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Setbacks Make Boys Into Men

by Nick Clements



with Panache Desai by April Thompson





POWER OF STORY How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free

by Judith Fertig

27 THE BIOnIC COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery

30 MOVEABLE FEET How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life


by Lane Vail


Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun


by Lauressa Nelson

34 LIVInG OFF THE LAnD Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family

by Avery Mack

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ur June issue is packed with valuable education and resources to help you live better in many areas of life. “The Healing Power of Story,” our feature article, reminds us that we maintain a running internal narrative that becomes the Cliff’s Notes of our lives, and that because we become so familiar with this story, it also becomes a guiding force for the rest of our days. My guys Rethinking and honestly assessing the truth of that story, and then reconsidering potential outcomes of letting that story go, can free us from the anchor of that story and dramatically change our lives. In this month’s article, “Journey to Maturity: Setbacks Make Boys Into Men,” author Nick Clements encourages us to consider the fact that we need our sons to be exposed to “emotionally intelligent” role models, because the long-term effects of what they are emotionally exposed to will impact them, their spouses and their children down the road. Other exciting articles this month include “Paddle Happy,” which encourages us to get out there and try something new. “Moveable Feet” offers practical, mindful and creative tips on how to make walking, which Hippocrates called “man’s best medicine”, a part of our daily routine. “Living Off the Land” discusses how making conscious food can mean cleaner, fresher and more nutritious meals on our table. In June we also honor and celebrate the fathers and other men in our lives; the men that have mentored, encouraged and challenged us to strive to be the best version of ourselves. I have two wonderful fathers in my life: my dad, who made growing up easier by being clear, consistent and deliberate, and my husband, who, while a wonderful husband, is equally or perhaps even a little more wonderful at being a father to our son. Jim and I are quite different in many ways. Where he zigs, I zag, but in our commitment to each other, to our family and to “the long haul”, we are the same, and that’s what balances it all out. He brings so much to our relationship. He balances me, challenges me, embraces my differences (most of the time), and his nature of strength, foresightedness and a commitment to his convictions, as well as his expertise in so many areas of life where I simply don’t shine is absolutely invaluable to me and to helping our boy grow up. As I think about how vital Jim and my father are to me in my life, I encourage those that are raising and mentoring boys to be ever-mindful that those boys will become the men of tomorrow, and a natural and balanced world needs good men. Guide them from early on, understanding that their maleness has a place and a purpose, and that it’s important. Nurture some yin and guide and direct their yang.

Wishing you and the special men in your life a wonderful summer season.

Marteé Davis, Publisher

newsbriefs Meet the Farmer at Circle N Dairy


he second annual Meet the Farmer lunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 7, at Circle N Dairy, and will include Hess ground beef burgers, Donna’s fresh garden lettuce, tomatoes and onions, Hess sausage samples, raw milk, and homemade Circle N Dairy ice cream. A play area will be provided for children. Tommy and Michelle Neu, owners of Circle N Dairy, will answer questions about their third-generation dairy, which has been in business since 1967 and will conduct a butter-making demonstration. Stanley Hess, owner of Hess Meat Market, in Muenster, will talk about grassfed beef. Donna Schad will talk about her chickens and the way they are taken care of to provide wholesome fresh free-range eggs. Local beekeeper Lucas Hartman will talk about raising bees and the benefits of raw honey. Cost is $10, children under 10 are $5. Location: Circle N Dairy, four miles west of I-35 on U.S. 82, Lindsay, TX. For reservations (required), call Michelle at 940-372-0343. For more information, visit See ad, page 28.

Polo for the Planet is Entertaining and Educational


roduced by the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas, the sixth annual Polo for the Planet event will take place on June 7 at the Prestonwood Polo & Country Club, in Oak Point. The purpose of the fun and educational sporting event is to educate the community about recycling programs, sustainable living, energy-efficient products, gardening and organic foods. This year’s co-chairs include Britt Harless, jewelry designer of Bohem Unique Gems and founder of National Go Solar Foundation; Joanne Taylor, jewelry designer of Joanne Taylor Jewelry; and Judith Aronson, independent U.S. and international projects director. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the match begins at 6 p.m. The entrance fee is $10 per person; children 12 and under are free. Guests may choose to sit in a grandstand boxed seat or the party pavilion with elevated viewing. Families may bring a picnic dinner/beverages and tailgate. Organic pizza slices will be available by Mellow Mushroom. The traditional champagne divot stomp is provided by Proseco, with an organic libation tasting for all. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Location: 525 Yacht Club Rd, Oak Point, TX. For more information, call 972-628-7955 or email natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Commit to Cleaner Air


