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Coloring Our World How Hues Can Help and Heal
Fresh on the Grill Savor Summer’s Garden Bounty
How to Be Happy Surprising Secrets that Get Us There
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contents 5 newsbriefs 10 healthbriefs 14 globalbriefs 1 7 ecotip
22 fitbody 30 greenliving 32 consciouseating
35 inspiration 37 calendar 44 resourceguide 47 classifieds
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20 DaD & DaugHtEr DatEs
Making the Most of Cherished Time Together by Clint Kelly
22 stanD up paDDling
No Surf Required by Lauressa Nelson
24 liFE liFt
Being Happy from the Inside Out
by Judith Fertig
26 coloring our WorlD How Hues Can Help and Heal
by Judith Fertig
28 rEFraMing pErsonal prioritiEs
Craig Hamilton Explores the Gender Gap in Spiritual Growth by Kim Childs
30 rEcycling EvEryDay rEFusE
What Happens after the Blue Bin is Emptied by Avery Mack
32 groW, pick, grill Making the Most of Summerâ€™s Bounty
by Claire Oâ€™Neil
35 tHE FatHErHooD Factor
How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott
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eaven gained two very special people last month, both of whom had a profound effect on the people around them, although neither one would say so. Ed Arnold was a colleague, friend and fellow businessman whom I wish I had met 20 years ago, just so I would have had the privilege of knowing him longer. Ed was always easy with a smile and genuine to the core. His passion was his family, their Natural Pest Solutions business and protecting the environment with commonsense applications. Customers treasured Ed’s honest approach and caring ways, and those that knew him, knew it was just his nature. He will be deeply missed. It was also the month that I lost my mother. The journey I traveled with my mom, as the only child of a single mother, was full of laughter, pain and memories that will always be treasured more than any material riches I could ever achieve. I want to thank each of you that sent cards, flowers, emails or made that ever-difficult phone call, expressing condolences and including my family in their prayers. Thank you once again. The best way I can sum up the loss of these two dear people is to share with you a note to my mother that my son had a pallbearer slide into Mom’s casket after the service. Dear gramma, I miss you and I love you verry much but I know your in less pain. I never got to go have a good oatmeal cookie with you but when I see you again we will have a cookie feast. I’ll always remeber your smile and love. from P. I will obviously miss my precious mom, who molded me into what I am and what I represent today, and I will certainly miss Ed and the too-few conversations and meetings I was so fortunate to share with him. As hurt as the Arnolds and our family are, we know Ed and my mom are at peace and will remain a part of our lives forever. I encourage you to reach out to those that have touched your life and simply let them know you are thinking about them and how special they have been in your life. You may be surprised to find that many feel the same about you. Stay happy, healthy and young at heart. You’ll find the journey to be more enjoyable, and may even find yourself influencing others around you! Jim Davis, Publisher
newsbriefs Be Air Aware With Air North Texas
eading into the height of ozone season, North Texans are encouraged to participate in Clean Air Action Day 2013 on June 21, with the goal of doing more for clean air by helping to reduce congestion and ozone-causing pollution. Sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the campaign is themed Be Air Aware with Air North Texas. Individuals can participate by pledging to execute at least one clean air action for the entire day, that the individual does not normally do. It can range from parking the car for the day and getting around by carpooling, mass transit, bicycling or walking; reducing energy usage by changing light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFL), replacing older appliances with Energy Star qualified products; driving more air-friendly by idling less, observing speed limits and making sure their car meets state emission and inspection standards; or by combining errands or using technology to work from home to minimize travel. More than 6 million residents impact the air in North Texas, so each simple clean air choice adds up to make a difference in overall air quality. For more information about Clean Air Action Day, call 817-704-5639 or visit AirNorthTexas.org/cleanair.asp. See ad, inside front cover.
Dadfest Moves to New Location
n June 15, Fatherâ€™s Day weekend, the 20th annual Dadfest 5K run and festival will be held for the first time at the FC Dallas Park, in Frisco. This yearâ€™s event includes a 5K run, a one-mile fun run, a 50-yard dash for children 8 and under, a dad and child look-a-like contest and a Diaper Dash for children 1 and under. Attendees are encouraged to bring towels and a change of clothes. All proceeds from the events go to the nonprofit organization Urology Research & Education Foundation, founded for the purpose of promoting awareness about prostate cancer and urological diseases. A free prostate cancer risk assessment and screening will be available for men that register online at info@Diduidid.org. Individuals or dad and child teams can participate in the 5K run. Children 5 and under are free with an adult entry. Onsite registration begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by the 50-yard dash at 7:45 and the 5K and 10-mile fun run at 8:15. The look-a-like contest begins at 9:15 a.m., with the Diaper Dash scooting along at 9:30, allowing families to participate in both. An awards ceremony at 9:45 a.m. will follow. Location: 9200 World Cup Way, FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco. For more information, including costs and early packet pick-up, call 817-706-0368 or visit DadFest.com. natural awakenings June 2013
newsbriefs Bike Rally Pedals Through Collin County
bicycle rally that attracts families, weekend riders and avid cyclists, the 22nd annual Collin Classic, to be held June 8, in McKinney, is a multioption course ride. It begins and finishes at McKinney North High School and offers routes of 4, 15, 36, 47, 56 and 65 miles. This event is a bicycle rally, not a race, so there are no prizes for finish times or placement. All proceeds benefit City House, a Collin County-based nonprofit that has been sheltering abused, neglected and homeless youth since 1988, providing emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults that are in need due to abuse, neglect and homelessness. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m. and the bicycle rally starts at 8 a.m. Fully stocked break points are stationed along the way, along with roving bike mechanics and medical support, if needed. A post-ride party at the finish line features a big tent area with cool treats, misters and fans, a non-alcoholic “Biker Bar” and massages for a fee. Riders can freshen up with a shower at the high school. Location: 2550 Wilmeth Rd., McKinney North High School, McKinney. For more information, visit CollinClassic.org.
Summer Sprint Triathlon at Cooper Fitness Center
he Cooper Summer Sprint Triathlon, a USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event, will take place July 20 at the Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch, in McKinney. The triathlon includes a 350-meter serpentine swim, a 12-mile bike course and a 5K run. Aid stations are equipped with liquids and positioned throughout the course. Trophies will be given to the first-, second- and third-place winners in several categories. A free poolside pancake breakfast will be served at Tenley’s Café, inside Cooper Fitness, to all race finishers. Spectators can purchase breakfast for $5 per person. The transition area will be open from 5:30 to 7 a.m., with the course closing at 11 a.m. for all participants. Packet pick-up and registration must be completed by July 19; none are available the day of the event. All participants must be a current annual member of USAT or purchase a one-day permit for $12 online or at packet pick-up. Location: 7910 Collin McKinney Pkwy., Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch, McKinney. For more information, call 214-3831022 or visit CooperCraigRanch.com. 6
Low-Cost Antioxidant Scan Evaluates Nutritional Regimes
r. Cecilia Yu, of Synergy Balance in Dallas, has integrated a new biophotonic scanner into her practice. Eating right, exercise and supplementation are all important parts of staying healthy naturally, but until now, there was no way for patients to determine the efficacy of their regime. “I’m excited to be offering this technology because it has great application in individual health. I also offer it on a corporate level to wellness departments, where the scans encourage employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle,” says Yu. The scan is simple, fast and safe. Patients place their hand on the scanner for 90 seconds and receive an easy-tounderstand report that indicates the level of carotinoids in their cells more accurately than blood tests. If a client wants to monitor their progress or how different brands of supplementation affect them, they might want to do the scan every three to four months. Synergy Balance interprets the results and issues guidelines to consider. Scans normally cost $50, but during the month of June, Natural Awakenings North Texas readers receive a $20 discount.
Location: 12740 Hillcrest Rd., Ste. 138, Dallas. For more information or to schedule an appointment (required), call 972387-4700 or visit MySynergyBalance.com. See ad, page 12.
Three Days of Tasty Treats
aste of Dallas celebrates its 27th year as the largest tasting event in North Texas, from July 12 to 14, at Fair Park. Guests can try foodie fare from more than 60 of Dallas’ best restaurants with no entrée priced more than $3. Healthy cooking demonstrations, complimentary samplings, beer, wine and liquor tastings and interactive demos offer the opportunity to savor a complete culinary experience. Learn how to lead a stronger, healthier existence with the help of some of North Texas’ best experts, including doctors, dentists, spas, masseuses, yoga/ Pilates instructors and nutrition experts. Kid-friendly entertainment includes Kids’ Taste Town, an interactive petting zoo, animal demos, bounce houses, giant slides, midway rides and cartoon characters. Other activities include live music, artists and crafters, entertainment and a culinary marketplace. Festival hours are 4 to 11 p.m., July 12, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 13 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 14. One day admission is $10; children 5 and under get in free with parent or guardian. Location: Fair Park, 3600 Grand Ave., Dallas. For more information, including how to enter the Taste of Talent contest, parking or use of the DART Green Line, call 972-590-8898 or visit TasteOfDallas.org.
Great Texas Mosquito Festival
he Great Texas Mosquito Festival kicks off their 33rd annual event from July 25 to 27 in Clute, with activities and entertainment for all ages. Last year, Trip Advisor named it as the countryâ€™s number one wackiest summer event. Hovering overhead will be festival favorite WillieMan-Chew, a 26-foot Texas mosquito sporting a cowboy hat, boots, blow-up wings and a big stinger. Kids can enjoy carnival rides and games, a 600-meter Fun Run, a Skeeter Beaters baby crawling contest, funnel cakes and festival treats, a petting zoo with exotic animals, pony rides, face painting and a You Beautiful Doll contest. For adults, there is a 5K run, cooking contest, horseshoe pitching, a haystack dive, senior citizen bingo, a mechanical bull, drawings for prizes and a mosquitocalling contest. A comedy magician, strolling musicians, food vendors, midway games, arts and crafts booths and carnival rides provide entertainment for all ages. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, July 25 and 26, and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., July 27. Adult, senior citizen and children tickets vary by day. Admission is free for children 5 and under. All live concerts are included in the admission price. Location: Clute Municipal Park, Clute. For more info, call 800-371-2971 or visit MosquitoFestival.com.
Sounds of Lewisville Summer Concerts at MCL Grand
he Sounds of Lewisville concert series, a popular free family favorite since 1991, will present a series of nine shows beginning June 4 in the courtyard of the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, in the heart of historic Old Town Lewisville. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Downtown Fever, a party rock band, will perform at the first concert. Other performers in the series include a Journey cover band, Kraig Parker performing an Elvis tribute, as well as Brave Combo, The Killdares and Nâ€™Awlins Gumbo Kings. Many nights feature additional entertainment and activities during intermission, and beverages are available for purchase, including beer and wine. Concerts start at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in June and July, with the exception of the opening show on June 4, which starts at 8 p.m. In case of rain, the show will be moved inside the MCL Grand if space is available, and this information will be posted online by 2 p.m. on each concert date. Location: 100 N. Charles St., MCL Grand Courtyard, Lewisville. For more info and schedule of concerts, visit SoundsofLewisville.com or call 972-219-8446. See ad, page 14. natural awakenings June 2013
newsbriefs A Peachy Day of Family Fun
he 29th annual Peach Festival will be held on July 13 in historic downtown Weatherford, with activities, food and entertainment for all ages. Showcasing peaches in all their glory, visitors can choose from a variety of peachy treats that includes homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach juleps, peach tea, peach smoothies, ice cream topped with fresh peaches and plain old juicy peaches. Plenty of fresh Parker County peaches will be available for purchase, along with quality arts and crafts, fresh produce, homemade items and other unique offerings available from more than 200 vendors. Festival food and drink and three stages of live entertainment featuring local celebrities and entertainers are available throughout the day. For children, kid-friendly entertainment, slides, rides and face painting are available at the Kiddie Korner. The Peach Pedal Bike Rides begin from 7:30 to 8 a.m. from Weatherford High School, with routes of 100k, 39 miles, 26 miles and nine miles. A bus will shuttle riders from the school to the festival. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 get in free. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking. For more information, visit ParkerCountyPeachFestival.org. To register for the bike ride, visit PeachPedal.com.
Healthy Ways to Become Unstuck
r. Deborah Bain of Healthy Kids Pediatrics in Frisco, will host a health seminar, Are You Stuck? What’s Getting in Your Way to Becoming the Optimal You?, on June 8 at Grace Avenue Methodist Church, in Frisco. Bain will be speaking on various areas in one’s life that may need to be rebalanced or go through a detoxification to achieve maximum health. She provides insight and information on how we can get “unstuck” and overcome life’s obstacles that are keeping us from attaining optimal health. Bain will cover nutrition, the importance and value of natural and organic foods, the gentle cleansing affects of detox, how important selecting natural foods is to optimizing one’s health and how to manage stress, versus stress managing us. Topics include optimizing health, natural weight loss, the power of eating right, increasing energy, managing stress, the importance of the right supplements and the power of detox. A team of health coaches, chiropractors and providers of holistic services will present a wealth of information to help families get on track to take charge of their health at any age. The health seminar hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no fee to attend. Location: 3521 W. Main St., Tom Graves Hall, Frisco. For more info, call 972-294-0808 or visit HealthyKidsPediatrics.com. See ad, page 21.
Drum and Bugle Corps Perform for Dad
he Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, a group of 150 brass, percussion and color guard performers, will put on a free Father’s Day Showcase in the Square at Rustin Park Pavilion, June 16, in Southlake. Drum and bugle corps from throughout Texas that are members of Drum Corps International (DCI), a global nonprofit organization promoting music education and entertainment, will participate. The show serves as a preview of the 10-week U.S. tour the Crossmen will be performing across the country, ending at the DCI World Championship, in Indianapolis. Musical excellence, marching precision, dance and humor are woven into intricate march patterns, formations and transitions, coordinated with a musical production. The San Antonio-based 150-member Crossmen, the only DCI World Class Drum Corps in Texas, is comprised of individuals ages 15 to 21 that excel in brass, percussion or color guard. The performance runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and the public is encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. Following the performance, interested musicians ages 15 to 21 can learn more about the corps experience. Donations will be accepted. Location: 1256 Main St., Rustin Park Pavilion, Southlake. For more information, call 817-748-8652 or visit Crossmen.org.
Weekend Full of Blues in Eureka Springs
he Eureka Springs Blues Weekend will be staged from June 13 to 16 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, showcasing 63 regional, national Eugene Hideaway Bridges and international blues performances over four days. Presented by the historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel, the festival is held in unique venues throughout Eureka EG Knight Springs, including The Barefoot Ballroom, Basin Spring Park, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs Auditorium and several clubs. Victor Wainwright, Cedric Burnside Cedric Burnside, the Chicago Blues Revue, EG Knight, The Nighthawks and Selwyn Birchwood are among the headliners. A five-hour Father’s Day Blues Picnic on June 16 at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge features a number of performers, art and craft vendors, food, drinks and kid-friendly activities that include kite flying with Kaliedokites. Kids under 6 get in free. A portion of the profits from the Blues Weekend go to benefit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, located seven miles south of Eureka Springs. The refuge provides lifetime refuge to abandoned, abused and neglected big cats, with an emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards and cougars. Individual show tickets, packages and weekend passes are available online. Auditorium shows are open to all ages, but you must be 21 or older for all Barefoot Ballroom shows.
