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ears ago while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, I remember driving through Nebraska as fast as I could on road trips. Why? At the time, I thought the state was long, flat and boring. Boy was I wrong! I recently spent time in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In addition to having a fascinating history, the views were spectacular. Appreciating the unexpectedly beautiful views in I got my real estate license in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Florida before I even graduated from college. Why? Because I was eager to chase the dollar and own lots of property and accumulate a grandeur of assets. I ended up in the beach concession business with a college degree, a real estate license and disappointed family members. I forged my own path, and it hasn’t always been conventional. Being an entrepreneur has opened me up to being labeled eccentric and/or a visionary. I’d call myself a little of both. I have experienced living with and without assets and liabilities. I fully believe in our featured article “True Wealth” (see page 20). I always experience synchronicity while writing my letter from publisher. My recent travels sum up what I just read in this very article. My recent journey started in the hills of Crawford, Tennessee, at a Hippie Jacks music festival. For four unforgettable days, I camped with all sorts of talented, personality-loaded musicians and reveled in nightly bonfires and music galore with people who bore down into my heart and soul. I visited the Smokies and experienced the best ever 18-mile downhill bike ride down the Virginia Creeper Trail. The family I stayed with made me feel right at home. Hurricane Joaquin made it challenging to carry out my original plans of visiting potential cabin community locations and enjoy some stand up paddling time on the local rivers. Thankfully, I’m used to changing on a dime, so I took a detour road trip through the back country of Kentucky, passing many ghost towns and people living off the grid. Next stop was Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where I breathed in human history and fresh air. I traveled the back roads all the way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I finally got to use my inflatable stand up paddle board that has now traveled over 2,000 miles with me. I was able to enjoy an eight mile downstream paddle on the Snake River with dear friends. The scenery and the company made it spectacular. I’m now seriously considering planting my first tiny home in Idaho. There was a reason for the change of plans. As my good friend always tells me, “Trust the Universe and synchronicity.” Vivian Dantche is a pioneer in the tiny house movement. I am in awe of her passion and devotion to simple, eco-friendly living. She is blazing her own “Oregon Trail” and I welcome you to share her passion and mission in our featured community spotlight (see page 10). Local nursery owner Brandon Bullard offers a vast array of beautiful cacti and succulent plants that can enhance our landscaping without contributing to the water shortage (see page 12). As they say, the best things in life are free. Good choices and good friends are things that money cannot buy, but they surely make life that much more worth living. Choose well and be happy!

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Climbing the Ladder John Lautermilch Cover artist John Lautermilch has been consumed with art since childhood, having started painting at age 8. By the time he was in high school, his art was being displayed and sold in restaurants in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. His work spans many subjects and styles, from abstracts to religious themes, but the artist especially draws inspiration from the colors, light and patterns of the natural world. Lautermilch’s intriguing cover work, Climbing the Ladder, an oil painting, is part of a series featuring frogs engaging in human activities, from dancing to playing ball. “The frog climbing the ladder is just like us; he loves money and power found at the top of the ladder,” says Lautermilch. “On the other hand, he can go no further and is up there all alone. You can read anything you want into it; there is no ‘right’ interpretation.” A graduate of the School of Fine Arts at Washington University, Lautermilch has completed many commissioned works, including murals, for individual collectors and institutions. His work has been exhibited at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Art Museum and other fine art venues. Visit the artist’s portfolio at

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TINY HOUSES V ivian and Thomas Feller founded Eagle Log Cabins, LLC, out of their love for wood, for cabins, and to share this love by providing to others quality products at affordable prices. “We aim to provide safe, beautiful and nontoxic dwellings for families, communities and for persons with chemical sensitivities who cannot live in a standard stickbuilt structure,” shares Vivian. The pair’s original dream has evolved into the award-winning Freedom2-Thrive platform which recently had its debut at the San Diego Fair last June. Inspiration for the company evolved out of disaster, when a 60-foot long needle pine tree crushed Vivian’s personal sanctuary, a Tiny House log cabin which housed her library, her study, and served as her counseling office as well. With over 20 years of academic work and in the last quarter of her Ph.D. work specializing in ecopsychology, the disaster was a blow emotionally as well as crushing the structure. Within hours, the worst storm in a century hit the Northwest and the Fellers had to rescue what they could from the crushed structure. “The holidays took on a salvage theme; I nearly quit my Ph.D.,” says Vivian. However, January 1 brought an awakening. After the storms had cleared and they were able to further inspect the damages, Vivian found three books hidden beneath the six ton massive 10

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trunk of the pine: The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman, The Wounded Researcher: Research with Soul in Mind by Robert Romanyshyn, and Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. “This was a bold sign; each book having special meaning to me and my works.” Educated in the soul’s way of seeing and revitalized by the New Year message, Vivian continued. Not only did she endure, but the journey brought a sweetness to the lemons. “More lessons from the universe, more gifts... for through the loss came discovery. The cabin company that provided the little cabin was gone and the search provided education in product knowledge and wisdom.” The Fellers were inspired to create affordable cabins that brought forth the same old world quality they appreciated in their first cabin and combined it with new age technology. The pair now provides custom, eco-friendly structures that can fulfill someone’s dream; provide a homeless person with a safe affordable dwelling; offer community bonding af-

ter natural disasters; and bring the metaphysical into spiritual retreat centers. Thomas, an athlete and outdoorsman who’s major in college after a near-fatal car crash turned to architecture is now bringing dreams to reality by helping others to find their dream cabin. Vivian continues with her Ph.D. in the ecopsychology and the Freedom-2-Thrive platform grows in popularity as proven with the recognition through many awards and accolades at the San Diego Fair’s Garden Exhibit. “Education of children and adults through Freedom-2-Thrive shows that there is a desire for a less stressful lifestyle, living with less material goods, more eco-friendly towards Gaia and all living things,” says Vivian. In a few short years, the couple has gone from bringing European craftsmanship to North America, to designing their own personal line of cabins and eco-structures. “Bringing good ideas up a notch, redesigning the camping pod for instance...and producing the Peace Pod which has been the inspiration for the non-profit Peace Pods International,” shares Vivian who notes that they will dedicate the first Peace Pod in spring of 2016 to their inspiration, Dr. Wayne Dyer. “The dedication to Wayne is a ‘thank you’ for all he has given us and to millions of others. It will serve as a meditation and healing structure and will be located at a healing retreat in Hawaii.” Both Thomas and Vivian say they will be doing this business for the rest of their physical lives. “This is our passion and our love—bringing dreams into reality and providing quality, eco-friendly structures as kits or as custom designs at affordable prices and offering options for sustainable, off-grid living in comfort and safety. We are dedicated to helping others attain well-being and a simpler life—a life that can facilitate people pursuing their passions. It’s about thriving, not just surviving,” says Vivian. Eagle and Sterling Log Cabins and Tiny Homes, as well as Peace Pods are sold by MiniMansions Distributing. For more information, call 760-5176462 or email MiniMansionsDist@

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Drought Tolerant Landscaping with Desert Theater Nursery


ith all of the news of water scarcity over the past few years, it’s no wonder that more and more Southern Californians are turning to drought tolerant landscaping. Desert Theater Nursery, located in the hills of Escondido, features a large, exotic selection of plants to suit the landscaping needs of those seeking more eco-friendly options. The nursery, which caters to residential and commercial customers, specializes in small to large specimens, including a wide variety of coveted mature plants. “We’ve been around for a long time so we’re able to offer older, wellestablished plants— many that are 25 to 30 years old,” affirms Desert Theater Nursery owner, Brandon Bullard, who began working in the field in 1988. Around 10 years ago, after already spending two decades working at the nursery, 12

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Bullard learned that the owner, Jay Jackson, was retiring. When Jackson offered the business to Bullard he jumped at the chance. “Taking over the nursery seemed like such a natural fit,” he says. “I saw an opportunity to create a good life for myself doing something I really loved and being able to share it with others.” His 16-acre nursery, which includes backup growing grounds in Vista, offers a wide array of cacti, succulents, euphorbia, and agave and aloe plants to enhance any landscape. Bullard, an avid fan of desert plants, notes that over the years he’s observed the general public gaining a larger appreciation for cacti and succulents, both for their aesthetic beauty and eco-friendliness. “It’s great to see people finally dropping the old notion that cacti are spiny, ugly plants. More people are realizing just how beautiful they are.