eading into the height of ozone season, North Texans are encouraged to participate in Clean Air Action Day 2014 on June 27, with the goal of doing more for clean air by reducing congestion and ozone-causing pollution. 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 and getting around by carpooling, mass transit, bicycling or walking; reducing energy usage by changing light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights, 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 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. The event is sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and promoted annually through the Air North Texas campaign. For more information, call 817-704-5639 or visit See ad, back cover.


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Collin Classic is for Cyclists of all Stripes


he 23rd annual Collin Classic Bike Rally will be held June 14 at McKinney North High School. Proceeds from the event will benefit City House, a nonprofit agency in Collin County that has been protecting and sheltering abused and homeless youth since 1988. Serious cyclists, weekend riders and families will enjoy open-road routes from 22 to 64 miles in length. There is also a Plano Cycling & Fitness Kids Safety Clinic and Ride that is great for all ages. Throughout each route, riders will enjoy fully stocked rest stops and a variety of cyclist support services that include law enforcement, professional medical services, SAG vehicles, roving bike mechanics and ride guides. The ride starts at 8 a.m. Event day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the start line. Kids Ride begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $40 per rider ($20 for 12 and under), through June 13, with a $45 fee per rider for the safety clinic and Kids Ride. Kids up to 11 years old receive a free bike and helmet safety check, including bike chain, wheels, brakes and handle bars; minor repairs and adjustments will be done on each bike. Location: 2550 Wilmeth Rd., McKinney, TX. For more information, visit

Father’s Day Concert with The Crossmen


he Crossmen World Class Drum and Bugle Corps will be featured at this year’s fourth annual Showcase in the Square, from 7 to 9 p.m., June 15, at Rustin Park Pavilion at Southlake Town Square. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to this demonstration of brass, percussion, drumline and color guard musical performances. Spectators will also hear a performance by the Metro Praise Youth Orchestra and a new event this year, an exciting Drumline Battle Competition. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Crossmen’s existence and dedication to shaping the lives of young musicians through music education. The Crossmen are comprised of 150 members ages 16 to 21 that excel in brass, percussion or color guard, as well as 50 professional music educators. Based in San Antonio, the Crossmen are the only Drum Corps International (DCI) World Class Drum Corps in the state of Texas. Admission is free. For more information, call 817-939-5394 or 817-937-4467 or email

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newsbriefs Eat a Peach at the Parker County Peach Festival


he 30th Annual Parker County Peach Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 12, in Historic Downtown Weatherford. The fun never stops on three entertainment stages of local talent. Visitors will also enjoy an array of local celebrities and entertainers. More than 200 art, craft, food and activity vendors will be on hand to serve the crowd of 35,000 folks that are expected to attend. Culinary highlights include homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach juleps, peach tea, peach smoothies, ice cream topped with fresh peaches and just plain ol’ juicy peaches, eaten with the fuzz. There’s nonstop entertainment for the entire family at the Kiddie Korner, with slides, rides and face painting. The 25th annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride will take place, too, with more than 2,200 cyclists participating. For more information, visit, or Register for the race at

Summer Solstice and Harvest Festival at Robert Muller School


he Robert Muller School of Fairview will hold its fourth annual Summer Solstice and Harvest Festival, from 6 to 9 p.m., June 20, on six pastoral acres. This is the perfect opportunity for families to bring a picnic supper, blanket and relax under the trees. Family-style activities include drumming circle, dancing and crafts, and some may wish to join in the harvesting of the school’s organic garden, filled with potatoes, onions, corn, beans, squash, cherry tomatoes and peppers. Guests will feel refreshed and invigorated after an evening of relaxed sharing with new friends while communing with nature. A soul-satisfying time-out for adults, it’s also an opportunity to enjoy seeing how children flourish embraced by community and immersed in nature. The Robert Muller School, founded by teacher Vicki Johnston in 1986 as the expression of a life dream, is committed to education for heart/whole brain brilliance nature’s way—the child embraced by nature and community. Admission is free. Location: 340 Country Club Rd., Fairview TX. For more information or to RSVP, call 214-544-8338. See listing, page 45. 8