Independence Day Celebrations 2013
ake plans to celebrate Independence Day by attending one or more local activities in our North Texas communities. Whether it’s a parade, a barbecue cook-off, a concert or the wonders of fireworks, be sure to enjoy the festivities. Check event websites for last-minute changes, especially if bad weather is forecast.
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USA Celebration Celebration Park; Allen 214-509-4100; CityOfAllen.org
FW4 – Fort Worth Fourth 395 Purcey St.; Fort Worth 817-698-0700; TrinityRiverVision.org
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Billy Bob’s/Ft. Worth Historical Stockyards 817-624-7117; WilliesPicnic.com
Kaboom Town! Addison Circle Park; Addison 972-450-2851; AddisonTX.net Independence Day Celebration Historical Park; Farmers Branch 972-919-2620; FarmersBranch.info Stars & Stripes Southlake Town Square; Southlake 817-748-8337; StarsAndStripesSouthlake.com
Frisco Freedom Fest Simpson Plaza; Frisco 972-292-5080; FriscoFreedomFest.org Fireworks Extravaganza Grapevine Lake; Grapevine 817-410-3185; GrapevineTexasUSA.com Lake Cities 4th of July Celebration City Park; Lake Dallas 940-497-2226; LakeDallas.com/fourthofjuly.html
4thFEST Independence Day Celebration Bedford Boys Ranch; Bedford 817-952-2323; BedfordTX.gov
Red, White & Lewisville Fireworks Vista Ridge Mall; Lewisville 972-219-3401; CityOfLewisville.com
Fair Park Fourth Cotton Bowl, Fair Park; Dallas 214.426.3400; FairPark.org
Red White & BOOM! Craig Ranch Soccer Complex; McKinney 972-547-7480; McKinneyTexas.org
Fourth of July Jubilee – “Liberty Fun Run” Quakertown Park; Denton 940-349-8733; DentonParks.com
Family 4th Fireworks Show 6351 Blvd. 26; North Richland Hills 817-281-9376; nrhtx.com
Kiwanis 4th of July Fireworks Show Fouts Field/Univ. of North Texas; Denton 940-387-6323; DentonKiwanisClub.org
All-American Fourth Oak Point Park; Plano 972-941-7250; Plano.gov
Independence Fest Celebration Bakersfield Park; Flower Mound 972-874-7275; Flower-Mound.com
Liberty by the Lake & 5K/10K Runs Stewart Creek Park; The Colony 972-625-1106; LibertyByTheLake.com
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit EurekaSpringsBlues.com. natural awakenings June 2013
PSA Testing Controversy
en face a new dilemma at their annual physical this year—should they be screened for prostate cancer? Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine screening for this form of cancer, regardless of age. Some doctors claim this will cause treatable prostate cancer cases to be missed. The level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland, can be measured with a simple blood test. Until the USPSTF issued its recommendation, doctors routinely used the test to screen men 50 and older. The task force, however, concluded there is at least moderate certainty that the potential harms of PSA testing outweigh the benefits; many benign conditions, particularly prostate infections and enlargement, can elevate PSA readings higher than normal, prompting more aggressive testing. Before deciding on the test, it helps for men to explore this issue with their doctor. Some physicians take a “wait and see” approach and retest several times over a few months before making a recommendation; others suggest an immediate biopsy if PSA levels are high. While a blood test is a benign procedure, a prostate biopsy is not. A high PSA reading coupled with an overly aggressive doctor can cause anxiety and result in additional—and possibly unneeded—medical treatment.
Flavonoids Protect Men Against Parkinson’s
indings published in the journal Neurology add to a growing body of evidence that regular consumption of flavonoids, found in berries, teas, apples and red wines, can positively affect human health. According to new research on 130,000 men and women undertaken by Harvard University, in Boston, and the UK’s University of East Anglia, men that regularly consumed the most flavonoid-rich foods were 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those that ate the least. No similar protective link was found for women. It is the first human study to show that flavonoids can help protect neurons against diseases of the brain.
Source: James Occhiogrosso, ProstateHealthNaturally.com
Sports and Music: A Winning Combination
istening to our favorite music, whatever the genre, can increase both our enjoyment of and performance levels in competitive sports participation. Keele University researchers, presenting these findings at the 2012 British Psychological Society annual conference, noted that playing selected tunes reduces perceived exertion levels, plus increases one’s sense of being “in the zone”. The greatest effects were found with music used during structured training sessions. Previous studies showing that motivational music in general boosts performance did not include exploring the effects of listening to one’s favorite music.
A Father’s Love is Critical
ased on 36 studies from around the world involving more than 10,000 participants, researchers at the University of Connecticut, in Mansfield, concluded that a father’s love contributes as much—and sometimes more—to a child’s development as a mother’s love. The critical importance of fatherly love to a youngster’s healthy development provides added incentive for men to become more involved in nurturing child care. Source: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Excessive Dietary Fat May Hinder Conception
ne reason for a couple’s inability to conceive could be linked to too much fat in the male’s diet. A study by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital of 99 U.S. men uncovered an association between a high fat intake and lower sperm count and concentration. Results were published in the journal Human Reproduction. Men that consumed the most saturated fats had a 35 percent lower total sperm count and 38 percent lower sperm concentration than men that ate the least amount of such fats. Moreover, men that ate more omega-3 polyunsaturated fats—the type of healthful fat often found in fish and plant oils—had better-formed sperm than men that ate less.
Fruits and Veggies Can Help Us Kick Butts
he first long-term study on the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and smoking cessation offers good news: Eating more healthy produce can help smokers quit the habit and remain tobacco-free longer. Researchers from New York’s University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions surveyed 1,000 smokers ages 25 and over from around the country. In a 14-month follow-up, they were asked if they had abstained from tobacco use during the previous month. Those that consumed the most produce were three times more likely to have been tobacco-free for at least 30 days than those that ate the least amount of produce. Smokers with greater fruit and vegetable consumption also smoked fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke their first one and scored lower on a common test of nicotine dependence. The findings, published online in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal, remained consistent even when adjusted for age, gender, race, ethnicity, education and household income.
Grilled Food Might Make Us Fat
he summer tradition of barbecuing may prompt a need for caution, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. They have identified a common compound in grilled foods that could play a major role in the development of obesity and diabetes (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). The team, led by Helen Vlassara, a medical doctor and director of the Division of Experimental Diabetes and Aging, found that mice that were exposed on a sustained basis to the compound methylglyoxal— a type of advanced glycation end-product (AGE) produced when cooking with dry heat—developed significant abdominal weight gain, early insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, AGEs have been found to lower the body’s protective mechanisms that control inflammation. The researchers recommend that we replace frequent grilling, which uses high dry heat, with methods that rely upon lower temperatures or more moisture, such as stewing, poaching or steaming. natural awakenings June 2013
Garlic May Help Alleviate Cystic Fibrosis
he American Society for Microbiology reports that by age 18, about 80 percent of patients with cystic fibrosis are chronically infected with the bacterium pseudomonas aeruginosa, which promotes an inflammatory response that destroys lung tissue. The infection frequently leads to serious related health issues. According to collaborative research led by Tim Holm Jakobsen, Ph.D., and Michael Givskov, Ph.D., of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, garlic, which acts as a powerful natural antibiotic, could help. The onion-related herb contains ajoene, the major component of a multitude of sulfur-containing compounds, which is produced when garlic is crushed. Ajoene inhibits the expression of 11 key genes controlled by cell-to-cell communication and is regarded as crucial to the ability of the bacterium to cause disease.
Breaks from Email Boost Focus and Performance
“vacation” from email might be a simple prescription for improving work performance, suggests a new study by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and U.S. Army researchers. “We found that when you remove email from workers’ lives, they multitask less and experience less stress,” says UCI Informatics Professor Gloria Mark, who co-authored the study. Participants reported feeling better able to do their jobs and stay on task, and they were happier to interact with others in person. Also, getting up and walking to someone else’s desk instead of emailing provided physical exercise.
Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Disease
ne risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, may be sugary drinks. Analysis of data collected on 42,883 men in the “Health Professionals Follow-Up Study,” published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, linked a daily 12-ounce serving of a sugar-sweetened drink to a 19 percent increase in the relative risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages were associated with higher levels of unhealthy triglycerides and C-reactive protein (a byproduct of inflammation), and lower levels of highdensity lipoprotein, or HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Senior study author Frank B. Hu, Ph.D., a physician and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, cautions that diet sodas are not a good alternative. “Some studies have found a relationship between diet soda and metabolic disease,” he notes.
Don’t Worry, Be Healthy
he adage, “Don’t worry, be happy,” captures the essence of the first-ever metastudy of the relationship between happiness and heart health. Based on a comprehensive review involving 200-plus studies, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, concluded that a positive outlook on life could help protect the heart from cardiovascular disease. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., and Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D., discovered that certain psychological traits—optimism, positive emotions and a sense of meaning—both offer measurable protection against heart attacks and strokes and slow the progression of cardiovascular disease. The pair found that the most optimistic individuals had approximately 50 percent less chance of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared with their less upbeat peers. “The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the positive,” notes Boehm. “Psychology has been trying to fix what’s wrong with people, but there’s also an increasing interest in what people might be doing right.” natural awakenings June 2013
globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
Restoring Native Prairies, Yard by Yard From Canada south to Texas and from Indiana west to Colorado, nearly 600,000 square miles of grassland once contributed to this continent’s complex ecosystem, supporting a diverse and teeming web of life. Today, less than 1 percent remains intact. The good news is that farmers and residents have been making inroads toward restoring this native landscape, converting suburban yards and rural fields to expanses of tall grass and fallow pastures that welcome native species. Government agencies and conservation groups, aided by volunteers, have undertaken numerous restoration projects across U.S. and Canadian prairieland, some of them comprising thousands of acres. The initial investment in time and money starts with removal of invasive or even cultivated species and the planting of native grasses. Substantial benefits include low-maintenance ecosystems that require less water and no fertilizer while supporting diverse wildflowers and wildlife. But it’s not as simple as planting a few seeds. In semi-rural and more urban areas, neighbors and zoning laws don’t always see eye-to-eye with these “new pioneers”, especially in deed-restricted communities. Concern over perceived property value deterioration and a potential influx of vermin sometimes wins the day. Farmers have been known to plow under an entire restoration project upon news of rising grain prices due to the ethanol industry, in order to cultivate it for financial gain. It is evident that social and economic policies must support the effort if it is to succeed. Source: Yale Environment 360
Moon Fuel Two New Sources of Sustainable Energy
A new compound of lead telluride— a semiconductor first used in the Apollo moon landings to provide astronauts with a renewable, thermoelectric power source—can transform the heat emitted from car tailpipes and the chimneys of power stations and factories into a power source. According to the scientists engineering the innovation at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, as much as 15 to 20 percent of the heat currently being lost could be recovered as electricity. Another team of researchers at Utah State University, in Logan, has created a yeast biodiesel fuel that can be made using the watery waste from the mass production of cheese. One cheese plant’s daily byproduct of up to 1 million gallons of liquid cheese waste can produce 66,000 gallons of fuel.
Norway Recognizes Fatherhood Norway’s liberal paternity leave policy places equal responsibilities on men and women, which in turn progressively redefines traditional gender roles. Pappapermisjon, or paternity leave, is often combined with a mother’s maternity leave to provide seamless childcare at home without overtaxing parents’ work life. The Norwegian government has socially engineered a society in which men and women are expected to have equal domestic and economic responsibilities. Some specifics of the country’s “fathers’ rights” philosophy include leaving the workplace by 5:30 p.m.; being able to adjust office hours around daycare drop-offs and pickups; and allowing time to organize family dinners and help with housework. Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Recycle All Electronic Products With the average American household owning 24 electronic devices, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates we are annually producing nearly 3 million tons of e-waste. Tube-type TVs and computer monitors contain lead, while cell phones harbor toxic mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants, all of which can leach from landfills into groundwater. Alternatives include selling old phones or trading them in at a store, and buying a new phone only when necessary. For $10, Staples will recycle any brand of computer monitor, desktop and laptop computer, fax machine, printer or scanner. Dell products are accepted at no charge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers information about local e-waste recycling and regulations regarding handling of electronic equipment at Tinyurl.com/EPAeWasteTips. For a global perspective, see the United Nations Environment Programme 2010 update at Tinyurl.com/UNeWasteReport.
New Technology Increases Solar Efficiency There is huge potential in solar power, but our current methods of capturing the sun’s energy are limited as widely used silicon solar cells approach their theoretical limit of 33.7 percent efficiency. Now a Princeton University research team has applied nanotechnology principles to incorporate a design that significantly increases their efficacy. Led by Stephen Chou, the team has made two dramatic improvements: reducing reflectivity and more effectively capturing the light that isn’t reflected. The new solar cell is much thinner and less reflective, capturing many more light waves via a minute mesh and bouncing off only about 4 percent of direct sunlight. The new design is capable of capturing a large amount of sunlight even when it’s cloudy, producing an 81 percent increase in efficiency even under indirect lighting conditions. Source: OpticsInfoBase.org
Lost Ecosystem Hawaiian Coral Reef Under Siege
In the tropical paradise of Hawaiian waters, a milky growth has been spreading rapidly across the coral reefs along Kauai’s north shore. Marine biologist Terry Lilley, the foremost expert on the outbreak, says it now affects up to 40 percent of the coral in Anini Bay, and conditions in nearby areas are as bad or worse. The growth, identified by U.S. Geological Survey scientists as both a bacteria that grows through photosynthesis and a fungus, is killing all the coral it strikes and is spreading its infection at the rate of one to three inches a week. “This bacteria has been killing some of these 50-to-100-yearold corals in less than eight weeks,” Lilley told the Los Angeles Times, noting that the entire reef system appears to be losing its immune system. Some feel the cause is high levels of fecal and related bacteria from the town of Hanalei, which has no sewer system and where homes are connected to cesspools and septic systems. Because no definitive link has been shown, government action has been limited.
