area and beyond! With much love,

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newsbriefs Transformational Choices Gains New Therapists


risten McCurry, Christina Marsack, and Ashley Huchens, all University of Michigan graduates, join Transformational Choices Holistic Therapy & Counseling in Plymouth, with many years clinical therapeutic experience between them. All therapy sessions are focused on safe, supportive and caring explorations of experiences and choices that can lead to more fulfilling, life-enhancing actions.

Whether dealing with a specific distressing issue, recurring problems that just won’t seem to go away, or general feelings of sadness, anxiety, or pain; working together to find ways to help meet the client’s best potential for positive change. Clinical Director, Chad Michael Allee, states “Our approach is contemplative, mindful, and focused on the belief that each person has n innate capacity for strength and change, and is worthy of a life filled with satisfaction and joy. We are excited to welcome three strong, intelligent, and contemplative team members to our holistically focused staff team.” Transformational Choices uses a natural and organic mind/body approach to restoring healthy emotional, behavioral and cognitive functioning. The client and therapist are partners and work together to discover the choices necessary to reach new goals and break old patterns. Many people find that therapy can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth interpersonal relationships, family concerns, life’s transition periods, and the hassles of everyday life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem, or help individuals understand themselves in ways to enhance their lives. As a community-based professional service, Transformational Choices provides a full range of life-enhancing services, including mental health counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, groups, families and children, and offers relationship, couples and marriage therapies, to persons in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Location: 164 N Main Street, Plymouth. Sessions are available days, evenings & weekends. They work with many health insurance plans and also offer an income based sliding scale for private paying clients. For more information, visit TransformationalChoices.com or call 734-845-6015.


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Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions Grants to Local Charities


he Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions recently announced grants totaling $18,300 to be awarded to 12 local non-profit organizations. This year’s top award recipients are Vista Maria, Twelfth Street Food Pantry, and River Glory (of Life) International Ministries. These organizations will be recognized at the Chapter’s Annual Charity Golf Outing August 20 at Northville Hills Golf Club. Additional winners include The Moon Ministry, Gospel Against Aids, Charles Drew Transition Center, Redford Women’s Outreach-St.Robert Bellamine, Gibraltar Food Pantry, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center, Focus:HOPE, Metro Detroit Share Group, Child’s Hope, and Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan. Since 2005, the Chapter has used funds raised through its annual charity golf outing to award more than $160,000 to local organizations. “The committee is pleased to award grants to organizations that support our communities in a variety of ways, including hunger, health and nutrition, education and literacy, neighborhood development, and youth services,” said Carrie Williams, strategic liaison and project manager for the University of Michigan Credit Union and Metro West Chapter charity grants committee chair. “This year’s selection of award recipients was particularly challenging.

The need is great and there are many deserving organizations helping to assist people throughout Wayne and Washtenaw counties”. The Metro West Chapter of Credit Union is a chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL). The Chapter will begin accepting grant proposals for next year in May 2016. Media Contact: lfawcett@zealcu.org

newsbriefs LaunchDETROIT Seeks Detroit Entrepreneurs for Micro-Loan Finance Program


aunchDETROIT is seeking entrepreneurs who live and work in Detroit to apply for this multifaceted program that offers a combination of free business training, micro-loans of $1000 to $2500, assigned business mentors and networking opportunities. The mission of LaunchDETROIT is to support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in the Detroit

region. Successful candidates must have a business product or service that will enable them to repay their loan within one year through regular installments. All applications much be received online, by August 21st. and qualifying candidates will be interviewed in September.

“We awarded our first microloans in January, 2014 and 2015 in a program that is still in its infancy. We’ve learned a lot through the process, which is being well documented by Rotary International. Currently, we’re accepting applications for our third round of entrepreneurs” says Rotarian Lawrence Wright, president of the LaunchDETROIT initiative. “The personal relationships that have formed between our entrepreneurs, their mentors and Rotary volunteers have been a wonderful extension of this program. We feel like family” continues Wright. According to Wright, LaunchDETROIT volunteers have learned that business training and mentoring are two of the key components that entrepreneurs seek. “We’re very fortunate to have Baker College of Allen Park, as a partner to provide free business training classes. During the first year of the program, entrepreneurs attended five weekly, three-hour classes at Baker’s Allen Park campus. It was Baker’s administration and instructors who encourage us to increase the number of classes to ensure that entrepreneurs finish the coursework with a solid business plan. This year, we’re increasing the attendance requirement to eight classes” added Wright. Entrepreneur Willie Brake, owner of All About Technology, Inc., was among the first group of entrepreneurs to participate in LaunchDETROIT and credited the program with allowing him to expand his business to a retail location on Michigan Avenue, west of Livernois in Detroit. “Without LaunchDETROIT, our dreams of expanding would have been difficult” says Brake. Since the program, was introduced in 2013 by Rotary volunteers in District 6400, it has achieved national attention and international recognition from Rotary International, the world’s oldest service organization headquartered in Evanston, Illinois. District 6400, serves southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario. For more information and to apply, visit LaunchDetroit.org.

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newsbriefs Metroparks, Mega Events


ayne County is home to several Huron-Clinton Metroparks; Lake Erie, Lower Huron, Oakwoods and Willow Metropark, all with their own personalities, amenities and events. What better way to enjoy summer than to spend some time at one or all of these parks? Each park has its own distinct signature and each host a huge variety of events throughout the year. Lake Erie in Brownstown is just a short drive from Detroit with three miles of shoreline and sweeping vistas at this 1,607 acre location. Lower Huron in Belleville is located on 1,258 acres of mature woodlands, grassy meadows by the scenic Huron River. Oakwoods, near Flat Rock, is also home to scenic woods along the picturesque Huron River with overlooks along the backwaters of the river at this 1,756 site. Willow Metropark in New Boston, offers a scenic 17-acre pond plus the Huron River at this 1,531 acre park, also with woodlands. Park Guest Lori Stein says she “Loves to visit as many times as possible and especially when there are classes or presentations. I am going to try to attend Backyard Edibles at Oakwoods on August 22nd’ . It sounds pretty interesting”. The interpreters are presenting this program about the flora and fauna (plants and animals) of the area and address how these can be used to create a meal. “I enjoy golfing at the parks. The courses are well maintained and just the right amount of challenge to have an enjoyable time” says Bob Stein of Taylor. “Our kids light to swim or go on the waterslide” adds Stein. “The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, a regional park system created in 1940 by the citizens of Southeast Michigan, provides excellent recreational and educational opportunities while serving as stewards of its natural resources. Our efforts are guided by the belief that the use of parks and exposure to natural environments enhance society’s health and quality of life”. For more information about the parks or events, visit MetroParks.com

Eating Healthy is Easy and Tastes Great


hef Carolyn Simon of Red Pepper Foods is now making prepared foods for Wednesday pick up at Starring the Gallery in Detroit. The weekly menu of raw, vegan, and vegetarian foods includes entrees, sides, dessert and raw juice selections. Chef Simon has worked in the food industry for almost 20 years. All food is her passion but, in recent years, she has focused on creating great tasting food for health and nutrition. Her motto is “Eat well and live a happier healthier life”. Email orders are accepted and return confirmation is sent; cash, credit card or PayPal. Also, there are plans underway to add additional pickup locations throughout the metro area. Email to begin receiving the most current menu. Pick-Up Time: 3-7pm, Wednesday. Location: 118 W Main Street, Detorit. Foodie076@gmail.com or call 734-945-6244.


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Still Time to Enroll in Summer Camp at Dearborn Heights Montessori Center


ummer camp at Dearborn Heights Montessori Center (DHMC) is specially designed to help children enjoy fun-filled activities in an educational environment. Campers, age 18 months through 12 years, explore a different theme each week with related educational and physical activities. From celebrating different cultures and trying different foods, to creating art and science projects, children enjoy the opportunity to make new friends, learn to work as in a team, and test their skills at different in and outdoor games, plus much more. The summer camp continues through August 21 so there is still time for parents to register their children for the remaining weeks of fun and education.

All of the summer camp programs are led by highly qualified, Montessoricertified DHMC teachers. The camp also includes weekly in-house presenters for all age groups and weekly field trips for students in the elementary grades. “Parents are enthusiastic and interested to hear about their children’s experiences each week, “ said Summer Camp Director Heidi Gauger. “I know that some wish they were young enough to attend, and some do as parent volunteers”. Established in 1972, DHMC is the largest and longest-established Montessori school in western Wayne County. DHMC is a non-profit educational community accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is affiliated with the American Montessori Society, Michigan Montessori Society, and the Association of Independent Michigan Schools (AIMS). Location: 466 N John Daly, Dearborn Heights. For more information, visit DHMontessori.org or call 313-359-3000.


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oin Exposed Downriver at 7 p.m., August 6 for an awareness and kick-off event, held at Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Garden in Taylor. There will be music, light refreshments, info from S.O.A.P. Metro Detroit President Rhonda Hines, and testimony form survivor and Vice President of S.O.A. P. Dvaun Chandler. “Did you know human trafficking is the 2nd leading crime in the world? It is estimated to be a $32 billion per year industry second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime. So what is this multi-billion dollar industry? Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will.,(National Human Trafficking Resource Center). So what does this mean to me? Human trafficking does not discriminate based upon age, gender, or socioeconomic status. It can happen to anyone and it is happening to people around us. As of 2015 Michigan ranks #2 in human trafficking only behind Nevada. That means that the people around us are not excluded from this crime: our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and even our family can be a victim of human trafficking. This is a problem. Join the fight against human trafficking in our community.”

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one Body and Balance of Ann Arbor, is offering Hyperbaric/ Oxygenation which enhances your body’s natural healing processes and strengthens the immune system through the presence of increased levels of oxygen in a total body chamber. It does this by controlling and increasing the atmospheric pressure; blood oxygen is increased and delivered to every tissue in the body. This leads to more substantial cell repair.  These benefits cannot be achieved by breathing normal amounts of oxygen, which is roughly 20% oxygen by composition therefore a hyperbaric chamber is necessary. Oxygenation stimulates collagen formation, growth of blood vessels, and reduces tissue edema. Some of the other perceived benefits of hyperbaric are improvement in clarity, focus, and improved memory, increased energy, bladder control, emotional/ psychological control and physical abilities are enhanced. Consulting with primary physician regarding the suitability of an oxygenation program for specific needs is advised.   Bone Body and Balance uses a non-pharmaceutical approach to naturally improve bone density, balance and muscle strength in a safe and comfortable environment.


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newsbriefs TLC Holistic Announces Appointment of Margaret White


ll patients will have the opportunity to meet Margaret White as she greets them at the office of TLC Holistic in Livonia. A gentle Non-Force Chiropractic office, uses a holistic approach for fast and effective pain relief for problems which include soft tissue injuries, joint problems weight loss, nutrition, hormone issues and much more. White says she is “happy to assist patients walking in the office in pain and coming out smiling” as a result of the holistic healthcare they receive by Dr. Linda Solomon and Dr. Gil Allen. Dr. Solomon is also a certified Clinician in whole food nutrition, adding another avenue to family healthcare.

Elephant Ears Moves to Plymouth


fter almost a decade of serving the Ann Arbor community, Elephant Ears has announced a relocation to Downtown Plymouth, adjacent to Kellogg Park. The shop features clothing and shoes for newborn to age six and everything else in between; from cribs to to car seats, organic bedding, modern furniture and décor, feeding & bath products plus herbal body care and also a large assortment of baby carriers. The new location offers a streamlined assortment of merchandise, focusing on quality and safety. Elephant Ears mission is to give

Location: 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia. For more information, visit TLCHolisticWellness.com. 734-664-0339.

