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his week I witnessed an historic event—one of the most amazing of my lifetime—seeing the landing of civilization’s first sun-powered long-range airplane, the Solar Impulse. I was among those on the ground watching this Swiss creation circle and hover above the Dallas–Ft. Worth International Airport, lights pulsating against the night sky, as it slowly and methodically made its hovering descent onto the designated runway lit with red, white and blue blinking lights. It reminded me of spaceships in the classic films ET and Aliens. Although the plane’s flight from Phoenix to Dallas, the longest leg of its maiden voyage across the United States, took 20 days (fondly dubbed a snail flight), it signifies the dawn of a new era. This all-electric solar vehicle uses no fossil fuel and is pollution-free. As the publisher of a natural health and sustainable living magazine, this milieu is where I live. As we continue to report, starting with Earthbound electric vehicles, the necessary move to clean renewable energies is picking up velocity on many fronts. I believe that each of us finds reason to green our journey primarily based on one of two launching points: we are focused on supporting our own and others’ health and quality of life, perhaps desiring to fully recover from chronic illness, or we are concerned about carefully stewarding an environment able to support diverse life on the planet. We all come to the point of understanding that these two standpoints are not mutually exclusive, but rather interdependent and inextricably intertwined. I am privileged to be able to help lift up the message of all things green, healthy and sustainable in the DFW Metroplex at this time in this space. My passion for ministering to this ideal grows by leaps and bounds every time I encounter proof of enlightened intelligence in action. Together we are learning from one another’s journeys as we experience the inevitable truth that green living is healthy and healthy living is green. It is my belief that God has created this Earth and all that is in it to live together in a harmonious balance, providing all that is needed; and, that we honor Him by being good stewards. Even if you disagree, can anyone deny the manifest wonders of this extraordinary planet and universe? This month’s issue is chock full of educational, relevant and cutting-edge information from wise and passionate experts. It’s one of the perks of this job that I get to meet so many dedicated, knowledgeable people doing interesting and wonderful things to move people forward on the universal mission of realizing sustainability. Recently, for example, I met a new green colleague and wanted to know more about her insights into ensuring environmental safety for our children, so she has agreed to write an article for our August Children’s Health issue on how local people are sanitizing classrooms for our young children. Meanwhile, Jessie Sally’s current article explains how Baylor Hospital’s Integrative Medicine program is upping its game in effective cancer care by integrating complementary health practices into its protocols such as acupuncture, masServing the Dallas Metro plex and sage and chiropractic. There is always North Texas Commun ities, including more to discover… North Dallas, Hig hland Park, University Park, Presto n Hollow, Richardson, Coppell, Irving , Colleyville, Cedar Hill, Lewisville, Ca rrollton, Addison, Southlake and Farmers Branch
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on health and wellness. From spas to massage, yoga and Pilates, dentists, doctors and nutrition experts will teach how to lead a stronger, healthier life. Also new for this year is a focus on BBQ as only Taste of Dallas can do, with pitmasters from favorite hot spots all across the state. High-profile chefs will teach everyone the secrets behind their favorite recipes. Each chef demo includes a complimentary sampling from their exclusive restaurants and upbeat musical entertainment from a foodie DJ. Taste of the Town allows diners to sample from restaurants in a dedicated indoor tasting experience, while Taste Tavern is a delicious tasting experience for wine, beer and spirits for the over-21 crowd. The Sweet Factory is a celebration for kids and adults alike of all things magical and sugary. Attendees can ride the DART Green Line to the entrance. Tickets are $10 per person, children 5 and under free. On Family night, July 12, kids 12 and are free. Unlimited midway bracelets are $10/day. To receive more information, call 972-590-8898 or visit TasteOfDallas.org or call 972-590-8898. See ad on page 11.
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ri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known as AMMA, which means “mother” in her native language, will hold free events in Dallas on June 22 and 23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport. Amma, a spiritual leader, humanitarian and philanthropist who has hugged more than 30 million people worldwide, is renowned for her extraordinary acts of love and self-sacrifice. Amma’s efforts include raising millions of dollars for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort and Asian tsunami victims in 2005. Other projects include an orphanage in Haiti; state-of-the-art hospitals in India that are free to the poor; universities, schools, free homes for the poor and needy; medical camps; orphanages; and schools. Amma says, “When you offer a flower to another person, a beautiful fragrant flower, you experience the sweet beauty and fragrance first. And then you share it with the other person. So, it gives you happiness for no particular reason, because you are selflessly serving others. You will be able to forget your self. That is real service, when you are able to forget yourself and offer yourself completely to the other person.” See ad on page 29.
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he fifth annual Polo for the Planet fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m., June 8, at Prestonwood Polo and Country Club, in Oak Point, Texas. Produced by the Ladies Polo Auxiliary to educate the community about recycling programs, sustainable living, energy efficient products, gardening, and organic foods, this year’s event is chaired by Shannon Scott, Dena Miller and Teia Blackshear. Pack a picnic lunch (adult libations are okay) and bring the family for an action-packed day in the country. Shop the Green pavilion and enjoy a complimentary Veev Champagne cocktail, the Divot Stomp. There’s a bounce house for kids and leashed dogs are welcome. In recognition of the global food crisis worldwide and even in North Texas, the group will collect non-perishable food items from patrons for the North Texas Food Bank. Donors receive a wristband good for complimentary beverages. Admission is $10, 12 and under free. For more information and tickets, 214-3903444 or visit OakPointPolo.com/PoloForThePlanet.htm. For more information about world hunger, visit Heifer.org.