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All-Natural Boards Bring Sustainability to Surfing
Florida Lawn Spray Spreads Disturbing Effects Chlorothalonil, sold under the brand names Bravo, Echo and Daconil, is a toxic fungicide that’s been used by farmers for more than 40 years to protect 65-plus crops—including fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and nuts—from 125 diseases caused by mold and fungus. It’s also become a popular commercial turf grass and home lawn spray in Florida. Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF), in Tampa, conducted an experiment they claim mimics realworld conditions of application and runoff into waterways that produced alarming results. USF Biologist Taegan McMahon, co-author of the study published in the journal Ecology Letters, describes how a variety of species were affected. “It basically wiped out all of the amphibians,” McMahon reports. Most of the snails, crayfish, water plants and other creatures in a series of tanks, including the smallest floating organisms, also died, which allowed algae to grow into oxygen-hogging blooms. The poison works by disrupting cellular respiration. Co-author Biologist Jason Rohr states, “Some species were able to recover from the chemical assault, but the ecosystem was fundamentally changed after its exposure to chlorothalonil.” The researchers note that the results of this ecosystem-level experiment are consistent with several laboratory toxicity studies and observations in the field. Source: Tampa Bay Online/The Tampa Tribune
Green Homes Can be a Bargain One of the most innovative, energy-efficient houses in the United States has been built in the District of Columbia’s working-class Deanwood neighborhood, which has struggled with foreclosures. The Empowerhouse, a residence that produces all of its own energy, consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional dwelling. Empowerhouse was designed using “passive house” technologies as part of the Solar Decathlon design competition, held on the National Mall in 2011. It’s the work of students at The New School, in New York City, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. Each duplicable unit costs a locally affordable $250,000. Bringing the community into the design process for both the house and landscape is the basis for collaboration on additional projects in the neighborhood, including a new community learning garden. The designers remark that it all plays a part in creating social sustainability, an aspect often left out of development programs. Source: Parsit.Parsons.edu 16
Surfers count themselves among the most ardent environmentalists. Yet their sport is awash in petrochemicals and carcinogens, from neoprene wetsuits and urethane surfboard leashes to polyurethane boards and epoxy resins. So surfboard shaper Danny Hess is adopting salvaged woods, natural finishes and organic resins to transform how they are made. His boards are built to last, an anomaly in a sport in which enthusiasts’ boards may break once or twice every season. He uses Super Sap, the first U.S. Department of Agriculture BioPreferred Certified liquid epoxy resin, and is experimenting with organic foam and salvaged redwood in seeking to build a truly green surfboard. “What I’m trying to do is build heirloom surfboards that are passed on from father to son over many generations, rather than these disposable things that we’re just consuming,” Hess says. Before founding Hess Surfboards, Hess lived in a straw-bale house in Colorado, studied sustainable architecture at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, built tree houses and worked as a licensed contractor. “One day I had this ‘Aha!’ moment when I realized I could create these molds, like the ones I was using to bend wood for cabinet doors, for surfboards,” he says. Hess has since expanded into also making sustainable skateboards. Learn more at HessSurfboards.com.
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DIY Versus Commercial Carwash We all want our new, energy-efficient vehicles to look their best, and ecoconscious drivers want to extend their green lifestyle to include cleaning their car. Washing can provide some exercise and saves money, but the International Carwash Association reports that automatic car washes use on average fewer than 45 gallons of water per car, compared with 80 or more at home. Commercial facilities also drain wastewater into sewer systems to be treated or reused, while soapy do-ityourself water can directly enter waterways via storm drains unless it’s in an area that filters into a local aquifer. Here are some helpful tips. Conserve water. For DIY folks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends using a bucket instead of a hose for washing a section at a time, and then quickly
rinsing using a pistol-grip hose nozzle, and also washing the car on gravel or a lawn, so wastewater doesn’t flow off pavement or sidewalks and down a storm drain. Be sure to use phosphatefree, non-toxic biodegradable soaps and waxes. Check under the car. Grime, dirt and salt may have accumulated in crevices of the undercarriage, especially in colder regions, so spray underneath, too. Be observant. A fender-bender, stray pebbles or the impact of another car door may have chipped exterior paint. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, corrosion, acid rain, storm damage and harsh sunlight can also mar body paint and expose metal surfaces. Treat these blemishes with a stop-rust spray and touch-up paint before they spread. Sources: epa.gov, ASE.com, CarWash.org, ehow.com
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DwellGreen of Dallas by Beth Davis
After Taylor came in and did an audit, he recomoger Taylor, owner of DwellGreen of Dalmended a simple solution: caulking around the las, spent more than 35 years in the IT frame of the existing windows. It worked. “That industry, where he served as an advisor is the kind of value I can bring,” notes Taylor. to executive management. Over the years, he A typical home performance evaluation became interested in his own home’s energy step begins by identifying a client’s goals, obefficiency, but it wasn’t until after he retired in jectives and problems. He offers a free in-home 2011 that he considered taking his interest a consultation to discuss issues and concerns restep further and started by taking two energy garding the home and will then conduct a quick auditing certification courses. He did well and walkthrough to see firsthand how the home is it piqued his curiosity even more. “Construction being used. The meeting takes no more than was always a hobby of mine, too,” he explains. “After retirement, I knew I wanted something to 30 minutes. Clients can then choose to take it Roger Taylor further with an audit. keep me busy, so energy auditing seemed to fit. For existing and new homes, Taylor offers three levels of I found DwellGreen and bought the franchise in early 2012.” energy auditing: essential, complete and comprehensive. An In the past, Taylor assessed projects for risks and ability essential energy audit comprises a detailed visual inspection to deliver the proposed services on time and within budget. of every part of the home, such as doors, walls, insulation, He now applies those skills to homeowners and commercial lighting, HVAC equipment and attic spaces. Based on his building owners, solving energy cost, fortification and water findings, he will provide homeowners with recommendations and air quality issues as a certified energy and performance focused on their personal goals in the order of their priority. auditor and green building consultant. He assesses the cur“It’s a very customized plan,” he explains. “In other words, if rent condition of the home and identifies improvements that their goal is to make their child’s room more comfortable, my save money, address safety and increase energy efficiency recommendations will be based on that. If they want to save and comfort of living areas. money on their electric bill, my suggestions change.” He says the most common reason people come to him If the house feels damp, for example, there are many is because they have a problem in their home. It’s too drafty ways to control moisture. Some include improved site drainor they think they smell gas. One recent client experiencing age, air sealing, positively pressurizing the interior and a significant issues with a draft in their home was considering whole-house humidifier. “We use infrared cameras to help replacing all of the windows, to the tune of about $20,000.
us identify leaks, infiltration and other potential moisture problems, and then make recommendations on how to eliminate these issues,” states Taylor. A complete energy audit includes all of the work of an essential audit, plus a blower door test to identify leaks in the home; a duct blaster test to diagnose duct leakage; and a thermographic infrared scan to evaluate the flow of heat through the home and determine potential problem areas. The comprehensive energy audit includes all of the work of the essential and complete audit, plus the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index, a nationally recognized benchmark for energy efficiency that is required for an Energy Star rating. Taylor says that his evaluation and recommendations are not slanted toward any product or service, because he is a third-party evaluator. “I have a local network of leading service providers I suggest because they meet my standards of quality, but I still like to be there when they are doing the work,” he notes. “Client relationships and follow-through are important to me. If a client decides to have something fixed in their home that I have recommended, I like to be there to walk the contractor through and show them what needs to be done.” Taylor is certified to conduct plan reviews for building permits and energy inspections for new homes and remodeling projects, which is a building code item required by most cities in the DFW Metroplex. In addition to addressing the energy efficiency of a home or building, Taylor is also a renewable energy consultant and advises clients on the use of solar panels, solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps and rainwater harvesting. For the city of Dallas, he is licensed for the Green Building program inspections. “My passion is at this level—it’s really where we need to go as humans,” he says. His goal is to make a positive environmental impact on the world we live in and to help others do the same.
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Dad & Daughter Dates Making the Most of Cherished Time Together by Clint Kelly
he ancient Greek playwright Euripides, renowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He wrote, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” Entrepreneur and life coach Greg Wright, of Austin, Texas, updates the concept of this precious relationship in Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He says that before the age of 30, God gave him a lovely wife; four girls, or “beginner ladies”; and a succinct mission statement: “Don’t mess up.” Possessing an overwhelming compassion and protective instinct for each of his children, Wright decided early on “to teach them the right way to date and to treasure their specialness as much as I do.” One of his chief assignments was respectfully modeling good dating habits for his daughters, a talent that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to dads. They may understand how significant a fathering relationship is to her self-worth in becoming a dauntless and independent adult, but may be uncertain
how to make a proper investment spiritually and emotionally. Healthcare marketing executive David Kinard, of Seattle, Washington, invests heavily in both his son and daughter. Having grown up in a separated family with no fatherly role model, he has focused on spending time with both kids, and knows it’s especially important for a girl. “I wanted my daughter to know that I loved her for who she was and not for anything she said or did, and that she didn’t need to give her body away to find love.” He felt the best way to convey these truths was to provide dedicated time together. Wednesdays were without fail their date nights, beginning at age 4; dates are less frequent now that his daughter is 16, but even when the relationship feels at odds, dates have consistently brought them together. “She always got to choose where we went to dinner,” Kinard recalls. “We’d sit for a long time, eat our favorite foods and play a silly card game.” They talked about anything, nothing, everything. “She glows when she talks about past dates,” he continues. “I have earned the ability to talk with her about the more sensitive subjects in her life such as boys, sex, friends and family.” Seattle Pacific University Alumni Director Ken Cornell believes that bonding through dating his two girls, ages 14 and 17, is a true privilege. He says the same is true of his wife of 27 years. “It is so important to get away from the routine, to focus on each other,” Cornell remarks. “It’s amazing what is said when we give space for a relationship to deepen.” His younger daughter believes, “It’s confidence building; it makes me stronger to be with someone who believes and has hope in me.” Dressing up on occasion, holding the door open and allowing her to order for herself show respect and make her feel treasured. Later, if she doesn’t get that same level of respect on a first date with a boy, she will be less likely to schedule a second. Cornell often worries that he doesn’t model enough of the love and honor his girls deserve. He finds grace in prayer. “I ask God regularly for wisdom and forgiveness to help me steward my relationship with my daughters and wife.” The writer’s own family of six, including two daughters, has a long history of carving out precious time for refreshing fun. It naturally evolved from movies and petting zoos when they were young to canoeing and college campus events as they grew up. “My boyfriends knew that if we were going to last, they had to impress my dad,” remembers our youngest daughter
Amy, today a wife and esthetician living in Medina, Ohio. “It was important to know that my dad cared enough to engage in my life. When college life was chaotic, it was comforting to have a dad close to my heart. Our dates through the years allowed us to share stories, secrets and sorrows, and to laugh.” Clint Kelly’s books include Dare to Raise Exceptional Children.
Ideal Dates 101 Some of these activities may bring out the twinkle in any daughter’s eyes. Join an ethnic cooking class. Then watch a DVD set in the corresponding country or region. Be a Sport. Suggest doubles tennis or ride a bicycle built for two. Volunteer at a local charity. Help others and then stop at the ice cream parlor on the way home. Make a home drive-in. Decorate cardboard boxes together so they look like favorite cars. Then sit in them to watch fun movies like Toy Story or Up… and pass the heirloom popcorn. Paint some pottery. Many ceramics stores offer lessons. Make individual or joint artistic creations that can become home decorations and visual memories. Shop at the dollar store. Secretly spend one dollar on each other, and then unveil the gifts over a frozen yogurt treat. Gotcha! Arrange with her school for her to leave school early for a surprise lunch date. natural awakenings June 2013
strength training.” “My balance has improved 100 percent; I can stand on a board today that I could not stand on one year ago,” affirms 73-year-old renowned surfer and board shaper Mickey Muñoz, of Capistrano, California, who paddles with his 65-pound dog aboard.
More than a Workout
Stand Up Paddling No Surf Required by lauressa nelson
hile some frustrated commuters are inching along on rush hour highways, hoping to afterward work off stress at overcrowded gyms, others are stopping off at the nearest lake, river or bay for a workout that many call therapeutic. Promoted by Olympic athletes, moms and septuagenarians alike as an effective total body workout and mental release, stand up paddling, or SUP, is the fastest-growing sport across the nation, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. Stand up paddling was first developed by improvisational Hawaiian “beach boys,” that would stand on surfboards and use outrigger paddles to navigate alongside tourists learning how to surf. However, the sport can be enjoyed with or without waves, or wind on virtually any body of water because the paddler, rather than Mother Nature, provides propulsion. It’s luring enthusiasts of other water sports as well; surfers, kiteboarders and windsurfers appreciate new opportunities to get on the water more often, while canoeists and kayakers enjoy the alternative of standing. SUP is equally adored by nonathletes. “This isn’t the kind of sport
that requires a lot of lessons to enjoy,” advises Jeff Robinson, owner of Olde Naples Surf Shop, in Naples, Florida, who offers a 15-minute tutorial on the basics with each rental.
Exercise in Disguise
“One of the best aspects of SUP is that it is low impact, making it a lifetime sport,” emphasizes David Rose, owner of Paddleboard Orlando. In fact, that’s why just about anyone over the age of 5 can participate. The paddler controls the speed and intensity of the experience, from recreational cruising to aerobic athletic training. “We call it exercise in disguise, because there’s so much going on that you don’t realize when you’re doing it,” explains Mike Muir, president of Riviera Paddlesurf, in San Clemente, California. The 54-year-old took up SUP after a hip replacement and credits it for relieving him of chronic lower back pain, as well as excess pounds. “It’s the cardio and calorie-burning equivalent of swimming or running,” explains Brody Welte, owner of Stand Up Fitness, in St. Petersburg, Florida. “But unlike either of those, SUP combines low-impact and weight-bearing exercise; and it includes balance and
Payoffs, however, go well beyond the physical. SUP fans that characterize it as a great escape from their daily milieu mention social, psychological and spiritual benefits, as well. “When you’re out paddling, it’s easy to find solitude,” muses Hawaiianborn Dave Chun, founder of Kialoa Paddles, in Bend, Oregon. He suggests that its Hawaiian roots imbue stand up paddling with a spirit of aloha, humility and respect. At the same time, “It’s one of the few sports that allows people to maintain a conversation,” says Dan Gavere, co-creator of SUPInstruction. com. Having discovered SUP in the paddling mecca of Oregon’s Columbia Gorge, he considers it an ideal family recreational sport. In any case, the activity remains mentally engaging because the standing position allows views in every direction, including into the water. “It’s like walking on water. You really get to see what’s around you,” observes Shelly Strazis, a 43-year-old Long Beach resident who began paddling after having multiple accident-related surgeries on her left knee and right shoulder. “It’s such a relaxing workout. I used to mountain bike, but I can’t do that with the kids,” explains Francine Adams, the mother of 5-year-old twins. “I’m afraid of waves and some ocean creatures, but these boards are so stable that it doesn’t matter.” After her first SUP outing with a moms’ group, this Orlando, Florida, resident introduced her husband to the sport. Within three months, the couple had purchased their own equipment. They now paddle together with one of their twins on each of their boards. Adams adds, “As part of our vacation planning now, we scout locations where we can bring our boards.” Most likely, the Adams family will
Stand Up Paddle in North Texas
s the fastest-growing water sport in the world, Stand Up Paddling, also known as SUP, has made its way onto the North Texas waterways with enthusiasts proclaiming it as a great way to exercise and enjoy the water. Originating in Hawaii less than a decade ago, SUP is a combination of surfing and kayaking that has quickly spread worldwide. Here are some of the local experts that offer support and instructional classes, rentals and purchases of paddleboards, paddles and accessories. DFW Surf Lake Grapevine 2500 Oak Grove Loop South Grapevine 76051 972-427-4082; DFWSurf.com Lake Lewisville 1481 East Hill Park Road Lewisville 75056 972-427-4082; DFWSurf.com
The length, width and thickness of paddle boards determine their degree of maneuverability and gliding characteristics. At about 30 inches wide and four to five inches thick, beginner boards for use in flat water average 10’6’’ long and 25 pounds for females, 11’5” long and 28 pounds for males. Paddles are typically six to 10 inches taller than the paddler.