Healing Body and Spirit Expo in Dearborn


rofessional mediums, intuitive communicators, holistic healing practitioners and spiritual merchandisers will be joining together for a Body Mind & Spirit Expo, November 14 and 15 at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Many talented exhibitors have already registered to exhibit at this special event although there are still some openings available for other practitioners who wish to join and bring a piece of spirit to Dearborn by helping others. Additionally, this is a perfect opportunity to spread amazing healing and light to the community through presentations, services and products. Rev. Cindy Spencer Camp Chesterfield Certified Medium will be a key note speaker and will be presenting “Giving Messages to Loved Ones from Heaven”. Tom Benedict, a frequent guest on Coast to Coast radio with George Noory and Beyond Belief television show, will also be giving a free presentation on healing stones and their messages to you. He can be viewed on GAIAM TV. Also, both of these speakers will be offering individual sessions both days of the expo. Many individuals and especially, Gerri and Cindy at phenomeNews have assisted in paving the way for this much anticipated weekend of fun-filled and informative days, which will include free lectures, and more. Potential vendors may download an application, view costs and see the current exhibitor list by visiting HealingBodyAndSpirit.com or emailing healingbodyandspirit@yahoo.com Cost: $10. Children under 12 free. Free parking. Location: 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearbor. HealingBodyAndSpirit.com.

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their customers an “informative shopping experience, providing them with the best selection of children’s products available. Every item for sale is handpicked before it hits our shelves” says Jenna Cyrulnik, shop co-owner. “We focus on providing products that are fairly made, free of harmful chemical or toxins, high quality, and purposeful” adds Co-owner, Matt Cyrulnik. The experienced staff is happy to help their customers feel supported in their shopping experience and are available every step of the way, helping make customers make educated purchases that best fit their needs. Location: 436 S Main, Plymouth. For more information, visit elephantearsonline.com. 734-622-9580.


Call for Worldwide Protection from Wi-Fi Radiation


n May, 190 scientists from 39 nations appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines…” The letter was developed by a committee that included professors from Columbia University, Trent University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. It was then signed by a host of university professors and researchers from around the world. The directive cited several key studies that have shown that radiation from electromagnetic fields—even low-frequency radiation—is a possible cause of cancer. The WHO adopted a classification for extremely low-frequency electromagnetic radiation in 2002 and in 2011 classified radiofrequency (RF) radiation within its Group 2B—a “possible human carcinogen.” The letter points out that while WHO has accepted these classifications, there have been no guidelines or standards created by the agency or in conjunction with other agencies. It recommends a convening of the United Nations Environmental Programme and the funding of an independent committee to explore practical means of regulating the widespread and uncontrolled expansion of wireless technologies throughout our environment. The appeal also calls for the protection specifically of children and pregnant women and a strengthening of regulations placed on technology manufacturers. Berkeley, California, set a precedent on May 12 by acknowledging the health risk posed by RF radiation and adopting the Right to Know Ordinance, requiring electronics retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks associated with it. It reads, “If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.” The ordinance requires that the notice be displayed in stores that sell mobile phones.



esearch from the University of Washington has determined that chronic constipation in children may be relieved with abdominal massage. The research involved 25 parents and their children with learning needs and physical disabilities. The parents were trained by specialists in abdominal massage. Following the training, the parents massaged the abdomens of their children for 20 minutes per day. The study found that abdominal massage relieved constipation in 87.5 percent of the children and reduced laxative use. In addition, the therapy resulted in better diets for 41 percent of the children and improved the parent-child relationship in many cases.

Glyphosate Self-Testing Now Available


he Feed the World Project has partnered with the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to offer public testing for a chemical that is now ubiquitous in conventional food production: glyphosate. At $119, the test can check levels of this chemical in tap water, urine and soon, breast milk. “For decades now, the public has been exposed, unknowingly and against their will, to glyphosate, despite mounting evidence that this key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to human health and the environment,” says OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins. “Monsanto has been given a free pass to expose the public to this dangerous chemical because individuals, until now, have been unable to go to their doctor’s office or local water-testing company to find out if the chemical has accumulated in their bodies or is present in their drinking water.” The testing comes on the heels of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement in March that glyphosate is a possible carcinogen and questions the validity of the industry claims from laboratory animal testing that the acceptable daily intake of glyphosate is .3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. The WHO report notes, “The socalled safe levels of glyphosate exposure have never been tested directly to determine if indeed they are really safe to consume over the long term. Instead, the ‘safe’ levels are extrapolated from higher doses tested in industry studies.” The test is available at FeedTheWorld. info/glyphosate-testing-test-yourself.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Go Through the Roof The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes that as of March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, crossed a threshold of more than 400 parts per million (ppm), the highest in about 2 million years. “It’s both disturbing and daunting from the standpoint of how hard it is to slow this down,” says NOAA chief greenhouse gas scientist Pieter Tans. “Carbon dioxide isn’t just higher, it’s increasing at a record pace, 100 times faster than natural rises in the past.” In pre-human times, it took about 6,000 years for carbon dioxide to rise 80 ppm, versus 61 ppm in the last 35 years, Tans says. Global carbon dioxide is now 18 percent higher than it was in 1980, when NOAA first calculated a worldwide average.

Crayon Kicks

Not Just for Kids Any More Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, by Johanna Basford, are two of the most popular titles on sale at Amazon.com—and both are coloring books for adults. Featuring detailed black-and-white drawings of the flora and fauna that surround illustrator Basford’s Scottish home, Secret Garden has sold nearly 1.5 million copies. Fans include Hollywood celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, and when National Public Radio asked listeners for feedback, many indicated, “I thought I was alone.” The consensus is that adults are seeking to get in touch with their inner child. Beyond the nostalgic charm of coloring books, it’s also a good way for grownups to unwind and reflect. “So many people have told me that they used to do secret coloring when their kids were in bed,” says Basford. “Now it is socially acceptable, it’s a category of its own.” For a sample coloring gallery, visit JohannaBasford.com.

Fracking Halt

Earthquakes Derail Dutch Gas Production Gas production by fracking in the Loppersum, Netherlands, area of the Groningen natural gas field, Europe’s largest, was suspended by a Dutch court after a home was damaged by earthquakes linked to the operation. Nette Kruzenga, co-founder of Groningen Centraal, one of two groups seeking an immediate halt in Groningen gas production, says, “It is clear the judge said that the situation around Loppersum is dangerous.” The actions of Dutch officials are different than in the U.S., where many people acknowledge the same problem while others deny its existence. States that tend to cite the danger are those that have experienced damaging earthquakes, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio and Virginia. Deniers include big-fracking states such as California, Colorado and Texas. In states that have reduced new injections and scaled back current operations, earthquakes have abated.

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Diaper Discovery Mushrooms Grow on Disposables

Disposable diapers are mostly indestructible, but a group of researchers led by Rosa María Espinosa Valdemar, at Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco, has found a way to degrade the soiled garments by growing mushrooms on them. Disposable diapers can last for hundreds of years in landfills because they contain not only the plant-based material cellulose that mushrooms consume, but also non-biodegradable materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and the superabsorbent gel sodium polyacrylate. The scientists grew the oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, on a substance made from used diapers and were able to reduce the diaper’s weight and volume by up to 80 percent. For the experiment, the researchers only used diapers containing liquid waste. They sterilized and ground up the garments; mixed them with lignin from the remains of pressed grapes, coffee or pineapple tops; covered the mixture with commercially available fungus spores; and kept it in a plastic bag for three weeks. The resulting mushrooms had similar amounts of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals as in commercial yeast. They’re not intended for human consumption, but could be used as a supplement in cattle feed. Source: ScienceDaily.com

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ENLIGHTENED PARENTING Tips for Raising Confident and Loving Kids by Meredith Montgomery


ueled by unconditional love, parenting with presence embraces all potential connections between parents and their children.

seen firsthand, “If you have a connection with your kids, you can have a lot more influence on them.” Noting that sometimes children feel like their parents love them, but Establishing Values don’t necessarily like them, Martin Shelly Lefkoe, co-author of Chicken Soup emphasizes finding ways to identify for the Soul: Guide to Efwith their interests. “I My dad always told me it was love cars, and my dad fective Parenting, believes that children learn what my school, my choice, my used to invite me on test we model as important drives when I was a kid. grades, my life. It made me Both of my parents took values. She tells her daughters they should time to connect with want to take responsibility. me, which had a huge treat her with dignity and respect both because impact on our relation~Casey Martin she’s their mother and, ship.” “That’s how you treat Christine Carter, people and that’s how I treat them.” Ph.D., a sociologist with the University Honesty is also a high priority in their of California Greater Good Science household. Center, recognizes the importance of Minneapolis college student Casey talking explicitly about values. When Martin often joins his father, Kirk, in we see kids doing something we value, presenting Calm Parenting workshops ask them how it made them feel, she for parents, teachers and students advises. “Teens don’t necessarily know around the country. In growing up, he’s that their parents value character over

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grades,” Carter says, “particularly if parents tend to monitor grades more than aspects of a child’s character. What do you talk about more—their achievements or their character? If it’s the former, consider that you unintentionally might be sending the wrong message.”

Hummingbird Parenting

Overprotection of children by what’s termed helicopter parenting, can cause a disabling sense of entitlement where kids begin to believe, possibly unconsciously, that they are entitled to a difficulty-free life, Carter observes. “There’s an epidemic of cheating because students don’t want to try hard, and they expect to be rescued,” she says. “Although it’s terrifying to let our kids fail, when we don’t let them experience difficulty, they see mistakes as being so awful they must be avoided at any cost. To gain mastery in any arena, we must challenge ourselves, even if that means making mistakes.” “We lose sight that we’re not raising children, we’re raising adults,” says Malibu, California, marriage, family and child therapist Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids. “Empower them to cope with ups and downs. Help them know and trust themselves by not legislating their opinions and by allowing them to experiment.” Children often struggle with transitions, especially when things don’t go as planned. Martin recommends, “When kids throw tantrums or argue to get out of a challenging situation that’s causing them anxiety, help them work through it. Tell them that you know they’re feeling anxious, that you’ve felt that way before, too, and then help by giving them something specific to do or focus on.” Independent outdoor play has been proven to help kids learn to exert self-control. America’s children aren’t allowed to roam freely outside to experience nature as previous generations did. In Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv cautions against being limited by modern factors such as restrictive subdivision covenants and media-induced fear. “There are risks outdoors, but there are huge psychological, physical and spiritual risks in

