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6101 Grelot Road, West Mobile 251-767-7526 Bob McBride: Spring/Summer Farmer's Market sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church, located in West Mobile at the corner of Hillcrest Rd. and Grelot Rd. The market will take place 3:30-6:30 p.m., every Tuesday afternoon from May 6 through July 8.

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85 North Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-990-8883 Local grocery sells the area's best produce, grassfed meat, Alabama's organic milk, locally made cheeses, Gulf seafood, local honey, sweets, baked goods and more! Best prices in town on produce, too!


251-447-8667 Mobile's first organic bakery offers 100% organic breads including wholegrain, sweet and gluten-free choices, as well as European style desserts. Desserts are 100% all natural. We bake upon order, delivery within Mobile, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope and Dauphin Island. Seasonal specialties.



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POWER OF STORY How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun


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Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack

22 MOVEABLE FEET How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life by Lane Vail

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letterfrompublisher As he nears his fifth birthday, our loquacious son Mays continues to entertain us with his life accounts. He came home from preschool last month excited about the end of the year program that they had been rehearsing for and explained the agenda for the event. “We sing all of our songs, say our A to Z bible verses and then we get plumbers,” he explained. The “plumber” detail caught me off guard and I questioned what he meant. It took several rounds of questions on my part to finally conclude that he had meant to say “diplomas” instead of “plumbers”. So much of our time together as a family is spent exchanging stories. My day is brightened when Mays tells me about something funny that happened on the playground or when he gives me the play-by-play of a front yard soccer scrimmage with his dad. Whether I have a happy experience to share or I need to vent the challenges of the day, I find that sharing my own stories is rewarding, as well. In this month’s feature, Judith Fertig explores how storytelling can be used as a powerful healing tool. Whether written down or shared in conversation, personal stories not only contribute to more resilient and happy families. They can also be therapeutic for chronic conditions such as dementia and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Because school is out and vacations are booked, this month's Natural Awakenings also celebrates summer with articles about SUP (stand up paddleboards) for the whole family, establishing a daily walking routine and eating off the land as a low- or no-cost way to feed your family. Summertime often fosters experiences that are retold as stories over and over again for a lifetime. Maybe you’ll see dolphins while on a family paddle, grow heirloom tomatoes for the first time or take a memorable trip. However your summer turns out, I hope you take time to reflect on fond memories, experience new adventures and exchange those stories with the ones you love. Cheers!

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newsbriefs Volunteers Needed for Pancreatic Cancer Study University of South Alabama scientists and clinicians are expanding research that could lead to early detection and pre-diagnosis treatment of pancreatic cancer. Introduction of a simple, commercial test where currently none exists could save thousands of lives each year in the United States alone. USA Mitchell Cancer Institute researchers discovered the possible breakthrough when doing research for colon cancer. Researchers are expanding the sampling pool and need individuals that have been impacted by pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis, or have a family history of the disease, to volunteer for the study. Dr. Lewis K. Pannell, principal investigator, professor of oncologic sciences at USA and head of the proteomics research facility at MCI, says, “There appears to be a very clear difference in the protein profile of the people who have pancreatic cancer and the people who are healthy. We are hopeful that this research will lead to a commercial test. The sooner the cancer is detected, the greater chance we have to save lives.” Those wishing to inquire about participating in the research may contact Pannell at 251-445-9860 or See ad, page 13.

Meditation Intensive with Bill Karelis Bill Karelis, a teacher at A Place to Sit Meditation Center at Crossroads Gardens, in Boulder, Colorado, is offering a meditation retreat entitled Working With Emotions from July 22 to 28 at Visitation Monastery, in Mobile. Karelis has been studying and practicing with great meditation masters from Tibet for more than 40 years and has taught meditation for more than 20 years. Last year, his Bill Karelis first book, Living Life Fully: Finding Sanity and Goodness in the Unpredictable, was published. Karelis states, “There is tremendous personal benefit which may be derived from intensive group retreat practice. We meet ourselves in entirely new ways. Not only the environment of the retreat, but also and especially the meditation practice provides a time-tested, non-aggressive method.”