Lake Worth 4033 Marina Drive Lake Worth, 76135 972-427-4082; DFWSurf.com Rio SUP 10309 Cayuga Dallas 75228 214-444-3207; RioSUP.com
SUP NTX Lake Carolyn Mandaly Canals 113 E. Las Colinas Boulevard Irving 75039 972-567-7871; supntx.com Lake Grapevine Meadowmere Park 3000 Meadowmere Lane Grapevine 76051 972-567-7871; supntx.com White Rock Rowing White Rock Lake White Rock Boat House 2810 White Rock Road Dallas 75214 WhiteRockBoatHouse.com
be able to enjoy their boards almost anywhere in the country. SUP groups in locations as unlikely as Idaho and New Mexico can be found on Meetup. com. “No body of water is off limits for stand up paddling,” says Gavere, citing its biggest growth trends in the Rocky Mountains, where kayakers and whitewater rafters are using inflatable boards on rivers and lakes; the Great Lakes, where people do yoga on boards on flat water; and Texas, where some folks fish from their boards or ride small Gulf of Mexico waves. SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings and a freelance writer in Orlando, FL. natural awakenings June 2013
LIFE LIFT Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig
An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?” might surprise us.
appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may
sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How happy are you, on a scale of one to 10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”
Getting to Happy
The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and
true to yourself—the kind of person that should be happy and that makes other people happy—can be tough. Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular surveys of the population. The reigning
official definition of happiness involves peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.
Nurturing Signature Strengths
Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness. com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at—and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional at
If I become happy and it makes you happy, it is like tipping the first domino so the next one falls and that happiness spreads. ~ James Fowler, economic behaviorist, University of California-San Diego social interaction. She made herself happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and meaning. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to testdrive her findings at Happiness-Project. com and began blogging about new ways of thinking and behaving that were bringing her and her readers greater selfrealization and contentment. “A great place to start is with your own body,” she counsels. “Are you
getting enough sleep? Are you getting good food to eat? When you take care of those very basic things, you feel energized, and then you can start moving to address other issues.”
Once we’ve upped our happiness quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with researchers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.” The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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COLORING OUR WORLD
How Hues Can Help and Heal by Judith Fertig
From relaxing in a hot tub amidst sparkling blue lights to sleeping soundly surrounded by soft-green walls, we continuously experience the subtle influence of colors in our surroundings.
hile humans have long appreciated nature’s chromatic displays, it wasn’t until 1666 that Sir Isaac Newton proved that white light from the sun refracted through a prism separates into the individual bandwidths we perceive as hues. A growing body of research by physicians, environmentalists, psychologists and alternative medicine specialists is now exploring how color—as light and pigment—can affect people physically, mentally and emotionally. According to Pakistani research physicists Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Mohsin Raza, working from the University of Balochistan, “Colors generate electrical impulses and magnetic currents or fields of energy that are prime activators of the biochemical and hormonal processes in the human body.” Different colors cause different reactions, from stimulating cells to suppressing the production of melatonin. Published in the journal EvidenceBased Complementary Alternative Medicine, Azeemi and Raza’s photobiology research, applied as chromotherapy, supports premises of ancient Chinese, Egyptian and ayurvedic healing traditions in which color is intrinsic to healing: for example, red increases
circulation; yellow stimulates nerves; orange increases energy; and blue and green soothe everything from skin irritations to anxiety. Blue light can reset our biological clocks. Although electric light attempts to mimic natural sunlight, the body does not sense it that way, according to findings published in Environmental Health Perspectives. During the day, artificial light with more blue wavelengths may help improve the performance of students and employees working indoors; at night, a reduction of the blue portion in artificial lighting provided for shift workers could protect against sleep disturbances. The irony, notes Science Writer David C. Holzman, of Lexington, Massachusetts, is that applications of blue light are now used to cure some of the very things it can cause— sleeplessness and depression. Sonya Nutter, a Kansas City mother of three elementary schoolchildren, can attest to the soothing effect of blue light when soaking in her
Kohler chromotherapy tub in the dark: “It’s even better than lavender scent for calming,” she says. “Color clearly has aesthetic value, but it can also carry specific meaning and information,” says Andrew J. Elliot, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, in New York. He and a team of researchers concluded that, “Seeing red is not good before [taking] a test measuring performance” (Journal of Experimental Psychology: General). In contrast, they found that seeing green enhances creative performance. Photodynamic therapy, a recently developed, non-invasive cancer treatment, involves injections of a light-sensitive solution, followed by shining laseremitted blue light on internal tumors or light-emitting diodes (LED) on surface tumors. A National Cancer Institute fact sheet explains how such light kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors. Based on the success of NASA experiments and research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, red LED lights are also helping cancer patients deal with sore mouths associated with chemotherapy
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. ~ Pablo Picasso and radiation used for bone marrow and stem cell transplants. Treating diabetic ulcers is another application, according to a 2012 study in the Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes of South Africa. Red light sessions at many medical spas help rejuvenate aging skin by stimulating collagen production. Color as pigment can convey subtle cues to influence our perceptions, attitudes and behavior. In a study conducted at England’s Oxford University and Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia, for example, participants believed that hot chocolate tasted better in orange mugs than any other color, with white scoring lowest. “Color associations are so strong and embedded so deeply that people are predisposed to certain reactions” when they see a color, explains Elliot, a learned association that is often culturally based. Because color can engender
individual emotional response, it plays a major role in one’s preferences in surroundings, including wall colors, furnishings and appliances. Pantone, a leading provider of color systems to businesses worldwide, annually recommends a specific color that it feels best connects with the current zeitgeist, or prevailing spirit and mood, so that manufacturers of paints, kitchenware and fabric will produce the look people will want to have around them. In 2011 Pantone picked a vibrant pink. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained that “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits, a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going.” Now sensing greater optimism, their 2013 color choice is a vivid emerald, described as “lively, radiant and lush… a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
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Reframing Personal Priorities Craig Hamilton Explores the Gender Gap in Spiritual Growth by Kim Childs
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raig Hamilton is a writer, radio host and workshop leader devoted to helping people evolve their consciousness for the greater good. The former managing editor of What is Enlightenment? magazine, Hamilton went on to found Integral Enlightenment, an online education program for those on a contemporary spiritual path. Since then, thousands of people have participated in his courses and workshops, and the vast majority have been women. Natural Awakenings asked Hamilton for his insights on this trend.
What’s behind the gender imbalance in personal growth and enlightenment circles? Two years ago, I hosted a summit called The Way of the Evolutionary Man that included a discussion about why more men aren’t drawn to participate in these kinds of things. One of the main points made was that, while many Americans have focused on creating equality for women in the last 50 years, there hasn’t been a comparable men’s liberation movement. I know that some would say, “Why do we need that? Men are already the ones with the most power, freedom and privilege.” Yet it became clear during our discussion that men do not have freedom when it comes to choosing among valued social roles.
For example, a woman can feel valued whether she pursues a professional career or something else that we might call a path of the heart, such as following artistic passions, working for a nonprofit or serving as a teacher. But if men do such things, they risk losing value among women. Traditionally, women have wanted to be with men that are more economically successful than they are. If a man decides he wants to be an artist or a spiritual practitioner or follow what we might label a higher calling, he’s stepping out of traditionally validated activities for men. So the reason that more men aren’t putting more time into their personal growth could be that they’re not being valued for that.
What might it take to shift this phenomenon? If women want men to join them on paths of personal and spiritual growth, they might need to start in analyzing the part of themselves that says, “I want a man who makes more money than me, is successful and able to be the family provider.” Many women want their men to be conscious, sensitive, reflective and capable of profound intimacy, plus be a good provider. I’ve heard from some men that feel seriously pained about this. A few said that they always wanted to be, for example, a musician or a teacher, but
they couldn’t see themselves being sufficiently successful at it, or their family discouraged it.
Is pursuing personal growth at odds with being a breadwinner? I teach a spiritual path that anyone can pursue in the midst of their busy life. It involves turning everything into a spiritual practice. It means observing your own motivations and distortions and experiencing a different relationship to life that’s no longer rooted in patterns of the past and the ego. I believe this work appeals to men because, while there is a meditative and interior dimension to it, the bigger part is calling people to step up in life and remove the obstacles inside themselves that keep them from playing their biggest game. Spiritual life isn’t about getting beyond this world; it’s about the evolution of our world through conscious participation. That’s something men and women alike can become inspired by and put their energy behind.
How can men be most effective in a changing world? In order to be truly effective, each person needs to do the necessary inner work. It’s not enough to focus on trying to do and accomplish and acquire without clarifying what’s getting in the way of your full self-expression and creative engagement. It’s easy to think about life in terms of our history, identity, desires and concerns, but that’s just a small part of who we are. At our deepest level, we are this unfolding evolutionary process that’s been going on for more than 13 billion years. Now we have the ability to participate in the greatest adventure of all, that of conscious evolution, growing into a future aligned with our highest ideals, visions and aspirations. While that is mobilizing generations of women, I am finding that it also speaks to the highest aspirations of men. Connect with Craig Hamilton at IntegralEnlightenment.com.
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Transforming Aluminum and Glass
RECYCLING EVERYDAY REFUSE What Happens after the Blue Bin is Emptied by Avery Mack
ach blue recycle bin filled with plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard helps the environment, because it reduces landfill, takes less energy to repurpose materials than to make new ones and gently reminds us that thoughtful consumption is healthier for people and the planet. But what do all those recyclables turn into?
Plastic milk jugs turn into colorful playthings at Green Toys, of Mill Valley, California. Repurposing one pound of recycled milk jugs instead of making new plastic saves enough energy to run a computer for a month. All packaging is made from recycled content and printed with soy ink, so it can go into the blue bin again. GreenToys.com’s online counter shows the number of containers recycled—more than 10 million to date. Fila Golf’s Principal Designer Nancy Robitaille says, “Recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a core Fila cooling fabric, 30
is used throughout our collection. Each fully recycled PET garment reuses about two-and-a-half 20-ounce plastic pop bottles.” Patagonia customers are encouraged to return their old coat when buying a new one. Coats in good condition are given to people in need; the PET fleece lining from retired coats is sent to ReFleece, in Somerville, Massachusetts, where it is cleaned and turned into recyclable protective cases for iPads, e-readers and cell phones. “We expect to make 10,000 cases this year from 2,000 jackets,” says Jennifer Fellers, ReFleece’s CEO. “We use low heat to press the cases into shape.” Vancouver, Canada, which plans to be the greenest city in the world by 2020, includes recycled plastic from bags and water bottles in laying down warm asphalt mix for roads because
In 2012, Do Something.org partnered with Alcoa to challenge teens to recycle aluminum cans. For every 50 cans collected during a two-month period, they were awarded a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. The sponsors note that recycling one can saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours. The final total was 1,152,569 cans kept out of landfills. “Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times,” says Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa, which has centers nationwide and cash-back programs for community fundraisers. “We remelt the collected cans, then roll out coils of new can sheets. This process can be repeated without any loss of strength—that’s why we call aluminum the ‘miracle metal.’ If every American recycled just one more can per week, we would remove 17 billion cans from landfills each year.” Wine bottles become designer drinking glasses at Rolf Glass, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. “Our designs give used bottles a second life,” says owner Rolf Poeting. Refresh Glass, of Phoenix, Arizona, salvages and preps the bottles. “Then, our glass cutting and diamond-wheel engraving technology transforms them into sophisticated Glacier Glass,” continues Poeting. “This seems to be a trend in many industries, to find additional uses for another company’s recycled products.” Rewined, of Charleston, South Carolina, also exemplifies this principle. It uses wine bottles to hold their soy-based, cotton-wicked candles,
which provide 60 to 80 hours of winescented burn.
Second Life for Paper
Purina’s Yesterday’s News and Second Nature litter for cats and dogs, respectively, is made from recycled paper and absorbs waste upward from the bottom of the litter box for easier cleaning. The unscented litter pellets are three times as absorbent as clay, non-toxic and nearly dust-free. Hedgehogs, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and reptiles also like Yesterday’s News for bedding. On average, 44 million pounds of paper are annually recycled for these products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States annually generates 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste, mostly from reroofing tear-offs and new installation scrap, comprising 8 percent of construction waste. Each recycled ton saves a barrel of oil. OFIC North America, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, creates its Ondura corrugated
roofing from old newspapers or magazines and cardboard, made durable by infusing it with asphalt. It’s placed atop existing roofs, which means no discarded shingles. Each day, 40 to 50 tons of recycled paper goods find new life in Ondura products, available at most home improvement stores. Sound inside Buick Lacrosse and Verano vehicles is dampened via a ceiling material made partly from reused cardboard shipping boxes. Paint sludge from General Motors’ Lansing, Michigan, Grand River assembly plant becomes durable plastic shipping containers for Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engine components. Some 200 miles of absorbent polypropylene sleeves, used to soak up a recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, were converted into air deflectors for the Volt, preventing 212,500 pounds of waste from entering landfills. As part of its community outreach, 250 shipping crates from GM’s Orion assembly plant became raised garden beds for a Southwest Detroit community garden. A
local entrepreneur turned donated sound absorption material into coats that also serve as sleeping bags for the homeless.
Old Tires Transformed
The Rubber Manufacturers Association reports that Americans discard 300 million tires each year, each one having consumed about seven gallons of oil in its manufacture and poised to add to Earth’s landfills. Lehigh Technologies’ micronized rubber powder (MRP), made by freezedrying discarded tires and pulverizing them into a fine powder, changes the equation. MRP is now used in many items, from new tires, roads and building materials to shoes. It feels good to place used items in the blue bin instead of the trash, knowing that more and more companies are helping to put these resources to good use. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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Grow, Pick, Grill Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty by Claire O’Neil
n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegeta-
bles in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers. Barbecuing grill chefs are expand-
Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza. photo by Steve Legato
ing their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars in vegetables and fruits caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.