raising future generations under protective If you can’t explain something to test the universe,” says Lefkoe, who reminds parhouse arrest,” he says. ents that while it’s relatively easy to control young to a 5-year-old, you Louv prefers what’s called a humchildren, rebellious teenagers are harder to handle mingbird approach: “Hummingbird parents don’t really understand it; when they feel they have something to prove to an don’t hover over their kids with nature flash overbearing parent. Offering calculated risk-taking cards; they stand back and make space for they make you think about opportunities that don’t involve drugs and alcohol exploration and problem solving through is beneficial in the teen years. “You want them to what you know. independent play, while remaining nearby, know how to handle freedom and be responsible ready to zoom in at a moment’s notice if once they are on their own,” she says. ~Armin Brott safety becomes an issue.” “When I got my driver’s license, I always Armin Brott, host of San Francisco’s came home before curfew,” says Martin. “I Positive Parenting radio program, reminds parents to increase learned that if I could control myself, my parents didn’t feel opportunities for independence as youngsters grow. “Test a the need to control me, which gave me a ton of power in my child’s ability to handle more freedom by providing the oplife.” portunity to prove that they can. If they succeed, it’s a confi Brott observes that as the parenting role changes, “We dence builder. If not, it allows them to see for themselves that can offer to help, but it’s equally important to learn to let go they’re not ready yet.” and admire the young adults they’re becoming.” Teens desperately want to not feel like a kid, adds StiffelDisciplined Communication man. “They may tell you to back off, but stay present and The first eight years of a child’s life are the most formative, engaged—like wallpaper. The more you ask their opinion or effecting personal beliefs that will shape the adult that they’ll invite them to teach you something, the more they’ll feel your become, including impediments to fruitful self-expression. A support.” healthy conversational relationship can foster connection and With sex education, the authors of The New Puberty, security while respectfully teaching children right from wrong. Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Louise Greenspan and Adoles Lefkoe suggests managing parental expectations while cent Psychologist Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., emphasize the considering what serves the child best in the moment. When importance of being approachable from a young age, so kids a child tries to tell Mom something when she’s distracted, the naturally turn to their parents when sensitive questions arise. child may conclude that what they say is unimportant. Instead, “It shouldn’t be about having ‘the talk’; it’s about mainthe mother can acknowledge the importance of what the child taining an ongoing conversation,” says Greenspan. “Body has to say and how she looks forward to listening once she’s odor is a good starting point in talking about body issues freed up before eventually giving the child her full attention. Parents can serve as a safe haven for kids. Stiffelman says, “Allow them to speak the truth without being corrected or shamed. If they tell you they’d like to do something you don’t approve of, resist the urge to react with immediate advice and talk to them about their decision-making process. Be present enough for them to let them hear themselves think We help those out loud.” suffering with: “Children need affection, attention, acknowledgment n Osteopenia n Osteoporosis and unconditional love, not discipline. When you punish n n Nerve Pain MS kids, they feel absolved: ‘I did something bad, I got punished, n n Auto Immune Concussions now we’re even,’” says Lefkoe. When they get caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing, she recommends (with Come in for Your children as young as 5) asking them, “What are the conseFREE Personal quences of your actions? Do you want to live with them? Your goal with this conversation should be that your child walks Wellness Assessment away feeling like they made a mistake, but it was a great Using an all natural approach to improve bone learning opportunity.” density, balance and muscle strength in a safe and As kids mature and are faced with potentially dangercomfortable environment. Fully certified staff. ous scenarios, “You don’t want them worrying about what CUTTING EDGE Like Us on Facebook! their friends will think; you want them thinking about the TECHNNOLOGIES, VERTICAL consequences,” says Lefkoe. HYPERBARIC, BIODENSITY AND

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because it’s not intimidating and can be comfortably addressed by either parent.” Avoid rushing into subjects they’re not ready for by focusing on answering the questions that are posed, while offering a glimpse into the near future. Deardorff says, “Pubertal changes happen over time, so be patient. Parents have a lot of anxiety and anticipation about puberty. When you start to see the first signs, you don’t have to communicate everything all at once.” Consider throwing a puberty party or a health workshop for a son or

Conscious Parenting Resources The Body Book for Boys by Rebecca Paley, Grace Norwich and Jonathan Mar The Care and Keeping of You: the Body Book for Younger Girls by Valorie Schaefer The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls by Cara Natterson Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge and Change by Armin Brott Holistic Mom’s Network HolisticMoms.org

daughter and their friends. Invite a parent that is comfortable with the subject matter—a nurse, physician or teacher— to get the conversation started. “Fight the urge to emotionally or physically withdraw,” counsels Deardorff. “Sharing activities is a form of communication, too.”

Kids as Teachers

“By paying attention, we can learn a lot of skills from our kids,” says Brott. Generally, youngsters have a greater tolerance for other people’s mistakes and opinions than adults, and tend to be more laid back. They regularly teach spiritual lessons about giving and receiving love and happiness in ways we never imagined. Through all the inevitable challenges, Stiffelman notes, “When parenting with presence, we orient ourselves

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv The New Puberty by Louise Greenspan, M.D., and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D. Parenting the Lefkoe Way TheLefkoeWay.com Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter

with whatever good, bad or difficult moment is unfolding and bring more of our self—our heart, consciousness, understanding and compassion—to hold steady as the seas get rocky. Children offer us opportunities to confront the dark and dusty corners of our minds and hearts, creating conditions to call forth the kind of learning that can liberate us from old paradigms.” It all allows us to lead more expansive and fulfilling lives as we open ourselves to more of the love, learning and joy that the adventure of parenting can bring. When we embrace the healing and transformation that is being offered through parenting with presence, the rewards can be limitless. Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).

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Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First. How happy parents are dramatically affects how happy and successful their kids are.

Teach Self-Discipline. Self-discipline in kids is more predictive of future success than intelligence or most anything else good. Start teaching it by helping kids learn ways to distract themselves from temptation.

Build a Village. The breadth and depth of our positive relationships with other people is the strongest predictor of human happiness. Expect Effort and Enjoyment, Not Perfection. Parents that overemphasize achievement are more likely to have kids with higher levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse compared to others. Praise effort, not natural ability. Choose Gratitude, Forgiveness and Optimism. Optimism is so closely related to happiness that the two are practically interchangeable. Teach preteens to look on the bright side. Raise their Emotional Intelligence. It’s a skill, not an inborn trait. Parents can help by empathizing with children facing difficult emotions and helping them identify and label what they are feeling. Let them know that all

Form Happiness Habits. Turn these happiness skills, plus the positive skills parents already have, into habits.

Enjoy the Present Moment. We can be super-busy and deeply happy at the same time by deeply experiencing the present moment. Rig their Environment for Happiness. Monitor a child’s surroundings so that the family’s deliberate happiness efforts have maximum effect.

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The Vaccine Push Mandatory Laws vs. Personal Choice by Linda Sechrist


ront-page headlines Mandatory vaccines pose the Yet, “There is no availabout questionable able evidence on vaccines’ research, corporate effectiveness that is plalatest manipulations, purchased cebo-controlled, plus the politicians, medical coverhealth effects of vaccines affront to ups and whistleblower rein combination have never ports have left Americans citizens’ right to informed self- been studied, certainly not feeling hoodwinked and the 69 total doses of 16 skeptical. According to a types of vaccines given to government. new Pew Research Center children starting 12 hours study, the public doesn’t trust the inafter birth through age 18,” says Sayer Ji, formation they’re fed on issues such as a member of the National Health Federagenetically engineered crops and now, tion board of governors and founder of mandatory vaccines. GreenMedInfo.com. The current state of distrust of “Vaccine risks for anyone can range scientific statistics and their impact on from zero to 100 percent, depending our lives doesn’t bode well for lawmak- upon one’s genes, microbiome DNA, ers attempting to build consensus for environment, age and health at the time uniform mandatory vaccination interof vaccination and the type and number vention. The current rush to pass such of vaccines given,” advises Barbara Loe legislation is largely due to 169 cases Fisher, president and co-founder of the of measles reported between January 4 nonprofit National Vaccine Information and April 17, encompassing 20 states Center, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. and the District of Columbia, all traced “Vaccines are not safe or effecto a traveler infected overseas that then tive for everyone because we’re not all visited a California amusement park. the same and we don’t all respond the Common sense and independent same way to pharmaceutical products,” research counters the stance that would says Fisher. She notes that responses rob individuals of their moral right to to infectious diseases and the risk for conscientious, philosophical and personcomplications can also vary, depending al-belief exemption from being subjected upon similar factors. to vaccines. Hard evidence in a plethora Among the most prominent warnof published studies further identifies geings on vaccine ingredients, concerned netic factors that could cause the develdoctors, researchers and medical opment of adverse effects to vaccines. whistleblowers cite dangers of the toxin

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thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and vaccine adjuvants such as aluminum gels or aluminum salts added to elicit a stronger immune response against the germ the vaccine introduces into our body. Leading books citing telling research include Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman; Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; Vaccine Epidemic, by Louise Kuo Habakus; and Science for Sale, by David L. Lewis, Ph.D. Top film documentaries include Shots in the Dark; Vaccination: The Hidden Truth; Trace Amounts; The Greater Good; and Vaccine Nation. Bought: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma and Your Food resulted from two years of investigative research in disaster medical management by Toni Bark, now an integrative physician. In interviews with practicing doctors, research scientists, former pharmaceutical sales representatives, attorneys and others, Bark exposes serious conflicts of interest. These include vaccine research funding, hiring between pharmaceutical and chemical industries and their government regulating agencies, sponsored scientific propaganda used to silence critics, and large-scale corruption within the billion-dollar vaccine industry. Plus, it points out problems with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 that Congress passed to give drug manufacturers, the government and physicians protection from lawsuits arising from injuries caused by childhood vaccines. “Since 1988, thousands of children and adults in America that have suffered brain inflammation and other long-recognized vaccine reactions have been collectively awarded $3 billion in vaccine injury compensation. There are thousands more that have been unable to secure federal compensation for their vaccine injuries,” reports Fisher. “At least 25,000 to 30,000 reports of vaccine reactions are filed annually with the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, operated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control,” says Tenpenny. “Underreporting is a substantial problem. It’s estimated that less than 1

Vaccines are not responsible for the eradication of diseases such as

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accines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks. The National Vaccine Information Center encourages parents to become fully informed about the potential risks and disease complications for their own children and pose these questions to one or more trusted healthcare professionals before making a decision.

polio and smallpox. ~U.S. Centers for Disease Control database percent of all adverse events from drugs and vaccines are reported.” Vaccine ResearchLibrary.com cites 7,200 journal articles and studies that expose the harm caused by vaccines. “Knowledge is empowering and personal discernment is priceless. The facts challenge the health claims by government health agencies and pharmaceutical firms that vaccines are perfectly safe,” says Ji. “Public doubt, distrust and skepticism are rational and natural consequences.” For more information, visit the National Vaccine Information Center at nvic.org and the coalition of citizen advocates at NationalHealthFreedom.org.

n Am I, or my child, sick right now? n Have I, or my child, had a bad reaction to a vaccination before? n Do I, or my child, have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems? n Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for my child or myself? n Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects? n Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction? n Will I have a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations? n Am I convinced that I have the right to make an informed choice? Visit nvic.org for information on recognizing vaccine-reaction symptoms.

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They Love Healthy Food They Make Themselves by Judith Fertig


n less than a generation, childhood obesity has risen substantially, most notably in the United States, according to the article “Child and Adolescent Obesity: Part of a Bigger Picture,” in a recent issue of The Lancet. The authors attest that modern culture’s promotion of junk food encourages weight gain and can exacerbate risk factors for chronic disease in our kids. When concerned parents have a picky child bent on eating only French fries, they could enroll them in healthy cooking classes that offer tastings and related hands-on experiences for youths from preschoolers through teens. Here, children are encouraged to try more foods, eat healthier and learn about meal preparation, plus sharpen some math, geography and social skills. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Leah Smith, the mother of two elementary school children, founded Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas, in 2011. She offers classes for chefs (ages 3 to 6), junior chefs (5 to 11) and senior chefs (11 to 14). Kids learn how to make dishes such as yogurt parfait popsicles with healthy grains clusters or roasted

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tomato soup with homemade croutons. “I’m a firm believer that teaching kids about which foods are good for us, and why, will positively influence their lifelong eating habits,” says Smith. “Start right, stay right.” Elena Marre, also the mother of two elementary school children, faced the challenge of a picky eater in her family. In 2007, she started The Kids’ Table, in Chicago, and solved her own problem along the way. Says Marre, “It’s amazing how often I hear a child complain about not liking red peppers, dark leafy greens or onions at the beginning of a class. It’s so rewarding when that same child is devouring a dish made with those three ingredients at the end.” Healthy kids cooking classes provide a fresh way to combat poverty, according to the Children’s Aid Society, in New York City. The group started Go!Chefs in 2006 at community schools and centers throughout the city and knows how to make it fun with Iron Chef-style competitions. “When offered a choice between an apple and a candy on two consecutive occasions and with most having chosen