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Camp Tonkawa Summer Fun Builds Awareness


he Camp Tonkawa Learning Center, in Collinsville, Texas, has a full slate of fun and environmentally oriented activities lined up for campers from 7 years old to teenagers this summer. With a mission to connect adults and children to nature, Camp Tonkawa employs hands-on teaching of the ancient Native American skills of nature awareness and primitive wilderness survival. Campers gain a respect and appreciation for our Earth, which helps preserve the environment and further the cause of sustainability. June 6 to 8: Family Camp June 11 to 14: Teen Camp June 17 to 19: Walk in the Woods Camp and Western Days Camp June 23 to 26: Horsing Around Camp (12 and up) June 23 to 27: Week in the Woods Camp June 29 to July 2: Nature Connection Camp (girls) July 6 to 9: Coed Nature Connection Camp and Western Days Camp July 13 to 16: Nature Connection Camp (boys) For more information, call 940-440-8382 or visit See listing, page 46.

Ice Cream Crank-Off Contest in McKinney


he 2014 Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, featuring the 19th annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 14, at historic Chestnut Square, in McKinney. Contestants can show off family heirloom ice cream recipes or try out new, health-conscious variations. Wacky is okay, too. The public will taste and decide the results. Crankers must bring enough ice cream makings to create two gallons of ice cream. Chestnut Square will provide the ice, salt and power, and the crankers provide their own ice cream freezers. There’s no entry fee, and prizes include the prized Killis Melton ice cream freezer statue and the grand prize of a deluxe White Mountain five-gallon freezer. The day’s activities include kids’ activities at the Wilmeth Schoolhouse, a magic show and live music. Admission is free. Scoops of homemade ice cream are $2, games are $2 and petting zoo, pony rides and train rides are $3. A hot dog, chips and drink is $5. An entry ticket to the crankers’ tent for unlimited tastings is $15.25 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are available online

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New Light Therapy Available from Acupuncturist Patti Carey


icensed Acupuncturist Patti Carey is introducing a nonneedle way to obtain pain relief and improve circulation in the body using Superluminous Low Patti Carey Level Light-Emitting Diodes (SLLLED). Used by NASA and the military for years as an outgrowth of laser therapy, LED lights are safer, more cost-effective and provide a gentle, effective delivery of light in a shorter period of time, stimulating a broader range of tissue than lasers. LLLT assists the cells of the body to produce nitric oxide and ATP, which are required for cell repair and regeneration. Carey is licensed as an acupuncturist in Texas and California, and is a diplomate of acupuncture and herbs with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Chinese herbalist and massage therapist with 14 years of experience. She incorporates Chinese herbs, constitutional nutrition, energetics such as qigong and bodywork such as tui na in her practice, specializing in nutrition and digestive disorders, acute and chronic pain management, headaches, stress, sports injuries, allergies, emotional issues such as depression and anxiety, women’s health, and general internal medicine. Carey states, “I have had amazing results with people who have experienced pain for many years and receive total or almost complete relief after one session” She is offering the In Light Wellness System with or without acupuncture, and sessions take about 20 to 30 minutes. A free, 20-minute introduction to light therapy is available by appointment. Location: 2121 W. Spring Creek, Ste, 107, Plano. For more information, call 972-704-3730, email careype@gmail. com or visit See ad page 42. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Cool Off with Taste of Dallas


aste of Dallas, North Texas’ favorite summertime activity, held at Fair Park from July 11 to 13, will be cooler than ever this year with the addition of 20 new restaurant booths to complement everyone’s favorite restaurants along the esplanade. Taste of Dallas will benefit the American Heart Association. The 150,000 square feet of indoor, air-conditioned space features a culinary marketplace, an informative health and wellness area and the popular Taste of the Town VIP indoor tasting experience, as well as the Sweet Factory, Kids’ Taste Town and more. Singer Vanilla Ice, an exciting indoor soccer tournament kid’s attractions, plenty for the kids and adults to do, eat and shop make for a great weekend for eaters of all ages. Friday night is the all-new Date Night, with special ticket deals and lots of activities, including fun fair games for charity, psychic readings and more. Indoor and outdoor restaurants offer tastings for $1 to $3. Hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is available at Fair Park, or ride the DART to Fair Park Station. Location:1200 S. Second Ave., Dallas. For admission prices and more information, call 972-590-8898, visit

Independence Day Celebrations 2014


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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~Allen~ Market Street Allen USA Celebration Celebration Park 214-509-4700 •