Fresh on the Grill Hearty but not heavy, this pizza takes kale (or alternatively, Swiss chard or collard greens) and onions from the garden, and then adds vegetarian chorizo to accent. Yields 4 servings 1 pound fresh whole grain or gluten-free pizza dough 1 /4 cup whole grain or gluten-free flour for sprinkling 4 new potatoes, cooked and thinly sliced 8 kale leaves Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling Grapeseed oil for brushing the grill rack 8 oz cooked and crumbled vegetarian chorizo (Portuguese or other spicy sausage optional) 1 /2 cup chopped green onion (white and light green parts) Coarse freshly ground black pepper Prepare a hot fire on one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack with grapeseed oil and place over direct heat. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle with whole grain or glutenfree flour and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour of
choice on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, place on the perforated grill rack and grill for 15 minutes, turning often, or until tender before topping the pizza. Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside. Brush one side of each pizza with olive oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side of the grill grate. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough starts to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza round, using tongs, onto a baking sheet. Quickly brush pizza rounds with additional olive oil, and then spoon on one-fourth of the sliced potato and grilled kale. Sprinkle toppings of sausage and green onion. Drizzle a bit more overall olive oil and season with pepper. Using a grill spatula, place each pizza on the indirect side of the fire. Cover and grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until the kale has slightly wilted and the topping is hot. Serve hot.
Handy Garden-to-Grill Gadgets
n Long-handled grill tongs and a spatula help the cook handle foods on the grill like a pro. n Barbecue mitts protect hands and arms from the heat.
n A perforated grill rack, akin to a cookie sheet with holes, placed directly on the grill grates, keeps smaller vegetables and tender fish fillets from falling through.
n A grill wok is perfect for stir-grilling foods outdoors, a complement to indoor stir-frying.
n A sturdy, stiff, grill brush makes short work of cleaning the grill grates after each use.
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Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza
Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm Gremolata
This recipe is simple, yet full of flavor. A traditional gremolata condiment includes parsley, lemon zest and garlic, but this sweeter version finds deliciousness in fruit. Using a microplane grater culls the flavorful yellow part of the lemon rind without the bitter white pith. Chopping the herbs with the lemon zest make the flavors blend together better. Yields 4 servings /4 cup packed lemon balm leaves or 1 Tbsp packed mint leaves 1 /2 tsp lemon zest Pinch kosher or sea salt 4 peaches, halved and pitted 1
Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Chop the lemon balm or mint and lemon zest together until very fine. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the leaves and chop again. Set aside in a small bowl. Place the peach halves cut-side down on the grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until they are tender and slightly blistered. To serve, place two peach halves in each guestâ€™s bowl and sprinkle the lemon balm gremolata over all of them. Source: Recipes adapted from The Gardener & the Grill. natural awakenings June 2013
Baja Fish Tacos
Grill the “flesh”, or cut side, of fish fillets first (not the skin side, which is darker because it is more delicate) directly over the fire for 3 to 4 minutes.
Fresh fish tacos with a twist are a healthy treat. Tip: Assemble the raw slaw ingredients before grilling the cabbage, which cooks simultaneously with the fish.
Grilled Napa Cabbage Slaw Taco Topping 1 large head Napa cabbage, cut in half lengthwise Grapeseed oil, for brushing 1 cup assorted baby greens, such as spinach, oak leaf lettuce or Boston lettuce 8 green onions, chopped (white and green parts) 1 /4 cup tarragon vinegar 1 /4 cup sour cream 1 /2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 /2 tsp fine kosher or sea salt Baja Fish 11/2 lbs mahi mahi, catfish, halibut or other mild, non-farmed, white fish (about 3/4 -inch thick) 1 /4 cup blackened seasoning or other barbecue spice mixture
photo by Steve Legato
Yields 4 servings
8 whole-wheat flour tortillas, for serving 8 lemon wedges, for serving 11/2 cups of a favorite salsa, for serving Prepare a hot fire in the grill. Brush the cut sides of the Napa cabbage halves with oil. Coat the fish fillets with the blackened seasoning or other selected spice mix. Grill the cabbage, cut-side down, directly over the fire for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cabbage shows good grill marks, then remove from heat.
Turn the fish only once, and finish cooking with the skin side against the grate another 3 to 4 minutes, for 10 total minutes per inch of thickness (most fish fillets are about ¾-inch thick). Note: The skin side is last because it has more connective tissue and holds together better on the grill. Finish assembling the slaw. Thinly slice the grilled cabbage and place in a large bowl. Stir in the greens and green onions. Having earlier combined and mixed the vinegar, sour cream, lemon juice and salt for the slaw dressing in a small bowl, now pour it over the greens mixture. Toss to blend. Assemble the tacos by placing some of the grilled fish on each tortilla. Top each with about one-third cup of the slaw and roll up, soft taco-style. Serve with a lemon wedge and a small ramekin of salsa.
inspiration consider various points of view and develop contingency plans.
Return to Childhood
Rearing kids presents the opportunity to reread favorite childhood books and disappear back into imaginative worlds.
A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) and J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) first wrote for their kids. We may also be inspired to play an instrument or take up an art form learned as a child while encouraging our children in their music or art lessons.
The Fatherhood Factor
How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott
ecoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life. In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that when asked how important each aspect of life felt over a two-year study period, childless men surveyed showed a significant increase in the “partner/lover” aspect. But young fathers squeezed that facet into a smaller life space to accommodate the significant increase in the “parent” element. Here are a few highlights from what relevant studies by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Switzerland’s University of Zurich say about how fatherhood changes men.
Confidence and Pride
Having a close relationship with our child helps build mutual confidence and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears
into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.
Patience and Humor
When something goes wrong, we can take it seriously and try to change things, or roll with it and laugh. Doing the latter can increase compassion for our own and others’ mistakes.
Early on, it may be nearly impossible to differentiate the needs of our child and partner from our own. In reality, needs are to varying degrees in opposition, thus imposing frustrations and sorrows and forcing mutual adaptation, according to the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry think tank. Parents should
Raising kids produces a heightened awareness of others’ perspectives, reports University of Delaware researcher Rob Palkovitz, Ph.D. Many guys admit that they were somewhat selfish and self-centered before having kids, because having people depend on you and putting their needs before yours doesn’t come naturally. (Palkovitz notes that marriage alone doesn’t trigger this realization.)
Becoming a father prompts a hard look at one’s fundamental beliefs and values. Our view of what seemed harmless when we were younger, like not caring about money or possessions and potentially harmful lifestyle choices, changes completely when there’s a family to support. We see the world differently. Our health and well-being are no longer just personal concerns; they’re integral to our family. Interestingly, more mature new fathers—having had more time to hone their philosophy of life—report less of a need for fresh soul-searching than younger fathers. Superdad Armin Brott has been building better fathers for a decade through his blog, bestselling books and American Forces Network radio show. Learn more at MrDad.com and Tinyurl.com/MrDadApp. natural awakenings June 2013
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SATuRDAy, June 1 National Trails Day – 8:30am-12pm. REI and Groundwork Dallas host clean up and trail maintenance day around Fish Hole Lake, part of the Elm Fork Green Belt Park project. Lunch provided. Free. Fish Hole Lake, Elm Fork Green Belt Park, Dallas. Register & directions, Renee: 972-490-5989 or RShippe@REI.com. Chalk This Way – 9am-6pm. 2nd annual sidewalk art festival. Includes, with a professional chalk artist exhibit, an amateur chalk art contest, a scholarship contest for high school seniors and a children’s non-competitive gallery. Includes music, circus performers, theatrical groups, face painting, stilt walkers, and variety of vendors. $20/Amateur Art Competition, Admission free. 100 N Charles St, MCL Grand Courtyard. For more info or for rules and entry forms: 972-625-1726 or LakesideArts.org. Landscape Design 101 – 10:15am. Designing your outdoor spaces with naturally inspired elements. Learn key tips to boost the look of your Texas landscape. Learn the basics of landscaping: soil preparation, a simple design, selecting plants. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com.
SunDAy, June 2 Bird Walk – 8-11am. Bring binoculars and field guides if have them, and learn what to watch for in habits, characteristics and calls from Gailon and Rodney, both with Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. Can expect about 30+ species. All ages welcome. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. ConnemaraConservancy.org. Drumming Circle – 12pm. We drum for the seasons, the winds, the critters, you and me, and everything in between. Free. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills. Silverhawk: 214288-9935. FourFeathersTradingPost.net.
TueSDAy, June 4 Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series Begins – 8pm. The popular concert series, a free family favorite since 1991, will present a series of 9 shows this year on Tuesdays in June & July from 7-9pm, except for June 4 at 8pm. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Courtyard, Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N Charles St, Old Town Lewisville. 972-219-3401. SoundsOfLewisville.com.
WeDneSDAy, June 5 DIY Drip Irrigation – 10-11:30am. Drip irrigation is 90 percent more efficient, inexpensive and easy to install. Drip systems promote healthy plants and conserve water use. Learn how to install your own system. $5. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com. Weston A. Price Foundation Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Drs. Christy Porterfield and Jennifer Taylor. Workshop on the nutrition value of whole
Blues Fest, in Eureka Springs: June 13-16 foods, what to select, seasonally and where, and how to prepare them for optimal nutrition. Connect with other like-minded individuals who want to learn how to keep their families healthy in today’s world. Free. HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Registration required: 972-612-1800. HealthWorksTX.com. Bike Maintenance Basics – 7-8:30pm. Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. 972-985-2241.
THuRSDAy, June 6 Run Bare – 6:30-8pm. Join best-selling authors Michael Sandler & Jessica Lee at REI Dallas and learn how barefoot walking and hiking can help you reconnect to the earth and become stronger of body, mind and “sole.” Free. REI Dallas, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas. 972-490-5989.
FRIDAy, June 7 Summer Reading Club Kickoff – Sign up for the Summer Reading Club and watch David Slick, Guinness world record-holding juggler, perform his exciting comedy-variety act. Seating limited; 1st come, 1st serve. Free. Various Denton Library locations & times. For more info: 940-349-8752.
Legacy at Parkwood Dr. (east of N Dallas Tollway), at the campuses of HP and The Campus at Legacy, Plano. KomenNorthTexas.org. Collin Classic – 6:30am, registration; 8am, rally. Offers routes of varying lengths and difficulty. Fully stocked break points stationed along the way, along with roving bike mechanics and medical support. A post ride party at the finish line will feature a big tent area with cool treats, misters and fans, a non-alcoholic “Biker Bar” and massages for a fee. Proceeds benefit City House. McKinney North High School, 2550 Wilmeth Rd, McKinney. CollinClassic.org. Where Are You Stuck? – 9am-12pm. Speakers include Deborah Z. Bain, MD. FAAP, ABIHM, Matt Chalmers of Chalmers Wellness, Taylor Cunningham of Healthy Eden and more. Theme: “Where Are You Stuck? What’s Getting in the Way of Becoming the Optimal You?” Are you pulled in every direction at the same time? Do you feel depleted in any area of your life? Are you looking for direction on your journey to wellness? Free. Frisco location. More info: 972-294-0808 or HealthyKidsPediatrics.com. Sssnakes! – 10-11:30am. Ages 5-10 learn about area snakes, take a hike to look for where snakes might be found and make a fake snake from an old necktie. Parents must accompany youngsters age 6 & younger. Free. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. FriendsOfHagerman.com. Cutting Your Energy Costs in Half: Top 10 Steps – 10am-12pm. The North Texas Renewable Energy Group hosts Bill Neukrantz, EE, MBA. He’ll cover lighting, monitoring solutions, building envelope improvement, heating and cooling systems, and renewable energy implementation. Free. West Irving Library, 4444 W Rochelle Rd, Irving. Ntreg.org. Irrigation 101 – 10am-12pm. Caryn Walz and Patty Sipe of the Heads Up Sprinkler Company will speak on irrigation efficiency. Learn how to: conserve water with current sprinkler system.; about the latest irrigation technology and more. John & Judy Gay Library, 6861 W Eldorado, McKinney. Info & registration: 972-547-7335 or Tinyurl.com/a3vrasz. Lake Texoma Presentation – 10am-12pm. Bruce Hysmith, TPWD fisheries biologist in charge of the Lake Texoma Station, will give a presentation on Lake Texoma, an Uncommon Fishery, followed by Zebra Mussels and Blue-green Algae in Lake Texoma. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. FriendsOfHagerman.com. Choosing Summer Plant Options – 10:15am.
Red Earth Festival – June 7-9. 10am-10pm, Fri & Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun. Kicks off with a grand parade; representatives of more than 100 tribes appear in full regalia. Dance demonstrations and competitions are held throughout the weekend. Includes a juried art show and market. $10/adults, $7.50/ children, seniors & military; 3-day tickets: $20/ adults, $15/seniors & children. Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK. 405-427-5228. RedEarth.org.
SATuRDAy, June 8 Race for the Cure – 6am, registration. Various race start times. Race options include a 5K competitive run, 5K casual walk/run and a 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk. Activities: Kids for the Cure activity area, 50 yard dash, grantee health fair and sponsor expo.
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Learn the naturally inspired colors of the Summer garden. Get suggestions of plants that thrive in your corner of Texas. Learn the best site selection and important care tips. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com. Astronomy Walk – 9-11pm. Join Clyde Camp for a Nightwalk and Astronomy nearest the New Moon. Appropriate footwear is a must. This is an inappropriate walk for young children. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. ConnemaraConservancy.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Wounded Warrior Races – 6:45am, start. Includes Half Marathon, 10K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Funds raised benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Williams Square, 5215 N O’Connor Blvd, Las Colinas. 214-502-9837. WoundedWarriorHalf.com. Reiki: Integrated Energy Works – 11am. Taught by Pam Jackson, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healer, EFT Master Specialist, Certified Life Coach, Hypnotist, Quantum Touch Practitioner and the founder of Integrated Energy Works. Anyone can become a Reiki Practitioner and deliver this energy to themselves as well as to others. Call for details. Salt Miracle, 1012 W Hebron Pkwy, Ste 138, Carrollton. 214-4573434.