Kids like simple, elemental tastes and embrace the magic of the three-ingredient approach to cooking.  ~Rozanne Gold, Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs the candy the first time, 57 percent of students in the Go!Kids health and fitness program chose the apple the second time, compared to 33 percent in the control group,” says Stefania Patinella, director of the society’s food and nutrition programs. In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, “We do a lot of outreach with Head Start, community schools and organizations like scout troops,” says Chef Ani Loizzo, Whole Foods Market’s culinary instructor at the Whole Kids Club Kitchen Camp, in Lake Calhoun. “We have many kids that know about organic and biodynamic farming and we talk about that in class. We might focus on a healthy ingredient like tomatoes in a one-hour class or explore the culture of Greece or Mexico through food in a longer session.” Loizzo loves the natural curiosity that kids bring to cooking classes. “Sparking an interest in exploring ingredients and flavors can also lead to learning how to grow a garden and interest in the environment,” she says. For children in areas where such cooking classes aren’t yet offered, there are still fun ways to involve them in healthy meal preparation. Maggie LaBarbera of San Mateo, California, started her Web-based company NourishInteractive.com in 2005 after witnessing the harmful effects of teenage obesity when she was an intensive care nurse. It offers educational articles for parents and free downloadable activities that engage children with healthy foods. “Every positive change, no matter how small, is a step to creating a healthier child,” says LaBarbera. “Together, we can give children the knowledge, facts and skills to develop healthy habits for a lifetime.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

Starter Recipes for Kids

Yogurt Parfait Ice Pops with Healthy Grains Clusters Yields: 4 servings

4 ice pop molds 1 cup granola (use non-GMO, gluten-free Kind bars) in small pieces 1 cup organic fresh fruit such as raspberries, kiwi, mango and strawberries cut into small pieces 2 (6-oz) cartons organic dairy or non-dairy yogurt

Put dates into a medium bowl, cover with lukewarm purified water and set aside to soak for 10 minutes. Drain dates and reserve soaking liquid. In a food processor, purée dates with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. (Discard the remaining liquid.) Add bananas and purée again until almost smooth. Transfer to a stainless steel bowl and stir in peanuts and cacao nibs. Cover and freeze, stirring occasionally, until almost solid—4 to 6 hours. Let ice cream soften a bit at room temperature before serving.

Adapted from a recipe by Leah Smith for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas

Raw Banana Ice Cream Yields: about 1 quart

20 pitted dates, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp raw honey 2 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 /8 tsp ground cinnamon 4 cups sliced very ripe organic bananas ½ cup raw peanuts, coarsely chopped, optional 2 Tbsp cacao nibs

Cheesy Lasagna Rolls Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Adapted from a recipe from Whole Foods Market, Lake Calhoun, Minnesota

photo by Stephen Blancett

Layer ingredients in each ice pop mold like a parfait. Put a sprinkle of granola in first, and then layer yogurt and fresh cut fruit. Add another spoonful of granola to top it all off and freeze the pops for at least 4 to 6 hours.

Nut Butter Granola Bars Yields: 8 bars

2¼ cups rolled oats ¼ cup shredded coconut (without added sugar) ½ cup applesauce 1 /3 cup nut butter (almond or peanut) ¼ tsp baking soda ½ cup raw honey or maple syrup 1 Tbsp milk or almond milk 3 Tbsp chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 350° F. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients into a separate bowl; it may help to heat the nut butter a little first. Combine the wet and dry contents.

Adapted from a recipe by Kensey Goebel for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas

photo by Stephen Blancett

Courtesy of TxKidsKitchen.com

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Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let them cool completely before cutting. Store in a plastic container separated by parchment paper. They should keep for about two weeks and may be refrigerated.

Sea salt ½ lb (8 to 10) uncooked lasagna noodles  Organic olive or coconut oil  1 cup ricotta cheese  1½ cups prepared marinara sauce  1½ cups packed baby spinach  ½ cup shredded mozzarella  Preheat oven to 400° F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add noodles and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well and gently transfer to a clean surface.  Oil the inside of a small roasting pan or casserole dish and set it aside. Working with one noodle at a time, spread with about 2 tablespoons each of the ricotta and marinara, then top with spinach. Starting at one end, roll up the noodle snugly, and then arrange it in the pan either seam-side down or with the rolls close enough to hold each other closed. Pour the remaining marinara over assembled rolls, sprinkle with mozzarella and bake until golden and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Adapted from a recipe from Whole Foods Market

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tion quiets the mind from daily concerns, allowing us to stay open, listen and be aware.

Everyday Examples

Animal Talk They Have Lots to Say If We’d Only Listen by Sandra Murphy

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That’s the problem. ~A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Brave New World In less than 10 years, we’ll see a universal translator for communicating with dogs and cats, predicts Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. Just like language apps change, for example, a French phrase into English, the device would translate barks into “Put on Animal Planet,” or meows to “Feed me tuna.” Computers will foster better understanding between humans and animals. David Roberts, a computer science assistant professor, and his team at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a collar to send wireless instructions to dogs via vibrations. Multiple sensors return information about the dog’s heart rate and more, which is especially helpful for service dogs taught not to show stress or distress. Even without such technology, we can all enjoy improved relationships with animals, domestic and wild, by learning to listen. Veterinarian Linda Bender, an animal advocate in Charleston, South Carolina, and author of Animal Wisdom, says, “We all have the ability to understand animals. It gets trained out of us around age 7. It’s not about doing, it’s about being, a connection through the heart.” Medita-

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Author Frances Hodgson Burnett captures the essence of this childlike sensibility in A Little Princess: “How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.” In Portland, Oregon, intuitive Melissa Mattern relates examples supporting Burnett’s premise from her own experiences. “My newest cat, Rocket, beat up my other cats and ran amok. Nothing helped until I took a class in animal communication.” She asked her other cats what to do. “They were clear that I should have consulted them before bringing Rocket into the house,” she says. “I asked Rocket if he would like another home and the picture of a chef’s hat popped into my mind. When we found the perfect home for Rocket, the man was a chef whose only other pet is a turtle that lets Rocket sleep with him. Everyone is happy with the results.” Charli, a 14-year-old pointer, travels the world with her family. Her owner, Cynthia Bowman, shares one of her favorite stories: “As we planned our move to Spain, Charli got ill. I explained, ‘We want you to go too, but if you can’t, tell me.’ A picture of a smoked ham popped into my head. I didn’t understand, but Charli got well and went along,” she says. “In our new Gipuzkoa neighborhood, a deli sells hams, just like I pictured. I can’t explain how Charli knew.” It becomes a matter of trust. “Thoughts or mind pictures can be easy to dismiss or mistrust as imagination,” she comments. “Every species has something they do best. With humans, it’s problem solving and advanced thinking. We’ve separated ourselves from nature. We need to remember we’re all interconnected,” Bender says. “When we learn to tune into ourselves, be heart-centric and radiate compassionate energy, it makes us irresistible to other creatures.”

Exotic Tales Wild animals communicate with David Llewellyn. As a writer of outdoor/nature blogs, he’s traveled full time in a 30-foot RV since 2002. “They don’t understand words, but go by what’s in your soul. I’ve picked berries with black bears and met a mountain lion and her two cubs along a trail without ever being harmed,” he says. “Often, hikers are told, ‘Make yourself look big and scream.’ I say ‘Hello,’ comment on the day and thank them for letting me share their space.” Staying calm is vital. Bender agrees. Grabbed by an orangutan at a wild

animal trafficking rescue project, “She twisted my arm and could have easily broken it,” Bender recalls. “Fear is picked up as a threat so I tried to radiate calm. It was intense, but she gradually let go. With animals, you attract what you give. Better communication means better understanding leading to improved behavior on everyone’s part.” Communication and understanding among human, domestic and wild animals not only makes life more interesting, it can save lives.

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Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

“Ice Cream Social” –7-9pm. Bring your dog in for a Yoghund Frozen Yogurt treat. Socialize and play! $2 & human treat is free. Bow Wow Baktique, 21035 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-469-7204.


Adoption & Fido Bakery – 9am-2pm. At Dearborn Farmer’s & Artisan Market. Parking lot north of Michigan Ave., between Howard and Mason, 22100 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. DearbornAnimals.org. 313-943-2697.

SUN, 30 AUGUST, 2015 Adoption Event -12-3pm. Wag Animal Rescue, Pet Supplies Plus, 19295 West Rd, Woodhaven. WagAnimalRescue.com.


SATURDAYS Adoption Event – 11am-3pm. Wag Animal Rescue, Pet Smart, 13150 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia. WagAnimalRescue.com.

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Pet Adoption Event – 11am-3pm. Meet some Michigan Humane Society dogs and cats of all ages who are waiting for adoption. Pet Smart, 5650 Mercury Dr, Dearborn. 866-648-6263.

Dog Park –7am-10pm. Visit Detroit’s first official unleashed Dog Park. PetSmart P.U. P.’s Detroit Dog Park. Off leash socialization fun for your dog. Free.17th Street and Rose Street, Detroit.

SUN, 09 AUGUST, 2015 Adoption Event – 12-3pm. Wag Animal Rescue, Pet Supplies Plus, 22124 Ecorse Rd, Taylor. WagAnimalRescue.com.

WED, 12 AUGUST, 2015 Food Bank – 3-5:00pm. Basil’s Buddies Pet Food Bank. No new clients in August.Please see website for requirements. Woodhaven/Trenton Animal Shelter, 21860 Van Horn Rd, Woodhaven. BasilsBuddies.org. 734-926-1098.

THUR, 13 AUGUST , 2015 Play Date- 6-7pm. One hour off-leash romp for small breed dogs, under 11 lbs. to interact and play. Hosted by Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Proof of vaccinations required including distemper, bordetella and current fecal exam. $10. Friends Training Center, 2621 S. Telegraph, Dearborn. 313-943-2697.

FRI, 14, AUGUST, 2014 Adoption & Fido Bakery – 9am-2pm. At Dearborn Farmer’s & Artisan Market. Parking lot north of Michigan Ave., between Howard and Mason, 22100 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. DearbornAnimals.org. 313-943-2697

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THUR, 20 AUGUST , 2015 Play Date- 6-7pm. One hour off-leash romp for large breed dogs, over 35 lbs. to interact and play. Hosted by Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Proof of vaccinations required including distemper, bordetella and current fecal exam. $10. Friends Training Center, 2621 S. Telegraph, Dearborn. 313-943-2697.

THUR, 27AUGUST, 2015 Play Date- 6-7pm. One hour off-leash romp for medium breed dogs, 11-35 lbs. to interact and play. Hosted by Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Proof of vaccinations required including distemper, bordetella and current fecal exam. $10. Friends Training Center, 2621 S. Telegraph, Dearborn. 313-943-2697.

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New Year Resolutions

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t’s the end of summer – the lazy days of August – a time for pool side BBQ’s and back to school planning. It’s also a great time to start thinking about resolutions for the New Year! And getting unstuck from LIFE. Now is the time to learn and apply natural, strengths-based, and holistic change strategies that break the old patterns of failed resolutions.

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The inherent tools and strengths needed to cope with getting unstuck from life and planning positive change are best learned when you are NOT under stress. Liken it to preparing for a marathon; no one would wake up one morning and decide to run 26 miles without any preparation. Think about the number of people that are in the gym in January, but are gone by February. How many New Year’s resolutions have you started and then dropped? You aren’t alone. We can’t expect ourselves to calmly and rationally face the many stressors of the Holiday season, and then immediately jump into life-long and successful positive life changes, without first practicing ways to learn new skills and mentally preparing ourselves.