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he Integrative Medicine Program at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas, the first hospitalbased program of its kind in North Texas, offers quality care in a healing environment. It combines complementary, holistic, ancillary and traditional medical approaches, optimizing the foundations of good health for body, mind and spirit. Free June activities include a Relax, Restore, Renew series and healthy cooking demonstrations The program integrates mind, body, and spirit therapies with traditional treatments to provide a new dimension to medical care. It focuses on each patient’s concerns from a holistic viewpoint and addresses nutritional, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of their lives. “Every patient is unique, and individual recommendations are tailored for the patient’s own set of circumstances and concerns,” states Carolyn Matthews, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program. “In the last year, we have helped patients fine-tune their lifestyles to address such issues as weight loss, hypertension and chronic back pain, in addition to helping those patients being treated for cancer,” she says. Matthews is board certified in integrative and holistic medicine, medical acupuncture and palliative medicine. Therapies include nutritional guidance, with a focus on special diets and botanical supplements, and mindbody techniques such as acupuncture. Guided imagery, breathing for stress relief and relaxation, and personalized exercise programs are also offered as part of integrative therapies. Music and art classes add dimension to customized care plans. The integrative medicine program works in conjunction with the Virginia R. Cvetko Patient Education and Support Center. Focusing on lifestyle recommendations such as stress management, nutri10
education, research and community service. Baylor’s network of more than 360 access points includes 30 hospitals; joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers; satellite outpatient locations; senior centers and more than 190 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics. tion, exercise and sleep enables individuals to feel better physically and mentally, as well as assist with handling the physical and emotional challenges and side effects of cancer therapies and other medical treatments. Cooking classes focusing on the nutritional needs of patients during treatment are offered in an onsite demonstration kitchen. Baylor Health Care System is a nonprofit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related healthcare entities that provide patient care, medical
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Relax, Restore, Renew Series Healing Vibrations: Drum Circle—11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 5 and 19 Drumming and the use of pure rhythm are fun and therapeutic ways of releasing emotions and relating to other group members. Drumming can accelerate physical healing, boost the immune system and produce feelings of well-being. Relaxation Made Easy—10 to 11:30 a.m., June 7 and 21 Learn how to include relaxation and meditation in a daily routine. Participate in guided imagery, muscle relaxation and other techniques to help make the day less stressful. New attendees receive a free relaxation CD. The Master Series: Feng Shui—1 to 2 p.m., June 19 Optimize positive energy in the home to enhance the healing process. Kathryn Voreis, MSN, RN, who is certified in feng shui, presents the basic philosophy of this ancient Chinese tradition. Writing for Wellness—10 to 11:30 a.m., June 26 Journaling may enhance the healing process through expression of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Learn how journaling can help individuals cope with life’s challenges.
First Solar-Powered Plane Lands at DFW by Jessi Sally
s part of a cross-country tour, the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, piloted by André Borschberg, landed at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport at 1:08 a.m., May 23. The flight of 868 miles broke the world distance record in the solar aviation category of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. Fellow pilot Bertrand Piccard then completed the third leg of the Across America flight, connecting Dallas, Texas, to St. Louis, Missouri. It was a unique but challenging journey. The pre-flight preparations were intense because of the specific wind conditions, manifest after sunset. This allowed the pilot to live a true “sky surfing” experience. Because of the lightness and slow speed of the solar airplane, it literally rode the updraft and downdraft of the mountain winds. This is clearly visible on the flight profile, a phenomenon that caused the plane to rise and fall, riding the wind waves. The flight was a perfect training experience for both the pilot and the team in the Mission Control Center. It has reconfirmed the need to remain flexible and try to request, when possible, permission to fly at different altitudes to local air traffic controllers. Having options can help avoid being stuck in a segment that’s experiencing unique winds – but it’s not always possible due to dense air traffic flying below the solar airplane. The gigantic dimensions of this ultra-lightweight revolutionary airplane, capable of flying day and night without fuel, are its trademark feature. To build it, the whole team had to push back the frontiers of knowledge in materials science, energy management and the man-machine interface. Every one of its take-offs, propelled silently by its four electric motors, inspires us to consider using clean, new technologies to free our society, little by little, from dependence on fossil energy. “Our airplane is not designed to carry passengers, but to carry a message,” says Piccard. In addition to the solar panels, the Solar Impulse comes equipped with lithium batteries in the wing. DFW Airport is the second of four stops for Solar Impulse’s cross-country journey from San Francisco to New York City. “It’s a new beginning of aviation with no fuel,” Piccard says. “There is one pilot only. No passenger. You fly only by good weather. Some people say it has no future. But we see that with technology and pioneering spirit, first we have opened the door to start something. And then there’s a revolution in technology. Maybe in 50 years, there will be aircraft flying on solar power. But today’s technology will not allow it.” The limitation is mostly because the pilot needs to recharge, not the aircraft. Theoretically, the plane could fly indefinitely with the right weather conditions, but with only one pilot, no autopilot and no bathroom, it’s not practical. By 2015, the goal is to build a plane with a bigger cockpit with the amenities the pilot needs to fly for five to seven days straight without landing. natural awakenings
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ased on 36 studies from around the world involving more than 10,000 participants, researchers at the University of Connecticut, in Mansfield, concluded that a father’s love contributes as much—and sometimes more—to a child’s development as a mother’s love. The critical importance of fatherly love to a youngster’s healthy development provides added incentive for men to become more involved in nurturing child care.
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he first long-term study on the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and smoking cessation offers good news: Eating more healthy produce can help smokers quit the habit and remain tobacco-free longer. Researchers from New York’s University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions surveyed 1,000 smokers ages 25 and over from around the country. In a 14-month followup, they were asked if they had abstained from tobacco use during the previous month. Those that consumed the most produce were three times more likely to have been tobacco-free for at least 30 days than those that ate the least amount of produce. Smokers with greater fruit and vegetable consumption also smoked fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke their first one and scored lower on a common test of nicotine dependence. The findings, published online in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal, remained consistent even when adjusted for age, gender, race, ethnicity, education and household income.
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New Technology Increases Solar Efficiency
There is huge potential in solar power, but our current methods of capturing the sun’s energy are limited as widely used silicon solar cells approach their theoretical limit of 33.7 percent efficiency. Now a Princeton University research team has applied nanotechnology principles to incorporate a design that significantly increases their efficacy. Led by Stephen Chou, the team has made two dramatic improvements: reducing reflectivity and more effectively capturing the light that isn’t reflected. The new solar cell is much thinner and less reflective, capturing many more light waves via a minute mesh and bouncing off only about 4 percent of direct sunlight. The new design is capable of capturing a large amount of sunlight even when it’s cloudy, producing an 81 percent increase in efficiency even under indirect lighting conditions. Source: OpticsInfoBase.org
Hawaiian Coral Reef Under Siege In the tropical paradise of Hawaiian waters, a milky growth has been spreading rapidly across the coral reefs along Kauai’s north shore. Marine biologist Terry Lilley, the foremost expert on the outbreak, says it now affects up to 40 percent of the coral in Anini Bay, and conditions in nearby areas are as bad or worse. The growth, identified by U.S. Geological Survey scientists as both a bacteria that grows through photosynthesis and a fungus, is killing all the coral it strikes and is spreading its infection at the rate of one to three inches a week. “This bacteria has been killing some of these 50-to-100-year-old corals in less than eight weeks,” Lilley told the Los Angeles Times, noting that the entire reef system appears to be losing its immune system. Some feel the cause is high levels of fecal and related bacteria from the town of Hanalei, which has no sewer system and where homes are connected to cesspools and septic systems. Because no definitive link has been shown, government action has been limited.
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LIFE LIFT Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig
An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?” might surprise us.
appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How 18
happy are you, on a scale of one to 10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”
Getting to Happy
The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and true to yourself—the kind of person that
should be happy and that makes other people happy—can be tough. Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular
surveys of the population. The reigning official definition of happiness involves peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.