They’re all cool and unique in their own way and there are so many new hybrid succulents with awesome, vibrant colors. Homeowners really love to see these pretty pinks and purples decorating their yards.” Bullard shares that many of his customers are located in Arizona. “You’d think that the desert would be the best place to grow plants, but we’re actually able to grow much nicer plants here. The climate is fantastic and the plants love it,” he explains. “I can’t tell you how many times other visiting landscaping experts have raved about what a great growing spot we have here. The plants speak for themselves; they’re healthy, growing well and just beautiful specimens.” Education is of the utmost importance to the team at Desert Theater Nursery. “Each plant we deliver is an important plant to me. So when we deliver our plants, we also offer on-site consulting services to ensure that our customers know how to take care of them. We want every plant we deliver to thrive in its new home,” explains Bullard. This life-long musician likens his passion for the plants at his nursery to his love of music. “Two of the greatest joys have collided to create the perfect life for me,” admits Bullard, who shares that he could easily live the life of a hermit. Although Bullard, an accomplished guitar player, has recorded music with some very influential rock musicians and has been urged by many to go out on tour, he prefers to stay where he is. “Of course, I have to get out of the house often enough to unclutter my mind and soul, but going on tour would be too extreme. While I do want to share my music with a larger audience, I don’t want to leave the nursery for extended amounts of time. I have everything that soothes my soul right here. During the day, I tend to the plants, and at night I head into my home recording studio. My passion is not being a rock star. It’s being right here, right where I am. It’s where I belong. It really is perfect.” Location: 9655 Kiwi Meadow Lane, Escondido. For more information, call 760594-2330 or visit


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Support the Pivotal Paris Climate Change Conference As part of its Off + On initiative and ongoing efforts to get governments and businesses worldwide to address climate change and switch to renewable energy sources, and affiliated organizations will spearhead a number of events in the host city and internationally surrounding the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, from November 30 to December 11.   Bill McKibben and May Boeve, co-founders of, encourage everyone to particularly follow November 28 and 29 events working to influence summit participants and spread news of their stance through social media. Volunteers are encouraged to travel to Paris to help ask all attending government officials, politicians and business leaders to pledge to work toward divesting state and local government and university pension and endowment funds of all fossil fuel stock holdings.   In addition, individual investors are urged to direct their financial advisors to eliminate fossil fuel stock holdings and switch to alternative energy companies. Graduates and college students can promote a movement to pressure their alma maters to similarly shift investments. More than 300 institutions worldwide have already made such commitments, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Norwegian Soverign Wealth Fund, University of Glascow, World Council of Churches, the California Public University System and Syracuse University. For more information on how to take action, donate and join in, visit


astyr University Clinic’s state-of-the-art nutrition teaching kitchen will be bustling with activity this fall, with the launch of a new whole-food cooking series for the public. The next Cooking for Healthy Living class will be held November 12. During this hands-on class, attendees will learn new techniques and wellness concepts while preparing a fresh, healthy, organic, whole-food meal. Classes are led by nutrition professional Fernanda Larson, MS, CN, in the Sorrento Valley clinic’s modern teaching kitchen. Recipes prepared during class include Caramelized Onion Kale Salad, Three Sisters Stew and California Roastin’ Chicken with veggie gravy. Attendees will receive generous samples to take home. Class size limited to 25 people. Bastyr University California, the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine, opened in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley in fall 2012. The University offers a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness degree. The campus is a second location for Bastyr University, which was founded in 1978 in Seattle, Washington. Internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine, Bastyr University offers science-based natural health education, research and clinical training. Bastyr University Clinic, the University’s teaching clinic, provides natural health care to San Diego families. Cost: $40 includes all class materials. Discounted prices offered to college students, military, seniors and patients of Bastyr University Clinic. To RSVP visit For more information about this event or other classes, contact

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ichelle Lamoureux and her business Relax & Revitalize Holistic Massage along with the practitioners of Natural Elements Wellness Collective will host a Grand Opening Black and White Party from 5 to 9 p.m. on November 7 at their new office space in Encinitas. “The only thing that says let’s celebrate the grand opening of a new business better than a party is a themed party,” says Lamoureux. Guests should dress to impress in black or white while they get a chance to mingle and have fun with the talented practitioners that call Natural Elements home. The celebration features live music, a ribbon cutting ceremony, free chair massages, food and giveaways including massages, facials, acupuncture treatment, hair removal, resort stays and much more. Lamoureux has 26 years of experience in massage therapy and custom designs each session to meet her client’s needs using deep tissue, acupressure, Reiki, healing touch and Swedish massage. Formerly with Scripps and Kaiser, she also spent six years in the Sprouts vitamin department in Solana Beach, owns a corporate chair massage business, and is a new member of Natural Elements Wellness Collective. Location: 609 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. For more information, call 760-5339219 or email. RSVP by texting 619-333-0362. natural awakenings

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Animal Friends Soothe Autistic Children


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now affects about 1 in every 68 children in the U.S., up from 1 in 150 in 2000. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. Contact with animals may help ameliorate this troubling trend. A recent study of 114 children between 5 and 12 years old has found that autistic children having greater contact with animals have less anxiety related to social situations. The research was led by Marguerite O’Haire, Ph.D., from the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Colleagues from the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia, also participated in the study. The researchers divided the 114 children into 38 groups of three. Each group had one ASD child and two children without ASD. Skin conductance, which provides an objective way for researchers to gauge social anxiety, was measured among the children as they read silently and aloud. As expected, skin conductance was significantly higher among the ASD children as they read aloud in front of their peers. In successive sessions, when researchers introduced pet guinea pigs for the children to pet prior to their readings, the ASD children’s skin conductance levels dropped significantly. “Previous studies suggest that in the presence of companion animals, children with autism spectrum disorders function better socially,” says James Griffin, Ph.D., of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “This study provides physiological evidence that the proximity of animals eases the stress that children with autism may experience in social situations.”







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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Hypertension in Kids


n a large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from participating universities found mothers that take antidepressant drugs during pregnancy face the risk of heart issues for their children. The researchers tested 3,789,330 pregnant women between 2000 and 2010. Of these, 128,950 took at least one prescription for antidepressants during their pregnancy. High blood pressure among children of mothers that didn’t take antidepressants was about 21 percent. Children that were exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs during pregnancy experienced high blood pressure in 31.5 percent of the cases. Those that were exposed to nonSSRI antidepressants experienced high blood pressure 29 percent of the time. This represents a 50 percent increased risk of hypertension for babies of mothers that take SSRIs during pregnancy and a 40 percent increased risk for children exposed to non-SSRIs. In their conclusion, the researchers note, “Evidence from publicly insured pregnant women studied may be consistent with a potential increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn associated with maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in late pregnancy.”

Formaldehyde Found in GMO Soybeans

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esearch from China has determined that cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) inhibit the growth of several cancers. Researchers tested an extract of whole cloves against several types of human cancer cells, including those of ovarian, cervical, liver, colon, breast and pancreatic cancers. Published in the journal Oncology Research, the test used an incubation system that simulated the ability of these cancer cells to grow within the body. The researchers found that the clove extract stopped such development. The active constituents they identified within the clove extracts include oleanolic acid and eugenol. “Clove extract may represent a novel therapeutic herb for cancer treatment, and oleanolic acid is one of the components responsible for part of its antitumor activity,” the researchers commented. Cloves, one of the oldest medicinal spices, have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries.

esearchers from the International Center for Integrative Systems, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have determined that genetically modified (GM/GMO) soybean plants accumulate the carcinogen formaldehyde. The researchers utilized a scientific method called CytoSolve to analyze 6,497 diverse laboratory studies conducted by 184 scientific institutions in 23 countries worldwide. The study data showed that GMO soybeans significantly accumulate formaldehyde, a class-one carcinogen. The research also found that genetic modification forces a depletion of glutathione among the plants, which weakens their immune system. This contrasts with the proposals put forth by the GM industry that GMO soybean plants are stronger, allowing them to endure environmental hardships better than non-GMO soybean plants. The research was led by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., a biologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences. “The results demand immediate testing, along with rigorous scientific standards to assure such testing is objective and replicable. It’s unbelievable such standards for testing don’t already exist. The safety of our food supply demands that science delivers such modern scientific standards for approval of GMOs,” states Ayyadurai. Former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Scientist Ray Seidler, Ph.D., comments about the study, “The discovery reported by Ayyadurai reveals a new molecular paradigm associated with genetic engineering that will require research to discover why the extent of formaldehyde and glutathione concentrations are altered, and what other chemicals relevant to human and animal health are affected. We need the kinds of standards Ayyadurai demands to conduct such research.”

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Agricultural Drones May Boost Sustainability Beginning November 15, farmers will be able to implement flying drones to perform important tasks in their fields. That’s when changes in Federal Aviation Administration regulations will loosen many of the current restrictions on this new technology. Advocates believe the devices can improve precision agriculture management that uses GPS and data collection to boost crop yields and profits while aiding water conservation. For the first time, the drones will be operated legally during an entire growing season, allowing companies to test their business models and technologies together. This boost in crop intelligence should make farms more efficient and help smaller operations compete with well-funded big agribusiness conglomerates whose fields are typically rife with genetically modified (GMO) crops. “This is the first year we’ll actually be able to see, by the time the growing season is over, the impact on the farmer and the impact of the quality of the grapes,” says David Baeza, whose precision agriculture startup Vine Rangers uses drones and ground robots to gather data on vineyard crops. “The biggest thing to watch is what’s going to happen to giants like Monsanto. How you define this market is changing, and the incumbents are in for a battle.” Source: Fortune magazine

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Global Rise Bolsters Sustainability On November 15, thousands of events in communities nationwide will celebrate America Recycles Day (America A program run by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2006, the event is dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S. via special material collection drives and educational activities. Materials available to groups include advice on setting up collectibles stations and customizable templates for promoting activities to increase recycling awareness, commitment and local action. There’s plenty of room to grow: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the amount of waste that the average citizen composts or recycles has increased from 17 percent in 1990 to 33 percent today. Some other countries have been conducting their own national programs longer. For the 19th year, Australia will celebrate a weeklong National Recycling Week ( in November. More than 90 percent of Aussies feel it’s the right thing to do. Recycle Now (, England’s national program, supported and funded by the government and implemented by 90 percent of municipalities, conducts its annual weeklong program in June. Organizers contend that six out of 10 citizens now describe themselves as committed recyclers, compared to fewer than half when the campaign launched in 2004. Germany also celebrates recycling for two days in June; many other countries do so in July. 16

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More Countries Ban Toxic Roundup Countries are gradually banning the use of Monsanto Roundup herbicide around the world as a danger to the environment and human health, and Bermuda is one of the latest to join the ranks. These moves come soon after a recently published metastudy conducted by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published in The Lancet Oncology determined that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is probably carcinogenic to humans. Colombia stopped using Roundup to kill illegal coca plants. France banned the sale to homeowners, and Germany is poised to do the same. A group of 30,000 Argentine physicians are calling for a ban there, where it’s blamed for boosting birth defects and cancer. Others, including the Brazilian federal prosecutor, are demanding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, be pulled off the shelves. In the U.S., the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is assisting efforts in cities, counties and school systems to enact immediate bans of glyphosatebased sprays. IRT is also calling for schools to measure the amount of glyphosate residues in school meals and to take steps to eliminate them if found. Source: EcoWatch