Initiating these few simple activities now, will help prepare you for real and successful change in January: Breathe – Try to relax and spend a few moments each day breathing deeply and fully. At the same time, visualize worries “floating away”, or, alternatively, visualize the “good thoughts” with which you can surround yourself. Take Action Now – The way to permanent change is 5 minutes at time, not in one grand gesture or quick fix. Start this week by breathing fully and observing

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your thought for just a few moments a day. When you feel ready, change one eating habit, maybe replacing one meal per week with a healthy salad, or cooking one meal at home instead of going out. Maybe try to go for a walk the following week versus watching one television show. Take action by doing one small thing and then adding another, and another, and another and remember that you are building up to permanent change come January. Go Easy on Yourself – Imagine that each negative thought and unhelpful self-talk is a cloud that forms above your head. As you breathe in deeply, notice this cloud. As you breathe out slowly, let the cloud dissolve. It’s OK to be OK with uncertainty. Focus on being in the moment and being open to the possibilities that present themselves. You have from now until January to figure it out. For now, be OK in laying the foundation that will lead to the change that you want. Confront Distraction – What got you here will not get you out of here. Think about what is holding you back from real change. What are the benefits to you from not changing? Now, consider shifting your perspective. What would happen if you dropped your resistance to feeling stuck and instead, focused on what you did want versus what you didn’t? Picture in your mind an unlimited supply of boxes, any shape, size or color you desire. Imagine that you can fill each box with an unwanted thought, and visualize dropping your unwanted thoughts into each box. Then visualize the box being taken away – maybe you can leave them for the trash

pick-up, or have them carried away by a large bunch of balloons! Do this until you feel that your mind is empty and peaceful. Now, be honest with yourself and confront the distractions, excuses, and old patterns that have kept you stuck in your life. Move Forward – Make a ‘Stop Doing’ List. Consider stopping being so hard on yourself, or stopping making excuses, or stopping planning on all or nothing approaches to eating and exercising. Remember that, “we are not our thoughts,” and consider learning to disentangle yourself from your emotions. To practice this, imagine your thoughts as something that can pass by – clouds in the sky, words on a movie screen, or a train pulling cars, for example. As any thought comes into your mind, watch it arrive, notice it, and as you breathe deeply, watch it pass by, noticing that our thoughts move on while we stay behind. We don’t have to react to every thought; we can simply notice them and let them go on their way. In addition, lose the ‘Should list’, and replace it with a ‘Will Do’ list. I should lose weight, should exercise, and should stop shoulding all over myself. Instead, consider replacing these with things such as I will exercise one night next week, or I will eat 4 healthy lunches this week. And remember, to STOP beating yourself up over setbacks. Breathe- Do this step again and again! Remember, you are working on building the foundation for change and practicing what it would be like

to really change in January. It is OK to fail and it is OK to not have all of the answers. It is also OK to approach real change 5 minutes at a time and to use our inherent strengths as a tool for permanent change and real happiness. This year, break the cycle of failed New Year Resolutions and take the first steps towards the new and better you. Chad Michael Allee, is the Clinical Director at Transformational Choices Holistic Therapy & Counseling in Plymouth, Michigan. In addition to his work as a therapist, he is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, and has been working professionally with children, individuals, couples, and their families since 2003. Chad can be reached at chad@transformationalchoices. com, or 734-845-6015 and www. transformationalchoices.com

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Think Before You Ink How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible by April Thompson


ew things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center poll. “If you change your hairstyle or look often, you probably aren’t a good candidate for a tattoo, because of the limited flexibility to change that decision,” says Dr. Gregory Hall, a primary care physician in Cleveland, Ohio. Hall created the website ShouldITattoo.com to help inform others after seeing so many patients that regretted the tattoos of their youth. Hall has also authored Teens, Tattoos, & Piercings to try to reach school-aged kids before they even consider body art.

Career Concerns

The Millennial generation, which is getting inked in record numbers, is also the leading demographic for ink removal. More than half the tattoos removed by medical professionals in 2013 were for

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people between 19 and 34 years old. Removal often costs many times more than being tattooed, sometimes requiring a dozen or more sessions over several months. Beyond the likelihood of changing one’s mind about a tattoo, Hall cites employment, discrimination and health concerns in urging teens to decline getting inked or pierced. Employers have the legal right to reject a job candidate because of a tattoo—a challenging fact of life for young people to reconcile when they’re still undecided on a career path. Different branches of the military have their own restrictions on body art, which can include the tattoo’s size, placement and subject, while some companies ban tattoos and piercings altogether. The commitment of a tattoo never interested Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia. “I don’t know how I’m going to age and who I’ll be in five years,” she says. Two days after turning 18, however, she got her nose pierced, a decision she hasn’t regretted, even though it’s affected her employment. “While I


was working my way through college, I gave up slightly better paying jobs in order to keep my piercing,” she says. Her current employer, a local nonprofit in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is piercing-friendly, but she has friends that have to cover their tattoos and piercings at work; a former classmate-turned-lawyer even had to remove a small star tattoo from her wrist. While piercings are more reversible than tattoos, they are also more prone to certain health risks. Tongue and cheek piercings can accelerate tooth decay, according to Hall, and the risk of infection can be high, especially if it impacts cartilage. “Some skin rejects piercings, and you can end up with permanent scars,” he adds.

Healthier Alternatives

The good news is there are more natural, less permanent alternatives for young adults to adorn and express themselves, including custom-made temporary tattoos, plus magnetic and clip-on jewelry that are indistinguishable from a perma-

nent piercing. Temporary tattoos work to try out the look before possibly committing. Henna tattoos, an import from India, are another popular alternative, although Hall has seen many patients develop allergic reactions to this plant-based ink, so it’s always best to test on a small spot first. Permanent organic inks fade more over time, a downside for someone that keeps a tattoo for life, but “come off beautifully” in a removal process compared to the standard heavy metal inks, reports Hall. Also, “We just don’t know yet what impact the heavy metals may have on people’s immune systems down the road,” he says. “Organic inks are much safer.”

Helpful Facts

State laws vary regarding age criteria, some allowing tattoos at any age with parental consent. Hall’s tattoo website has a downloadable contract to encourage kids to talk with their parents before making a decision, regardless of the need for consent. Name tattoos, even those of loved ones, are among the tattoos most likely to be removed later in life. Hall saw this with a young man that had the names of the grandparents that raised him tattooed on his hands. He said, “I still love them, but I’m tired of looking at them and I have got to get them off me.” A Harris Interactive poll revealed that a third of company managers would think twice about promoting someone with tattoos or piercings—a more critical factor than how tidy their workspace is kept or the appropriateness of their attire. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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he spike in popularity of tattooing that began a couple of decades ago in America and Europe continues to spread worldwide. Those considering getting one will do well to carefully review the options and the health dangers related to traditional tattoos. Tattoo inks contain heavy metals, and red inks often contain mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin. Tattoo parlors are regulated by states and municipalities, but the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to release ink ingredients. The lack of regulation is unsettling, as some 45 million Americans have been inked. Many tattoo ink pigments are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint, and the FDA warns that it may possibly cause infections, allergic reactions, keloids (fibrous scar tissue), granulomas (response to inflammation, infection or a foreign substance) and potential

complications connected with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The carrier solution used in tattoo inks also contains harmful substances such as denatured alcohol, methanol, antifreeze, detergents, formaldehyde and other toxic aldehydes. A study in the journal Medicine by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, links commercial tattoos to the spread of hepatitis C. Dr. Robert Haley, a preventative medicine specialist and former U.S. Centers for Disease Control infection control official, comments, “We found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis.”   Anya Vien is the owner of Living Traditionally.com, focusing on naturally healthy and sustainable living.

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Nature is unpredictable, and there are


inherent risks associated with swimming in open water, so I always swim with a buddy for companionship and basic safeguarding. ~Kate Radville in designated areas,” counsels Munatones, and check social media sites like Facebook and area online swimming forums.

Swimming in Nature Splashing Safely in Lakes and Oceans by Lane Vail


ostonian avid open-water swimmer Kate Radville is delighted that water constitutes 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. “The controlled environment of a swimming pool is convenient,” she says, “but splashing around outside in the beautiful summer sunshine is undeniably liberating.” Enthusiasts are both attracted by the rugged beauty of wild water and humbled by its power, but without proper skill or knowledge, swimming in natural settings can be risky. “Millions of dollars are annually spent on advertising, tourism and beach restoration projects to bring people to water,” says Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, “yet, the American Red Cross finds that 54 percent of Americans lack basic water emergency lifesaving skills.” Maximize enjoyment and safety in the open water by heeding basic guidelines. Be Weather Wise. Check the forecast before heading out and be conscious of any sudden climate changes. Leave the water or the area in the event of thunder or lightning. Tall

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Steer Clear. Be mindful of hidden underwater hazards, ranging from sharp objects to submerged construction, which can create turbulent water and strong undercurrents. Swim in lifeguard-protected areas away from windsurfers, jet skiers and boaters that may not hear or see swimmers, adds Munatones.

buildings or mountains may block the view of the sky, and storms can pop up quickly, so Benjamin recommends using a battery-powered portable radio or smartphone app for weather updates. Wind and atmospheric pressure shifts can stir up waves for hours, so hesitate before returning to the water after a storm.

Respect Marine Life. Munatones advises giving marine life, however beautiful, a wide berth. “I’ve swum around the world with all sorts of intriguing sea life,” he says, “and these are wild animals, not the friendly ones you see in marine parks.” Stop swimming and watch the animal until it’s moved on.

Glean Information. “I can’t think of a time I’ve jumped into water I knew nothing about,” says Radville. “Some research prior to swimming is definitely advisable.” Renowned coach Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association, suggests walking along the beach to look for caution signs, surf conditions boards, flags, buoys, rope lines and available rescue equipment, plus emergency callboxes that pinpoint one’s location if cell phone service is weak. Even seemingly pristine waters can be contaminated by harmful bacteria, algal blooms or runoff pollutants after rain. “Chat with local beachgoers, swimmers, boaters or fishermen about current swimming conditions

Be Water Wise. Water temperature, depth and movement, which fluctuate with rain, tides and wind, can also make conditions unpredictable, so research a destination beforehand. Pockets of cold water within an otherwise tepid mountain lake could induce a gasp response or hyperventilation, says Munatones, and prolonged immersion increases risk of muscle impairment and hypothermia. Likewise, an unexpected drop in the water floor may provoke panic. “Physically, someone capable of swimming in three feet of water can also swim in 300 feet,” says Munatones. “But mentally, deep water can feel spooky.” Rip currents are powerful streams that flow along the surface away from


the shoreline. They may be easily spotted from the beach, but often go unnoticed by swimmers. “A potentially fatal mistake is allowing a ‘fight-or-flight’ response to kick in and trying to swim against the current, because rips are treadmills that will exhaust your energy,” cautions Benjamin. Instead, flip, float and follow the safest path out of the water, a technique that conserves energy and alleviates stress and panic, he says. Watch for Waves. Swim facing oncoming waves and dive under the powerful white foam, coaches Munatones. “Feel the swell wash over you before coming up to the surface.” If knocked off balance by a wave, relax, hold your breath and wait for the tumbling to cease. Swim toward the light if disoriented under the water, and make sure your head is above any froth before inhaling. “Your lungs are your personal flotation device that keep the body buoyant,” says Benjamin. “Lay back and focus on your breathing.” While Coast Guard-approved flotation devices should be worn by children at all times, they are not substitutes for supervision, says Rob Rogerson, a lifeguard and ocean rescue training officer in Palm Beach County, Florida. “Parents must watch swimming and non-swimming children vigilantly.” “The power of the open water is immense,” says Munatones. “Be respectful, always.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking.com.

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GREEN ARTS Tips for Finding Safe Eco-Supplies by Avery Mack

ing occurred during this incarnation of the paper. Totally chlorine-free (TCF) papers are as advertised. Paper is called recycled if it’s 100 percent postconsumer-recovered fiber—anything less is recycled content.



reative energy is contagious,” says Kim Harris, co-owner of Yucandu, a hands-on craft studio in Webster Groves, Missouri. As one client crafter commented, “Art is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” It doubles the pleasure when we trust the nature of our supplies. Arts and crafts stir the imagination, spur creativity and are relaxing. Yet, for some, allergies, chemical sensitivities and eco-consciousness can make choosing materials a challenge. Manufacturers are not required to list heavy metals, toxic preservatives or petroleum-based ingredients, even when they’re labeled “non-toxic”. User- and environment-friendly alternatives may be difficult to locate, but are worth the effort. After working with paint,

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glue, chalk and modeling dough, children may lick their fingers and be reluctant to wash hands thoroughly. Retirees with newfound time for hobbies may also have weakened immune systems at risk to chemical exposure. Everyone benefits from minimizing exposure to toxins.