ry to be like the turtle—at ease in your own shell. ~Bill Copeland
TUESDAY, JUNE 11 Family Camping Basics – 7-8:30pm. Will cover the basics including: how to be comfortable camping, gear and equipment and family fun activities. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. 972-985-2241. Texas Wildlife Conservation – 7-8:30pm. Learn what the future holds for Texas’ wildlife and what we can do to secure a solid future for wildlife. Dallas Sierra Club Meeting. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas. Kirk Miller: 972-699-1687.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend – June 13-16. Showcasing 63 regional, national and international blues performances. Includes a 5-hr Father’s Day Blues Picnic, June 16 at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Eureka Springs, AR. For more information & tickets: EurekaSpringsBlues.com. Natural Bride’s Night Out – Jun 13 & 14. 5-8pm. Come escape and get pampered with salt room sessions, massages, wine, healthy and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Meet top local organic skin, hair and beauty experts, and discover natural ways to prepare for that special day. Bridal parties welcome. RSVP required. Salt Escape, 2100 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 140, Plano. RSVP: 972-378-4945 or Britt@ NA-NTX.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Zooniversity – 3pm. Meet a variety of live animals in this educational, interactive program. Ages 6 & up. 1st come, 1st serve. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Dadfest 5K Run and Festival – 6:30am, registration; 8:15am, races begin. Includes a 5K run, 1-mi fun run, a 50-yard dash, a dad and child look-a-like contest and a Diaper Dash. Individuals, or dad and
Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, in Southlake: June 16 child teams, can participate in the 5K run. Children 5 & under free with an adult entry. All proceeds benefit Urology Research & Education Foundation. FC Dallas Park, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco. 817706-0368. DadFest.com. Cut Flower Gardening – 10:15am. A stroll through the gardens can offer creative combinations of blooming roses, hydrangeas, magnolias and the textures of unfurling fern fronds. Naturally inspired designs. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 The Great Gluten Escape Summer Camp – June 16-21. A summer camp concept free of gluten food. Activities include scavenger hunt, canoeing, swimming, riding a zip line, archery, mountain biking, cooking, crafts and free time. Gilmont Camp and Conference Center, 6075 State Hwy 155 N, Gilmer. 903-797-6400. CampGilmont.org/gge. Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps Concert – 7-9pm. The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps is a group of 150 brass, percussion and color guard performers. Will include performances by drum and bugle corps from throughout Texas that are members of Drum Corps International (DCI). Free. Rustin Park Pavilion, 1256 Main St, Southlake. 817-748-8652. Crossmen.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Financial Awareness for Cancer Treatments – 12pm. Free Lunch & Learn to educate individuals to take control of their health regardless of their conditions. Feeling better and optimizing your health is at your fingertips. Space limited, RSVP. Kotsanis Institute, 2260 Pool Rd, Grapevine. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 817-380-4992. 4 Easy Steps to Boost Your Family’s Immunity – 6-7:30pm. A strong immune system keeps us safe from illness. Learn about 4 easy steps to boost immunity from before birth into the golden years. Free. HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. 972-612-1800. HealthWorksTX.com. Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Drive Train – 6-8:30pm. Join our certified bike techs to learn about your drive train as well as how to inspect, maintain and adjust front and rear derailleurs to make sure your ride is as smooth as possible. $45/member, $65/nonmember. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. 972-985-2241.
backyard beauty, lessen the dependence on using city water in the garden, and reduce runoff. $50/barrel; build up to 4. John & Judy Gay Library, 6861 W Eldorado, McKinney. Info & registration: 972-5477335 & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Dallas DownRiver Club Meeting – 7pm. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting club. Roma’s, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-373-0500. More info, Dale Harris: 972-680-2727 or Dale_Harris@sbcglobal.net.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 21 Clean Air Action Day 2013 – 7am-7pm. Pledge to execute at least one clean air action today. A clean air action should be one that the individual does not normally do. For more info & examples of clean air actions: 817-704-5639 or AirNorthTexas.org/ CleanAir.asp.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 2013 Texas Ultimate SUP Classic – June 22 & 23. Open to all ages. Fun event for the entire family. Stand Up Paddle & Kayak Races; SUP & Kayak Demos, Clinics and more. Come and try the latest in Paddle Gear. If you need to rent a paddle board or a kayak for a race, a limited supply will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Meadowmere Park, Lake Grapevine, 3000 Meadowmere Ln, Grapevine. TexasUltimateSupClassic.com. Free Educator Seminar – 8:30am-1pm. All Teachers, Counselors, Administrators and other school staff invited to seminar titled, “Understanding Neurobehavioral Disorders.” Learn about the underlying causes of ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, and other social, behavioral and academic issues. With Dr. Roger Clifford, Chiropractic Neurologist, and Debby Romick, Director of Brain Balance in Plano. 4.5 CPE hrs. Free. Brain Balance of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano. RSVP: 972-248-9482. Summer Lawn Care – 10:15am. Our professionals will instruct on what needs to be done to bring your lawn back to that Springtime lushness. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com. Hydroponics Class – 10:30am-12pm. Topics: hydroponics techniques and systems, nutrients and media, pest control and prevention, advantages and disadvantages of hydroponics. Free; registration not required. Cozby Library, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell. CoppellCommunityGarden.org. Sweatlodge – 12pm. We say hello to summer as we strive to make it right for all, as we honor N’ye (buffalo) with weather permitting. Not open to the general public, so please call Silverhawk for particulars. Free. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522
Collin Classic, in McKinney: June 8 CR 2621, Caddo Mills. Silverhawk: 214-288-9935. FourFeathersTradingPost.net.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23 Connemara Meadow Preserve Open House – 1-5pm. Experience what makes this natural oasis in the middle of suburbia so special, and always surprising. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. ConnemaraConservancy.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Heard Museum Mobile Field Investigation: Fossils and Dinosaurs – 3pm. An interactive investigation on dinosaurs, how fossils are created, and why they are important. Best for ages 5 & up. 1st come, 1st serve. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Irrigation Quick Fixes – 10-11:30am. Do you irrigate wisely? Learn how and when to water your plants, how to make simple sprinkler repairs, and where to go for help. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com. Plants that Love Texas Heat – 10:15am. Check out our special collection of unique heat-tolerant beauties. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com.
plan ahead THURSDAY, JULY 11 Build Your Own Rain Barrel – 6-8pm. Learn about rainwater harvesting and build own barrel. Create
Taste of Dallas – July 12-14. 4-11pm, Fri; 11am11pm, Sat; 11am-8pm, Sun. $8/adults, free/children 12 & under. Try food from more than 60 of Dallas’ best restaurants. Also includes: healthy cooking demonstrations, complimentary samplings, beer, wine and liquor tastings (adults only), interactive demos, live music and more. Fair Park, 3600 Grand Ave, Dallas. TasteOfDallas.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 13 Peach Festival – 8am-5pm. Offers a variety of activities, food and entertainment for all ages. A Peach Pedal Bike Ride starts at 7:30am from Weatherford High School, with routes of 100K, 39 miles, 26 miles and 9 miles. $5/adults, free/ children under 12. Downtown Weatherford. Info: ParkerCountyPeachFestival.org. To register for the bike ride: PeachPedal.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 20 Cooper Summer Sprint Triathlon – A USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event. Includes a 350-meter serpentine swim, a 12-mile bike course that, and a 5K run. Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch, 7910 Collin McKinney Pkwy, McKinney. Register: 214383-1022 or CooperCraigRanch.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 25 Great Texas Mosquito Festival – July 25-27. 5pm12am, Thurs & Fri; 9am-1am, Sat. Includes a variety of activities and entertainment options for attendees of all ages. Children: carnival rides and games, a 600-meter Fun Run and much more; Adults: 5K run, cooking contest, and more. All-day entertainment. Clute Municipal Park, Clute. 800-371-2971. MosquitoFestival.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 Health Book Club – 6-7pm. Explore a variety of health topics through the reading and discussing. Fall book is Food Rules. Ongoing Aug-Nov; call for additional dates. Free. HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. 972-612-1800. HealthWorksTX.com.
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Pilates Infused Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. Pilates offers a complete work-out for the body that exercises not just the main muscle groups, but weaker, less used muscles too. First class free. Shambhala Wellness, 215 E University Dr, Denton. Johanna Oosterwijk: 940-380-8728.
Sunday Morning Rides – Various start times and lengths. Richardson Bikemart, Southeast corner of Campbell Rd & Coit Rd, in the front parking lot. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-231-3993. Teen/Adult Horse Club – 11am-5pm. Do you have horse experience, but wish to ride and learn more? Join the Camp Tonkawa Horse club. This Sunday club is for Adults, children come on Saturdays, Homeschoolers on Mondays. $15. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. For restrictions & details: 940440-8382 or CampTonkawaTexas.com/Classes/ Horse_club.shtml. Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm, Sun & Sat. A selfguided tour to learn about the animals that call InSync home. Helpful volunteers available to answer any questions. $10/adult, $7/senior (65+), $7/child (4-12), free/under 4. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. InSyncExotics.com. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 3rd Sun. Get info on local resources, education and support. Open to anyone whose loved one may be affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Autumn Leaves of McKinney, 175 Plateau Dr, McKinney. 972-542-0606. ZSmith@AutumnLeavesLiving.com. Nature Explore Family Club – 3-4pm. 1st Sun. Event aims to connect children and families with nature through fun, age-appropriate activities. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com. Transition Dallas Meeting – 6pm. 4th Sun. A group of people interested in learning to live resiliently and sustainably within our neighborhoods. At many of our meetings we have re-skilling sessions, so we can revive the skills that enabled our grandparents to be self-sufficient within their communities. For meeting location & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: TransitionDallas@gmail.com.
monday Farm Tour at Circle N Dairy – Mon-Sat thru June.
Mosquito Fest, in Clute: July 25-27 Tour includes a presentation on how and what cows are fed, the benefits of grass-crop based feed (silage), the difference between raw and pasteurized milk and more. $5. Circle N Diary, 2074 CR 446, Gainesville. 940-372-0343. CircleNDairy.com. Performance Enhancement Training – Demo by appt. Experience Interactive Metronome (IM) training first hand. IM is used for those with learning differences, serious athletes looking to improve their game, and adults looking to improve their day-to-day performance. Free. Available 8:30am5pm, M-F at Willow Bend Academy, 2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano, 972-599-7882; 8:30am-5pm, M-F at Willow Bend Academy, 101 E Southwest Pkwy, Ste 101, Lewisville, 972-436-3839. WillowBendAcademy.com. Massage for Mom – 10am-4pm. $10 off any massage for North Texas Natural Awakenings readers. One-hour Hot Stone, Swedish or Pregnancy massage, reg. price $55/hr. Massage Space, 7000 Independence Pkwy at Legacy, Plano. Reservations required: 972-612-5363. Overeaters Anonymous – 12pm. Weekly Mon-Fri. A 12-step recovery program for compulsive eating. Prairie Creek Baptist Church, 3201 W 15th St, Plano. 972-238-0333. Yoga Tree: Sprouts and Kids Yoga – 3:454:15pm, Sprouts; 4:30-5:15pm, Kids. Introduce your child to the healthful practice of yoga. In a fun, safe environment, they learn basic yoga postures building strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398-YOGA (9642). YogaTreePlano.com. Yoga Tree: Yoga 101 – 5:15-6:15pm. Discover the joyful practice of yoga. Yoga 101 is the perfect entry point for those who have heard about the benefits of yoga and want to learn more. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398-YOGA (9642). YogaTreePlano.com.
Angela’s Open Mic Night – 6pm. Grab your guitar, keyboard, banjo, etc and come show us what you got. Also offer live music every Thurs, Fri & Sat in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere where we feature comfort food and great spirits. Free. Angela’s at the Crosswalk, 1010 E 15th, Plano. 972-633-9500. AngelasCrosswalk.com.
Beekeeping Meeting – 6:30pm. 2nd Mon. Beginner to experienced keepers welcome, ages 8-80. Free. Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association meets at Heard-Craig Center, 205 W Hunt St, McKinney. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-8438084. CCHBA.org. Monday Night Ride at Arbor Hills – 6:30pm. Bring bike, helmet and light. Meet at the trail head at Arbor Hills. More info: DORBA.org. Native Plant Society Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Mon. Guest speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats. Free. Dallas Chapter Native Plant Society. REI Outdoor Equipment Store, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 866-527-4918. Open Stage – 7pm-12am. An opportunity to practice performance on a stage with an engaged and supportive audience. Performers sign up to show off their skills in a 5-min time slot, which we film and share with the performer to help hone their craft. After variety show, practice any and all types of performing art. $5 cover, 21+. House of Poets, 580 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 199, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952.
tuesday Healthy Eating Tours – 10am & 4pm. Learn how to make healthier choices, using our ANDI scoring system. Learn how to read labels; build menus around plant-based foods low in fat to ensure highly nutrient dense meals. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. Sisters Safe Talk – 10-11am. 2nd & 4th Tues. We are a group of women of all ages. We come together as sisters so we can openly and safely share a part of ourselves on this wonderful journey. Free. Shambhala Wellness, 215 E University Dr, Denton. RSVP suggested: 940-380-8728. Dallas Museum of Art – 11am-3pm. 1st Tues. Programming designed specifically for children age 5 and under and their families, but all ages welcome. Art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. Free. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Meet and Greet: Healthy Kids Pediatrics – 1212:30pm. 1st Tues. Come meet our providers. An informal gathering of parents interested in meeting Dr. Deborah Bain and Nurse Practitioners, Christie Potter, CPNP and Jessica Drain, FNP-BC. A time to bring your questions regarding Healthy Kids Pediatrics. Free. Healthy Kids Pediatrics, 4851
Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco. To confirm attendance: 972-294-0808. HealthyKidsPediatrics.com.
Restaurant, 18160 N Dallas Pkwy, Dallas. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings. Restaurant: 972248-0011. Vicki Knutson: 214-587-3786.
Yoga for Runners – 6:45-7:45pm. 20-wk program, less than $8/session. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Collin County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas Meeting – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-380-4030. HeardMuseum.org. DFW Greenweavers – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Networking for professionals and companies who are greenminded, eco-friendly or wishing to become more so. $1. For location details, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-378-8686. PTAS Chapter Meetings – 7pm, refreshments; 7:30pm, meeting & program. 4th Tues, Sept-Nov & Jan-May. All meetings and other activities open to everyone. PTAS offers interesting programs and wonderful guest speakers at our meetings that bring a great variety of expertise and excitement to the membership. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. Program details: PrairieAndTimbers.org. Public Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adults celebrating brains and brews through conversation and presenters from diverse fields in science and history. Different bar or restaurant location each month. For location details: FWMuseum.org/PublicKnowledge. Learn More About Essential Oils – 7-9pm. 3rd Tues. Learn how to use essential oils to control Flu, Staph, West Nile, toxic mold and more. Keep your home healthier without dangerous chemicals. Free. Location alternates: Tioga or Crossroads. North Texas YL Fellowship, 4501 W Oak Shores Dr, Crossroads; 1241 Carl Dr, Tioga. RSVP requested, Laura Martin: 214-680-7196. Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series – Thru July. 7-9pm; 8pm, June 4. The popular concert series, a free family favorite since 1991, will present a series of 9 shows this year. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Courtyard, Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N Charles St, Old Town Lewisville. 972-219-3401. SoundsOfLewisville.com. Dance, Dance, Dance – 7-9:15pm. Dance hosts available to dance with unescorted ladies. Refreshments served. $5. Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 W 16th St, Plano. Details: 972-941-7155 or PlanoSeniorCenter.org.