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France Tackles Food Waste with New Law French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed under a law set to crack down on food waste. Supermarkets will also be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Larger stores will have to sign contracts with charities by July 2016 or face penalties. The law will also introduce an education program about food waste in schools and businesses, and follows a measure enacted last February to remove best-before dates on fresh foods. The Gars’pilleurs, an action group founded in Lyon, warns that simply obliging supermarket giants to pass unsold food to charities could give a “false and dangerous idea of a magic solution” to food waste, failing to address the core issues of overproduction in the food industry and wastage in food distribution chains. Source: The Guardian

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Shared Laughter Creates Happier Workers Researchers Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock and Joseph A. Allen have written in the Journal of Applied Psychology about their research into the effect of group humor on workers by studying the behavioral patterns of 54 real-world teams from two businesses. Humor and laughter were examined and each interaction was coded, based on recordings made at meetings. Performance ratings were collected immediately afterward and also several years later. Results showed that levity can reduce body pain and stress and help with relaxation. Cognitively, it bolsters creativity, memory and problem-solving ability. Humor reduces anxiety, elevates mood and increases self-esteem, hope, optimism and energy. In terms of society, it attracts connections, promotes bonding and altruism and leads to happier partnerships. The researchers also found, “At the team level, humor patterns [but not humor or laughter alone] positively related to team performance, both immediately and two years later.” The positive aftereffects of humor on team performance include question-asking, proposals of innovative ideas, new people speaking up and kudos given for jobs well done or problems solved. Source: Complementary Gift Packages

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Dr. T. Colin Campbell on the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet by Sandy Pukel


r. T. Colin Campbell, the Jacob Gould Schurman professor emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, is the co-author of The China Study, author of Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition and was featured in the film Forks Over Knives. In his 70-plus years, he has written more than 300 research papers on diet, nutrition and health based on laboratory research and large-scale human studies in China and the Philip-

pines. He founded the nonprofit T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, in Ithaca, New York. The terms “vegan diet” and “plant-based diet” are often used interchangeably, but is there a difference? In past years, most people that chose a vegan diet did so for ideological reasons, without fully understanding the scientific basis for this choice. As a result, the average vegan diet is not

What are the main ecological and environmental benefits of a plantbased diet? Methane production by livestock is a major contributor to climate change, responsible for as much as 50 percent of current greenhouse gas production, according to some sources. Even the livestock interest group with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has estimated for at least the past 10 years that this contribution, although cited lower at 14.5 to 18 percent, outranks even the transportation sector. The significance relates to methane production, which has a far higher capacity on a molecular level to trap and hold heat energy in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, although it has a shorter life. Its effect multiplies because a faster rise in temperature leads to permafrost melting and an additional release of methane. Other serious problems associated with livestock production include loss of topsoil, contamination of groundwater, depletion of deepwater aquifers and pollution of oceans and reefs.  Are all animal proteins harmful to health, or is dairy particularly detrimental? The casein effect of dairy products on cancer can be generalized to all animal proteins, based on comparing its adverse effects on serum cholesterol, development of cardiovascular disease, excessive cell replication and inflammation. Just as important, diets with more animal protein are prone to include less plant-based foods that provide many essential health benefits.

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Is there any evidence indicating that a diet that includes 5 to 10 percent of high-quality animal protein is less healthy than a 100 percent vegan diet? To my knowledge, absent published direct evidence, there is a strong commonsense impression that a 100 percent plant diet is better than anything less. This is probably best answered by evidence from population-based studies showing a linear association of disease occurring with increasing consumption of animal-based foods, with zero disease at zero consumption of animal products. However, it’s also true that individual susceptibilities vary considerably.  My best estimate is that it’s easier and safer to consume no animal-based food because it better allows emergence of new taste perception. What can healthy eaters do to spread awareness of the benefits of such a lifestyle?  Opportunities abound, including organizing a local showing of the film PlantPure Nation and a PlantPure pod program. You might enroll in the online plant-based nutrition certificate program partnered by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University’s online curriculum and/or enroll in the Global Roots Health Experience conference this April in the Dominican Republic. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., will be a keynote speaker on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, departing on its 13th Caribbean Voyage to Well-Being on Feb. 27, 2016. For more information, call 800-496-0989 or visit See ad, page 44.

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’m an avid reader and can often be found with my nose pointed toward a magazine, book, local city paper or even company brochures. While I know many audio book enthusiasts, when it comes to full-length books, it’s rare for me to choose the audio book over the printed copy. However, when presented with the audio version of The Lives of Carl Atman: A Love Story by Morris W. Walker, I decided to experience the book audibly. I’m glad I did as I firmly believe that hearing the story, narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, enriched my experience of this romantic tale. The Lives of Carl Atman is truly a love story that transcends time. Written and read with great care, The Lives of Carl Atman is an unforgettable collection of stories that follows two lovers through many of their reincarnations throughout time. The story begins in Alaska in 1532 AD when our main characters lived as an Eskimo couple, Kimo and Quannik. After the adventures in their Alaskan life end, the listener gets transported to many other fascinating settings such as India and Madagascar in the 1600s, Tennessee in the 1700s and Hawaii in the late 1800s, plus reincarnations in other unrelated destinations, relative only to the two loving soul mates’ perfectly timed, magical, yet uncanny reunions across time and space. While masterfully weaving the story of the pair and their spiritual evolution through numerous lifetimes together, Walker paints vivid, imaginative historical settings. Akin to the classic book and film, Somewhere in Time, this historical romance takes readers on a memorable journey into the many lives these two soul mates share in this amazing saga. The intriguing tale, along with Garcia’s masterful narration, grabbed me from the very beginning. As I listened to Garcia narrate the author’s exquisitely detailed book, it became quickly obvious that he was highly skilled at audiobook narration. Garcia, an engaging storyteller, has a pleasant warmth to his vocal qualities and a profound ability to bring Walker’s characters to life. While listening along, I could easily visualize the scenes as the book is very cinematic in nature. I couldn’t help but think that one day this story could be brought to life on the big screen as it would make for an ideal “chick flick.” “The thread of reincarnation holds the stories together like a beautiful pearl necklace,” says Namita Gandhi, a dear friend of Walker’s. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Overall it’s an uplifting tale of everlasting love that will hold a special place in listeners’ hearts as we are reminded of the one thing that stands the test of time—true love. The Lives of Carl Atman: A Love Story by Morris W. Walker, narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, is available on and, a division of Blackstone Audiobooks. natural awakenings

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national and global scale is not really a secret; it’s in plain sight, and it’s called moderation.”

Choose Lasting Wealth

“Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people that care about one another, their community and their natural environment,” says David Korten, Ph.D., the co-founder of Positive Futures Network and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. “When we choose real wealth,” says Korten, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, “we can have exciting hobbies and adventures; work that challenges and stimulates us; and spiritual connection with a universe that’s infinitely larger than a stock portfolio. Instead of more stuff in our alreadystuffed lives, we can have fewer things, but better things of higher quality—fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses.”

Step One: Taking Inventory of Our Stuff

Suze Orman, owner of the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California, and the bestselling author of The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, ponders whether having stuff is worth it and suggests we take an inventory of what we own. “Think about the value of each object—what it cost you when you bought it, what it’s worth in dollars today, and what it’s worth in an Earthly, material representation of who you are now,” she says. Orman suggests that we go through every closet and cupboard and recycle or throw away items that no longer serve us well, and then reconnect with items we cannot part with, such as family mementos. “Think of these items so precious to you and how little, in fact, they cost you,” she says. In this way we define for ourselves the true meaning of worth, and it’s never about the stuff. Once we have a handle on what we own, it’s time to turn to what we want and how we can get there.

TRUE WEALTH Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence by Judith Fertig


raditional economics has us thinking in opposites—in terms of assets and liabilities. We consider the value of the material things we’ve accumulated: We add up our assets, which may include stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts and retirement savings. Then we subtract what we owe: Our liabilities may include a home mortgage, credit card debt, insurance premiums and student and vehicle loans. The balance is deemed our net worth. Figured this way, our net worth changes every minute and can sometimes shift dramatically. There is a better way to assess our wealth, because we are overlooking, dismissing or squandering valuable resources and benefits such as time, personal health, spiritual well-being, social connections or community in order to buy temporal things that will only depreciate over time. Golden, Colorado, author David Wann explores this theme in his book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. He remarks, “The U.S. may be on top when it comes to spending, but we also lead the world in debt per capita, children in poverty, percent of people in prison, obesity and infant mortality.” In fact, the U.S. has recently been ranked 42nd among countries in longevity— right below Guam and just above Albania. “So where is all the spending really getting us?” he asks. “We need to be getting more value out of each dollar, each hour, each spoonful of food, each square foot of house and each gallon of gas. The secret of success at the local, 20

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Step Two: Re-Evaluating Life Goals

Just as we would do a personal financial assessment before we make plans to achieve financial goals, a life audit helps us determine our priorities for living happily and productively. Ximena Vengoechea, a design researcher for Twitter, Inc., in San Francisco, recently did this using 100 sticky notes during one dedicated afternoon. She wrote a single wish, one thing she’d like to do, on each note. During this “spring cleaning for the soul,” as she calls it, Vengoechea reaffirmed her thirst for learning and adventure. Taking it a step further, she analyzed how she spent her time and how often she saw the people most important to her, mapping the data as pie charts. She discovered that most of her time was spent in work-related activities and not enough in adventure or seeing the people she loved.