~Fort Worth~ Fort Worth’s Fourth Panther Island Pavilion 817-698-0700 •


~Grapevine~ July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Best viewed from Gaylord Texan Resort's parking garage and parks surrounding Lake Grapevine 817-410-3185 •

~Addison~ Addison Kaboom Town! Addison Circle Park ~Farmers Branch~ Independence Day Celebration Farmers Branch Historical Park 972-919-2620

JULY 4 ~The Colony~ Liberty By The Lake Stewart Creek Park 972-625-1106 ~Denton~ Denton Kiwanis Club’s 4th of July Fireworks Show UNT Apogee Stadium 940-387-6323 ~Flower Mound~ Independence Fest 2014 Bakersfield Park 972-874-6300 ~Frisco~ Frisco Freedom Fest Simpson Plaza at City Hall 972-292-5074 •


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~Lake Dallas~ Lake Cities 4th of July Lake Dallas City Park 940-497-2226 x132 ~Lewisville~ Red, White & Lewisville Best viewed from south side of Vista Ridge Mall 972-219-3401 ~Little Elm~ July Jubilee Little Elm Park 972-731-3296 • ~McKinney~ Red, White and BOOM! McKinney Soccer Complex-Craig Ranch 972-547-7480 • ~Plano~ All-American Fourth of July Fireworks Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve 972-941-7250 • ~Rowlett~ Fireworks on Main Downtown Rowlett 972-412-6170 •

kudos HealthWorks: A Family Wellness Center, in Plano, has earned the Chiropractic Team of the Year award from Chiro Advance Services, a national practice management and chiropractic consulting firm. Dr. Christy Porterfield, Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Jawana Scott, Emily Brooks, Hannah Turner and Deja Erwin were selected from among 100 chiropractic teams to receive the award. Determining criteria for the designation included leadership abilities, knowledge of chiropractic philosophy and processes and service to the community. HealthWorks: A Family Wellness Center is a wellness-based practice offering specific upper cervical and corrective chiropractic services, nutritional consulting and educational resources since 2005. For more information, call 972-612-1800 or visit See ad, page 33. The United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. It is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net, and now the Historic McKinney Farmers’ Market is participating. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works with state agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faithbased organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. Local and organic meat, dairy, honey and produce vendors offer their wares every Saturday at Chestnut Square, near downtown McKinney, and Thursday at Adriatica, on McKinney’s west side. For more information, call 972-562-8790 or visit See ad, page 12.

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Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


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

Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients.


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Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure


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

A Good Midlife Diet Prolongs Health in Later Years


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

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Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or


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Lawn Upload

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

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

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globalbriefs Father Factor

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

Love Matters

Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit 16

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Honeybee Hit

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

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Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government. Source: The Wilderness Society (

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

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JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements


e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and un-


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able to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success.

When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear. He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at

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A Holistic Approach at Dental Arts of Plano by Amanda Merritt


ur smile is one of the first things people notice about us. A person’s smile can make the difference in landing a job or having their resume “kept on file” for future opportunities. A person’s smile can get them a second date and in a relationship with the love of their life. A smile can bond a parent and newborn baby. Dr. Angela Han, of Dental Arts of Plano, knows just how much a good smile is worth to people, and it is for this reason that she works so hard to make sure her patients get exactly what they want and need when it comes to their smile. With an initial interest in the medical field and a dental technician for a mom, Han and her older sister both followed their mother’s footsteps and entered the field of dentistry, making the profession a family tradition. For five years, Han has enjoyed working with patients to improve their smiles, giving them the confidence they deserve with pain- and anxiety-free dentistry. Han, working alongside Dr. Scott Buttyan at Dental Arts of Plano, always puts the patient’s interests first. “I always make sure to listen to what their needs are and really try to help them understand why certain procedures are necessary,” she says. Han stresses the preventative

dentistry approach for her patients, noting, “We don’t wait until a problem occurs; we always try to prevent the condition from worsening and causing the patient pain.” That’s why the hygienists of Dental Arts of Plano are incredibly thorough and make sure to explain to patients how to maintain and prevent certain diseases. By planning ahead in this way, they are able to help patients see the significance of getting things taken care of right away. Preventative dentistry begins with the day-to-day oral care the patients partake of on their own. “As long as patients understand the importance of keeping up their hygiene, they should be good,” says Han. That means not just brushing, but flossing and using the correct technique/instrument for brushing. A holistic approach, with recommended biannual dental checkups and cleanings, along with proper everyday oral care, patients can take a big step toward preventing major issues in their overall health. Han advises, “It’s not just oral conditions that we uncover when examining and diagnosing, though that’s definitely a main part of it. Our whole body is one system. Everything enters through our mouths, so we can also detect larger health problems, as well.” She explains that some of the