Peach Fest, in Weatherford: July 13 North Texas Environment Meetup – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st Tues. Meet other like-minded environmentallyconscious people to discuss environmental issues both on a global and local level. Meetup.com/ Environmentalists. Cirque Out – 8-10pm. A weekly circus-skill enthusiast work out. Work on your hooping, spinning, juggling and general tomfoolery. Nice weather location: The Richardson Civic Center, 411 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson. Bad weather location: The Peace Pipe Hookah Lounge, 580 W Arapaho, Ste 181, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952.
wednesday Nature Awareness Club – 9:30am-2:30pm. 2nd Wed &/or Thurs; Club members choose one day each month. Learn about our local North Texas plants and animals, through activities, games, and nature walks. Bring your Nature Journals and pencils. Children 4 & up. $15. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Pre-registration required, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-440-8382. Christian Women Business Networking – 11am1pm. 1st Wed. Fellowship and networking with other professional Christian women, to draw us closer together. We meet monthly over lunch, for prayer, inspiration and a “Spiritual Vitamin.” Prestonwood Country Club, 15909 Preston Rd, Dallas. For reservation & details, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-704-3898. Networking Meeting – 11:30am-1pm. North Dallas Networkers lunchtime networking meeting. Come see one of the best run and most fun networking groups in DFW. $13 includes lunch and a beverage. No charge for the meeting. Membership requirements explained at the meeting. Picasso’s
Frisco Noon Lions Club – 12-1pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Friendships, fun and fulfilling. Come share the joy of community involvement and fellowship while helping make the world a better place. Designed for busy small business owners and professional and works well for the time conscious individual (stay at home mom, student, retiree). Meetings featuring informative speakers and hands-on training are held at local Frisco restaurants. All welcome, ages 18 & up. Free. Buy own lunch if wish to eat. For details, Brandy Miles & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-335-2487 or Brandy@ MarilynKuhlman.com. Art History Brown Bag Series – 12:30-1:30pm. 1st Wed. Presented by Annie Royer. A look at the “isms” including cubism, romanticism, modernism and impressionism. How did one “ism” influence the next? How did artists influence and challenge each other? Series will heighten one’s appreciation of art and provide insight into the mind of the artist. Free. Heard-Craig Carriage House located, 205 1/2 W Hunt St, McKinney. 972-569-6909. Adults with Special Needs Cooking Classes – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. Call for details. Space limited. $10. Market Street Culinary School, 6100 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney. Reserve spot now & mention Natural Awakenings North Texas: 972548-5167. Evening Social Runs/Walks – 6:30pm. Post party new restaurant each 6 weeks. All levels welcome. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Organic Society Meeting – 6:30pm, seed & info exchange; 7pm, meeting. 3rd Wed. Denton Organic Society. Denton Senior Center, 509 N Bell Ave, Denton. 940-382-8551. Sport Watch Tech Clinics – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Garmin, Polar, Nike, Times, Moto, Soleus. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244.
thursday Free Admission & Wildlife Program – 9am-9pm. 3rd Thurs. Admission and parking free. 7:15pm, Special Program: Saving Our Birds, The work of the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest
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Way, Dallas. 214-309-5801. Lunch Hour Yoga – 11:30am-12:20pm. Class utilizes the Franklin Method and Smart Spine along with various types of yoga for relaxation and rejuvenation. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070. Adriatica Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm or until sellout. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. McKinney Farmers’ Market, 6851 Virginia Pkwy, W McKinney. 972-562-8790. CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with 125 trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-770-6872. TexasCPR.com. Dallas Organic Gardening Club – 6:30pm, refreshments; 7pm, meeting. 4th Thurs. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. DOGC.org. Fitness in the Square (FITS): Part of Be Fit Frisco – 6:30-7:30pm. A free one-hour exercise class in the courtyard in front of Frisco City Hall. For kids 10+ to adults. Bring water, towel, and appropriate clothing and shoes. The type of workout changes each month. Bring your family and move together. Be Fit Frisco, Frisco City Hall Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. 972-292-6501. Essential Oils Class – 6:45-7:30pm. 3rd Thurs. From Seed to Seal. If you don’t know your seed you don’t know your oil. Learn what the ancients used to remove moles, warts, skin tags, age spots and more. Free. LED Skin Care Center, 3645 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 111, Inside Ovation Boutiques, Plano. RSVP; class size limited: 214-587-3786. LEDSkinCareCenter.com. Power Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. In conjunction with
Luke’s Locker Allen, class meets at Allen Yoga Center, 915 Market St, Allen. Details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Dallas Down-River Club Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting club. Roma’s, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-373-0500. More info, Dale Harris: 972-680-2727 or Dale_Harris@ sbcglobal.net. Men’s Only Pilates – 8pm. Class utilizes all the Pilates equipment. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070.
friday Friday Focus – 8am. Networking opportunities. Enjoy a cup of java and learn more about business community. IHOP in The Colony, Meeting Rm, 4801 State Hwy 121, The Colony. 972-625-8027. Splish Splash Storytime – June 14-July 26. 10am. A special Storytime in the Children’s Play Pool. Admission waived, but participants limited to the Children’s Play Pool and must leave the park by 10:45am. Water Works Park. More info, Denton Public Library: 940-349-8752. Yoga Nidra – June-Aug. 4pm & 6pm. Combining the most relaxing form of yoga with the restorative powers of salt therapy. $42. Salt Escape, 2100 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 140, Plano. 972-953-5508. SaltEscape.com. Twitter: @SaltEscape. Friday Night Live – June 7, 14, 21. 5-8pm. Whole Foods Fairview will be grilling out on the patio (weather permitting). Enjoy a fun-filled evening out on our patio with live music and great food. The Village at Fairview, 105 Stacy Rd, Fairview. 972-549-4090. Free Mom & Kids Yoga – 5:30-6pm. 1st Fri. Find out how our Multisensory Kids Yoga can help improve your child’s focus and grades while keeping you both fit at the same time. SMARTS Club, 8780 Preston Trace Blvd, Frisco. Registration required & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-872-8592. Free Community Yoga – 6-7pm. 1st Fri. Suitable for all levels. Learn to breathe, relax and renew. Space limited. Free. Transform U Fitness, 1565 W Main St, Lewisville. Pre-registration required: 972-849-9666. Yoga Tree: Drown Your Dog – 6-7pm. Looking for a light-hearted yoga experience? This class incorporates exciting postures and popular music. Following class we gather at one of our neighborhood restaurants to jump-start the weekend. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398-YOGA (9642). YogaTreePlano.com. Crow After Dark – 6pm-12am. 3rd Fri, except Jan & Dec. Enlighten your night and experience Asia after dark. Enjoy music, dance, films, tours, and more. Free. Crow Asian Art Museum, 2010 Flora St, Dallas. 214-979-6430. Acoustic Friday – 7pm. Weekly open jam and song circle. All acoustic instruments and levels welcome. All music genres welcome. Free. Visual Art League Art Gallery, Lewisville. 972-420-9393. Free Community Yoga – 7-8pm. 1st Fri. In the spirit of Friday night, come prepared to let loose and experience amazing yoga styles. Each month will feature different teachers. Open to all levels of experience. Pranaa Ayurveda Spa & Yoga, 4017 Preston Rd, Ste 532, Plano. Mention North Texas
Natural Awakenings: 972-608-0402. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. For details & to confirm happening, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco. 214-705-9600. Community Dance – 7-9:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. Live Music, varied styles. Fun for all ages 21 and up. $5/ person Denton Senior Center, 509 North Bell Ave, Denton. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-349-8720. Square and Round Dance for Fitness and Fun – 7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. Individuals and couples of all ages welcome. Texas Reelers, 820 W Arapaho, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-235-1400.
saturday Denton Rugby – We are always looking for new recruits in Dallas Fort Worth Area. Email for more info about how to join. Currently we have players that live in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Keller, Southlake, Frisco and many others. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings to Jason Millerd: JMillerd@TWU.edu. Pathfinders Fun Cycling – A free, non-competitive riding group for all cycling skill levels. Short, weekly bicycle rides for the purpose of fun and exercise. All rides held on the weekend, less than 20 miles and include a food destination and a “no rider left behind” policy. Routes and destinations change each week. For more info: Facebook.com/ CycleHighlandVillage. Operation Kindness – 3rd Sat. No Kill animal shelter brings animals for adoption. Weather permitting. Whole Foods Market, outside store, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. Saturday Morning Rides – Various start times and lengths. Richardson Bikemart, Southeast corner of Campbell Rd & Coit Rd, in the front parking lot. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972231-3993. Small Fry Sports Classes – A skills and developmental sports class for boys and girls ages 3 & 4. Each month offers a different sport which allows children to develop new skills and gain exposure to all sports offered at the Y. Parents participate alongside their child during this fun and active class. $20/YMCA Family Member, $40/everyone else. Frisco Family YMCA, 3415 Main St, Frisco. Trey Gilmore: 214-297-9622. Collin County Farmers’ Market – 8am. Features Texas-grown produce and meats, locally made products and a community center to learn about green and healthy living. Fairview Farms, 3314 N Central Expressway, Plano. Frisco Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. A bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables creates a colorful welcome to those who appreciate the “buy fresh, buy local” idea. Seasonal fruits create a spectacular palette. The freshest vegetables in North Dallas will excite your culinary talents. 6048 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. FriscoFarmersMarket.org.
Yoga Tree: Restorative Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Restorative Yoga is an expression of the science of relaxation. Come let our instructors teach you to relax, release, and let go. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398-YOGA (9642). YogaTreePlano.com.
Taste of Dallas: July 12-14 Coppell Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 23. 8am12pm. Seasonal produce for the North Texas area, natural meats and eggs, seafood, organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads, mixes, flowers, plants, and more. Coppell Farmers’ Market, Corner of Bethel & S Coppell Rds, Coppell. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: CFM@CoppellCommunityGarden.org. CoppellCommunityGarden.org. McKinney Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. Locally grown and produced food and craft items. Live music. Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney. 972-562-8790. Yoga Tree: Yoga 101 – 8:30-9:30am. Discover the joyful practice of yoga. Yoga 101 is the perfect entry point for those who have heard about the benefits of yoga and want to learn more. First class free. Yoga Tree, 1410 Ave K, Ste 1105A, Plano. 972-398YOGA (9642). YogaTreePlano.com. Recycling: Electronics – 9-11am. The city of Plano encourages residents to bring all old electronic devices (not being used) to this site for proper disposal. For details, location & mention North Texas edition of Natural Awakenings: 972-769-4150. Free One-Hour Seminars – 10am. Topics: gardening, beekeeping, rainwater collection, goat milking, poultry. Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Living, 7781 Gholson Rd, Waco. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 254-754-9663. Second Saturday for Youth – 10-11:30am. For youngsters aged 4-10; children 6 & under must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, A/V Classroom, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Reservations necessary: 903-786-2826.
Homestead Open House – 12-3pm. 3rd Sat. Time subject to change during heat of summer. The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is home to several historic structures, most notably the Minor-Porter Log House, which dates to about 1869. Volunteers on hand to guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour. Visitors welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Regular admission to LLELA: $5/person; free/age 5 & under. No additional charge for tour. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. 972-219-7980. Kayak down the Elm Fork – 12-3pm. 3rd Sat. Whether have lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here. Kayak Power provides equipment and instruction followed by a 6-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Reservation required: 214-669-1663. Heard Nature Photographers Club – 1:30pm. 2nd Sat. Speakers and discussions. Topics include how-to and technique discussions and travelogue presentations. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-462-7314. SpinFest – 3-7pm. 3rd Sat. A free, open event hosted by Creative Motion to explore circus skills with the public. Learn to juggle, hula hoop, or spin poi, staves, or flags. Heights Park Arapaho Rd at Floyd Rd, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952. Sunday Mountain Bike Group Ride – 6pm. Open to all levels. Informal and leaderless. Food, fun and riding. Food served after the riding. Location changes weekly. For details & location: BBishop@ Bikemart.com. Parents Night Out – 6-11pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Drop
the kids off for tons of games. Pizza and drinks served. $15 with pre-registration, $20 at door. Corinth Gymnastics, 1402 N Corinth St, Corinth. Details, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-498-4386. Stargeezer Star Party – 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring the whole family. Star parties begin at sunset, weather permitting. Free. Spring Park, Jonandrea Ln, Garland. TASObserving.org. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. For details & to confirm happening, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco, 214-705-9600; and 190 E Stacy Rd, Allen. 972-678-2626. Frisco StarFest – Sunset-10:30pm. 2nd Sat. Approximately a dozen telescopes will be set up for your viewing pleasure. Weather permitting. Free. Frisco Commons Park. TASObserving.org.
daily Camp Invention Registration – A full week of learning disguised as fun. For children entering grades 1-6. Full-week program employs inquirybased activities in science, technology, engineering, math, history and the arts that elicit creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. One week only, programs will run in the cities of Allen, Dallas, Frisco, Keller, McKinney, Prosper, Southlake, Trophy Club, Wylie and more. For details: 800-968-4332. CampInvention.org. Dallas Farmers’ Market – 8am-6pm. Year round. One-stop shop for all your produce, meat, floral and specialty-food needs. Farmers from 150 miles around come to give you the chance to “buy locally.” 1010 S Pearl Expwy, Dallas. DallasFarmersMarket.org. First Aid Classes, CPR & Babysitter Training – Various days. Monthly at various branches. For specific info on cost, space availability, times: YMCADallas.org.
Kid’s Fish – 11am-1pm. Ages 4-11. The opportunity to go outside to our pond and do some live fishing (weather permitting). If bad weather will have a scavenger hunt. Free. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 2501 Bass Pro Dr, Grapevine. 972-724-2018. Parkour Clinic – 11am-1pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Indoor parkour and free running instructional classes open to all ages and abilities. Learn more challenging techniques in a padded environment. Release of liability waiver is required prior to participating. $15. LIFE Cirque. Elite Champion Gymnastics, 2621 Summit Ave, Ste 300, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-450-3286. Parkour in the Park – 11am-1pm. 1st & 3rd Sat until it’s too hot. Parkour and free running exhibition and instructional happening open to all ages and abilities. Free. LIFE Cirque. Robert E. Lee Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-450-3286. Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm. See Sun listing. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. InSyncExotics.com.
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acnE solutions lED skin carE cEntEr
3645 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 111 Plano 75093 214-587-3786, LEDSkinCareCenter.com Inside the Ovation Boutiques on NW corner of Parker and Dallas Tollway. From acne to anti-aging the LED Skin Care Center delivers like no other. Detox, hydration and education bring you clear, healthy, wrinkle and spot free skin. No downtime, pain or recovery. Daily, progressive results from the inside out.
acupuncturE acupuncturE For WoMEn
Jane Liu, L.Ac., MD (China) 5850 Town and Country Blvd. Ste 101 Frisco 75034 214-662-2267 • Acupuncture4Women.net Over 28 years combining experience of both eastern and western medicine by well-trained gynecologist from China. Specializing in fertility and IVF/ IUI enhancement, recurrent pregnancy loss, PCOS, endometriosis, aging eggs, low ovarian reserve, elevated FSH level and more.
DapHnE acupuncturE cEntEr
Daphne Su, L.Ac. 4101Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 200, Plano 75024 972-665-8618 • DaphneAcupunctureCenter.com I'm a third generation Chinese Medicine doctor (China) and dedicated to helping people live a physically healthy and emotionally balanced life. Through acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, I help my patients with pain management as well as relief from allergies, arthritis, asthma, Bell's palsy, fibromyalgia, insomnia, infertility, high blood pressure, headaches and more.