Drawing it up in the visual medium of charts helped her identify her life goals and see the changes she needed to make. Doubtless, we can all find better ways to utilize our assets.

household budget for food, not less,” he says. “By rearranging both our household and national expenditures, we should give a higher priority to fresh, healthy food and a lower priority to electronic gadgets, shopping, cars, lawns and even vacations. Our overall expenses don’t have to go up, they just need to be realigned with our changing values. By choosing higher quality food and supporting better ways of growing it, we also begin to reshape the American culture,” he says.

Our Time

Arianna Huffington, of New York City, founder of The Huffington Post, knows firsthand about having so many demands on our time that days feel rushed, which can increase our stress and negatively impact our productivity. She says, “On the flip side, the Our Community feeling of having enough time, or even surplus time, The community, rather than the stock market, is the betis called ‘time affluence’. Although it may be hard to ter source of real wealth—both personal and global— believe, it’s actually possible to achieve.” Huffington maintains Korten. “Your community economy is part recommends simple steps like getting enough of the glue that binds people together. It’s the sleep and putting time limits on work and Finding and doing key to physical and mental health and happionline activities. ness.” Giving less control over our financial what “lights us well-being to Wall Street and more to Main Belinda Munoz, a social change activist in San Francisco who blogs at TheHalfwayPoint. Street will help us think in terms of livelihoods, up” will bring net, observes, “Time is neutral. We either use it instead of mere jobs. For Korten, this equates to us abundance. not only how we make money to live, but also wisely or waste it, so the onus is on us to make it an asset.” Munoz can both let go of stress how we live—valuing our homes, communities ~David Howitt and be more productive when she blocks out and natural environment. day parts. “When I focus, I shut out interruptions, stop feeling Priceless social capital comes from investing our time rushed and get my work done with ease,” she says. and money in local communities. Korten observes how, when freely and wisely spent, these efforts can lower crime rates, make schools more productive and help economies Our Health function better. Korten cites Oakland, California’s WellOne high-impact way to support personal health is to value Being in Business Lab, which works with the Greater Good food more, maintains Wann. “We need to spend more of our



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Finding and doing what “lights us up” will bring us abundance, claims David Howitt in Heed Your Call. The Portland, Oregon, Meriwether Group entrepreneur who consults for consumer companies, maintains that finding our heroic purpose (that heart-centered thing we feel we were meant to do) is the first step toward true wealth. Howitt says the secret is in one small word—and. Instead of choosing either/or, our world expands with “and”. He urges us to integrate the intuitive and analytic parts of ourselves: “poet and professional, prophet and profit, soul and success.” It’s not just about philanthropy, but truly making your community and your world a better place through your work, he observes. “You’re doing good in the world, and when you live that way, money follows you.” Judith Fertig blogs about living well at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Conducting a Life Audit by Ximena Vengoechea


ere’s one approach to doing a life audit in order to both discern more keenly what’s important and figure out how to allocate resources better to make those things happen. Step 1: Take a few hours and 100 sticky notes. Write a wish—something you’d like to do or have happen in your life—on each one. Arrange them on a flat surface. Step 2: See what patterns evolve. Rearrange the notes by themes or categories, such as family, physical health, adventure, profession, giving back and skills. Those that contain the most notes indicate the realm of your most powerful wishes. Step 3: Evaluate your time. Take stock of a typical day, week and month to analyze how you are spending it. Step 4: Prioritize. Some wishes need to be fulfilled every day or soon, while long-term wishes aim for “someday”. Step 5: Make a plan. Just as with a smart financial strategy, which typically involves investing money over time, you can now allocate your time to make your wish list happen. For more details, visit


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relationship in accomplishing good. Using this six-part process of helpful concrete steps applies equally to the children and adults in our lives. n Become aware of the other person’s emotions.

What’s Your Child’s EQ? Six Ways to Raise

n Care about the other person by seeing their emotions as valid and important. n Listen empathetically to better understand the way they feel, allowing them to feel safe to be vulnerable without fear of judgment. Seek to understand, rather than to agree or redirect.

n Acknowledge and validate their feelings. We don’t need to validate that the thoughts they have about their emotions are correct; instead, simply let them know that it’s valid to feel the way by Teal Swan that they do. For example, if a friend says, “I feel useless,” we could validate uch of our identity is shaped in each child in understanding and coping them by saying, “I can see how you childhood by key events and with their emotions. might feel that way.” the emotions and perspectives n Allow the person to experience their we associate with them. Recipe for a High EQ emotions fully before moving toward any Parents can successfully form deeper conkind of improvement. We cannot impose All Emotions Count nections with their kids by recognizing, our idea of when they should be ready Emotional intelligence, sometimes respecting and acknowledging their emoor able to feel differently. This is when referred to as EQ, is often overlooked as tional range, rather than telling kids they we practice unconditional presence a skill set in today’s world. The recent should feel a certain way. Telling someand unconditional love. We are there animated film Inside Out calls attention one how they should or shouldn’t feel as support, without trying to fix them or to effective ways of addressing a child’s only teaches them to distrust themselves anything else. Don’t be offended if they journey by embracing and better unand that there’s something wrong with don’t accept support that’s offered at this derstanding their emotions; particularly them. As a communication aid, Inside time. A benevolent power is inherent in those that don’t feel positive. Out may speak best to older children, offering love that exists regardless of what A recent study by the London because younger viewers may get the School of Economics Centre for Ecoerroneous impression that emotions can someone does or does not do with it. nomic Performance found that a child’s control them, rather than that they can n Help the other person to strategize emotional health is far more imporcontrol their own emotional reactions. ways to manage the reactions they tant in determining future happiness The recipe for healthy bonding and might be having to their emotions than factors such as academic success emotional development is for all parties after—and only after—their feelings or wealth. Parents can help ensure a to model how they value the importance have been validated, acknowledged healthy emotional upbringing by avoid- of each other’s feelings and respectfully and fully felt. This is when we can asing making three mistakes. listen for the feelings behind the words. sert new ways of looking at a situation Disapproval of a child’s emoIn opening ourselves to being underthat may improve the way another tions: This involves being critical of a stood, we open ourselves to understand- person is feeling. This is when advice child’s displays of negative emotion and ing others. Good parenting involves emo- may be offered. reprimanding or punishing the child for tion. Good relationships involve emotion. When done successfully, this proexpressing them. The bottom line is that emotions matter. cess can transform a conflict encounDismissing a child’s emotions: We all struggle with negative emo- tered in a relationship into solid gold. This comes across as regarding a tions from time to time, and the way child’s emotions as unimportant, either we address and deal with them influTeal Swan is the author of Shadows Bethrough ignoring their emotions, or ences our emotional health. The goal fore Dawn: Finding the Light of Self-Love worse, trivializing them. is to develop a trustworthy emotional Through Your Darkest Times, on how Offering little relevant guidance: connection with the other person that healing hidden wounds reveals our auWhile parents may empathize, they is important to us, which enhances thentic selves ( Inside Out don’t set limits on behavior or assist intimacy and the effectiveness of the will be released next month on DVD.

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n Set a daily time for journal writing.


n Pick a handful of things that prompt gratitude that day. Perhaps begin with people that support you in some way. Everything counts, from expressions of beauty to basic conveniences. Eventually the daily list will grow, generating the joy of gratitude at ever-higher levels.

Grateful for EVERYTHING

n It’s important to write with love and joy, because such feelings create your world. Even if something’s a work in progress, like encouraging steps in a relationship, focus on what makes you feel good and want more of and you’ll start seeing more evidence of them.

Create an Attitude of Gratitude All Day Long by Mary Lynn Ziemer


he secret to happiness and finding the enduring joy we all seek is Thanksgiving—the simple act of continually giving thanks. To realize wonderful positive outcomes, up to and including seeming miracles, do one thing: Show gratitude all day long. Seeing everything in a new light, through a refreshing prism of love and appreciation, imparts a deep inner well of peace, calm and joy, making us feel more alive. We can feel that way every day, in every aspect of life, awaking each morning excited to create the day ahead and enthusiastic about each moment and then falling asleep at night embracing a profound feeling of gratitude for all the good we know and have. Happiness is contagious and becomes an upward spiral of joy naturally shared with others. Start today by launching a daily gratitude journal. This single action, the simplest and quickest way to get results, will foster a habit geared to change everything forever. It fills up our love tank, sparks success and benefits everyone. To embrace better relationships, health, clarity, life and tangible and intangible wealth:

n Elaborate in detail about a particular thing that earns extra gratitude. This carries more benefits from intense feelings than creating a list. When we see how blessed we are with what we already have, it creates more of what we are grateful for, generating an endless cycle of gratitude. n Take notice of the surprises and little miracles that occur, and be sure to make note of them to evoke an even stronger level of awe and gratitude. Robert Emmons, Ph.D., of the University of CaliforniaDavis, a leading authority in researching the science of gratitude and its impact on well-being, instructs his study participants, “Be aware of your feelings and how you ‘relish’ and ‘savor’ this gift in your imagination. Take the time to be especially aware of the depth of your gratitude.” In other words, don’t hurry through this exercise like a to-do list. An all-day-long attitude of gratitude ramps up our awareness of life’s pleasures. It takes an already good life to a whole new zone of zest. Mary Lynn Ziemer is a master of Advanced Life Concepts, certified life and business coach, motivational speaker and author, with more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and corporate executive at two Fortune 100 companies. Connect at


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Kristen Bell on Planet-Friendly Living Eco-Activist Actress Takes Steps that Make a Difference by Gerry Strauss

Which core beliefs catalyze your passion for consciously stewarding the environment? I wholeheartedly believe: Every problem has a solution. We are all global citizens. Kindness is always in fashion. We have to laugh at ourselves. There is strength in forgiveness. Honesty without tact is cruelty. No one can make me feel inferior without my consent. Ultimately, we are responsible for one another and for the creatures and places around us. I felt good about caring for the world around me before I had kids, but now I also derive a ton of self-esteem from being a good example for them.  