For greeting cards, scrapbooking or mixed media, paper provides background, texture, pattern and color. Tree-free paper uses agricultural residue or fibers from bananas, coffee and tobacco, and EcoPaper.com researchers anticipate similar future use of pineapples, oranges and palm hearts. Labels can be misleading. White paper has been bleached. Processed chlorine-free (PCF) means no bleach-


For most projects, purchased glues are more convenient, longer lasting and easier to use than homemade. White glue and white paste, called “library paste”, are best with porous items like wood, paper, plastic and cloth. It takes longer to dry and needs to be held in place, but there are no fumes. “Jewelry is wearable art, so for mine, I primarily use water-based, nontoxic glues and sealers that simply wash off my hands,” advises Nancy Kanter, owner and designer of Sparkling Vine Design, in Thousand Oaks, California. Examples include Elmer’s Washable and Mod Podge. Airplane glue, rubber cement, spray adhesive and epoxy all emit toxic fumes. Instant glue (cyanoacrylate) likewise bonds fast to fingers; toxic, foul-smelling acetate (used in nail polish remover) is needed to remedy the situation.

If paint, glue, chalk or markers have a strong odor or the label says, “Use in a well-ventilated area,” it’s toxic.


Water-based tempera paint is easy to use; Chroma brand tempera removes some of the hazardous ingredients. “I use water-based, non-toxic acrylic paints and wine to paint recycled wine corks for my designs,” says Kanter. “This avoids harsh fumes and chemicals.” Note that acrylic paint can contain ammonia or formaldehyde. Oil paint produces fumes and requires turpentine, a petroleum-based product, to clean brushes. Aerosol spray paint is easily inhaled unless protective equipment is used.

Markers and Crayons

“Give kids great supplies and they’ll make great art,” maintains Harris. “They’ll also be respectful of how much

they use.” Go for unscented, water-based markers, especially for younger children that are as apt to draw on themselves as on paper. Soy crayons are made from sustainable soybean oil, while retaining bright colors. Dustless chalk is preferred by some. Colored eco-pencils are another option. Beware of conventional dry erase markers, which contain the neurotoxin xylene; permanent markers emit fumes. Wax crayons are made with paraffin, a petroleum-based product.

Yarn and Other Fibers

For knit or crochet projects, choose recycled silk and cotton or bamboo, soy silk from tofu byproducts, or natural, sustainable corn silk. Sheep’s wool, organic cotton or alpaca fibers, raw or hand-dyed with natural colors, are environmentally friendly. Rayon is recycled wood pulp treated with caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulfuric acid. Nylon, made from petroleum products, may have a harmful finish.

More Materials

Canvas is typically stretched on birch framing, a sustainable wood. Look for unbleached, organic cotton canvas without primer. Runoff from an organic cotton field doesn’t pollute waterways. Experiment with homemade modeling clay. Many tutorials and photos are available online. Commercial modeling clay contains wheat flour, which can cause a reaction for the gluten-sensitive. For papier-mâché projects, recycle newsprint and use white glue, thinned with water. Premade, packaged versions may contain asbestos fibers. Eco-beads with safe finishes vary from nuts and seeds to glass and stone. For grownups that like to create their own beads, realize that polymer clays contain vinyl/PVC. In making artistic expression safe, being conscious of the materials used is paramount. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.

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August 2015


The Key for Back to School Meals by Latricia Wright


ummer is winding down and it’s almost time for the kids to head back to school. Incorporating a few simple practices into a child’s daily routine will help to maximize their ability to learn and empower them to reach their potential. Getting everyone out the door on time, and keeping them on track as the fall steam rolls along is an art. There are a few ways to ease back into the pressures of the school year which might just make the whole family a little healthier and happier.

KEEP BREAKFAST STRESSFREE Have the kids pack up their homework and lay out their clothes the night before. Freeing up ten minutes in the

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morning means that breakfast can be eaten sitting down rather than in the car or on the run. Easy, portable breakfast foods that kids can manage on their own include yogurt cups, bananas and granola, fruit bowls and breakfast bars.

BREAKFAST POPSICLES MADE WITH YOGURT AND FRUIT ARE GREAT FOR MORNINGS THAT DON’T GO AS PLANNED. SIMPLIFY LUNCH Have the kids prepare their own lunches. They’ll be more likely to eat what they pack and it will lighten


your load for the morning routine. Designate a shelf or refrigerator area for lunch items. Teach them to make a simple sandwich or wrap, and have ready-to-pack foods available: baby carrots, fruit, treats in smaller packages, and a refillable water bottle. Involving a child in healthy meal planning and preparation is essential. Taking the time to cook together teaches skills he/she can take with them for a lifetime.

MAKE AFTER-SCHOOL SNACKS COUNT Kids will reach for what’s easy and available. If soft drinks, chips and cookies are within easy reach, that’s what they’ll eat. Surround them with healthier options. Stock the pantry

and refrigerator with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain essential nutrients that are important for a child’s health, growth and development.


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EASY MEALS FOR BUSY DAYS Having simple meals on busy nights is the best way to avoid the drive-thru. There are several good ways to make sure everyone gets something healthy and fast to eat. One way is to make use of a slow cooker so dinner is ready when hunger pains call. Additional ways include having easy to prepare ingredients for meals on hands: chopped vegetables (for stir fry), pasta and sauce, or rotisserie chicken are all great options. Cut up some greens (argula, spinach, mizuna, escarole, or romaine) add nuts, vegetables and fruit; voila, a ready to eat dinner is served. With a little bit of planning dinner can be on the table faster than going through the take-out. Remember, even with hectic schedules, make eating dinner together a priority. Consistency is critical, start small with two meals together a week, then increase from there. Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients. Plus, offer a variety of tastes and healthy options for varying taste preferences.

Latricia Wright is owner of the Detroit company, Olive Seed. Their goal is to work with individuals, families and communities to develop a natural and holistic strategy to support and promote health and well-being with nutrition and fitness solutions designer for peak performance, through workshops, consulting services and custom products. Olive Seed will be presenting “Food Functions & Fitness”, for children 5-12 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren, Detroit, on Aug. 8 at noon. There is no charge to attend the presentation. For more information, visit Olive-Seed.com or call 313-757-0993.

The Simple Pleasures of Connecting by Violet Decker


echnology tends to isolate us from others, but science points to the real value in reaching out. On average, we come into contact with more than 100 people a day, but often may not make any real connection with them. On a typical college campus, it’s rare to see a student not plugged in while walking from class to class. Saying “Hi” to an acquaintance or complimenting someone in passing is nearly impossible. These little day-today interactions could provide a steady source of simple pleasures for all if we regularly made the most of such opportunities. Part of the reason we intentionally isolate ourselves might be the false belief that we’ll be happier by doing so, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. When subway riders were asked how they thought they would feel if they spoke to a stranger, nearly all of them predicted that the ride would be “less pleasant” than if they kept to themselves. After the ride, however, the results were unanimous: Those that spoke to another person reported having a more positive experience than those that sat in silence.

Parents teach children not to talk to strangers, but as adults, we miss a lot if we don’t. Even small talk can make a big difference in the quality of our day. It’s easy to try it to see if we don’t end up with a smile on our face. It’s ironic that young people spend hours each day on social networking sites, texting others and making plans with friends so they won’t sit alone at night, yet are getting worse at making such connections face-to-face. Even seated at the same table, conversational eye contact is becoming a lost art, another casualty of technology. Talking with others correlates with better communication skills, too. A 20-year study from Stanford University concluded that its most successful MBA graduates were those that showed the highest interests and skills in talking with others. So, instead of shying away from chatting with a fellow commuter or asking a cashier how her day is going, say “Hello.” It’s bound to make everyone’s day better. Violet Decker is a freelance writer in New York City. Connect at VDecker95@gmail.com.

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August 2015



Joe Dispenza on The Power of Thought Alone to Heal by Kathleen Barnes


ost of us are familiar with the placebo effect, when actual healing occurs after the only prescription a patient ingests is a sugar pill that the individual believes is medicine. Researcher and Chiropractor Joe Dispenza, of Olympia, Washington, knows the value of the placebo effect from personal experience. When his spine shattered during a 1986 triathlon race as his bicycle was hit by an SUV, he had a good mental picture of what had happened. Consulting doctors proclaimed a bleak prognosis and offered a risky surgical procedure as his only chance of walking again. He left the hospital against the advice of his physicians and spent the next three months mentally—and physically—reconstructing his spine. His story is one of hope for healing for others, detailed in his latest book, You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter.

How did your pivotal healing take place? For two hours twice a day, I went within and began creating a picture of my intended result: a totally healed spine. Nine-and-a-half weeks after the accident, I got up and walked back into my life fully recovered—without having had a body cast or surgeries. I resumed my chiropractic practice 10 weeks out and was training and lifting weights again while continuing my rehabilitation regimen at 12 weeks. Now, in the nearly 30 years since the accident, I can honestly say that

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I rarely experience any back pain.

How does your approach differ from mind over matter? It’s the same. So many people have been conditioned into believing that mind and body are separate things. There is never a time when the mind isn’t influencing the body and vice versa. The combination is what I call a state of being.

How does the placebo effect work? Think about the idea of giving somebody a sugar pill, saline solution or a false surgery. A certain percentage of those people will accept, believe and surrender—without analysis—to the “thought” that they are receiving the real substance or treatment. As a result, they’ll program their autonomic nervous systems to manufacture the exact same pharmacy of drugs to match the real substance or treatment. They can make their own antidepressants and painkilling medicines. Healing is not something that takes place outside of you.

Can you cite examples of disease in which self-healing has been scientifically validated? There is amazing power in the human mind. Some people’s thoughts heal them; some have made them sick and sometimes even hastened their death. In the first chapter of You Are the Placebo, I tell a story about one man who died after being told he had cancer, even though an autopsy revealed


he’d been misdiagnosed. A woman plagued by depression for decades improved dramatically and permanently during an antidepressant drug trial, despite the fact that she was in the placebo group. A handful of veterans that participated in a Baylor University study, formerly hobbled by osteoarthritis, were miraculously cured by fake knee surgeries. Plus, scientists have seen sham coronary bypass surgeries that resulted in healing for 83 percent of participants (New England Journal of Medicine). A study of Parkinson’s disease from the University of British Columbia measured better motor coordination for half of the patients after a placebo injection. They were all healed by thought alone. The list goes on. I’ve personally witnessed many people heal themselves using the same principles of the placebo response, once they understood how, from cancers, multiple sclerosis, lupus, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel syndrome.

How can an ordinary person make that quantum leap and find healing? Many of us are now recognizing that rather than live in the past, we can create our own future. It requires changing some longstanding conditioned beliefs and the willingness to step into an unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unpredictable state that is consistent with living in the unknown. This happens to be the perfect place from which to create change. I recommend a meditation that creates physiological changes in the brain and at the cellular level, from 45 to 60 minutes a day. Changing Beliefs and Perceptions meditations are available on my website or individuals can record themselves reading the texts printed in the back of my book. As we exchange self-limiting beliefs we begin to embody new possibilities. Joe Dispenza is chairman of Life University Research Council and a faculty member for the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Visit DrJoeDispenza.com. Connect with natural health books author Kathleen Barnes at KathleenBarnes.com.