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Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness.com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at— and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional at social interaction. She made herself happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and mean-
ing. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to
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Once we’ve upped our happiness quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with researchers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.” The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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arefoot walking conjures images of children playing in open fields and families strolling on a beach, yet it can also embrace many other settings as part of a health and fitness routine and lifestyle of optimum wellness. As Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee attest in their new book, Barefoot Walking, “It’s not just physical; it’s soothing on an emotional and spiritual level.” In adults, many muscles in our feet may have weakened and atrophied due to disuse from wearing shoes, which substitute the support and mobility that our bodies’ lower parts were created to provide. Years of wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels can also hamper bone density and proper alignment of each foot’s 28 bones; produce aches and pains in knees, back and neck; and constrict circulation to legs and feet, a condition compounded by desk jobs. Here are some tips in preparing to go shoeless: Work out feet. Prevention.com advises working to individually wiggle each toe; touch and rub each in its entirety; and flex and move both feet in as many different ways as possible. This will help them better absorb and distribute weight. Then, suggest Sandler and Lee, try “grabbing” exercises for toes, picking up round objects ranging in size from golf balls to baseballs. Also practice arch lifts, calf raises and ankle rolls.
Check it out. Walk around a room and note if the weight upon landing moves from the heel to the big toe right away; if so, try shifting bodyweight while walking so that the pressure proceeds from the heel to the little toe and then across to the big toe. This maximizes functioning of the entire foot and keeps the arch from collapsing inward. This subtle change helps support knees, the pelvic floor and even abdominal muscles. Fields, dirt trails and beaches are ideal sites to start walking barefoot. Repeated skin-to-ground contact also coincides with grounding, or earthing, a therapy that connects a being with Earth’s electrical field. The concept is that this allows negatively charged free electrons to enter and eliminate free radicals, the positively charged particles that may cause diseases and inflammation. When we’re in shoes, “We’re separated [from the Earth] by an inch of rubber, which is a fantastic resistor to electricity,” the co-authors point out. Because barefoot walking stimulates foot nerve endings, it’s also a form of self-reflexology, helping to lower blood pressure and anxiety while bolstering the immune system. For all these reasons, enthusiasts conjecture that it’s wise to follow in the natural footsteps of healers past and present that have chosen to walk this way. Sandler provides special tips on getting started for some specific groups:
Children: “They haven’t had their feet weakened by wearing shoes for many years, so let them develop their own style.” Pregnant women: Start with a tiger walk technique (land with the heel barely off the ground, focusing on grabbing traction with the toes) for as much stability and fullest contact with the ground as possible. Seniors: Use a walk and roll technique (lift the forefoot up before gently landing heel first) to keep weight directly beneath the body’s center of gravity. “Some seniors are fearful of going barefoot; concerned their feet are soft and sensitive. But they find that it actually helps them regain balance, coordination and body-brain connections.” A key to expanding onto terrains like gravel and pavement while avoiding injury is to build up stronger plantar skin on the bottom of the feet, because it is “600 percent stronger than skin elsewhere and can grow even thicker, up to half an inch, but only if you use it,” according to Sandler and Lee. “Going about barefoot stimulates additional skin growth (layering) and pushes the moisture out of the skin (strengthening), which together, thicken the soles of your feet.” Other basic tips to avoid injury include: go slow, build foot strength, focus on form, learn to rest, inspect feet daily for potential nicks or scratches and see a physician if in doubt about anything. “Once you’re aware of your surroundings and have toughened up your feet, you’ll avoid most sharp objects and be relatively shielded from the rest,” advise Sandler and Lee, who see the activity as a big step toward greater overall health awareness. “You’ll learn more about your body… what’s right and what’s not, what’s working and what can be improved.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.
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ost people will experience foot problems at some point during their life’s journey. Keep in mind that the foot bears the entire weight of the body and serves as our foundation. Some foot problems can be difficult to recognize, because the foot is so unique and has so many parts. Some common foot problems are bunions, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. More significant foot problems include Achilles tendon, arch pain, calluses, hammertoes, arthritis toes, corns and diabetic foot. Always consult with a medical professional for diagnosis. Whether walking, running, exercising or just standing, having feet that are comfortable and well cared for, rather than aching, makes every experience more pleasant. Knowing how to care for our feet is key, and here are some basic foot-care tips. • Wash feet daily with warm water and a gentle soap. • Dry feet completely, especially between the toes. • Inspect feet daily. • Gently remove any calluses. • Trim toenails straight across. • Moisturize daily. • Use foot powder if feet tend to sweat. • Let feet breathe. • Wear clean, dry socks when wearing shoes. • Seek medical attention if there is any foot pain. For more information, call Foot Solutions Dallas, 6035 Royal Lane, in Dallas, at 214-739-3668 or visit FootSolutions.com/Dallas. See ad on page 25. 22
Traveling Volunteers Doing Good During Time Away by avery Mack
en Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editor-in-chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d changed their lives. So in midlife, I decided to change mine.”
Disaster Relief Budd, who lives with his wife in Burke, Virginia, says, “Not everyone can join the Peace Corps, but they might share a week or two of vacation time.” Nine months after Hurricane Katrina, Rebuilding Together was looking for unskilled labor to help in New Orleans. So he helped prep homes for incoming electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and then painted. He was hooked, and has subsequently volunteered in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya and the West Bank. His awardwinning book, The Voluntourist, details his experiences. Megan Wieder, a high school senior in Titusville, Pennsylvania, mulched trails and painted park equipment and homes during her week in New Orleans as a volunteer for People
to People, which hosts future leaders for such projects. “I learned I can help others,” she says. This October, the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Seashore Service will assist the Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey with its forest, marsh and meadowlands conservation efforts. The project will simultaneously allow participants to observe the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the shoreline, as well as in nearby communities.
Infrastructure Improvements The Sierra Club’s August trip to Mt. Rainier, in Washington, will train volunteers to work with the National Park Service in repairing hiking trails and building restraining walls at an elevation of 6,600 feet. Stunning views grace the two-mile hike from the Sunrise Visitor Center. Volunteer organizer DiDi Toaspern observes, “We are doing work that wouldn’t get done otherwise due to budget restraints. Even removing invasive plants helps to protect native species and nesting areas.” Recreational Equipment Inc.