How has celebrity supported your role in speaking out on behalf of your favorite causes?

I have the rare gift of a public platform, which is amazing to me, since I felt so small and unheard as a child. Social media can be a megaphone, so I use it to be a conduit to support causes I believe

in. People don’t have to listen… but when they do, helpful things happen. My approach is to spotlight an issue while also shedding light on a solution. I particularly like talking about childhood malnutrition and telling people about ThisBarSavesLives (, which donates a life-saving nutritional packet to a child in need every time we buy this organic, gluten-free snack bar. I love their motto, “We eat together.” S. Bukley/


rom Veronica Mars to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, her face is unmistakable. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of Frozen, her voice is now unforgettable, as well. Kristen Bell, though, believes the greatest contribution she can make is embodying an eco-friendly lifestyle together with her husband, actor Dax Shepard, and their two daughters, finding ways to help the planet survive and thrive for generations to come.

even before I knew the positive environmental effects of a vegetarian diet. People need to be conscious of what they are eating. Most edible supermarket items aren’t real food. I like knowing where my meal comes from and who handles it. It makes both my mind and body feel better.

How did the animated film Frozen enable you to reach a larger young audience than ever before?

My goal with the character Anna was to play an imperfect princess, giving voice to the heroine I had been searching for when I was young: Someone who was awkward, clumsy, optimistic, too talkative, caring and didn’t have perfect posture. I wanted girls that feel like they don’t always fit in to have a fearless heroine to identify with. I want to be a real-life Anna, someone who doesn’t apologize for her flaws and stands up for herself and others because she’s strong. Thanks to Frozen, I have been invited to do more projects that reach young people. I hope to extend my voice as a trustworthy source supporting projects that can benefit them.   

What Earth-friendly actions do you and your family embrace in You are passionate about day-to-day living? the universal need for water Our fun time revolves around being ac- conservation. What steps has tive outdoors. We love hiking as a fam- your own family taken to be ily, walking a mile to dinner or biking water-conscious? along the river. We often go exploring and make up outdoor games such as: How far can you jump? How far can I throw this? and Let’s race! The kids like to get dirty and my husband and I like to breathe fresh air at the end of a workday. We have a garden where the girls and I are learning about growing and caring for edible plants and how to cook what we grow. Our thumbs aren’t very green just yet but we are trying.

As PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities” of 2013, why are you and Dax convinced that healthy vibrancy doesn’t rely on eating meat? I have been a vegetarian since I was 11. I have never wanted to eat meat,

Living in California and dealing with drought firsthand teaches about water conservation by necessity. We carefully consider how the food we eat directly impacts water use; we all understand that producing meat and dairy is water intensive. Replacing our lawn with AstroTurf cut our household water bill dramatically. We never run water from the tap when we are brushing our teeth, and always ‘let it mellow if it’s yellow’, that is, flush selectively. We even reuse the water used to sterilize baby bottles to water houseplants.   Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at GerryStrauss

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Dangers in the Cosmetic Bag Choose Safe and Healthy Natural Beauty Aids by Kathleen Barnes


e all want to look and feel beautiful, often enhancing our best features with assistance from cosmetics. Yet many of us may not be aware of the toxic ingredients contained in products we’re using. “When the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed 77 years ago, it contained 112 pages of standards for food and drugs, and only one page for cosmetics,” says Connie Engel, Ph.D., science and education manager at the Breast Cancer Fund and its Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, in San Francisco. While most cosmetic ingredients must be listed on product labels, sometimes their names are hard to


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recognize, many are toxic and some of the most dangerous ones may not even be listed. Labeled toxins commonly found in cosmetics include endocrine disruptors that can affect our developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune systems. Here are just a few: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, is found in foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow and mascara. It can even enhance the toxicity of other chemicals, according to Danish research published in the International Journal of Andrology, and due to its fluorine base, can disrupt iodine absorption, contributing to breast disease including cancer.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and its cousin, hydroxytoluene (BHT), are common preservatives found in lip products, liquid makeup and moisturizers that the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption cites as interfering with hormone function. They’ve also been shown to cause kidney damage, according to research from Spain’s Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Formaldehyde in many forms, including quaternium-15, coal tar, benzene and mineral oils that are prohibited in the European Union and Japan, are classified as carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. These examples represent the tip of the iceberg of toxic chemicals of concern commonly used in cosmetics. They further range from allergens and substances that cause non-cancerous and cancerous tumors and organ toxicity to developmental and reproductive impairment, miscarriage and bioaccumulation leading to toxic overload when not excreted. Fragrances don’t have to be included in label ingredient lists, constituting another major concern, explains Engel. “Most cosmetics, even eye shadow, contain fragrance, and those fragrances can contain several dozen unlabeled ingredients, including hormone-disrupting phthalates.” The European Union is the authoritative source on all of these issues. Based on its CosIng (cosmetic ingredi-

ents) database accessed via ec.europa. eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing, it has banned scores of toxic chemicals from makeup sold in EU countries.

Safe and Healthy Alternatives

Fortunately, safe alternatives are available to enhance our natural beauty. “Become an educated consumer and read the list of ingredients,” advises Janice Cox, the Medford, Oregon, author of Natural Beauty at Home. “Fewer ingredients and organic components mean safer products.” Better yet, we can make our own more natural beauty aids. “One advantage of making your own is that you’re in control. You know yourself and your skin and sensitivities,” says Cox. DIY products are easy if intense color isn’t a requirement. “The color many people want is hard to produce with kitchen ingredients,” Cox explains. “You can make clear mascara and eyebrow tamer with castor oil. It’s easy to make lip balms and maybe get a little color by adding berry juice or beet root powder.” For those that want the look of highquality makeup without toxins, other good alternatives come into play, says Hollywood makeup artist Lina Hanson, author of Eco-Beautiful. “I had been working in the industry for several years before I discovered the toxic ingredients in makeup; I was shocked,” she says.

Equally unsettling, “I also learned that many of the ingredients allowed in the U.S. are banned in the European Union because of their toxicity.” That knowledge launched Hanson’s quest to create safe, organic, beauty-enhancing products for women, celebrities and everyday people alike. “So many people these days pay close attention to what they put in their bodies, but not everyone is as careful about what they put on their bodies,” she says. “I want people to understand that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in going green.” Hanson warns against so-called “natural” cosmetics that abuse the term and may include harmful preservatives and synthetic ingredients. She assures, “Any product labeled ‘USDA certified organic’ contains 100 percent organic ingredients.” Her book mentions numerous brands she recommends.

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid n Benzophenone n Butylated compounds, including BHA, BHT n Carbon black n Ethanolamine compounds including DEA, MEA, TEA n Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea) n Heavy metals, including lead (may not be labeled) n Phthalates n PTFE (Teflon) n Silica n Talc n Titanium dioxide n Triclosan Source: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

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Healthy, moisturized skin is essential to natural beauty, many experts agree, noting that younger women need to unclog pores to prevent acne. They don’t need much moisturizing, but skin generally becomes drier with age, making good moisturizers important. Cox recommends jojoba oil to effect glowing skin. Hanson likes coconut oil, although she recommends rubbing it in, removing makeup and then taking it off with a hot, wet towel.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics ( has created a helpful app for iPhone and Android users at Simply download it and scan a store item’s barcode to immediately access information on the product’s toxic ingredients, along with recommendations for healthier alternatives. Kathleen Barnes is the author of many natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at

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Choosing the Perfect Pet Not Just Any Dog or Cat Will Do by Sandra Murphy


he old line, “He followed me home, can we keep him?” used to get a kid a dog or cat of his own. In today’s homes, it’s not that easy. Choosing a pet is a personal choice not to be taken lightly nor made on another person’s behalf. A surprise pet is a bad idea. Rather than gift a pet during the holidays or at any other time, give a coupon to be redeemed after extensive and careful consideration. Involve the whole family in listing pros and cons, deal breakers and must-haves. Lifestyle adjustments by everyone are to be expected, but pets shouldn’t make all the sacrifices. Available time and space, daily routines and costs all matter in determining the perfect pet.


Account Coordinator for z11 Communications, public speaker and author Michael Holtz, of Knoxville, Tennessee, admits he would’ve fallen in love with any dog. His wife, Sarah, searched to find the one that would work best for them. Based on past experience, Sarah knew that she didn’t want a herding, massive, shedding or miniature pet. She was drawn to Labrador types and found Marley, a golden/basset mix rescue that moved in as Michael was undergoing cancer treatment. “She’s calm, playful and wants to be near, but doesn’t smother, is stubborn, yet trainable, and mostly obedient,” Sarah says. “Plus, she’s content to nap or go on three-mile walks. Walking Marley helped Michael’s recovery after surgery. She was good with just sniffing the green off of a blade of grass until he was ready to head home.” 28

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Small dogs and those that need extensive grooming were on Melinda Carver’s no-adopt list. “I read books, visited websites, shelters, adopt-a-thons and rescue groups,” she says. “As a single person with a full-time job, I wanted a dog that would fit with my work, volunteer and exercise schedules.” Riley, a bloodhound/Lab mix, fit the bill. Shelter workers can project how large a dog will get when fully grown, as well as their temperament and other breed traits. Carver was cautioned that Riley was an active animal, needed long walks and would ultimately top 100 pounds. Now age 11, he’s a companionable 135 pounds. “I was surprised at how easy it was to change my routine to accommodate playtime, mile-long walks and training. He’s laid back and gentle for his size,” comments Carver, a blog talk radio show host in Parma, Ohio. Danielle Nay, an expat from the UK, researched for two years before choosing Freeway, her neighbor-friendly löwchen. He’s a mid-size dog, big enough to be a manly companion, but the right size for a high-rise apartment. “When his humans are busy, Freeway flings his own ball down the hall and then runs after it,” she says.