Eclectic Yoga Teacher Trainings in Mobile Alabama Healing Arts is offering accessible yoga teacher trainings in Mobile, starting in July. Instructor Kelly Laurendine, E-RYT500, bases the 200-, 300- and 500-hour hatha yoga trainings on the instructional foundations of her certified Iyengar teachers, both of whom worked with and developed their training in consultation with Rodney Yee. Each program develops the use of props to ensure proper body alignment and safety and includes fundamental sciences, specific teaching methodologies, breath/meditation practices and in-depth yogic philosophy, so graduates will qualify as registered yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance. Each training weekend is designed to stand alone in its instruction, allowing students to begin in any month to accommodate busy schedules and time demands. However, those that begin in July will enjoy a natural progression through the physical and energetic body systems. Special options are available for self-development-only students. Laurendine has studied with worldrenowned instructors since starting her practice in 1987, teaching since 1999 and completing 1,000 teacher training hours. As a massage therapy instructor, she has taught anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and Eastern concept-based classes for more than six years. Elements and principles from a variety of sources influence the trainings to help expand and inspire individual creativity and teaching styles. Location: 6304 Cottage Hill Rd., Mobile. For more information or to enroll, call 251-753-1937, email or visit See ad, page 25.

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Kat Diamond, a master medicinal aromatherapist and shamanic healer, and Danny Shuford, a drummer and sound specialist, will present a Vibra Drum Healing group session, from 10 a.m. to noon, June 14, at Quiet Mind Massage & Yoga Studio, in Mobile. The vibration of drumming, tuning and toning instruments and essential oil aromatherapy create a unique opportunity for release and reformation of cellular data within the body. Individual sessions will be available June 14 and 15. This duo holds the divine masculine and feminine energies in balance, creating the safe space needed for awareness, ownership and re-patterning of energies in order to open new physical and spiritual frontiers.

Unlimited Horizons of the Emerald Coast offers two inspiring events this month. Sherry Wilde’s fascinating presentation, Human Beings are an Evolving Species, is held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., June 8, at the Gulf Breeze (Florida) Recreation Center. Wilde shares how planet Earth and her children are at a critical juncture on the verge of the greatest leap in evolution ever. A Q&A follows. The annual Spring Psychic Fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 14, at Quality Inn, in Gulf Breeze, is a great way to spend a day with some of the region’s most gifted readers, psychics, mediums and healers. Browse the metaphysical vendor booths offering high-quality merchandise and have an aura photographed and interpreted. Nonprofit Unlimited Horizons offers a public forum for open-minded seekers of truth to share knowledge and promote further enlightenment in search of universal truths. Admission is $10 at the door for both. Reader fees additional. Locations: Rec. Center, 800 Shoreline Dr.; Quality Inn, 51 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. (Hwy. 98). For more information, call 850-6100919 or visit UnlimitedHorizons. org. See ad, page 5.


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ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

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wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.

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esearchers from the University of Miami found that compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing and reduces disease progression among HIV patients. They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, tracking biological measures and health behaviors and collecting in-depth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater level of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood.



Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

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Father Factor

Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than languagebased activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:

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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source:

Honeybee Hit Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass dieoff of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source:

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Nonprofit Works to Lower Student Debt A small nonprofit named, recipient of the nationally recognized Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for “do-gooders”, is pioneering a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by applying their skills on behalf of nonprofit community organizations. Researchers at say seven of 10 college students that graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, each averaging nearly $30,000 in debt. With SponsorChange, graduates with student loan debt sign up to help participating organizations, earning credits while adding work experience and leadership roles to their résumés. Organization donors sign up to reimburse the workers for their time by helping to pay down their student loans through tax-deductible funding. All see specific results for their contributions to worthy causes.

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We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially hot days can potentially increase the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and release chemicals and other ingredients from new-car dashboards, steering wheel columns and seats into the interior air. Some manufacturers are responding by greening their interiors: Toyota is using sugarcane to replace plastic; Ford has turned to soy foam instead of polyurethane foam; and Land Rover is tanning its leather with vegetables, not chromium sulfate. Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases in air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems and prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the interior, according to the Car Care Council. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing it every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Find a range of educational information at It’s always beneficial to have fresh air entering the vehicle when driving. Open a window slightly or blow the air conditioning on low in the vent position when not in heavy traffic. “Don’t run it on the recycle or max A/C mode for long periods to make sure you’re getting fresh outside air in and flushing out any contaminants in the cabin air,” adds Molla. Using sun reflectors and visors helps keep interior temperatures down. Check local motor vehicle departments for state policies regarding tinted windows, which can reduce heat, glare and UV exposure. It always helps to park in the shade. 

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Does feng shui demand that we maintain perfectly orderly surroundings?

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eryl Hyderally, in Daphne, is a design consultant who utilizes principles of feng shui and Nine Star Ki, the astrology of feng shui, to create more balance and harmony in her clients’ homes, businesses and personal relationships. She became interested in feng shui 10 years ago and began studying with her teacher and mentor, Teresa Marinelli, the founder of the Progressive Institute of Learning/the Feng Shui Alliance School.