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he ancient Greek playwright Euripides, renowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He wrote, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” Entrepreneur and life coach Greg Wright, of Austin, Texas, updates the concept of this precious relationship in Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He says that before the age of 30, God gave him a lovely wife; four girls, or “beginner ladies”; and a succinct mission statement: “Don’t mess up.” Possessing an overwhelming compassion and protective instinct for each of his children, Wright decided early on “to teach them the right way to date and to treasure their specialness as much as I do.” One of his chief assignments was respectfully modeling good dating habits for his daughters, a talent that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to dads. They may understand how significant a fathering relationship is to her self-worth in becoming a dauntless and
independent adult, but may be uncertain how to make a proper investment spiritually and emotionally. Healthcare marketing executive David Kinard, of Seattle, Washington, invests heavily in both his son and daughter. Having grown up in a separated family with no fatherly role model, he has focused on spending time with both kids, and knows it’s especially important for a girl. “I wanted my daughter to know that I loved her for who she was and not for anything she said or did, and that she didn’t need to give her body away to find love.” He felt the best way to convey these truths was to provide dedicated time together. Wednesdays were without fail their date nights, beginning at age 4; dates are less frequent now that his daughter is 16, but even when the relationship feels at odds, dates have consistently brought them together. “She always got to choose where we went to dinner,” Kinard recalls. “We’d sit for a long time, eat our favorite foods and play a silly card game.” They talked about anything, nothing,
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Early on, it may be nearly impossible to differentiate the needs of our child and partner from our own. In reality, needs are to varying degrees in opposition, thus imposing frustrations and sorrows and forcing mutual adaptation, according to the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry think tank. Parents should consider various points of view and develop contingency plans.
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Having a close relationship with our child helps build mutual confidence and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.
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n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegetables in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers. Barbecuing grill chefs are expanding their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars in vegetables and fruits caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential
oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.
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Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm Gremolata
This recipe is simple, yet full of flavor. A traditional gremolata condiment includes parsley, lemon zest and garlic, but this sweeter version finds deliciousness in fruit. Using a microplane grater culls the flavorful yellow part of the lemon rind without the bitter white pith. Chopping the herbs with the lemon zest make the flavors blend together better.
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Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Chop the lemon balm or mint and lemon zest together until very fine. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the leaves and chop again. Set aside in a small bowl. Place the peach halves cut-side down on the grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until they are tender and slightly blistered. To serve, place two peach halves in each guest’s bowl and sprinkle the lemon balm gremolata over all of them. Source: Recipes adapted from The Gardener & the Grill.
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Craig Hamilton Explores the Gender Gap in Spiritual Growth by kim childs
raig Hamilton is a writer, radio host and workshop leader devoted to helping people evolve their consciousness for the greater good. The former managing editor of What is Enlightenment? magazine, Hamilton went on to found Integral Enlightenment, an online education program for those on a contemporary spiritual path. Since then, thousands of people have participated in his courses and workshops, and the vast majority have been women. Natural Awakenings asked Hamilton for his insights on this trend.
What’s behind the gender imbalance in personal growth and enlightenment circles? Two years ago, I hosted a summit called The Way of the Evolutionary Man that included a discussion about why more men aren’t drawn to participate in these kinds of things. One of the main points made was that, while many Americans have focused on creating equality for women in the last 50 years, there hasn’t been a comparable men’s liberation movement. I know that some would say, “Why do we need that? Men are already the ones with the most power, freedom and privilege.” Yet it became clear during our discussion that men do not have freedom when it comes to choosing among valued social roles. For example, a woman can feel 30
valued whether she pursues a professional career or something else that we might call a path of the heart, such as following artistic passions, working for a nonprofit or serving as a teacher. But if men do such things, they risk losing value among women. Traditionally, women have wanted to be with men that are more economically successful than they are. If a man decides he wants to be an artist or a spiritual practitioner or follow what we might label a higher calling, he’s stepping out of traditionally validated activities for men. So the reason that more men aren’t putting more time into their personal growth could be that they’re not being valued for that.
What might it take to shift this phenomenon? If women want men to join them on paths of personal and spiritual growth, they might need to start in analyzing the part of themselves that says, “I want a man who makes more money than me, is successful and able to be the family provider.” Many women want their men to be conscious, sensitive, reflective and capable of profound intimacy, plus be a good provider. I’ve heard from some men that feel seriously pained about this. A few said that they always wanted to be, for example, a musician or a teacher, but they couldn’t see themselves being suf-
I teach a spiritual path that anyone can pursue in the midst of their busy life. It involves turning everything into a spiritual practice. It means observing your own motivations and distortions and experiencing a different relationship to life that’s no longer rooted in patterns of the past and the ego. I believe this work appeals to men because, while there is a meditative and interior dimension to it, the bigger part is calling people to step up in life and remove the obstacles inside themselves that keep them from playing their biggest game. Spiritual life isn’t about getting beyond this world; it’s about the evolution of our world through conscious participation. That’s something men and women alike can become inspired by and put their energy behind.
How can men be most effective in a changing world? In order to be truly effective, each person needs to do the necessary inner work. It’s not enough to focus on trying to do and accomplish and acquire without clarifying what’s getting in the way of your full self-expression and creative engagement. It’s easy to think about life in terms of our history, identity, desires and concerns, but that’s just a small part of who we are. At our deepest level, we are this unfolding evolutionary process that’s been going on for more than 13 billion years. Now we have the ability to participate in the greatest adventure of all, that of conscious evolution, growing into a future aligned with our highest ideals, visions and aspirations. While that is mobilizing generations of women, I am finding that it also speaks to the highest aspirations of men. Connect with Craig Hamilton at IntegralEnlightenment.com. Kim Childs is a writer and creativity coach in Boston. Visit KimChilds.com.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 1 National Trails Day: Fort Worth – 8am-12pm. Hike 3-4 miles on flat trails for bird and wildlife viewing. Bring water, snacks. $5. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. Claudia Blalock: 817-924-6242. Meetup.com/GreaterFortWorthSierraClub. National Trails Day: Dallas – 8:30am-12pm. REI and Groundwork Dallas host clean up and trail maintenance day around Fish Hole Lake, which is part of the Elm Fork Green Belt Park project. Lunch will be provided afterwards and receive a REI T-shirt. Free. Contact Renee for directions: 972-490-5989. RShippe@REI.com. REI.com. National Trails Day: Oak Cliff – 9am-12pm. Join the Texas Land Conservancy for a day of volunteering and guided hiking at this 120-acre preserve, featuring 8 miles of trails. Bring water and work gloves and pruning tools if you have them. Free. Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, 2875 Pierce St, Dallas. RSVP Rachael: 512-301-6363. Rachael@TexasLandConservancy. org. Facebook.com/OakCliffNaturePreserve.
Barefoot Walking, Hiking and Earthing – 6:30-8pm. Authors Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee will show how barefoot walking and hiking can help you reconnect to the earth and become stronger of body, mind and sole. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. 972-490-5989. REI.com.
Make the Break from Domestic Violence 5K/1Mile Fun Run – 8am. Annual fun run directly supports programs and services Genesis provides to battered women and children. $15-$30. Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave, Dallas. GenesisShelter.org. White Rock Lake Cleanup – 8:15am. Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club’s adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Area is a prairie restoration area, so there are always birds and wildflowers. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. Brunch after. Meet at Love of the Lake office, NE corner Garland Rd and Buckner Blvd, Dallas. Look for people drinking free juice and coffee. Carol Nash: 214-824-0244. DallasSierraClub.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 DIY Drip Irrigation – 10-11:30am. Drip irrigation is 90 percent more efficient, inexpensive and easy to install. Drip systems promote healthy plants and conserve water use. Learn how to install your own system. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Jazz in the Atrium – 6-8pm. Smooth jazz vocalist Cat Garner performs jazz standards with ensemble. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803. DallasMuseumOfArt.org.