Not Quite Perfect

The perfect pet doesn’t have to be perfect in looks or health. Dorie Herman, of Jersey City, New Jersey, a graphic designer for Martha Stewart Living, in New York City, is the human behind Chloe Kardoggian, a Chihuahua and puppy mill rescue, age 11, which she describes as “three pounds, two teeth, one giant tongue and an Instagram sensation.” Due to poor nutrition, mill dogs often lose their teeth as young adults, causing their tongues to hang out. She advocates for older dogs and an adopt/don’t buy policy. “With senior animals, you know what you’re getting. They have personality,” says Herman. “With my work schedule, I wanted an older pet, small and piddle-pad trained.”

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Herbert Palmer, of Morris Plains, New Jersey, now with Green the Grid Group, worked for a moving company when three kittens showed up near the loading dock. A co-worker took one. Not in the market for a cat, much less two, Palmer tried to find them good, safe homes. After five days, he realized, Lucky and Day had a home—with him. “Sometimes we adopt them. Many times they adopt us,” he confides. Falling in love doesn’t depend solely on what looks good on paper. Everyone deserves to find their “heart” pet— when that first exchanged look proclaims, “He’s mine.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@


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n A yard isn’t a must, but dogs need regular exercise and socialization. n Adult children boomerang home after college or a divorce, often with pets. A new baby also alters a home’s equilibrium. Many hours away due to work, school activities, elder care and/or volunteering can lead to a bored pet that will produce its own entertainment, often to the family’s dismay. n Some pets are easily washable, while others need professional grooming. Daily brushing minimizes shedding. n Family members’ tolerance for pet drool and snoring counts.

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magine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore, change,” explains Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis, a certified barre instructor at Physique Fitness Studio, in Grove City, Ohio. Students use a ballet barre to support themselves while doing the exercises. Yokarini-Kotsonis is among many former dancers that have embraced barre fitness. Trained in ballet, tap, contemporary and traditional dance in Athens, Greece, she discovered barre when she moved to the U.S. “I fell in love with how challenging it was and the effects and changes I saw in my body. I got certified a year later and have been teaching ever since. I’m still in love with practicing it, no matter how

tired I might be beforehand,” she says. Rather than a cardiovascular regimen, “Barre is good for developing core strength. You gain overall flexibility, muscle strength, improved posture and range of motion,” says Lisa Juliet, West Coast regional director of the teacher certification program (Barre

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While barre has had some U.S. presence since the 1950s, “It’s having a resurgence now,” says Charlene Causey, a certified natural health professional and ballet body barre instructor in Pueblo, Colorado. Newfound interest began on both coasts and is quickly becoming a Midwest mainstay, according to YokariniKotsonis, who says it’s one of the most popular classes she teaches, and other studios are following suit. She remarks, “Everyone wants to offer barre, and everyone wants to come to a class and see what it’s about.”

“Seniors love it because barre helps improve their balance. It’s also perfect for people working to overcome injuries,” says Juliet. She notes that while women are predominant in classes, the tide is turning a bit toward more gender equity. “Men that enter classes as skeptical come out sweating.” One recently earned his barre teaching certificate.

Benefits of Barre

“What makes this workout brilliant is that the classes are designed to fit the goals and ability levels of all participants. Each set of exercises provides options ranging from the beginner to the more advanced barre enthusiast. Effective, yet safe, low-impact techniques provide ongoing challenges,” says Causey. Those that regularly practice realize many positive effects. “Your body becomes long and lean, similar to a ballet dancer’s. You learn to stand tall and become stronger with each class,” says Yokarini-Kotsonis. However, don’t expect it to be easy. “Even when you do it every day, you’ll still find it extremely challenging,” she adds. Most teachers individualize modifications for beginners. “I tell my students to do what they can. There’s no judgment here,” says Causey. Many yoga teachers offer barre classes as a beneficial complement to other sports and activities such as running. “It supplements your other endeavors,” notes Causey. Today’s barre classes feature bare feet and typical workout wear, specialized equipment and props, contemporary music and of course, the ballet barre. The whole experience is highly positive and upbeat, says Causey. Most fitness experts would agree that it’s good to add variety to workouts, and trying something new adds spice to the mix. Plus, for those that keep at it, says Yokarini-Kotsonis, “Barre can be the fastest results-oriented program you can undergo. Expect to see a change in your body in a month if you attend three to four classes a week.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett@

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Natural Facial Essentials Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story by Linda Sechrist

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t age 25, Paula Begoun, author of The Original Beauty Bible and other bestselling books on skincare, makeup and hair care, read her first label on a skincare product she was using. Although she’d tried many different products to control her acne and eczema since age 11, she hadn’t thought about the contents, which was partially why she was distraught to discover that acetone (nail polish remover) was the fourth ingredient listed. That moment became the inspiration for Begoun’s lifetime devotion to skincare research and education and customer advocacy. Today, as founder of the Seattle-based Paula’s Choice Skincare, she continues to help women understand when product claims are misleading or factual.

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One of Begoun’s core conclusions is that the terms organic and all natural are largely responsible for fueling the misconception that all synthetic ingredients in cosmetics are automatically bad and that all organic or natural ingredients are automatically good. She further notes that many products labeled organic and natural include synthetic chemicals, meaning that the term organic doesn’t apply to the entire formula. Fragrances are common synthetic ingredients, as is the triethanolamine that’s often used to adjust the pH or as an emulsifying agent to convert acid to a salt, or stearate, as the base for a cleanser. To help consumers avoid overpaying for skincare products which may not be as natural or organic as touted, Begoun encourages skepticism regarding marketing messages. She suggests that an important key is to choose the best formulation for an individual’s skin type and specific skin concerns. “There are no U.S. Food and Drug Agency-approved standards for the organic labeling of skincare products sold in salons and spas or over-the-counter. The cosmetics industry hasn’t agreed on one set of standards either. U.S. Department of Agriculture certification is cost-prohibitive for most small cosmetic companies that use clean, certified

organic ingredients, so some uncertified organic products exist and it’s wise to read labels,” explains Elina Fedotova, founder of the nonprofit Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners. She counsels that we Google any unfamiliar ingredient to learn if it’s toxic or safe. Fedotova, a cosmetic chemist and aesthetician who makes her professional skincare line, Elina Organics, by hand in a laboratory, compares the difference between salon and commercial products to fine dining versus fast food. “Salon products are made in far smaller quantities than mass-produced brands and offer higher concentrations of ingredients. They are generally shipped directly to the salon and have a higher turnover rate. Because they don’t have to be stored for indeterminate periods or endure warehouse temperatures, they are fresher and more potent,” she says. Although a facial can easily be performed at home with salon or commercial products, Fedotova, who owns spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, recommends having a professional facial every four to five weeks. Charlene Handel, a certified holistic esthetician, holistic skin care educator and owner of Skin Fitness Etc., in Carlsbad, California, agrees.

we age, cell turnover time increases to 45 or 60 days, which is why gentle sloughing is necessary. This can be done at home three times a week with a honey mask. Another form of exfoliation performed in a salon uses a diamondtipped, crystal-free microdermabrasion machine to gently buff away the surface layer of skin. An additional option is a light glycolic acid and beta hydroxy acid treatment. This can be purchased over the counter or prepared at home using organic papaya (glycolic) and pineapple (beta hydroxyl) for more even skin tone. These treatments, sometimes referred to as acid peels, can be applied to the face for no more than 10 to 15 minutes, typically every two to four weeks or every few months. Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are all elements of a complete facial. The simplest sequence of application is layering from the lightest to heaviest— eye cream, serum and moisturizer. Give them a minute or two to absorb. No facial is complete without a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, applied last.