What is the earliest feng shui experience you can remember? My first memory of choosing the colors for my bedroom was when I was about 6 years old. You may remember the letter-stamping label makers—there were a variety of colored tapes that you fed through the stamper, select a letter and then pressed really hard to make an impression of the letter. I loved brown and black so much that I asked my mom if I could decorate my new room with those colors. So we did! As I look back at the little girl who wanted her room decorated brown with black polka-dots, I recognize the intuitive nature of the child. Through my practice of feng shui, I have learned that this childhood intuition was a natural understanding of what I needed energetically.

What exactly does feng shui do? Let’s examine this idea that we all possess a natural understanding or intuition of what we need energetically through

the prism of feng shui. A basic principle of feng shui includes the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and tree. As in nature, these elements work influentially with one another, and there is a constant need to find balance. The same is true in our daily lives. Knowing and understanding how the five elements are present in our environment can help to guide the way we create balance in our own space. As you begin to understand how the elements relate to you and which elements support you in your environment, you can begin to implement design concepts of feng shui and use them as the foundation to create the balance necessary for harmony.

On occasion, I have observed that people living “perfectly” sometimes fear making mistakes. Therefore, they place quite a bit of judgment on themselves and those around them, giving the impression of things never being good enough. My point is that we exist more peacefully and naturally when we create and live balanced lives. Everything has an ebb and flow. So I choose not to pass negative judgment because there are dishes in the sink. Yes, I will wash them and put them away. When I do, I will remember the joyful expression reflected in my son’s face when he sat down and was delighted in eating his favorite breakfast, chocolate chip pancakes. We create our homes for ourselves and the people with whom we choose to share our lives. The intention behind all of the choices we make is so that we may express and experience a home filled with joy and love. For a complimentary initial consultation, contact Hyderally at 251-4631862, or

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories— ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. 16

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In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

Power to Heal the Body

How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology

responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells—and in the case of longterm sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.  

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“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Mil-

lions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California,

“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.  

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Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and

events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS.

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ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the feet, looking up at

them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in natureinspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like surf-

boards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, cofounder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water.

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Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.


o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemical-free garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago,


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she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website PantryParatus. com about kitchen self-sufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take only about 10 percent

We all need to be responsible for our own space; a custodian of the land. of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for high-end foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself— usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer i n S t . L o u i s , M O. C o n n e c t v i a

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hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum ( He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a tra-

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Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says.

How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life

Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.


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ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.

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Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. 22

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Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

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Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says.

Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural

torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says co-founder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-tovigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

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Cancer Survivor's Day Western Roundup – 1-4pm. In recognition of National Cancer Survivor's Day, the annual Cancer Survivor's Day Western Roundup will feature free food, music, activities, a kid zone and much more. The event will be held at Geri Moulton's Children's Park. Free. Geri Moulton Children's Park, USA Children's and Women's Hospital Drive, 1700 Center St, Mobile. Lakeisha Felder: 251445-9819.


Breast Friends Forever (BFF) Support Group – 5:30pm. The mission of BFF is to create an atmosphere for breast cancer survivors to come together and receive and give emotional support and psychological support to one another. The group meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Free. USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, 1660 Springhill Ave, Mobile, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room. Darlene Chavers: 251-631-3989.


Human Beings are an Evolving Species – 2:305:30pm. Unlimited Horizons presents an extremely interesting presentation by Sherry Wilde on “Human Beings are an Evolving Species.” Wilde shares how the planet Earth and her children are at a critical juncture; on the verge of the greatest leap in evolution. Open Q&A following. $10. Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, Gulf Breeze, FL. 850-610-0919. Find on MeetUp or Facebook.


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USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Hope Cup – 10:30am. The Hope Cup Golf Tournament, in honor of President Emeritus V. Gordon Moulton, is a fourperson scramble that will take place June 12 at The Country Club of Mobile. All proceeds benefit the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Fund for Excellence. Country Club of Mobile, 4101 Wimbledon Dr E, Mobile. Kori Saucier: KSaucier@southalabama. edu. 251-460-6209.

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The CAUSEway 5K Run/Walk – 7:15am. Certified course starting in the park, out and east on the causeway, turning around at Felix's, and return to park. Post race party and door prizes. Preregister by June 12 to save $5. Benefits Teen Challenge. 5-yr age group awards. $25 day of race. Battleship Park, Mobile. 251-401-8039. Rummage Sale – 7:30am-12pm. Huge church-wide rummage sale: clothes, children’s toys, furniture, household goods, sports equipment. Funds to benefit "Imagine No More Malaria" cause. Free. Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main St, Daphne.