Canton Farmers Market 500 N Ridge Rd 734-394-5375 9am-1pm

Island view Farmers Market 7200 Mack Ave 313-571-0937 Opens July 8th 4-7pm

Grosse Pointe Woods Farmers Market 20025 Mack Plaza Dr City Hall front lawn 313-343-2445 Opens July 14 10am-2pm

Melvindale DDA Farmers Market 18650 Allen Rd Public Library 313-820-2717 July 2-7pm

Lincoln Park Farmers Market Painters Supply, Fort St & Southfield Rd 313-427-0443 11am-4pm Redford Township Market at the Marquee 15145 Beech Daly Rd 313-387-2504 July 10am-3pm

Brownstown Farmers Market 21313 Telegraph 734-675-5911 Opens July 3 12-6pm Eastern Market 2934 Russell St 313-833-9300 9am-3pm Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market 18900 Joy Rd 313-583-7773 x 108 Opens July 2 3-7pm

Wayne Farmers Market 3355 S Wayne Rd 734-786-8401 3-7pm Wayne State University Farmers Market 5401 Cass Ave 313-577-2398 Opens July 3 11am-4pm

Corktown Farmers Market 1236 Michigan Ave; Corner of Lodge Service Dr 313-444-9342 4-7pm Downtown Farmers Market at Lafayette Gardens 132 W Lafayette Blvd 11am-4pm Northville Farmers Market 195 S Main St 248-349-7640 8am-3pm Northwest Detroit Farmers Market 18445 Scarsdale St 313-387-4732 x 103 Opens July 4th 4-8pm Westland Farmers Market 36601 Ford Rd 3-7pm

Wyandotte Farmers Market Elm Street & First Street 734-720-1447 Opens July 11th 12-6:30pm Dearborn Farmers & Artisans Market 22100 Michigan Ave 313-584-6100 9am-2pm Downtown Allen Park Farmers Market Park Ave and Harrison Ave 313-928-0940 1-6pm Taylor Farmers Market Inside the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion (Heritage Park) 734-374-1450 Opens July 5th 11am-6pm

East Warren Farmers Market Corner of East Warren and Bishop St 313-571-2800 x 1131 10am-3pm

Oakland Ave Farmers Market 9354 Oakland Ave 313-649-7756 Opens July 7th 11am-3pm Plymouth Farmers Market 850 W Ann Arbor Trail 734-453-1540 7:30am-12:30pm Romulus Farmers Market 11147 Hunt St 734-942-7545 Opens July 1st 9am-2pm Shelby Farmers Market 49965 Van Dyke Ave 586-943-5785 9am-2pm West Park Farmers Market Kercheval, Grosse Pte Park 313-822-2812 ex 202 9am-1pm Windmill Farmers Market Livernois between Lodge Freeway 313-861-9626 9am-3pm

Eastern Market 2934 Russell St 313-833-9300 all year 6am-4pm Hamtramack Farmers Market 2860 Yemans St 248-303-4899 Opens July 7th 2-6pm Livonia Farmers Market at The Wilson Barn 29350 West Chicago 734-261-3602 8am-2pm

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calendarofevents All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Please visit HealthyLivingDetroit.com for guidelines and to submit entries.

SAT, AUG 01, 2015

MON, AUG 10, 2015

TUES, AUG 18, 2015

YogaFest 2015 – (Through 8/2). Celebrate yoga, or unity, in all its divine manifestations. Classes, workshops, vendors, music and much more. $ 25 to $ 50 for day pass or $ 140 weekend pass. Song of the Morning Retreat, 9607 East Sturgeon Valley Rd, Vanderbilt. YogaFestMi. com. 989-983-4107.

Monday Nighgt Meditation- 7:15-8pm. Join MJ for evening of meditation & learn techniques to use at home; breath work. All levels welcome. Call to register. Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

Candida Workshop – 7:15-8:30pm. Fatigued, itchy, weak, crave sugar, poor memory or muscle aches? Join Dr. D and learn what natural solutions may help. Call to register. Free. . Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

WED, AUG 12, 2015

WED, AUG 19, 2015

“Our River Our Lakes” – (thru Aug 22). 12-6pm. Tues-Sat. Grosse Pointe Art Center exhibit. 17118 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. GrossePointeArtCenter.org. 313-881-3454. Adrenal Fatigue – 11am-12pm. Depleted energy, difficulty sleeping, un-restorative sleep, belly fat out of control…find causes and natural treatment solutions available. Free, limited seating available, call 734-664-0339 to save your space. Dr Linda Solomon, DC, TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.

WED, AUG 05, 2015 Music & Art in the Gardens – 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a summer evening in the Gardens with live music and art on display. All ages. Featuring musicians, Metro Jazz Voice. $5.Cash bar and food available. Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 22314 Northline Rd, Taylor. 888-383-4108.

THUR, AUG 06, 2015 Getting Along with Mother Nature Outdoors – 7-8:30pm.Learn to deal naturally with bugs, plants, and the sun. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-435-8220. Kinesiology Taping – 7:15-8:15pm. Join Dr. Gregory for hands on workshop of applying kinesiology tape for improved movement and muscle function. $5. RSVP. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

THUR, AUG 08, 2015 Balancing Hormones Naturally – 11am-12pm. Hormone imbalances can cause an avalanche of negative symptoms – hot flashes, mood swings, irritability and more. Learn what you can do to bring your body back into balance naturally. Free, limited seating available, call 734-664-0339 to save your space. Dr Linda Solomon, DC, TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.

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Music & Art in the Gardens – 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a summer evening in the Gardens with live music and art on display. Featuring Music by Drummer Sean Dobbins Trio. All ages. $5.Cash bar and food available. Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 22314 Northline Rd, Taylor. 888-383-4108.

Music & Art In The Garden– 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a summer evening in the Gardens with live music and art on display. All ages. 5:308:30pm. Featuring Girl’s Night Out…Date Night. All ages. $5.Cash bar and food available. Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 22314 Northline Rd, Taylor. 888-383-4108.

SAT, AUG, 15, 2015 Annual Summer Garden Tour – 10am-12pm. View over 30 Clematis, representing 10 species as well as large-flowering hybrids and over 200 species of native plants. Local garden art, music and refreshments. Free. Workshop $. 3903 Grayton, Detroit. BlackCatPottery.com or cenglish@blackcatpottery.com. Make Your Own Baby Food – 12-3 pm. Making your own baby food will help ensure your growing babe gets all the important nutrients he/she requires. At Lafayette Greens Urban Garden. For residents primarily from Detroit, Highland Park & Hamtramck. $5 or free for Greening of Det. members or if enrolled in Build a Garden Program. Register by email, education@ greeningofdetroit.com. 132 W Layette Blvd, Det. 313-285-1256. Book Sale – 12-4pm. Friends of the Library Book Sale. Redford Township Library, 25320 W Six Mile, Redford. RedrodLibrary.org. 313-531-5960. Lost in the 50’s – 7:30pm. Get lost in the magical decade of the 1950’s. This production guarantees to take you back to the fun and excitement of one of America’s favorite musical eras. From poodle skirts, ponytails and coolest black leather jacket this show says “Rock ‘n Roll is here to stay”. This high-energy, talented cast will take you on a nostalgic journey down memory lane. Downriver Actors Guild. 734-720-0671.

SUN, AUG 16, 2015 Fermentation Workshop– 1-3pm. Workshop hosted by Detroit Farm and Garden. Free. 1759 21st Street, Detroit. 313-655-2344.


save the date Basket Weaving Workshop: Relax in a Healthy Way – Make your own raffia basket with local artisan, Barbara Wynder. Great way to bond and relax with friends. All supplies provided. Limited seating; RSVP. $40. Love Travels Imports,19452 Livernois, Detroit. LoveTravelsImports.com.

THUR, AUG 20, 2015 Pressure Point Therapy for Stress Reduction -7-8pm. Experience this “hands-on” workshop taught by Dr. William Karl, to reduce muscle aches and knots resulting from stress. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-435-8220. Essential Exercise- 8-9pm.Learn essential exercises to help you improve strength, balance and overall energy. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-435-8220.

SAT, AUG 22, 2015 2 nd Annual Downriver Tomato Festival – 10am-1pm. Tomato tastings, demos, contests for the largest tomato and best tasting tomato. See Website for contest rules. Free. Ray Hunter Garden Center. 16153 Eureka Rd, Southgate. RayHunter.com. 734-284-2500.

TUES, AUG 25, 2015 Muscle Training Workshop – 7:15-8:30pm. Learn how your body lets you know what it needs nutritionally through muscle testing. It’s best to bring a partner. Handouts given to all participants. Free. Canton Ctr Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Ctr Rd, Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

WED, AUG 26, 2015 Music & Art in the Gardens – 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a summer evening in the Gardens with live music and art on display. All ages. 5:308:30pm. Featuring The Dave Bennett Quartet. All ages. $5.Cash bar and food available. Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 22314 Northline Rd, Taylor. 888-383-4108.

SAT, AUG 29, 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – 11am. The Greater MI Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association invites the community to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in two mile walk. Also; face painting, game and special tribute to those who have experienced or are living with Alzheimer’s. Free. Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward, Detroit. 800-272-3900. Fat Burning Foods – 11am-12pm. Explore the 4 body types and how they develop. Learn how you can gain control over the unwanted, unnatural adipose tissue that your body has deposited, especially in the bellyt. Find foods that work with your body type and that help eliminate excess weight. Free, limited seating available, call 734-664-0339 to save your space. Dr Linda Solomon, DC, TLC Holistic Wellness, 31580 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia.

THUR, NOV 12, 2015

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Center for Peace & Conflict Studies Celebration – 5:30pm. First annual fundraising event to celebrate 59th anniversary plus looking forward to the future. Many volunteers committed many hours to create a new Strategic Plan which embraces the success of the past while framing a blueprint to “embrace the future”, continuing as leader in community and worldwide research, training and service;ranging from local conflict resolution programs in schools, public agencies and neighborhoods to organizing and contributing to nat. & international conferences, trainings & publications. Sponsorship opportunities available to support this worthwhile program. Individual tickets $75. The event will be held at Byblos Banquet, 7258 Chase, Dearborn. Clas. wayne.edu/pcs.org. 313-577-3453.

SUN, SEPT 20, 2015

save the date Last Rose of Summer Tea – 1-3pm. A benefit in support of Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Garden. Delicious tea and treats, harpist, door prizes, raffle, a Hat Drawing for everyone wearing a hat, and a Shoe Contest. Award-winning milliner Gena Conti will present a program on her beautiful,creative hats. RSVP. $35 & $ 60 VIP which includes champagne service, velvet gift bag, opulent table setting with Royal Dalton ‘ Arcadia’ China, and more. Biddle Hall, 3239 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 888-383-4108. Composting - 1-3pm. Workshop hosted by Detroit Farm and Garden. Free. 1759 21st Street, Detroit. 313-655-2344.

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.

NOV 14 & 15 BODY MIND & SPIRIT EXPO - Largest expo to exhibit in Dearborn with professional mediums, intuitive communicators and healers gathered under one roof. Lectures, speakers, demonstrations and more. $10. Under 12 free. Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. HealingBodyAndSpirit.com.

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~Jane D. Hull SUN, OCT, 18, 2015 Fall Clean Up - 1-3pm. Workshop hosted by Detroit Farm and Garden. Free. 1759 21st Street, Detroit. 313-655-2344.

Healthy Holiday Classics – Remixed – 5-8pm. Join Greening of Detroit for a fun-filled class demonstrating healthy holiday dishes from around the world. $5. Free for Greening of Detroit members & Build A Garden members. Scholarships also available. RSVP at education@greeningofdetorit. com. 1418 Michigan Ave, Detroit. GreeningOfDetroit.com. 313-285-1256.

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Detroit Eastern Market /Detroit – 6am-4pm. Focus on Artisans. Russell St, between Mack & Gratiot. 313-833-9300. Real Women Real Issues – 11:30am-12pm. Tune into WMYD My TV 20 to hear the original broadcast, featuring a segment with the Jungle Juice Bar. 313-571-3075. Donation Yoga -11:45am. All levels welcome in a serene studio with natural light. Be Nice Yoga, 4100 Woodward, Detroit. 313-544-9787.