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Handel chooses treatments that penetrate and nourish the layer of skin below the epidermis, the outermost layer, consisting of mostly dead cells, with 100 percent holistic (edible) products and freshly brewed organic tea compresses. “Without a gentle exfoliation, the first step in any effective facial, not even skincare formulas with penetration enhancers, can nourish the lower layer of live cells. One key nourishment among others is vitamin C, an antioxidant which brightens, protects against sun damage and promotes collagen production,” advises Handel. She explains that skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells can pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, rough, dull appearance. As natural awakenings

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Sharing Our Bounty Food Drives Need Healthy Donations by Avery Mack


hat’s on the table can help lower risks of stroke, heart attack, cancer and diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. Not all families are able to afford the healthiest foods, but fatty,

high-sugar options can be avoided. The most-needed donations are nonperishable and high in protein, but low in sodium, sugar and fats. Give the best, most affordable products, according to these tips and

the food drive’s guidelines. Organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) foods are welcome. Note that not all pantries can store fresh produce, glass containers or personal hygiene items. “Pantries rely on informed community support,” explains Jim Byrnes, director of Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Area Food Bank. “Area churches, schools and businesses keep us supplied. We’ll help 300 families this year, compared to 100 in 2006, balancing nutrition with practical needs.” California’s San Diego Food Bank feeds better choices to 370,000 people each month, including military families, seniors and children. Such community efforts change lives. Meat: Tinned tuna, chicken and salmon store easily for use in salads or casseroles, on a sandwich and in whole wheat pasta, brown rice or low-fat stir fries. Avoid the bisphenol-A (BPA) associated with cans and plastic containers. Instead choose BPA-free pouch packaging and cans with BPAfree liners (see Soup and Stew: Containing meat

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and veggies, soups and stews provide filling, hearty comfort foods. Vegetables: Yams and whole-berry cranberry sauce turn dinner into a holiday feast. Add color to the plate with mixed veggies. Lentils, pinto, black and kidney beans in stew, chili or salad provide fiber, calcium, zinc and iron. Spices add zing. Tomatoes, sauce and salsa add flavor; choose glass jar products only in order to be BPA-free, due to the acidic effect on cans. Pasta, Rice and Grain: In Kansas City, Missouri, Katie Thomas, owner of Crazy Daisy Cleaning, regularly organizes food drives. She says, “Pasta and sauce make a variety of dishes and extend the number of meals.” Whole grain pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa and couscous are better choices than white pasta. Bulgur provides nearly 75 percent of a day’s fiber requirement when added to soup or salad. Cereal: Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina (Cream of Wheat) and grits are low-calorie and nutritious options for a warm start to the day. All can be found as organic; farina in whole wheat or white wheat that is certified kosher. Cold cereals should list whole grains as the first ingredient and be high in fiber and low in sugar, like organic Oat O’s. Snacks: Unsalted nuts, full of fiber, protein and vitamins, are highly prized at food pantries. Packed in juice, fruit cups make a healthy treat. Dried fruit and sunflower seeds are another favorite. Low-salt, low-sugar peanut or sunflower butter packs protein. Honey is a healthy sweetener. Collecting Party: “A group of us collected and donated 600 pounds of food for babies, pets and adults to Extended Hands Food Bank,” says Dee Power, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For babies, include food without added sugar or salt and single-grain cereal. Alternative Giving: Especially popular during the December holidays, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers prepacked bags to grocery store patrons, paid for at checkout. Customers can see what’s included and the food bank picks them up. (Tip: Cash donations allow lower cost bulk purchases with no need to transport or sort items.)

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FARMERS’ MARKETS SUNDAY Rancho Santa Fe Certified Farmers’ Market – 9am-1:30pm. 16079 San Dieguito Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, 92091. Hillcrest Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. At Hillcrest DMV Parking Lot, Lincoln & Normal St, San Diego, 92103. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace –– 9am-4pm; 9am5pm, summer. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace, 459 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024. 760-753-1611. Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers’ Market & Art Fair – 10am-2pm. Paul Ecke Elementary, 185 Union St, Encinitas, 92024. 858-272-7054. Info@ San Marcos Farmers’ Market – 11am-3pm. Farm fresh produce, hot food vendors, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. WIC, EBT, Debit/Credit accepted. 1020 W San Marcos Blvd, Old California Restaurant Row Parking Lot, San Marcos, 92078. 760580-0116. North San Diego (Sikes Adobe) Certified Farmers’ Market – 10:30am-3:30pm. 12655 Sunset Dr, Escondido, 92025. Claire Winnick: 858-735-5311. Solana Beach Farmers’ Market – 1-5pm. 444 S Cedros Ave, in the heart of the Cedros Ave Design District, Solana Beach. 858-755-0444. Karen@

MONDAY Chula Vista, Swiss Park Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. 2001 Main St, Chula Vista, 91911. Marlene Salazar: 619-424-8131. Welk Certified Farmers’ Market Place – 3-7pm. Year-round, rain or shine. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr, Escondido, 92026. 760-651-3630, no texts.

TUESDAY Coronado Ferry Landing Farmers’ Market – 2:30-6pm. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St &B, Coronado, 92118. 760-741-3763.


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Escondido Downtown Farmers’ Market – 2:307pm, year round. Downtown Escondido’s Certified Farmers’ Market, 262 E Grand Ave between Kalmia & Juniper, Escondido, 92025. 760-745-8877. Chula Vista-Otay Ranch Certified Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. 2015 Birch Rd & Eastlake Blvd, Chula Vista, 91915. 619-279-0032.

WEDNESDAY State Street Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm, winter; 3-7pm, summer. Rain or shine; year-round. On State St between Carlsbad Village Dr & Grand Ave, Carlsbad, 92008. RonLaChance: 858272-7054. Santee Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm, winter; 3-7pm, summer. 9608 Carlton Hills Blvd, corner of Mast & Carlton Hill, Santee, 92071. 619-449-8427. Vista Main Street Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. Historic Downtown Vista, 271 Main St & Indiana Ave. Bill Westendorf: 760-224-9616. Encinitas Certified Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm, Oct-Apr; 5-8pm, May-Sept, rain or shine. Parking lot B 600 S Vulcan Ave, corner of E & Vulcan. More info: 760-522-2053, no texts. Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm, NovApr; 4-8pm, Apr-Nov. 4900 block of Newport Ave between Cable & Bacon Sts, Ocean Beach, 92107. 619-279-0032.

THURSDAY Oceanside Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Coast Hwy at Pier View Way, Oceanside, 92054. 619440-5027. SDSU Farmers’ Market – 10am-3pm. Held during the fall and spring terms. Canceled on rainy days. San Diego State University, Campanile Walkway, between Hepner Hall & Love Library, San Diego, 92182. Third Avenue Village Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm, Nov-Mar; 3-7pm, Apr-Oct. 325 Third Ave & Center St, Chula Vista, 91910. 619-422-1982 x 3.

Linda Vista Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm, winter; 3-7pm, summer. Farm fresh produce, hot food vendors, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. WIC, EBT, Debit/Credit accepted. 6939 Linda Vista Rd, Linda Vista Plaza Parking Lot, San Diego, 92111. UTC Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. 7131 Regents Road San Diego, 92122. 619-795-3363.

Oceanside Sunset Market – 5-9pm. Corner of Coast Hwy & Pier View Way, Oceanside, 92054. 760-754-4512. or

FRIDAY La Mesa Certified Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. La Mesa Civic Center, Date Ave & University Ave, La Mesa, 91941. Suzanne Bendixen: 619-249-9395.

SATURDAY Vista’s Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. County Courthouse (North County Regional Center), 300 block of S Melrose Dr, Vista, 92081. 760-945-7425. City Heights Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Farm fresh produce, hot food vendors, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. WIC, EBT, Debit/Credit accepted. Fresh Funds Matching Program offered. 4325 Wightman between 43rd & Fairmont Ave, San Diego, 92105. 760-580-0116. Little Italy Mercato – 8am-2pm. Year-round; rain or shine. At W Cedar St from Kettner Blvd to Front St, San Diego, 92101. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace – 9am-4pm; 9am5pm, summer. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace, 459 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024. 760-753-1611. Alpine Certified Farmers’ Market – 10:30am-2:30pm, Mar-Nov. Alpine Elementary School, 1850 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, 91901. Lindsay Brookshire: 619-993-3745. Del Mar Farmers’ Ma r k e t – 1 - 4 p m . Ye a r- r o u n d . 1 0 5 0 Camino Del Mar, between 10th & 11th Sts, Del Mar, 92014. People’s Produce Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. Fresh produce, prepared food, fitness activities, healthy living demonstrations and handmade gifts. EBT, WIC and SNAP accepted. 47th and Canstana.

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Carlsbad Village Faire – 8am-4pm. Unique booths, international food court and family entertainment. Carlsbad Village, Grand Ave from Carlsbad Blvd to Jefferson St, Carlsbad, 92008.

Free Composting Workshop – 6-8pm. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, Ste 116, San Diego, 92106.

San Diego Clarinet Quintet – 3-4pm. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-6683281.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Bird Walk at San Diego Botanic Gardens – 8-11am. Free. San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-753-5275.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Barks & Brews – 5-9pm. All donations go to SDHS. $10 (gives you 25% off drinks). Green Flash Brewery, 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, 92121. Free Pet Talk: Beginners Pet Photography – 6:30-8pm. Lecture and discussion about pet photography with San Diego Humane Society staff photographer and San Diego Pets Magazine, Managing Editor, Casey Dean. Free. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. 619-299-7012.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Sierra Talks: Wild and Woolly Wildlife: Bringing Together Conservation, Recreation and Advocacy – 6:30pm. Join Renée Owens in a fun and topical discussion about all creatures great and small, from the beneficial to truly dangerous. Free. Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont St, San Diego, 92103. 760533-2725.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Team RWB 5k/10k – 8am race start time. Familyfriendly event includes a 10k, 5k, 1 Mile Heroes Walk and Kids Boot Camp to support America’s veterans. Robb Field-Ocean Beach, 2525 Bacon St, San Diego, 92107. Free Compost Workshop – 10am-12pm. Learn the basics of composting, how to compost with worms and how to save water in the process. Compost bins will be on sale with subsidized prices for Unincorporated County residents. Cash or check only. Free. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. Fall Plantstravaganza – 10am-2pm. Make the most of the fall planting season with a plentiful mix of gardening experts and plants offered by lo-

cal growers and nurseries. A landscape designer or architect will assess a visitor’s landscape and goals and recommend plants and design ideas that are a custom fit for ($20/20min). Free/member, children 12 & under, $3/guest. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Watershed Gardens: Retain Rainwater and Reduce Runoff Pollution – 10-11am. Learn how to design a landscape or transform your existing landscape into a rainwater sponge that will retain precious rainwater, reduce runoff pollution and help to save our watersheds and ocean. With Morgan Vondrak. $30/member. $36/nonmember. San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Small is Beautiful: Design Ideas for Small Spaces – 6-8:30pm. Learn how to transform minimal spaces into garden showcases with local landscape designers Susanna Pagan, Amelia B. Lima and Koby. Free/member, $15/guest. Surfside Race Place, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, 92014. More info: 760-295-7089 or Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series – 6:30-8pm. $8/public, $5/students, educators, free/ members. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 8622 Kennel Way, La Jolla, 92037. Registration required: 858-534-7336 or