Dallas Parks Foundation Confab – 7-10pm. The Dallas Parks Foundation is hosting a conversation about public spaces, hiking and biking and recreation. Learn about progress taking place in the city. $10 and up. House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar, Dallas. DallasParksFoundation.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
Backpacking Basics – 7-8:30pm. Overview of planning, preparation and gear. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. REI.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13 Sharing the Past through Art – 10:30-11:45am. Designed for adults with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, during this program, participants discuss artists, themes and exhibitions and use artworks to connect to past experiences. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. For helpful instructions: Visitors@ CarterMuseum.org. CarterMuseum.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
Film Screening: Occupy Love – 7-9pm. The film chronicles how the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning and how that crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W Kiest Blvd, Dallas. FirstTuesdayFilms.org.
Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. John Davis of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept will talk about the future of Texas wildlife. In addition, the Dallas Stormwater Management Outreach Department will describe what storm water is and what private citizens can do to protect it. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 972-699-1687. KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org. DallasSierraClub.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
Turtle Watch – 10am-12pm. Attend this citizen science program to learn how to monitor turtle populations. Learn which species are being monitored and why. Bring a clipboard, pencil, camera and GPS if you have one. Free with paid admission. Preregistration required. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. FWNatureCenter.org.
Drum Circle– 7-8:30pm. Find your own personal rhythms and cadence, while experiencing the healing energy of music in an atmosphere of openness and acceptance. All levels are welcome and no musical skills are necessary. Drums/percussion instruments provided or bring your own drum if you have one. Ages 15 and older. $20/per class. Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 E Bob Jones Rd, Southlake. BJNC.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11
Cutting Your Energy Costs in Half – 10am-12pm. The North Texas Renewable Energy Group hosts Bill Neukrantz, EE, MBA, who will offer the top 10 steps for cutting energy costs in half. He’ll cover lighting, monitoring solutions, building envelope improvement, heating and cooling systems and renewable energy implementation. Free. West Irving Library, 4444 W Rochelle Rd, Irving. NTREG.org. Summerfest 2013 – 11am-8pm. Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at family-friendly event, featuring fishing, steak cook-off, story tellers, public competitions and live bands. $4/per vehicle. Westlake Park, Lewisville Lake, 2000 Main St, Hickory. SummerFestOnTheLake.com
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Mind Renewal: Reiki, Yoga, & Healthy Living – 11am-6:30pm. Healthy living workshop. Free. Salt Miracle Wellness Center, 1012 W Hebron Pkwy, No. 138, Carrollton. 972-394-7258. SaltMiracle.com. Drawing on the Boardwalk – 1-3pm. Stress-free drawing lesson at the boardwalk. Previous drawing skills are helpful but not required. Bring pencils, tissues, eraser and a sketchbook if you have one. Ages 14 years and up. Free with paid admission. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. FWNatureCenter.org.
Jazz in the Atrium – 6-8pm. Vibraphonist Ed Smith performs in quartet. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803. DallasMuseumOfArt.org. Dallas Vegan Drinks – 6:30-8:30pm. Meet fellow vegan and veg-friendly folks for drinks, fun and discussion on vegan goings-on in the Metroplex. Anvil Pub, 2638 Elm St, Dallas. Facebook.com/ DallasVeganDrinks.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Third Annual Leaf Reunion – 10am-12pm. Hosted by the North Texas Electric Auto Association and AutoNation. Organizers are expecting more than 50 Leafs there this year. Leaf owners and nonowners welcome. Free. AutoNation, 4707 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. NTEAA.org. Skulls at the Nature Center – 1&2pm. Investigating and studying skulls can tell you a lot about willdife. Learn about what they eat, how well they hear and other interesting facts about them. Free with paid admission. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. FWNatureCenter.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Financing Cancer Treatments – 12-1pm. Discover novel ways to finance cancer treatments. Free. Lunch included. Kotsanis Institute, 2260 Pool Rd, Grapevine. 817-756-1896. KotsanisInstitute.com
THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Jazz in the Atrium– 6-8pm. Acoustic band Mark Harper Quartet performs jazz, Latin jazz and CuBop. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803. DallasMuseumOfArt.org. Triathlon Basics – 7-8:30pm. Learn what’s involved in training for a triathlon. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. REI.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21
Full Moon Paddle – 8-10:30pm. Take a canoe tour in the evening hours. Opportunity to hear beavers slap the water with their tails and see deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience recommended. Meet at Back Gate. $20. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. Pre-registration required: FWNatureCenter.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Duck Pond Nature Hike – 9-10am. Learn about plants and animals at the park on this one-mile hike. Meet at the Duck Pond Trailhead. Free with cost of park admission: $7/ages 12 & up. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill. 972-291-5940. Michelle.Varnell@tpwd.state.tx.us. Fangs! – 10am-3pm. See native Texas snakes and other reptiles. Learn about snakes and other reptiles at 1 pm, followed by a guided tour of the snake exhibit. Free with admission. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas. TexasDiscoveryGardens.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Jazz in the Atrium – 6-8pm. Tatiana “Lady May” Mayfield performs, a 22-year-old jazz vocalist from Fort Worth. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803. DallasMuseumOfArt.org. Camp Cooking Basics for Backpackers – 7-8:30pm. Learn about equipment (stoves, cook sets & fuel), planning and preparation. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. REI.com. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 8-10pm. Pack a picnic and watch John Hughes’ comedy classic on the Amon Carter Museum’s lawn. Come early and enjoy a tour of the museum before the film. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. Visitors@CarterMuseum. org. CarterMuseum.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28 New Parents Art Tour – 10:30-11:30am. Explore the Amon Carter museum during an adult tour for parents, grandparents and other caregivers with little ones – two years old and younger – in tow. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. For helpful instructions: Visitors@CarterMuseum.org. CarterMuseum.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Geocaching 101 – 9-11am. Learn about geocaching, a scavenger/treasure hunt using GPS units. No
equipment or experience needed. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Free with cost of park admission: $7/ages 12 & up. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill. Registration required, Michelle: 972-291-5940 or Michelle.Varnell@tpwd.state.tx.us. Irrigation Quick Fixes – 10-11:30am. Learn how and when to water your plants, how to make simple sprinkler repairs and where to go for help. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com. Knee-High Naturalist – 1&2pm. Learn about butterflies. Program is geared for children 5-8 years old. Free with paid admission. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. FWNatureCenter.org.
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daily Energy Blast – Exhibit tells the dynamic story of energy and alternative energy resources in North Texas, the Barnett Shale, and the innovative pioneers who continue to make energy a leading industry in the region. Ages 11 & up. Included in $14/adult, $10/ child admission. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300. FWMuseum.org.