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Quiet Mind Massage & Yoga Studio, Mobile 251-458-6584 Pranic Healing Intro – 3-5pm. Pranic Healing is an all natural healing system designed to teach you how to heal yourself and loved ones. Learn about your energy field, how to keep it healthy, create a speedy recovery of ailments, stress reduction, meditation, plus much more! Donation. Mobile. 251-454-0959.


Prosperity Talk – 7-9pm. Material abundance gives you freedom to pursue professional and spiritual goals. Learn how to properly harness the power of your thoughts, subtle energies and your auric field to

create a life of prosperity and success both materially and spiritually. $20. Mobile. 251-454-0959.

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Pranic Healing Level 1 – 7-9pm, Jun 20. 9am-6pm, Jun 21. Learn anatomy of the energy-body, 11 major chakras, their functions, how to feel energy and validate details in your life with it, keep yourself energetically clear and balanced, step-by-step techniques for healing yourself, loved ones, plus much more. Center for Spiritual Living Mobile. 251-454-0959.


Earth-Heart Reiki with Julie E Brent – Jun 21-22. 9:30am-5:30pm. The focus of Earth-Heart Reiki is to Evolve in Love, Evolution. Easy Expansion beyond 7 Chakras. Align with Magnetic Field. Meditations for Increased Awareness and Clarity. Earth-Heart Connection with every breath. Fully Embrace your Heart-Self. $250. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope. 251-504-5328.

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Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul – 9am6pm. Ancient meditations, kept secret for centuries, will be revealed and taught to the public for the first time. Learn the Inner Secrets of: the Blue Pearl, the 12th Chakra, the Medical Caduceus to Raise the Kundalini Shakti, the Silver Cords. Mobile. Deana Lannie: 251-454-0959.


MCI Lunch & Learn: Side Effects of Chemo and Radiation – 12-1pm. The monthly lunch and learn provides interactive support for patients, family and friends. This month's topic is "The Side Effects of Chemo and Radiation." Please RSVP. Free. USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, 1660 Springhill Ave, Mobile, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room. Lakeisha Felder: 251-445-9647.


Quantum-Touch Level I with Julie E Brent – Jun 28-29. 9:30am-5:30pm. Quantum-Touch works deep on a cellular level, raising your energy, tapping into the innate healing intelligence of the body. Beginners welcome. Massage/Nurses CEs. CNEs 12.5 (add $50) and 13 MT-NCTMB-CEs. $350 prepaid/$400 door. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope. 251504-5328.


Working With Emotions Retreat – Jul 22-28. Join us for this week long intensive retreat. Teaching for more than 20 years, Bill Karelis will give a series of presentations on how to relate with our emotions based on the discipline of the sitting practice of meditation. $350 for food and lodging. Visitation Monastery, Mobile. Karen Palazzini: 251-661-0191.

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Alabama Healing Arts 251-753-1937

6304 Cottage Hill Rd. Mobile, AL 36609

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MS, ACSM, RYT Stott IM and IR Certified Stott CCB, ISP, and Core Barre Trained PhysicalMind Institute 3152 Old Shell Road, Suite 2 Mobile, Alabama 36607




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Offering a full schedule of yoga classes for all ages and levels.

A Balanced, Consistent Yoga Practice Will Change Your Life. Join us for class today! Contact the studio or see website for class schedule and details.

209 South Section Street in Fairhope


Advertise your yoga or Pilates business on this page for $110/mo. Call 251-990-9552 to reserve your spot. Includes calendar listings to promote your classes, Facebook marketing and editorial coverage.

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sunday Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251345-0494). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope and 3952 Airport Blvd, Mobile. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile. Rev. Sherrie Quander: 251-343-0777.

Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Questioning, understanding and growing together spiritually as we enjoy the adventure of life. Center for Joyful Living, 60 N Ann St, Mobile. 251-391-6960.

Sunday Worship – 11am. Celebrate Spirit in this special and sacred space. Between Hillcrest and Knollwood. Unity Mobile, 5859 Cottage Hill, Mobile. 251-661-1788. AHA Afternoon Yoga – 1-1:50pm. Enjoy a creative and inspirational exploration of body, mind and spirit while promoting balance and wellness within. Eclectic yogic elements ensure the fun; traditional foundations ensure the proper body alignment and safety. Props provided. $10 drop-in. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937.