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Free Movie Night – 6:30pm. Sierra Club Office, 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste 101, San Diego, 92111. More info & movie selection: SanDiego.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 DogFest Walk ‘n’ Roll – 8am-12pm. Stride in support of Canine Companions for Independence. A 1.2-mile walk. NTC at Liberty Station 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, 92106. More info & register: Free Composting Workshop – 10am-12pm. Corral Tree Farms, 598 Park Ln, Encinitas, 92021.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Unusual Instruments-Beautiful Music – 3-4pm. With Ray Ford and Patrick Hadley usitng array mbira and handpan. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Succulent Mushroom Class – 9am-2pm. Create your own unique miniature succulent mushroom for your Garden or table. Forms and succulents are provided. Please bring small clippers. Register by Nov 13. $45/member, $54/nonmember. San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Free Composting Workshop – 6-8pm. Agua Hedionda Lagoon Visitor Center, 1580 Cannon Rd, Carlsbad, 92008.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Pet Talk: What’s My Dog Saying at the Dog Park – 6:30-8pm. Learn more about reading dog body language and what good play and bad play looks like, so you can keep your dog safe when playing

with other dogs. With Shauna Romero, certified trainer. $12/person. San Diego Humane Society, 3450 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, 92027. Register: 619-279-5939 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Faux Artistic Rock and Boulder Making – 10am12pm. Learn techniques from our master builder, Eider de Mello, in a hands-on class where you will actually build faux realistic rock and boulder art. Free/member, $10/nonmember. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. Free Composting Workshop – 10am-12pm. Spring Valley Youth & Family Coalition, 3845 Spring Dr, Spring Valley, 91977. Novemberfest in the Garden – 11am-4pm. A fundraiser to benefit The Gardens and Lions Charities. 6 breweries, live entertainment, classic car show, craft booths, food concessions and tours of the gardens. $20 (includes 9/4oz beer tastings). Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. More info:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Bird Walk at Salt Works – 8am-12pm. Learn about the history of the salt works and the process of obtaining salt from nature as well as birding. Free. South San Diego Bay Salt Works, 1470 Bay Blvd, Chula Vista, 91911. Encinitas Fall Festival – 9am-4pm. Over 450 booths, live music, Kids Zone, Dog Zone, food and drink vendors from downtown restaurants. Down the center of 6 blocks of S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92924.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Del Mar Thanksgiving Family Mile Fun Run – 7am, race starts 8am. Run on the famous Del Mar racetrack. Post race activities: prizes for kids, face painting, holiday crafts, entertainers and more. Proceeds benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center. Early registration by Nov 13: $20/ages 16 and up, $8/ages 4-15; After Nov 13: $25/ages 16 and up, $10/ages 4-15. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, 92014.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Bird Walk at Tecolote Canyon Natural Park – 8-11am. Free. Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, Mt Acadia Blvd, San Diego, 92111. Fred Benedetti, Guitar – 3-4pm. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281.

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Grow Getters: Learn How to Propagate – 10am. 1st Sun. Learn more about propagation and potting plants. Help us grow our growing area. Free. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Info & sign up:

monday Volunteer Bird Count – 7:30am-12pm. 2nd Mon. All levels of experience welcome. For more info & to receive an automatic reply with meeting location, contact Robert Patton:

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sunday Reiki Levels 1, 2, Master & Teacher – Nationally certified courses. 1 day classes. Ongoing throughout the year. Earn CE credits. More info: 760-593-4595, Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of 3 trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Spirit Dance: Ecstatic Dance and Moving Meditation – 10am-12pm. Join us for a simple yet profound ecstatic dance. $10-$20 sliding scale. Malashock Studio, 2650 Truxton Rd, Ste 200, San Diego, 92106. More info: 619-787-2389 or

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Bird Watching Monday – 8am. 1st Mon. Discover the fascinating birds and the unique art of bird-watching. San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917. San Diego Horticultural Society Meeting – 6-9pm. 2nd Mon. All welcome. Free/member, $15/nonmember. Surfside Race Place, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, 92014. More info: 760-295-7089 or

Balboa Park History Stroll – 11am-12pm. Specially trained History Center guides lead this easypaced stroll through the Park, revealing many of the intriguing aspects of its past, present and future. Reservations requested, but walk-ups welcome. $10-$12. San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, 92101.



Monthly Network Luncheon – 11am-2pm. 2nd Fri. Speaker, introductions, shoutouts, displays, gifts. Rancho Santa Fe. More info:

A Gathering of Priestess Live Online Video Show – 6pm. With special guests each week. For more info:

San Diego River Coalition – 3-4:30pm. 3rd Fri. Meet other people interested in the river, to exchange ideas and experiences, and to learn the latest news about the San Diego River Park. Open to the public. Mission Valley Library, Community Rm, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, 92108.

California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter – 7pm. 3rd Tues (except Aug & Dec). Free lectures on a variety of California native plant topics. Have an unknown plant? Bring it to be identified. Open to the public. Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, Rm 101 or 104, 1800 El Prado, San Diego, 92101.


Friday Night Liberty – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Evening of free open artist studios, galleries and performances throughout NTC Arts & Cultural District at Liberty Station. NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106. More info, Whitney Roux: 619-573-9300, WRoux@



Cannabis 101: Everything You Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask – 7pm. 2nd Sun; 2nd & 3rd Tues. Informational workshop covering the benefits of the most natural medicine on the planet, for restoring health and vitality. Space is limited. Free. Register: 760-849-8250 or River Rescue – 9am-12pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. Team attacks and removes smaller and harder to reach trash sites along the river. All tools and supplies provided. More info: 619-297-7380 or Doug@ Wednesday Trail Walk – 10am. 1st Wed. Explore trails of Balboa Park with a ranger. Leisurely pace. Difficulty level varies; check trail map. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-2351122. San Diego Herb Club Meeting – 7pm. 1st Wed. Monthly program topics vary. Round table discussions held to assemble gardening tips specific to the San Diego herbal gardener. Visitors welcome. Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park. 619-579-0222.

thursday Shelter Island Walk and Talk Bunch – 1011:15am. Take a walk from the parking lot at Bali Hai to the end of Shelter Island and back (2.2-mile roundtrip). Some go to lunch after. Free. Bali Hai, 2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, 92106.


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Guided Bird Walk – 8-10am. 3rd Sat. Join MTRP Trail Guide and resident Birder, Jeanne Raimond, for an adventure in Bird Watching. If you have binoculars and/or a field guide, please bring them. For location: Wildlife Tracking Walks – 8:30-10:30am. 1st Sat. Learn to recognize and identify various signs left behind by resident wildlife. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Famosa Slough Work Party – 1-2:30pm. 3rd Sat. Meet along W Pt Loma Blvd about 200 ft east of the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd. RSVP: 619-224-4591. Dog Beach Cleanup – 9am-12pm. 2nd Sat. You and your friendly dog are invited to join Friends of Dog Beach at our regular Beach Cleanups. All cleanup supplies provided, along with treats for you and your dog. Dog Beach, North Ocean Beach. More info: 619-523-1700. BeachCleanup.htm.

Kids in the Garden – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. New topic each month. $5/child (accompanied adults free); free/members. Alta Vista Gardens, Children’s Garden, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Reserve: 760-822-6824 or FarmerJones@ Docent-Led Guided Tours – 10:30am. Last Sat. Tour focuses on water-wise plants. Free with admission or membership. San Diego Botanical Garden, Visitor Center, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917. Free Garden Tour – 10am. Tour the lush, colorful and water-wise garden with a knowledgeable garden docent. Bring your questions and hear the secrets and stories that make our garden special. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. Birding Basics Class – 1-2:30pm. Last Sat. Join MTRP Trail Guide and knowledgeable Birder Winona Sollock for a class to learn 5 simple techniques for identifying birds at a glance and how to use a field guide. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Friends of Famosa Slough Bird Walk – 1-3pm. 3rd Sat. An easy walk with good views of a variety of birds and salt marsh habitat. Free. Meet at the kiosk by the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd, San Diego, 92138. 619-224-4591. University Heights Point Restoration – 1:303:30pm. 1st Sat. Projects range from trash pickup, non-native plant removal, planting native plants and trail maintenance. 6800 Easton Ct, San Diego, 92120. Contact Ranger Jason: 619-235-5262 or CSA San Diego Support Group Meeting – 2pm. 4th Sat. The Celiac Sprue Association is a national support organization that provides information and referral services for persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Rady Children’s Medical Office Bldg, 3030 Children’s Way, San Diego, 92123. Home Grown Community Gardening Classes – 2-3pm. 4th Sat, except Dec. With Diane Hollister, master gardener and composter. Garden and grow food in one’s own back yard. Pre-registration required. Free. El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Dr, Oceanside, 92056. 800-2624167.

San Elijo Lagoon Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 3rd Sat. Locations vary, and activities typically include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, planting of new native plants, trash pickup and removal, and trail maintenance. More info: Ruffin Canyon Care Restoration – 9am-12pm. 1st Sat. Bring gloves and hand tools if have, but loaners available. Wear hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and long sleeves. Ruffin Canyon, 9298 Shawn Ave, San Diego.RSVP: 619-297-7380 Yoga in the Garden – 9:30-10:30am. Get in touch with nature, relax your body and renew your spirit. Basic yoga flow format. No prior yoga experience required. $10/drop-in. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. More info:

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