Live Animals of the World: A Conservation Exhibit – Museum houses 12 types of non-native animals, encouraging visitors to take a proactive role in conserving wild spaces. $9/adults, $6/children 3-12 & seniors, free/members & children ages 2 & under. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. HeardMuseum.org. The IMAX Experience: Ft Worth – Showtimes online. Features include Africa, the Serengeti; Dolphins; Everest; Flight of the Butterflies; The Living Sea; Night at the Museum; Tornado Alley; and Under the Sea. $7/adults, $6/children 2-12 & seniors. Ft Worth Museum of Science & History, Omni Theater, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-2559300. FWMuseum.org.
Happy Hour at Bar Alto – 5-7pm, weekdays. Take $1 off selections of wine by the glass. Sit back at the bar or in the cafe and relax while you eat a bite or take it with you while you make your shopping selections. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993. WholeFoodsMarket. com/Stores/HighlandPark. Top Ten Wine Selections – 5-7pm, weekdays; 126pm, weekends. Wine tastings and, as always, you can pick up your favorite cheese pairings from a amazing selection of delicious cheeses from around the world. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993. WholeFoodsMarket.com/Stores/HighlandPark.
Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm, Tues & Thurs; 12-1pm, Wed & Fri. Drop-in Hatha Yoga Postures classes are offered four times per week. Experience dynamic relaxation through practice of the postures. Suitable for all levels of fitness. $10. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. AnandaDallas.org.
Dynamic Meditation – 10-11am. One of the active meditations compiled by Osho. Breath, jump, scream and shout, let it all go, then be in the bliss of silence and stillness; finish with dance of celebration and “be” different. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. CosmicCafeDallas.com. Krafty Kids – 12pm. Seasonal crafts each week. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381. NorthPark@ DallasLibrary.org.
Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. DallasMuseumOfArt.org. Kundalini Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. CosmicCafeDallas.com. Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing and friends. Childcare provided. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. DallasMeditationCenter.com.
monday Dance Exercise Class – 9:15-10:15am. Mon-Thurs. Easy-to-follow routines featuring Jacki Sorensen’s creative choreography and a variety of music and artists. Start anytime. 3-wk sample: $25. Cimmaron Park Rec Center in Valley Ranch, 201 Red River Tl, Irving. 972-281-3075. Additional locations: Jackis.com. Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Learn a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support will be offered. Wear fitness shoes with good support. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.
Cosmic Dance – 7:30-9pm. Dance and disappear into deep stillness. Take your energy to a new height, be a child, reactivate your senses. Donation $5. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214521-6157. CosmicCafeDallas.com. Sufi/Zen Poetry – 8pm. Readings from the esoteric masters at the Community Table. All dimensions welcome. Free. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214-521-6157. CosmicCafeDallas.com.
Rescue Free Radio – 8-9pm. Irving-based call-in radio show covering the gamut of animal rights, rescue and protection issues. Internet broadcast. RadioFreeRescue.com.
tuesday Zumba – 9-9:30am. Latin dance inspired exercise in a fun 30-min class. $5. Curves, 11909 Preston Rd, Ste 1486, Dallas. 213-866-0399.
Aquacise – 9:30-10:15am. Low impact water aerobics for all levels. Participants must be members of the Coppell Senior and Community Center. Free. Aquatic Center & Recreation Center, 234 E Pkwy, Coppell. Lynn Dorn: 972-462-5136.
Zen Lemon – 6-7pm. Yoga class for all levels. Bring a towel and water. Free. Lululemon-Galleria, 13350 Dallas Pkwy, 3080, Dallas. 972-385-2316. DallasGalleria-Store@Lululemon.com. Lululemon. com/Dallas/DallasGalleria.
Community Acupuncture – 6:30-7:45pm. Auricular (ear point) acupuncture is provided in group setting for relaxation, reduction of cravings and cleansing. $20/advance, $25/at door. White Rock Holistic Wellness Center, 718 N Buckner Blvd, Ste 416-103, Dallas. Jade: 214-642-0002. Walz.Jennifer@gmail. com. DallasHolisticWellnessCollective.com. PUBlic Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adult gathering celebrating brains and brew, featuring science, history, and guests from diverse fields, presented at a local bar or restaurant. Location: 817-255-9300. FWMuseum.org/Public-Knowledge. COH Donation Yoga Class – 7-8pm. Yoga flow class for all levels. Bring own yoga mat. Free. Donations accepted benefit local missions. Community of Hope UMC, 1800 E Debbie Ln, Mansfield. 817453-2328. CommunityOfHope.com.
sunday Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:15am. Spend a Sunday morning with likeminded people for meditation, chanting, an inspirational talk, readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, and the uplifting Festival of Light. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification; 10-11:15am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. AnandaDallas.org.
Laughing Yoga – 7-8pm. Healthy and playful experience that helps the body to move easily, freely, and genuinely laugh. Free, donations accepted. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. LaughYoga.org.
Hot Yoga Community Class – 5:45-6:45pm. A combination of energetic vinyasa flow, power yoga and balance poses. Students focus on twists, holding asanas and strengthening the core muscles. Handson adjustments, enhancements and assists from the instructors. Modifications for all body types and ages. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak. Yoga4Love.net. Meditation Class – 6:45-7:45pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Clear the mind to gain clarity of personal goals
Tai Chi Class – Thru June. 7-8:30pm. Learn the 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Adults: $40/month; full-time students: $30/month; seniors: $25/month. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-752-1661. Dallas.Tx@Taoist.org. Dallas.Tx.US.Taoist.org Guided Meditation Class: Beginner Friendly – 7-9pm. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. For beginners and more advanced practitioners who want to supplement their silent practice with guided meditations. Each month has a theme. $10-$25 donation. Limited to 12. Dallas Meditation Center,
727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. DallasMeditationCenter.com. Gong/Sound Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. Gong and drum provide energetic and sonic backdrop to group meditation. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. CosmicCafeDallas.com. Group Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditate with like-minded friends to access inner peace, calmness and joy. Free. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. AnandaDallas@aol.com. AnandaDallas.org.
thursday Audubon Center Third Thursday – 9am-9pm. Free admission 3rd Thurs each month. Guided hikes throughout the day; riverbend picnic site overlooking the river. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722. TrinityRiverAudubon.org.
Dallas Greendrinks – 2nd Wed. Meet for happy hour with other eco-conscious people. No cover, buy own drinks. Location TBD. DallasGreendrinks@ yahoo.com. Greendrinks.org/TX/Dallas. Read and Learn – 10:30-11:30am. Features musicians, storytellers and puppets performing for newborns to 6 yr olds. Reading activity is followed by a guest performer. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381. NorthPark@DallasLibrary.org. Chair Massage –3-6 pm. Sign up for an appointment in advance or walk in. 10-minute minimum. $1/minute. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. Circuit Training – 5-6pm. The class will work on the cardiovascular system and all major muscle groups in a fun format. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. FDerita@CoppellTx.gov.
CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with over 125 highly trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-7706872. TexasCPR.com. Health Orientation Class – 6:15pm. Class on the benefits of proper spinal alignment for good health and preventing sickness. Free. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000. TXDRYU@Aspire-Health.com. Aspire-Health.com. Dallas Organic Garden Club – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. Monthly meeting. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas.
Country and Western Dance Lessons – 7:30-9pm. 3-week, 2-step series, then 3-week waltz series. Sandunga Dance Studio, 2155 Marsh Ln, Carrollton. Info, cost: 972-418-1600.
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Tai Chi – 9:30-10:30am. Tai Chi is gentle on the muscles and effective in increasing mobility, flexibility, coordination and bone density without causing fatigue. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. FDerita@ CoppellTx.gov. Line Dancing – Thru Feb 21. 10:45am. Learn this very basic easy dance step. Space is limited. Sign up in advance. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. FDerita@ CoppellTx.gov. Tarrant County Greenweavers – 11:30am12:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Networking for professionals and companies who are green-minded, eco-friendly or wishing to become more so. $1. Prudential Worldwide Realtors, 1727 Keller Pkwy, Keller. Meetup. com/DFW-Tarrant-County-Greenweavers. Baby Bounce Basics – 12:30-1pm. Activities for moms/caregivers and infants up to 24 months old with interactive music, nursery rhymes and stories. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Exp, Ste, Dallas. 214-671-1381. NorthPark@DallasLibrary.org. Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Learn a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support will be offered. Wear fitness shoes with good support.
Chill Yoga 101 – 6:45-7:45pm. No heat vinyasa flow, come and chill. Yoga is significant to everyone in a personal and unique way. To breathe, feel and let go for a moment, is the beauty of Yoga. Beginners, post-natal, all levels welcome. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak. Yoga4Love.net.
Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-9pm. Gourmet Indian vegetarian cooking with master chef Manjuali Devi. $25, includes dinner. Kalachandji’s Community Hall, 5430 Gurlay Ave, Dallas. 214-662-6889. Danny@Kalachandjis.com. Kalachandjis.com.
Chanting HU – 7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. Try chanting HU and find out how 20 min can change your life. HU means happiness, balance, harmony, peace and the loss of fear. It has been used by many different spiritual groups including Eckankar as a sacred name for God. Lotus Yoga, 6337 Prospect Ave, Dallas. 214-425-5343. LotusYogaDallas.com.
friday Aquacise – 9:30-10:15am. Low impact water aerobics for all levels. Participants must be members of the Coppell Senior and Community Center. Free. Aquatic Center & Recreation Center, 234 E Pkwy, Coppell. Lynn Dorn: 972-462-5136.
MoMe Yoga – 10:30am. Mother-child yoga and nursery rhymes, specifically for moms of infants and toddlers. Bring a mat. Dallas Public Library,
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Health Orientation Class – 12:30pm. See Thurs listing. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000. TXDRYU@AspireHealth.com. Aspire-Health.com. Chair Massage –3-6 pm. Sign up for an appointment in advance or walk in. 10-minute minimum. $1/minute. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.
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tours, yoga, story time and live performances. Free. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214242-5100. NasherSculptureCenter.org.
Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. DallasMuseumOfArt.org.
Coppell Farmer’s Market – Thru Thanksgiving. 8am-12pm. Seasonal produce for the North Texas area, natural meats and eggs, seafood, organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads, mixes, flowers, plants, and more. Coppell Farmer’s Market, 793 S Coppell Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5165. Info@CoppellFarmersMarket.org. CoppellFarmersMarket.org.
‘Til Midnight at the Nasher – 6pm-12am. 3rd Fri. All ages. Outdoor evening series featuring local bands and movies, alfresco dining, gallery tours and more. $10/adults, $7/seniors, $5/students, free/12 & under, members. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214-242-5100. NasherSculptureCenter.org/TilMidnight.
Shoreline Spruceup – 9am. 2nd Sat. Help keep White Rock Lake clean. Enjoy the company, visit with friends, paddle some kayaks, receive thanks form other lake users and collect lots of trash. Meet in the parking lot of Jackson Point on the west side of the park. Jackson Point, 4200 W Lawther Dr, Dallas. 214-669-1663. KayakPower.com. Friday Night Bike Ride – 7-9pm. Twelve-mile social bicycle ride around White Rock Lake with 5 stops to keep the group together. All skill levels welcome. Helmets required and lights/water recommended. Post-ride eats at Jake’s. New Dallas Bike
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Family Bird Watching – 2-4pm. 1st Sat. Beginners and families with children ages 5-13. Learn basic skills in outdoor fun like camping, birding, nature journaling and more. $20/adult, $10/child. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722. TrinityRiverAudubon.org. Animals on the Air – 3-4pm. Live radio show explores the world of wild animals and domestic pets. Q&A on taking care of pets. Listener contests to win prizes. Hosted by Sean Greene, deputy director of the Dallas Zoo and Dr Nancy Turner, veterinarian from the Bent Tree Animal Hospital. Station KSKY 660 AM.
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CR 45, Earth, TX 214-908-2569 CountyLineFarms@gmail.com Providing other families with clean and great tasting dairy products made from our sustainable, organic certified, West Texas native grass pastures of contented, happy, and humanely treated cows is the mission of Three Happy Cows. Our products are free of any added hormones, antibiotics, toxic chemical pesticides or herbicides. Due to the nature of the nutritional diet of our cows, our products have a wonderful fresh taste and maintains their flavor. Three Happy Cows products can be found at Central Market, Natural Grocers, Rosemeade Market, Cupboard, and Local Yocal.
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Jon & Laura Petersen Anna, TX 972-924-2722 Sales@AlfrescoLighting.com AlfrescoLighting.com Alfresco Living designs and installs outdoor improvements that make your outdoor rooms nicer. We take the time to design your Landscape Lighting to fit your lifestyle. Water Features, Mosquito Misting, Cool Fogging, Rain Water Harvesting and Christmas Lighting to take your outdoor living environment to the next level of pure enjoyment and a place where you can relax and enjoy the sound of a waterfall in a mosquito free evening while your landscape lights highlight the focal points of your yard.
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5207 Bonita, Dallas 972-587-7835 Debi.Gidner@gmail.com GlitzSalonDFW.com Certified Organic Salon located in Uptown Dallas in the Knox-Henderson District. Glitz is Dallas’ premiere certified vegan Salon, using animal-cruelty-free products that have none of the toxic chemicals found in most professional color lines. Offering a full suite of organic products and services, our services include Hair Cuts, Hair Color, Hair Straightening and Real Hair Extensions. Glitz salon is unique and personable and provides a warm and welcoming environment in a beautifully renovated house in one of the Dallas’ hippest new neighborhoods. Stop by today and see what the buzz is about for yourself. Walk-ins accepted.