Pre-Natal Yoga – 2:15pm. Benefits of this practice during pregnancy are incredibly numerous and comprehensive. Take this time to foster a deeper connection to your self, to your body and to your baby. Taught by Nancy Bolton Beck, 500 RYT and Certified Pre-Natal Teacher. $10. Fairhope Yoga, 209-A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 5pm. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1050 Azalea Rd, Mobile. 251-545-1011. Ellen.

monday AHA Morning Integrative Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. Mon-Fri. Attain inner peace, relieve stress and build strength/flexibility through body/mind awareness, breath and postures. This class also offers healing techniques like affirmations, mudras, chakra balancing & guided or silent meditations. Props


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provided. $10 June introductory drop-in. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937.

Yoga with Rae – 9am. Kick your week off with a little yoga. Join Rae Shetter for an asana practice that will help you with strength, balance and flexibility. $10. Fairhope Yoga, 209-A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359. Yoga Abs with Faye – 9:30am. What a great way to jump start your week! Let breath and body move in sync as Faye Mahan's seamless style weaves a blend of classical yoga flow and poses, with added emphasis on those hard to work abdominal areas. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

AHA Afternoon Yoga – 4-5:50pm. Enjoy a creative and inspirational exploration of body, mind and spirit while promoting balance and wellness within. Eclectic yogic elements ensure the fun; traditional foundations ensure the proper body alignment and safety. Props provided. $10 drop-in. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937. Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile. Viviane Hentschel: MyHappyDog123@ myhappydog123.

Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne. See website for more info: Pranic Healing and Meditation Clinic – 6:308:30pm. Come experience healing for your mind, body and soul followed by the Meditation on Twin Hearts. Let us take the stress off and balance your aura. We all have the ability to heal ourselves and others! Classes available. CEU's /LMTs and nurses. Free. Center for Spiritual Living Mobile. 251-454-0959.

La Leche League meetings are open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Meetings are always free and babies/children are welcome. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact or MeghanLLL@ AHA Lunchtime Yogilates – 11:15am-12:05pm. Tues and Thurs. Need a pick-me-up? Energize, align, stretch, strengthen, center, renew and restore. Eclectic yoga and Pilates fusion incorporates traditional foundations to ensure proper body alignment and safety. By-pass the java—make it yogilates! Props provided. $10 drop-in. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937. Info@AlabamaHealingArts. com. Gentle Yoga with Martha – 12pm. Take a break in the middle of your day. Join Martha Collier in the land of "ahhhhs" for a relaxing class to sooth the spirit, calm the mind, and replenish the soul. Also on Thursdays at noon. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile. 251-6348055. Christ UMC Farmer’s Market – 3:30-6:30pm. May 6-Jul 8. Spring/Summer farmer's market sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church, located in West Mobile at the corner of Hillcrest and Grelot Rd. 6101 Grelot Rd, Mobile. 251-767-7526. Missions.

Green Drinks – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. With a local drink in one hand and environmental concerns in the other, connect with other progressive people in our area. Sponsorship, speaker and catering opportunities available. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope. 251-279-7517. facebook. com/MobileBayAreaGreenDrinks.

Yin Yoga with Cindy Johnson – 5:30pm. Experience Yin Yoga, a blissful and meditative evening of gentle stretching that focuses on your joints and muscle tissue. Yin yoga is gentle and nurturing, bringing balance to an active lifestyle. A perfect way to ease into yoga. All welcome. $10. Rosie Bluum, Fairhope. 251-517-5626.


Integrated Yoga Therapy with Laura Jones – 5:45pm. This all levels, beginner friendly class will allow students to deepen their self awareness and let their true light shine. Create a healing space and go beyond the physical practice—become more in tune with your true self. Come experience the joy! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

Group Reformer with Dana – 10am. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Dana for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned, and be both leaner and stronger. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort.

La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am.

Positive Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Also Wed. at 9:30am. Kids don’t come with a set of instructions. Learn tools and skills to create a happy, healthy family. Free. The Family Center, 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. 251-479-5700. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Go within. Release

thoughts, concerns and worries as you relax into the peaceful state that is your true nature. Let us guide you to tranquility and freedom of mind. Your only requirement is to listen, allow, be open and bring your imagination. $5. Rosie Bluum, Fairhope. 251-5175626.

wednesday Yoga with Susan – 8:30am. Join Susan Kangal and enjoy her refreshing energy as she challenges you with a strong emphasis on alignment and focus while still calming the mind. Sink into the moment and experience the bliss—yes! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

$5 Yoga Flow & Chair – 9:15am, Flow. 10:30am, Chair Yoga (seated or holding onto chair to practice balance). Beginners welcome. Bring your own mat. Enjoy exercise at every level. Improve balance, strength and flexibility. $5. Fairhope UMC CLC. 251379-4493. Gentle Yoga with Julie Wilkins Yoga – 9:30am. Join Julie for gentle restorative yoga. Enjoy breath guided movement, flowing salutations and guided restoration. Creating a peaceful meditation in motion. Appropriate for beginners. $10. Church of the Apostles, 7159 McIntyre St, Fairhope. 251-591-7094.