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Acupuncture, Herbs & Nutrition 2121 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 107 Plano 75023 972-704-3730 • PattiCareyLAC.com After years in Western medicine, I finally found a way to really help people heal, relieve pain and reduce stress. In my practice I utilize acupuncture (with or without needles), herbal medicine, nutrition and energetics to help you create and maintain the healthy body you deserve. See ad, page 20.
cHiropractic Dr. aMy st. JoHn, D.c., lMt
Serendipity Health & Wellness 3900 W 15th St, Ste 506, Plano 75075 214-801-0741 • SerendipityWellness.net Relieving pain head to toe, whether caused by injury, stress or fatigue. I offer personalized care, private appointments and therapeutic massage.
DEcluttEring / organiZing sErvicEs tHE DEcluttErbug
Anita Sisler 339-832-1220 • TheDeclutterbug.biz Now is a perfect time to declutter. Let me help you turn cluttered areas of your home into perfect, peaceful spaces. Moving? I can help you with the process of decluttering while packing up your home and/or unpacking and making your new home cozy. Serving the North Texas area. See ad, page 38.
DEntistry DEntal stuDio oF carrollton
Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Road, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • MySynergyBalance.com By aligning the first vertebrae through a precise NUCCA adjustment, Dr. Yu eliminates nerve interference from the brain stem. Such interference can manifest itself in any manner including Scoliosis, skin conditions, behavioral disorders, herniated discs or joint problems. Unlike traditional chiropractic, even traditional upper-cervical chiropractic, there is no popping, cracking or twisting and a NUCCA adjustment holds longer which means you return far less often. See ads, pages 12 and 23.
coMprEHEnsivE HEaltHcarE HEaltHWorks
2317 Coit Road, Ste B, Plano 75075 972-612-1800 Whole body & lifestyle healthcare rejuvenating your body from the inside out. Comprehensive healthcare— naturally. Visit our website to view our schedule of free workshops. See ad, page 19.
Dairy circlE n FaMily Dairy
Michelle and Tommy Neu 4 Miles West of I-35; on US 82, Lindsay 76240 940-372-0343 • CircleNDairy.com State-permitted dairy licensed to sell fresh, all natural unprocessed grade A raw milk. Visit us at the farm to learn why our greattasting, fresh, raw milk is a safe and naturally healthier choice for your family. Call us to schedule a tour to see a working family farm and be sure to visit our on-site store for fresh raw white and chocolate milk, cream, free-range eggs and more. See ad, page 20.
Drs. Robert and Sandhya 2005 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010 972-395-0150 • DSofCarrollton.com And 331 W Harwood Rd, Hurst 76054 817-282-4539
Approaching dentistry from a natural, whole body health perspective, we make teeth beautiful, keep them healthy and offer honest education on how balanced structures in the face/mouth can affect your overall health. Serving adults, children and apprehensive clients, at our state-of-the-art facility we offer the cutting-edge "DNA Appliance"; a small device which addresses snoring and sleep apnea, mercury free fillings and crowns, teeth whitening, Clear Braces, TMJ pain and much more. See ad, page 32.
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2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano 75075 972-599-7882 • WillowBendAcademy.com And 101 E. Southwest Pkwy, Ste 101 Lewisville 75067 972-436-3839 • WillowBendAcademy.com SACS accredited educational alternative that offers individualized, mastery-based instruction for grades 4-12. Oncampus and Home Study options. Experienced, Interactive Metronome provider —specialized training that improves neuron-network function and overall day-to-day performance.
EnErgy auDiting DWEllgrEEn oF Dallas
Roger Taylor, Owner / Operator 214-509-8582, DwellGreen.com/Dallas DwellGreen of Dallas is a certified total building performance evaluation and energy auditing company, serving the North Texas area. We can lower your cost of energy and improve the safety and comfort of your home or office. Free phone consultation on an existing or new home. Call to schedule an on-site consultation. See ad, page 25.
EssEntial oils DotErra EssEntial oils
Jackie Kenney • JackiesdoTerra@gmail.com 214-837-4872 • JackiesdoTerra.com doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are the highest standard of quality essential oils available. Take control of your family’s health with all-natural gifts from the Earth. They kill bacteria and viruses and are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Replace your medicine cabinet with non-toxic, safe-for-theentire-family choices.
grEEn garMEnt carE oxxo carE clEanErs 5110 Eldorado Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-705-7739 • OXXOUSA.com Eco-friendly garment care cleaners. Convenient 24hour drop-off and pick-up system. Odorless process leaves clothes brighter and retaining their correct size and shape without “dry cleaning” smell.
grEEn pEst control natural pEst solutions 214-763-2758 • GuysInGreen.com
Eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control using botanical products. We control all types of insect pests including termites, mosquitoes, ants, roaches and fleas without the use of harsh, dangerous chemicals. We offer programs from a single pest one time treatment to a comprehensive total protection plan. Call to schedule your Free inspection. See ad, page 15.
Hair salon Hair color stuDios
9200 E. Lebanon Rd, Ste 32, Frisco 75035 214-436-4955 • HairColorStudios.com Our coloring stylists love to work with the wonderful alternative products we have that are made from natural extracts and yogurt. These exquisite products, such as NAYO, Neuma and Moroccan Oil, actually do improve your hair quality so we in turn can help you look your most radiant while you're out-andabout. Whether you're simply sensitive to some of those harsher chemical lines or just want vibrant, beautiful, healthy hair you'll love our natural approach to how we treat your hair and overall beauty. Ask about free color consultation.
HEaltHy Dining tHE salaD stop
3685 Preston Rd, Frisco 75034 972-377-7867 Fresh and nutritious, locally grown food.
HEaltHy kiDs brain balancE acHiEvEMEnt cEntErs
Debby Romick 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 501, Plano 75093 972-248-9482 • BrainBalancePlano.com The Brain Balance Program brings hope to families of children who suffer with behavioral, academic and social challenges. We special-ize in a drug-free, research-based, multifaceted approach to address the underlying issues of the many disorders that impact our children today. Each child has a unique combination of functional weaknesses that impact motor, sensory, immune, visual-spatial, auditory, and cognitive development. Call us today to learn about our comprehensive assessment. See ad, page 7.
Holistic DEntistry DEntal arts oF plano
Dr. Nevein Amer, DDS 4701 West Park Blvd, Ste 201, Plano 75093 972-985-4450 • DentalArtsOfPlano.com Dr. Amer specializes in cosmetic and Holistic dentistry including mercury-free fillings and the safe removal of old mercury-based fillings, metal-free crowns, digital x-rays, help for sleep apnea and TMJ, veneers and Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces. Her Holistic approach involves looking at the entire person during evaluation, and always talking with you about the material to be used in your mouth. See ad, page 21.
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Holistic vEtErinarian paWs & claWs pEt Hospital
Shawn Messonnier 2145 W. Park Blvd., Plano 75075 972-867-8800 • PetCareNaturally.com Natural and holistic doctor of veterinary medicine. Awardwinning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Enter code "natawake" at DrShawnsNaturals. com, to save 10% on all purchases over $25!
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MassagE 3t’s (tJ’s tErriFic toucH)
469-237-4289 TJ4ttts.com • TJ4ttts@yahoo.com Specializing in Swedish massage for overall body relaxation and deep tissue massage for tense knotted muscles, an affordable 3T’s massage can help relieve stress commonly associated with a hectic lifestyle. See ad, page 39.
7000 Independence Pkwy, Ste 180 Plano 75025 972-612-5363 • Massage-Space.com Seven different types of massage therapy for rejuvenation and energy. See ad, page 11.
5858 Main St., Ste. 210, Frisco 75033 972-377-8695
Highest ethical and clinical standards of care while providing exceptional attention to every patient.
kiD Fit – kiD Fun sports training JuMpstrEEt inDoor traMpolinE park
6505 W Park Blvd, Ste 200, Plano 75093 972-378-5867 • GotJump.com Burn up to 1000 calories an hour, strengthen your whole body and have a blast doing it. This fun is not just for kids. Huge trampoline jumping areas where you can literally bounce off the walls. Try trampoline dodge ball, a life-size maze, or rope-swing, slide or bounce into a huge foam pit. Special bounce and play area for kids under 7. You've got to see it to believe it. Open jumps, birthday parties, corporate team building and aerobics classes. See ad, page 13.
kurt tHoMas gyMnastics 10825 John W Elliott Frisco 75034 • 214-872-4646
Gymnastics training for preschool to competitive levels.
MarkEts spicE baZaar
4681 Ohio Dr, Frisco 75035 • 214-618-3175 Indian grocery store.
nEuroFEEDback tHE saMs cEntEr
Dr. Marvin Sams 972-612-0160 • GreatBrain.com The Sams Center specializes in evidence based, non-drug therapy for ADD/ADHD, learning issues, chronic Depression and Anxiety, Asperger’s and Autism, epilepsy, Bipolar, and OCD. Quantitative EEG (computerized brain wave analysis) detects and defines the neurological issues; NeuroMatrix Neural Efficiency TrainingTM safely remediates and optimizes brain function. Find out more today. See ads, pages 13 and 34.
nutrition synErgy balancE
Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Road, Ste 138 Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • MySynergyBalance.com Are you getting enough antioxidants from your food or supplements? With a simple scan of your palm, I can empower you with an easy to understand report of how effective your nutrition actually is. No needles and safe for children and adults. See ad, page 12.
outDoor gEar & EDucation rEi
2424 Preston Rd, Plano 75093 • 972-985-2241 Quality outdoor gear and clothing with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.
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4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco, 75034 972-294-0808 • HealthyKidsPediatrics.com Where your child’s health is our passion! Offering a full range of pediatric services integrating conventional and natural medicine for your child’s optimal health. See ad, page 21.
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690 Parker Square, Flower Mound 75028 972-899-2060 And 1401 Shoal Creek, Ste 140, Highland Village 75077 972-899-2060 Drop-in child care and entertainment center.
rEstaurants sHanDiZ MEDitErranEan grill & MarkEt 4013 West Parker Rd, Plano 75093 972-943-8885
Halal meats, fresh produce, groceries and flat bread baked on-site.
sMootHiEs sMootHiE king oF DEnton 1601 Brinker Rd, Denton 76208 940-484-5464
Great-tasting smoothies using the highest quality nutritional ingredients for a healthy snack alternative.
solar & altErnativE EnErgy clEan EnErgy systEMs
1701 N. Greenville Ave, Ste 1112 Richardson 75081 972-231-4800 • CleanEnergy-Systems.com Affordable American made solar. Residential and commercial installations. Do-it-yourself kits and turnkey systems. Financing available. See ad, page 5.
SolarCommunity.com 1-87-SOLAR-NRG (877-652-7674) Ask us how our Solar Community programs can save you money!
total WinD & solar
Offices and service throughout D/FW 866-631-5934 Total Wind & Solar offers consultation, design, installation and service of alternative energy and rainwater harvesting systems based on your actual needs. Serving the North Texas-D/FW area.
TRIBAL AMERICAN INDIAN CRAFTS
FOUR FEATHERS TRADING POST
2100 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 140, Plano 75075 972-378-4945 • SaltEscape.com
3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills 75135 214-288-9935 • FourFeathersTradingPost.net
Adults and children can relax in our salt rooms while breathing in natural salt with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, accelerating nasal clearance and improving lung function. Separate salt playroom with viewing window for children. Salt room yoga and onsite massage therapy available. See ad, page 27.
Experience the world of Tribal American Indians hosted by Silverhawk & Prayerwalker. The store offers tribal art created by local artisans and worldrenowned Native American artists. Educational seminars. We practice traditional ways, including prayer and drumming circles, sweat lodges, work parties, medicine wheels, etc. If you're seeking a spiritual path following ancient American tribal ways, ask about our community. See ad, page 39.
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT SHIR TIKVAH REFORM SYNAGOGUE 7700 Main St, Frisco 75034 214-500-8304, • ShirTikvahFrisco.org
Services are held on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. Every service welcomes children of all ages. Religious school classes take place on Sunday mornings during school year. Call or visit our website for service schedule. See ad, page 29.
ST. PHILIP’S EPISCOPAL
6400 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-387-4700 • StPhilipsFrisco.org Sunday services, community programs, job ministry, preschool, and St. Philip’s Academy “K” class.
WATER WATERSEDGE STRUCTURED WATER
Twenty First Century Health 972-855-8711 • TwentyFirstCenturyHealth.com Better health through state-of-the-art water. Cutting edge technology. Call us or visit our website to learn more about how improving your home’s water can improve your health.
WELLNESS CENTERs SHAMBHALA WELLNESS CENTER
215 E University Dr, Denton 76209 940-380-8728 • ShambhalaWellness.com
Tailoring, custom clothing, monogramming, draperies and shoe repair.
A true wellness center and oasis for body, mind and spirit. Our caring practitioners really listen and can help you raise the level of wellness you are experiencing. Massage, Reiki, yoga, nutrition and counseling are just some of the modalities we offer. Book a session, drop in for yoga or join us at one of our educational seminars. See ad, page 13.
TAILORING & ALTERATION SERVICES AUTUMN STITCH
279 W Main St, Frisco 75034 • 972-712-1727
THERMOGRAPHY CENTER OF DALLAS
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1410 Avenue K, Ste 1105A, Plano 75074 972-398-YOGA (9642) • YogaTreePlano.com Yoga Tree is located in historic downtown Plano. Our studio is dedicated to sharing the healing and rejuvenating benefits of yoga with others. We offer a variety of classes and workshops as well as RYT 200 and 500 hour certifications. See ad, page 29.
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HOLISTIC HEALTH ALTERNATIVE THERAPY – Offers program for the health and well being, like massage and bodywork to decrease tension and stress reduction, aromatherapy for different issues, and herbal consultation program available. Call 214-682-8202. aromaphytotheraphy@ gmail.com; aromaphytotherapy.com. Sylvie Renault; Holistic Health Practitioner.
LOSE WEIGHT! GAIN ENERGY! GET STARTED TODAY – Offering free nutritional consultations. Call Melanie Martin, Independent Herbalife Distributor for more information. 972325-4209 or visit MelanieMartin.Herbalhub.com.
MASSAGE FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL – Kansu massage: $20. Special Coco-Vanilla Aromatherapy massage (neck, back and shoulders): $35. Call Sylvie: 214682-8202. By appointment only. aromaphytotherapy @gmail.com; aromaphytotherapy.com.
MASSAGE SPACE AVAILABLE MASSAGE SPACE AVAILABLE – Located inside a busy chiropractic wellness office. Includes use of common area; kitchen, private back entrance and waiting area. $125 per week. Coit Road location in Plano. Available now. Call 972-612-1800.
OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE CHIROPRACTIC SPACE FOR LEASE – Chiropractic space available in Carrollton Wellness Center. Located at intersection of Hebron Parkway and Old Denton Road. Reception, appointment booking and other services may be included in lease if desired. Call Shamim Surani for more information. 972-394-7258.
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natural awakenings June 2013