Gentle Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Have you been wanting to try a yoga class? David Demo teaches this wonderful class that will help get your week off to a great start – all levels welcome. New students – first week free, then $5 per class afterwards. Strongheart Yoga, 8373 Old 13 Mile Rd, Warren. StrongHeartYoga.com Hot Yoga – 6-7:30pm. (also,Wed, 9-10:30am. and Fri, 4:30-6pm.). Come with an empty stomach; nothing to eat 2 hours prior to class. Drink plenty of water beginning hours before class time. Dress in tank top shirt; dress as if you were at the beach. $ 15 drop-in. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Greater Health Walking Group -6-7:30pm. Explore the beautiful trails of Palmer Park, connect with new friends and thrive in healthy fun. Free. Splash Park on Merrill Plaisance, Detroit. 313-451-1278.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 1st and 3rd Tues of month. Free to Chamber members one buisness per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. WCCC-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd – Conference Room 8, Taylor. Story Time – 10-11am. Stories for seniors, adults and children. Weekly themes. Jungle Juice Bar, 14929 Charlevoix, Grosse Pointe Park. 313-571-3075

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Greater Health Walking Group -6-7:30pm. Explore the beautiful trails of Palmer Park, connect with new friends and thrive in healthy fun. Free. Splash Park on Merrill Plaisance, Detroit. 313-451-1278.

Wild Wednesdays – Greenland Markets, best prices on fruits and vegetables. Locations in Dearborn & Dearborn Heights. SuperGreenlandMarket.com. Rotary Club of Detroit – 12-1:30pm. Great local speakers at the weekly lunch meeting. RSVP. $25. Business attire. Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Ave, Detroit. 586-943-5785. Lunch Time Yoga Vinyasa- 12pm. Level l/ll (A). Heidi Miklos Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Music & Art in the Gardens – 5:30-8:3pm. Concert and art display. Refreshments available for purchase. Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 22314 Northline Rd, Taylor. 734-383-4108.

Kid’s Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642 Ashtanga – 6pm. Yoga Shala & Wellness, 25411 W Warren, Suite D, Dearborn Heights. 313-278-4308 Open Mic – 7-10pm. For musicians, poets, comedians, etc. Sign up starts at 6:30pm. Free. Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River, Detroit. 313-879-1102.

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull Greater Health Walking Group -6-7:30pm. Explore the beautiful trails of Palmer Park, connect with new friends and thrive in healthy fun. Free. Splash Park on Merrill Plaisance, Detroit. 313-451-1278.

Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Fellows Creek Golf & Banq, 2936 S. Lotz Rd, Canton. Community Share Dinner & Activities – 6pm. Join us for a meal, followed by contemporary worship, Bible study, classes, music, cards, and crafts-sign up for dinner each wk, suggested cost $6 per adult, $4 for 4-14, 3 and under free. “paywhat-you-can”. Allen Park Presbyterian Church, 7101 Park Ave, Allen Park. 313-383-0100. Poetry Unplugged – 8-11pm. Open mic and acoustic live with host Sky Covington. See/ hear some of Detroit’s most prolific poets and songwriters. $5. Harbor House, 440 Clinton, Detroit. 586-362-7460.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Thur. of month. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meet. per month. WCCCD Downriver Campus, EPAC rm 8 (upstairs). 21000 Northline, Taylor. Basic Computer Class – 10-11am. Presented by the Harper Woods Library. Call Mrs. Kent for more information. 19601 Harper, Harper Woods. HarperWoodsLibrary.org. 313-343-2575.


Belly Dancing- 6:15-7:30pm. $15. Taylor Yoga, 8935 Telegraph Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642.

Detroit Eastern Market /Detroit – 6am-4pm. Russell, between Mack & Gratiot. 313-833-9300. Tai Chi on The Ave – 8-9am. Balance, strength, flexibility & relaxation with Ted Cash. All ages. $5. Please call to confirm schedule. Detroit Fiber Works, 19359 Livernois, Detroit. 313-610-5111. Yoga on the Terrace – 9:30-10:30am. Taylor Yoga hosts guided yoga suitable for all levels at Taylor Conservatory. Designed to strengthen the mind, body & spirit. $10. 22314 Northline Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Mind, Body, Spirit Class – 10am. May be Tai Chi, or QuGong or chair Yoga. Classes are free but a donation is encouraged for the generous instructors who donate their time. Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass, Suite 105, Detroit. 313832-1155.

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED WORLD MEDICAL RELIEF SEEKING VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers needed to assist in sorting and packing donated medical supplies. No exp needed, but medical experience is especially helpful. Saturday work days start at 9am-11:30am.Bring a friend or two along and introduce them to the work we are doing overseas and locally. Volunteer opportunities for groups during the week as well as the scheduled Saturdays. Weekday hours for volunteering are Mon-Thur 8am-4pm, in 4 hr shifts. Contact Carolyn at 313-866-5333, ext. 222. World Medical Relief 11745 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit. 313-866-5333 WorldMedicalRelief.org. ELDER HELPERS

Spice up your relationship with couples massage! Flexible hrs & affordable rates BODY RELIEF 4U 16060 Eureka Rd Southgate 734-324-8840, BodyRelief4U.com.

ARTS & SCRAPS Drop in to volunteer at the store any Monday 10 1. Kind donors drop off bags and bags of material each week and our clients love it, but the quantity gets away from us. Come help sort our new materials and spruce up the store peacefully. Just come, no specific time commitment necessary. As a bonus you get first peek at what is new! No need to call just come right to our side door and let’s begin. Arts & Scraps, 16135 Harper, Detroit.

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DECEMBER prayer & meditation plus: creativity


Furnished massage therapy room in Plymouth by half day $25, full day $50 or $500 per month. Ideal for a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Acupucnturist, Esthetician type.Call Diane 734-834-7764

The Westland garden is located at the back of the DTE Training and Development site at 38155 Cherry Hill Rd. It is on the south side of Cherry Hill Rd, west of Newburgh. Pull in where you see the DTE sign, then drive through the parking lot to the small road behind it. Follow that road all the way around until you see the garden on your left. Please drive slowly, as there is a lot of activity at the site. Tuesdays, 9am-12pm.

WISH LIST HABITAT FOR HUMANITY DETROIT WISH LIST Please contact us if you would like to donate an item from this list. Habitat for Humanity Detroit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductable in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. HabitatDetroit.org. 313- 521-6691

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Office Supplies Writeable CDs Sharpies/Markers Laptop Computers Copier Paper

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Volunteer Needs Disinfecting Wipes Sunscreen Lunches/Snacks for Volunteers Paper Products Hand Sanitizer Bottled Water First Aid Kits Duct Tape

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Construction Power Tools Pick-up Trucks Fork Lift Hand Tools Table Saw Roto-tiller Appliance Dolly Pallet Jack Commercial Landscape Services

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ReStore Shopping Carts Flatbed Carts Kitchen Cabinets Upholstered Furniture New and Used Appliances

plus: holiday themes

plus: yoga benefits

working together

plus: natural antidepressants


true wealth


prayer & meditation

plus: beauty

plus: holiday themes


Volunteer to help elders for the activities you enjoy, on a schedule that works best for you. Go to ElderHelpers.org to create a volunteer profile and start today!


plus: healthy home

Do you have professional skills? Help the American Red Cross by becoming an Office Support Volunteer. Support the Red Cross by performing administrative duties to support a specific team, department, or chapter. 4 hour shifts. Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm. American Red Cross, 100 Mack Ave, Detroit.

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Serving the community for 26 years 6231 N Canton Center Rd #109, Canton, MI 48187 734-455-6767 CantonCenterChiropractic.com

49965 Van Dyke Ave Shelby Twp, MI 48317 (bet 22 & 23 Mile Rds) 586-943-5785 PackardEvents.org

We offer Chiropractic and nutritional services to help you achieve optimal wellness. Additional services include Massage, Reflexolgy, Reiki, Kinesio-Taping and educational workshops. Let Dr. Robert Potter, Jr. and Associates be “Your Natural Health Care Providers”.


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49965 Van Dyke Ave Shelby Twp info@ShelbyFarmersMarket.com ShelbyFarmersMarket.com

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 Ann Arbor and Brighton. Call to schedule an appt today to get your health back on track.



34164 Plymouth Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 734-427-3144 Zerbos.com Wall to Wall supplements Organic products & produce Frozen & Refrigerated foods Groceries, Teas, Bulk Foods Natural Chemical Free Pet Products Mineral Based Cosmetics Chemical Free Personal Care products Raw Living & Sprouted Food Section Fitness Section and more.

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huronstclairconcepts.com 586-871-5774 kr@huronstclairconcepts.com

Our firm specializes in interior revision, event production and editorial services; personal and corporate. We analyze, recommend and implement creative solutions to meet your requirements. Create . Consult . Coordinate.


734-645-4434 NaturesRemediesDR.com

The 2015 season starts May 9th and runs thru Oct 24th and the Harvest Festival. Now accepting Snap benefits + double up food bucks. New group of Amish farmers will have grass fed meats and fresh goat cheese along with locally grown organic produce, honey, maple syrup, fresh baked breads, flowers, plants and Chef Kendall Mitchell will prepare recipes with in season produce and cooking demonstrations. Donation yoga class every week @ 9am, and free historic tours at 11am, meet at the front gates.


Beautiful automotive history site with Albert Kahn designed buildings on 14 acres. Includes banquet facilities that accommodates all different size groups up to 300 guests for a sit down meal. Free tours every Sat @ 11am, May 9th




164 N Main St, Plymouth MI TransformationalChoices.com Chad Allee 734-845-6015 chad@TransformationalChoices.com

Our mission is to provide affordable comprehensive and holistic mental health services to individuals, couples, families, children, and groups throughout southeast Michigan. We specialize in a contemplative, creative, and mindful approach towards helping you navigate life’s transitions.


RETREAT CENTERS SONG OF THE MORNING YOGA RETREAT CENTER 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd, Vanderbilt, MI 49795 989-983-4107 office@songofthemorning.org SongoftheMorning.org Find spiritual refreshment amongst 800-acres of natural beauty for your own personal retreat or participate in workshops, yoga classes, meditations, or Sunday Service. Accommodations and gourmet vegetarian meals available.

SPIRITUALITY ONE SPACE LESLIE BLACKBURN Dearborn, MI 313.269.6719 OneSpaceConnected.com MysterySchooloftheTempleArts.com Illuminating the Path of Self-Realization through A r t , Yo g a , S a c r e d G e o m e t r y, S a c r e d Sexuality & more! Individual and couple coaching is available in addition to group classes, workshops and retreats. Browse the website for original artwork and music. Prints, music downloads and commission pieces are also available.

communityresourceguide WELLNESS CENTERS DR. WILLIAM H. KARL, D.C., CERTIFIED WELLNESS DOCTOR KARL WELLNESS CENTER & CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 30935 Ann Arbor Trail Westland, MI 48185 734-425-8220 KarlWellnessCenter.com 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.

Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard. ~Harvey Milk


A hub for wellness & social change Olive-Seed.com Latricia Wright vitality@Olive-Seed.com (313) 757-0993 We provide affordable products and transformational workshops, emphasizing nutrition and lifestyle planning for holistic betterment. We offer a unique service that indicates the body’s biochemical balance and state of general health. We also feature customized wellness planning, custom herbal tea blends and homemade beauty products that offer a non-toxic and sustainable addendum to our programs. Call today and maximize your health potential!

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull


13550 Dix-Toledo Rd., Southgate Mi 48195 y4peace.org Yoga 4 Peace is a non-profit yoga studio that offers classes on a donation basis. We have a wide variety of classes for every level. We offer Classes, Workshops, Retreats and Teacher Training.

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