Beginner Tai Chi Qigong Class – 10-11:15am. Near Bellingrath Rd, this beginner class introduces students to the ancient Chinese moving meditation exercise (not a martial arts class). Simple and fun to do; No registration required. $10 first time intro, $12 per class. Fowl River Community House, 5401 Fowl River Rd, Theodore. 850-226-9355. Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 12-1pm. This chair yoga class is free to participants and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Enjoy exercise at every level, even in a wheelchair. Improve balance, strength and flexibility. Free. Fairhope UMC CLC. 251-379-4493. Beginning Yoga with Wayne – 5pm. This is the perfect class for the beginning or returning yogi. Learn the fundamentals of yoga in a safe, supportive environment. Taught by Wayne Kent, RYT. $10. Fairhope Yoga, 209-A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359.

Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Soul Flow Yoga – 5:30pm. Soul Flow Yoga, taught by Rebecca Washburn, RYT is an invigorating flow designed to inspire and empower from within. A workout for your muscles, relaxation for your mind and connection with your soul. Release obstacles in life on and off the mat. $10. Rosie Bluum, Fairhope. 251-232-1143. AHA Evening Yoga – 5:45-6:40pm. Give your spirit the gift of a calming and centering midweek tune-up by improving posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility, establishing core strength, refreshing the mind and restoring healthy balance. Props provided. $10 drop-in. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile.

practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and for clients to receive quality, full-length healing treatments at a great value. By appointment only. Latest appointment at 7:30pm. $25 for 1-hour full-body student massage and/or Reiki session. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937. Info@AlabamaHealingArts. com.


Beginner Friendly Flow – 6pm. Join Laura for a beginner friendly open flow yoga class. Breath guided movement, intention setting Level 1 and 2 postures. Come to reduce stress and leave feeling rejuvenated physically, mentally and emotionally. $10. Center for Spiritual Living Mobile. 251-5917094.

Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. 2014 begins our 12th year. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd). 251-340-8565. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Guided meditation with Betsey Grady. Meditation is a wonderful way to quiet the mind, still the body and relax your being. $5. Rosie Bluum, Fairhope. 251-517-5626.

thursday Beginner Tai Chi Qigong Class – 10am. Midtown day class; 75 min class. This beginner class introduces students to the ancient Chinese moving meditation exercise (not a martial arts class). Simple and fun to do. No registration required. $10 first time intro. $12 per class. Quiet Mind Studio, 2065 Old Shell Rd/Upham, Mobile. 850-226-9355. Market on the Hill – 3-6pm, May 29-Jul 31. Purchase local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Old Shell Rd/University Blvd, Mobile. 251-208-1553. Group Reformer with Adrienne – 5:15pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

Gentle Therapeutic Yoga – 5:45pm. Join Laura Jones Yoga for a 5-week therapeutic class. A gentle, slow and introspective class to calm and rejuvenate you. This class will include gentle sequencing, mudras and supported restorative poses for relaxation. Suitable for all levels. $10. Center for Spiritual Living Mobile. 251-591-7094.

Hot Vinyasa Flow – 6pm. An alignment based vinyasa flow class that is faster paced and practiced in a heated room. $10. Fairhope Yoga, 209-A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359. AHA Oneness – 7pm. Deeksha Blessing directly transfers intelligent sacred energy that opens the heart and awareness, heals relationships, quiets mind chatter and initiates awakening to Oneness. Only the joy of presence remains. Supports all spiritual paths/ belief systems. $7 suggested donation. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937.

friday AHA Supervised Student Massage & Reiki Clinic – This internship provides the opportunity for student

Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6am. Join Linda Csaszar and start your weekend early with some revitalizing morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find the joy in the movement! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251473-1104. AHA Qigong – 10:30-11:30am. 1st and 3rd Fri. Learn the ancient Chinese healing art combining slow, repetitive movements with breathing techniques and meditation to promote balance and well-being. Includes basic eight silk brocade movements and balance-walking meditation. $10 drop-in. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6pm. 2nd and 4th Fri, Mar 28-Oct 24. This event is by donation for charity every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month overlooking the bay. Bring your own mat and a friend. Beginner friendly classes. Donation. Fairhope. 251-379-4493.

saturday Market at Cathedral Square – 7:30am-noon, Apr 26-Jul 26. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. 251-208-1553.

Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-928-5363. AHA Morning Yoga – 9-9:50am. Enjoy a creative and inspirational exploration of body, mind and spirit while promoting balance and wellness within. Ecclectic yogic elements ensure the fun; traditional foundations ensure the proper body alignment and safety. Props provided. $10 drop-in. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937. Open Flow Yoga with Julie Wilkins Yoga – 9:30am. Class will focus on coordinating the breath with movement in flowing sequences to get the heart pumping. Practice includes breath work, sun salutation and standing postures ending with restorative. Leave the class feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. $10. Church of the Apostles, 7159 McIntyre St, Fairhope. 251-591-7094.

Restorative Yoga – 10:30am. Rest and restore after a busy week. Practice is perfect for any body and all levels. Props are provided. $10. Fairhope Yoga, 209-A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359.

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classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Email Publisher@ for details. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. OPPORTUNITIES

LMTS, TEACHERS NEEDED – Mobile wellness center seeks compassionate, mindful, self-motivated massage therapists and yoga/movement/meditation/CE class/ workshop instructors. 251-753-1937. Email resume to

VOLUNTEER OPPS AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@

DOG RIVER CLEARWATER REVIVAL STORM DRAIN MARKER PROJECT – Volunteers needed to educate the public about the storm drain system. Supplies and instructions provided. Work at your convenience. Contact Janet Miller: 251-654-1827. MERCY MEDICAL – Hospice volunteers needed to provide services such as running errands, offering respite breaks for caregivers and clerical assistance. 251-621-4431.


BELLA SUNDRIES WELLNESS STUDIO 6576 Airport Boulevard, Mobile 251-458-8884

Offering auricular acupuncture which utilizes 108 points in the ear that correlate to different parts of the body. Therapeutic for physical, emotional, digestive and respiratory problems. See ad, page 18.


TKR Center, Daphne 251-298-8255 • • A maternity, breastfeeding and baby store specializing in Medela breastpumps (covered by most BCBS policies), cloth diapers, infant clothing and baby carriers. Certified lactation consultant on staff. See ad, page 10.


103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-990-9934


A certified organic salon offering organic SALON products, and services including hair color, perms and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! Manicures, pedicures and eyebrow waxing also available. See ad, page 21.

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CHURCHES CENTER FOR JOYFUL LIVING 60 North Ann Street Mobile, AL 36695 251-391-6960

Questioning, understanding and growing together spiritually as we enjoy life’s adventure. Center for Joyful Living in Mobile. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.



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At USA MCI, we c o m b i n e leading-edge research with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment tools in order to provide the absolute best cancer care possible. See ad, page 13.

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING 1230 Montlimar Drive, Mobile 251-343-0777

R e v. S h e r r i e Quander invites you to visit a loving, inclusive spiritual community where we aim to make every step we take, every choice we make, every word we speak a conscious one. Sundays at 10 a.m. See ad, page 19.

OPEN TABLE: A COMMUNITY OF FAITH (UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST) 1050 Azalea Road, Mobile at St Luke’s (St. Luke's Episcopal Church) 251-545-1011 •

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Pastor Ellen Sims and the congregation invite you to join them on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. Childcare provided.


Rosie Bluum 6A S Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626 Offering Chinese Craniosacral Therapy, a subtle blend of Chinese meridian therapy and craniosacral energy work, that indirectly approaches physical and psychological imbalances. This experience teaches your body to use its own bioelectric immune system”. See ad, page 11.


IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride.

ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS THE WILLOW TREE AT ROSIE BLUUM 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-517-5326 or 251-751-6945

Offering gifts and services that nurture your spirit. Books, card decks, essential oils, Bach Flower Remedies, crystals, salt lamps, ince nse and organic clothing. Local art, jewelry, honey, soaps and candles. See ad, page 11.

ESSENTIAL OILS LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, inhome classes, group presentations and wellness business training!


Feng Shui Design Consultant 251-463-1862 • Utilizing Feng Shui principles, let us create an organized and productive space that reflects who you are while enhancing your life, personally and professionally. It's about more than aesthetics— holistically designed spaces are conducive to an effortless life.