more common problems detected by thorough dentists include diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Taking the initiative to stay on top of oral health can make a tremendous difference in long-term overall health. This factor alone makes taking a proactive, preventative dentistry approach worthwhile. As Han emphasizes, “Patients need to understand the bottom line that oral health is so much more than just what is going on inside of the mouth. It is this awareness on the part of a dentist, coupled with a state-of-the-art facility that allows its providers to administer up-to-date techniques with the most advanced, toxic-free dental materials.” While dentistry without pain is a major reason people seek out the services of Dental Arts of Plano, patients are also drawn to their philosophy against dental crowns and fillings containing mercury, their approach to treating patients by devising organized plans based on the good of the patient’s overall health, and their unwavering patient loyalty. While Dental Arts of Plano currently sees mostly adults, Han suggests that parents bring their infants in as young as 6 months old to be examined, because it is at this time that their first teeth are typically beginning to come in, and children may be beginning to consume solid foods, as well. A checkup at this point can detect any potential issues with the oral health of a baby and educate parents about proper oral care for infants and children. Han thrives on helping people and seeing the appreciation and the difference that Dental Arts of Plano can make for its patients. She often sees patients in pain and feels good about being able to relieve them of their pain. She keeps her education in the field as up-to-date as possible by taking courses, listening to webinars, reading articles, gaining additional certifications and taking advantage of any opportunities made available to her to expand her expertise. Han loves being a part of an evolving field that keeps getting better and better, and she truly enjoys her work. Dental Arts of Plano is located at 4701 West Park Blvd., Ste. 201. To schedule an appointment, call 972-985-4450 or visit See ad, page 33.

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Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai by April Thompson


orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from selfimposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.


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What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it?

We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

Proper Care and Feeding of the Prostate Gland by Zhanping Lu


ccording to Traditional Chinese Medicine, after middle age, men’s vital energy in the kidney system decreases, resulting in the disturbance of sex hormones. This process also decreases sexual energy, which affects the function of the prostate and the circulation in this region. The prostate is a single, doughnutshaped gland about the size of a walnut that lies below the bladder and surrounds the male urethra. It secretes a thin, milky, alkaline fluid that increases sperm motility and lubricates the urethra to prevent infection. Prostate secretions are extremely important to successful fertilization of the egg. Benign (nonmalignant) enlargement of the prostate gland is known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Because an enlarged prostate can affect the flow of urine, BPH is characterized by symptoms of bladder obstruction such as increased urinary frequency, nighttime awakening to empty the bladder and reduced speed of flow of urination. BPH is an extremely common condition; current estimates are that it affects more than 50 percent of men during their lifetime. The frequency increases with advancing age, from approximately 5 to 10 percent at age 30 to more than 90 percent in men over 85 years of age. BPH is basically the result of degeneration, specifically hormonal changes associated with aging. These changes within the prostate reflect the many significant changes in androgens, estrogen and pituitary hormone levels in aging men. Levels of the main male sex hormone, testosterone, decreases with advancing age. The other main

cause, toxicity, especially free radicals, increases as people age; free radicals can cause many damages to our body, BPH is only one of them. Paramount to an effective BPH treatment plan is adequate zinc intake and absorption. Cholesterol damaged by free radicals is particularly toxic and carcinogenic to the prostate. Increased consumption of soy and soy foods is associated with a decrease in the risk of getting prostate cancer and may help in treating BPH. In China, plant-based medicines are the most popular prescriptions for BPH. Saw palmetto extract and other herbal approaches to BPH are most effective in mild to moderate cases. Alternative treatments for BPH include acupuncture; herbs such as saw palmetto extract and other Chinese herbs; and supplements, mainly antioxidants, to remove free radicals from the body. Diet appears to play a critical role in the health of the prostate gland. It is particularly important to avoid pesticides, increase intake of zinc and essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and keep cholesterol levels below 200 milligrams per deciliter. Regular massage some acupuncture points will improve the circulation and energy in the prostate. This is capable of preventing and improving the disorder of prostate gland. Zhanping Lu, DC, M.D. (China), is a boardcertified acupuncturist practicing at New Star Chiropractic & Acupuncture Wellness Center, in Plano. Contact him at See ad, page 28.