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Dr. Nancy Bozeman 621 N. Little School Rd, Kennedale 817-572-2400 TheAnimalDoctorTx@yahoo.com TheAnimalDoctor.com As an alternative medicine specialist, Dr. Nancy Bozeman emphasizes your pet’s entire well-being by taking a holistic approach to veterinary medicine. Offering a full range of conventional and complementary modalities including Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Laser Therapy, NAET, Nutrition Counseling and we offer Vaccination titers. Come visit our comfortable, pet-friendly, homey office environment. See ad on page 7.
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Dallas, TX 214-810-1785 Info@LoneStarDogDoors.com LoneStarDogDoors.com Energy efficient, attractive and durable Dog Doors professionally installed. Let your dogs and cats live large with the freedom they deserve by getting a professionally installed Wall pet door in any type of wall, Door dog door, Screen pet door, Dog door right in the glass, or Pet door panel insert for a sliding glass patio door. Don’t be trapped into thinking that your dog door must be installed in a door. With Lone Star Dog Doors you will benefit from our many years of remodeling experience plus we use Hale Pet Door products, representing the highest quality in the industry. Call 214-810-1785 today so we can install “Your Pet’s Doorway to Living Large” in the Dallas area.
Stephanie Ebbesen-Stuer 214-563-5769 StephStuer@gmail.com GreenHomeResidential.com Green Home Residential is the first green residential real estate brokerage in North Texas to specializing in healthy, sustainable high performing real estate. Return on your green home investment can show up in increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality and health, decrease in waste, and reduced water consumption, among other things. Get the professionals at Green home Residential to find the shade of green that fits our real estate needs. We will customize services based on your requests and show you how to take advantage of government programs and incentives. Green living is healthy and healthy living is green. Call us for a complimentary consultation.
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6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522 ConcordDallas.org Church that Grows people. Services are Sundays at 7:30am, 9:15am, 11:00am, 12:45am, and online at Streamingfaith. com. Mid-week service is Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Reverend Bryan L. Carter, Senior Pastor.
BEFORE YOU BUY: 1. Is it recycled or made from sustainable materials?
2. Is it resource saving? 3. Is it vintage or pre-owned?
Asking these questions before you buy can help you make a green choice.
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Natural and Organic Skin and Body Care Products 1-888-524-0579 BelloNaturale.com A full line of all natural and organic skin and body products and essential oils. Includes bath, body, facial, and hair products and therapeutic wellness oils. All products are certified organic and completely biodegradable and never tested on animals. Users of Bello Naturale skincare products have experienced better skin moisture retention using less product and relief from some skin conditions that had not been responsive to their prescription medication. Free sample available. Visit BelloNaturale.com or call us today to find out more about our products and to order. See ad on page 13.
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Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Suite 405 Dallas, Tx 214-352-8758 ThermographyCenter.com Offering full body Regulation Thermography, including the breast. It can detect abnormalities in the very earliest of stages, many times finding the underlying causes of disease. Regulation Thermography looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed giving a ‘living dynamic view.’ Consultations, further evaluation and follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 19.
You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails to always reach your destination. ~Jimmy Dean
Nance Woods 330 Market St, Baird, TX QuantumZen@windstream.net QuantumZenTX.com Stress? Illness? Injury? Biofeedback could be the answer. Distance sessions available. Quantum Zen also offers Human BioAcoustic Vocal Profiling and Nance is a highly sought after Reiki Master/ Teacher. Trying to sell your house but it just won’t sell? Keep getting an “unfriendly” feeling around your property? Property clearing is available. Quantum Zen is a holistic wellness center specializing in stress management located west of the metroplex on Interstate 20.
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Jon & Christi Hurley 615-653-5228 FatBurningCoffeeOrTea@yahoo.com CoffeeOrTea4me.com Drink coffee and burn fat. Join thousands of other coffee and tea drinkers who have lost those unwanted pounds. Try the Bfit challenge today! Call Christi at 615653-5228 and get ready for a fitter, healthier you! See ad on page 28.
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Jennifer Trejo, Naturopath 3345 Western Center Blvd, Suite 140 Ft Worth, TX 817-847-0900 AbundantLifeWellnessCenter.com Services include: BioSET, which locates and corrects imbalances in the body through detoxification, enzyme therapy, homeopathy, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations; breast thermography which can detect cancer forming up to 8 years before other detection devices, with no radiation exposure or compression; saliva hormone testing and correction using homeopathic hormones; thyroid testing and balancing; metabolism testing; weight loss; IonCleanse foot Detox and oxygen steam sauna. See ad on page 25.
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1651 Wall Street, Garland 972- 864-1934 BeOrganic.com Rohde’s helps you get and maintain beautiful Yards and Gardens in a chemical-free environment. We know organics better than anyone else. Organic yards and gardens require less water, have fewer insects and diseases and result in better health for you, your family and the environment. We will give you the guidance you need either in our store or at your home. Products and services include Landscaping and maintenance, natural fertilizer, natural insect control, unique garden gift items, pet food for dogs and cats, and a large selection of native and drought-tolerant plants. Call the experts today at 972-864-1934. See ad on page 26.
Yoga SYnaMic Yoga 4 love StUdio + dRagonFlY SPa Lisa Ware 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak, TX 469-437-1334 Instructor@Yoga4Love.net Yoga4Love.net
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Dynamic Yoga and Fitness Studio by Yoga 4 Love was born from a long and fruitful yoga practice and whirlwind of a yoga teaching career from the owner and founder Lisa Ware, Registered Yoga Teacher. She and her Dynamic Team Staff along with her husband and co owner Richard Ware, decided that Red Oak was ready for something totally fresh and new. Most of our yoga classes are HOT yoga, and if you have yet to experience this wonderful practice you are in for a treat. Certified instructors will motivate you and help you set your sights high to achieve your goals, both in and out of the studio. We are Mind, Body Spirit based to nurture the whole you. We are not a gym. We are unique studio where you can commune with like- minded individuals.
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in the Metroplex —8— METROPLEX LOCATIONS
1. Preston 214-360-7569 6100 Luther Ln, Dallas 75225 2. Royal 214-613-2841 5960 Royal Ln, Dallas 75230 3.SMU 214-520-6878 6403 Hillcrest, Dallas 75205 4. Lemmon 214-780-0602 4015 Lemmon Ave, Dallas 75219
5. Flowermound 972-899-3548 2550 Crosstimbers Rd, Flowermound 75028 6. Frisco 214-436-4410 3580 Preston Rd, Suite 107, Frisco 75034 7. Southlake 214-436-4410 2600 E. Southlake Blvd, #160, Southlake 76092 8. Mockingbird & Greenville 214-515-9113 5706 E. Mockingbird Ln, Highland Park 75205
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