19176 Highway 181, Fairhope 251-210-6011 • Open 9am-7pm, Monday-Saturday The only produce market in South Alabama where everything is grown, caught and made in Alabama. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, dairy and meats. Delivery to Baldwin and Mobile Counties available. See ad, page 8.


Serving Mobile and Baldwin Counties 251-517-7406 • Painting and decorating contractor offering eco-friendly solutions. Safe containment and cleaning practices using the best no-VOC paints to deliver the most secure application of low offgassing coating systems. See ad, page 12.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055

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Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 39 years. Store open 7 days


680 S. Schillinger, Mobile: 251-633-0485 (Across from Home Depot) 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne: 251-621-1865 (Across from Fresh Market) For 30 years The Health Hut has been the go-to place for high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and sport supplements at great prices. Service-oriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 5.

VIRGINIA’S HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ II 3952 Airport Boulevard, Mobile 251-345-0494 • Café: 251-345-0495

Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 38 years. Store open 7 days a week. See ad, back cover.

Certified Green Builder 251-391-4848

Live green, build green. Specializing in energy efficiency, reclaimed materials, low VOC paints and flooring. Commercial, residential, new construction and remodeling. See ad, page 9.


Free healing nights and group meditations every Monday. Pranic Healing classes and the advanced technique of Superbrain Yoga.


Renee Adcock, B.Div. Reiki II, Essential Oils Therapy 251-279-0298 • Authorized owner and operator, John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed: a modality to cleanse, balance and align your energies to promote healing. Call for more information or an appointment.


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Founder of Rosie Bluum 6A S Bancroft Street, Fairhope • 251-517-5626 • Certified MARI® practitioner, Reiki master, meditation teacher and natural intuitive. Experience peace of mind, find clarity and reconnect with your own power using modalities customized for your individual needs and desires. See ad, page 11.

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22787 US 98, Building D, Suite 5, Montrose 251-616-4201 • Unique massage technique that is gentle enough for the severest sufferers of pain and deep enough for the most rigorous of athletes. 14 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field.



Counseling and Psycology • Hypnotist Rosie Bluum, Fairhope 251-928-1241 •


Clairvoyant • Psychic • Medium 251-463-8747 • Positive guidance that bridges your life experience with the wisdom of spirit. Discover inspired direction for your life. Connect to those who have passed on. Learn to hear and trust your inner guidance. See ad, page 11.

Become curious about your soul's journey, resolve your past, release a family pattern, look for self-healing within the body or find meaning and purpose in your life with this gentle, safe and enlightening modality. See ad, page 11.




251-279-7517 An informal yet engaging happy hour with likeminded folks every second Tu e s d a y a t F a i r h o p e Brewing Company. Connect GREEN with other progressive DRINKS A monthly gathering of environmentally thoughtful folks. people in our area. Sponsorship, speaker and catering opportunities available. See ad, page 14.


Telepathic Animal Communication Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944 • Understand your animal companion through telepathic communication. Session includes healing with Body Talk, Reiki and Matrix Energetics, plus a follow-up call.  Half-off price for new clients: Regular $60, now $30. See ad, page 18.

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20205 Middle Earth Road, Citronelle 251-866-7204 • Middle Earth offers workshops on permaculture, r a i n w a t e r harvesting, graywater recycling, shiitake mushroom cultivation, composting, soil building, chemical-free gardening, aquaponics, real food, natural medicine making, reconnecting with Mother Earth and medicinal aromatherapy. See ad on page 8.


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Jude Forsyth, Qigong/Tai Chi Teacher 850-226-9355 AM/PM Qigong and Tai Chi classes in Midtown Mobile and Theodore; private and company classes also available. See ad, page 10.

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all Megafood, Source Naturals and Planetary Herbals products!

Garden of Life supplements are 20% off everyday!

Virginia’s Health Foods • 3952 Airport Blvd in Mobile • 251-345-0494 Fairhope Health Foods • 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Ctr in Fairhope • 251-928-0644

The Sunflower Cafés offer full organic lunch menus. Featuring free-range meats, farm-fresh produce, organic wines and options for special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free).

Asian Fusion • Mediterranean • Italian • Tex-Mex • Thai Pizza • Sandwiches • Pasta • Salads Catering service and take-out available. Menus online. Call for specials.

Located next door to Fairhope Health Foods and inside Virginia’s Health Foods in Mobile.

Fairhope: 251-929-0055

Mon-Sat 10:30am-4pm; Sunday Brunch 10:30am-2pm

Mobile: 251-345-0495

Mon-Sat 10:30am-3pm; Closed Sundays


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