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


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


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

Power to Heal the Body

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

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

Power to Heal Emotions

“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one

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

Power to Heal a Family

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

“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.  

Power to Heal the Community

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

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find tips on how to craft their tales for a listening audience at live story slams around the world, as well as via webcasts. They can then record a two-minute story pitch in order to be accepted as a live storyteller during a future slam.

Ask and Answer

Moving through the process Byron Katie calls “the work” uncovers the truth about the stories we are telling ourselves in order to create newer, healthier ones. First, think of a negative thought that’s worrying you, such as “I’m stuck.” Next, ask four questions about it. Is it true? Can I absolutely know it’s true?

Honing Your True Story days, weeks or years.

Write the Truth

James Pennebaker and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that a simple writing exercise can help free people from emotional burdens, as first reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Here’s how to apply it: Every morning for four consecutive days, write down feelings about what is bothersome: Something you are thinking or worrying about too much. Something you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way. Something you have been avoiding for


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The idea is to write about the emotions that surround this thing you’re reluctant to admit or speak about. Pennebaker says it’s not necessary to reread what’s written or tell anyone about it. The simple act of writing down emotions surrounding a story begins the process of releasing it and relaxing.

Story Slams

The Moth organization features true stories told live by people of all ages on The Moth Radio Hour, the Internet and at group story “slams” around the world. At, would-be storytellers

How do I react—what happens—when I believe that thought? Who would I be without the thought? Now write down honest answers, which might be something like: “I’m not really stuck, I just think I am. Deep down, I know I have the power to move forward, but am unsure about the direction or way to go about it, so I feel anxious. Without the thought of ‘I’m stuck,’ I would feel freer to find a solution.” Then, turn those thoughts around, for example, to, “Really, when I think about it, I feel much freer than when I deny or gloss over my erroneous thought.” When we turn around a specific limiting thought, we can experience the power of letting go of not only a misguided, but ultimately untrue internal story.


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COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly

benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the

center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind


by Meredith Montgomery

inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel


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all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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


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

Practical Tips

Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. 30

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

Mindful Tips

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

Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

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Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says.

Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin.

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

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PADDLE-HAPPY Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun by Lauressa Nelson


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One

hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus 4 Start small. 4 Get permission before picking on private property. 4 Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. 4 It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking. 4 Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo. 4 Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction. 4 Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt. Source: Adapted from

Cooking with Wild Foods by Avery Mack


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

ditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemonpepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to selfreliance is different for each person.” natural awakenings

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SUNDAY, JUNE 1 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.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Drive Train – 6-8:30pm. Join certified bike techs to learn about your drive train as well as how to inspect, maintain and adjust front & rear derailleurs to make sure your ride is as smooth as possible. $45/member, $65/ nonmember. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.


savethedate THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) – June 5-8, plus workshops on June 9. Dedicated entirely to professional education, research, practice and policy issues for yoga therapy. Presented by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). $495 for IAYT members. Austin Renaissance Hotel, 971 Arboretum Blvd. Register: 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

Polo for the Planet: June 7, Oak Point system. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. More info & register: Charge up with Goal Zero – 7-8pm. Looking for a solar solution to keep your gear charged up during your adventures? Join us for a hands-on walk-thru of the Goal Zero products REI carries both in-stores and online. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Summer Family Nature Camp – June 6-8. Family event; at least one parent must be in attendance. Includes a variety of activities: archery, nature awareness, birding, crafts, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, horseback riding and more. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940-440-8382 or Summer Reading Club Kickoff – 10:30am, Soth Branch; 1:30pm, North Branch; 4:30pm, Emily Fowler. Two parts brainy and one part zany, Professor Brainius brings a lab full of laughs combining science, music, and entertainment for the family. Seating limited; free tickets starting an hour before show times on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages. More info: 940-349-8718. Talking Sticks/Medicine Bags – 7-8pm. Learn about what a talking stick and medicine bags are, why they are carried/used and what their purpose can bring into your life. $12. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 County Rd 2621, Caddo Mills. For details, Silverhawk: 214-288-9935 or Prayerwalker: 214-283-7092. First Friday Dance – 7-9:30pm. Bill G. Band - Boot Scootin. Refreshment served. Free dance lessons with paid admission of $5/person. Lewisville Senior Activity Center, 1950A S Valley Pkwy, Lewisville. 972-219-5050.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Polo for the Planet – Benefiting Earth-friendly causes. USPA National Youth Tournament Series. More info & sign-up:


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SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Nurse Self-Development (6.5 CEs) – 8am4:30pm. Introduction: The Art & Science of Integrative Nurse Coaching. Evidence-based and grounded in theory is deepening what nurses do. The Sheltering Tree, 406 S Chestnut, McKinney. Registration required & for cost info,  Lu Ann Wahl: 214-507-3398. National Trails Day at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge – June 7-8. 8am-5pm. Sign up at the Visitor Center for the Grand Slam Hike: cover all 5 trails at the Refuge from Saturday morning until Sunday evening, 17.5 miles total. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903786-2826.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Amazing YA Book Club – 7pm. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. All grownup but still love reading young adult books? Meet 1st Tues to discuss YA books with other adult fans. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. Stacey Irish-Keffer: 940349-8718.


North Texas Fibromyalgia Conference – 8:30am4pm. Healthcare professionals will speak about how they help fibromyalgia patients in ways that offer relief for the myriad symptoms of the illness. Ask questions, talk with others and learn. $50, includes breakfast & lunch. Doubletree by Hilton, 1981 N Central Expy, Richardson. 214-575-2820. For details about speakers & to register: Insects: Good Bugs/Bad Bugs – 10-11:30am. Programs for ages 4-7 & 8-12. Learn who are the good guys and the bad guys of the bug world, and why we need bugs anyway. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Register: 903786-2826. Landscaping for Wild Birds – 10:15am. Discover how you can turn your garden into a wild bird retreat with the correct selection of plants, provision of water sources, feed, shade, sun and shelter. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Meet the Farmer at Circle N Dairy – 11am-1pm. Meets farmers Tommy and Michelle Neu, owners of Circle N Dairy; Stanley Hess, owner of Hess Meat Market; Donna Schad, and local beekeeper Lucas Hartman. Includes Hess ground beef burgers, Donna’s fresh garden lettuce, tomatoes and onions, Hess sausage samples, raw milk, and homemade Circle N Dairy ice cream. A play area for children. $10, $5/children under 10. Circle N Dairy, 2074 CR 446 Gainesville. Reservations required: 940-372-0343. Polo for the Planet – 5pm, gates open; 6pm, match begins. Fun and educational event to educate the community about recycling programs, sustainable living, energy-efficient products, gardening and organic foods. Bring picnic dinner/beverages, tailgate. Organic pizza slices available by Mellow Mushroom. Leashed dogs welcome. Entrance fee: $10/ person, free/children 12 & under are free. Prestonwood Polo & Country Club, 525 Yacht Club Rd, Oak Point. 972-628-7955. Colors of Kundalini Workshop – 5-6:45pm. Come power up your aura. Workshop includes: yoga, sound therapy with live sitar/flute, meditation, hands-on Reiki, sekhem, and sothian healing. Presented by School With No Name. $20. Held at Atma Bhakti Yoga Center, 6315 Lindsley Ave, Dallas. Summer Spillman: 817-929-6877. Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse PRCA Rodeo – June 6 & 7. 6:30-7:30pm. Bronco and bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, live entertainment and

more. Advance: $8/adults, $5/ages 6-12, free/under age 5. At Gate: $10/adults, $7/ages 6-12, free/ under age 5. Shelby County Expo Center, Hwy 7 E, Center. Info, Boo Klein: 936-598-8453, Info@

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Bringing in the Day – 5-10am. Join us and our extended family as we honor the old medicine ways of our ancestors, The First Americans. Free. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 County Rd 2621, Caddo Mills. For details, Silverhawk: 214-288-9935.


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TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. The movie Cry Heard ‘Round The World focuses on the Washington, DC rally on February 17, 2013 where 50,000 people said “No” to the Keystone XL pipeline. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas. Kirk Miller: 972-699-1687.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Teen Camp Adventure – June 11-14. The teens, ages 13-19, will have options each day as to what they want to do, the more registered the bigger the variety we can offer. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940-440-8382 or Smart Yards for North Texas Talk & Tour – 7-9pm. Choosing Texas-friendly plants makes a big difference in the success of your landscape. Learn about soil preparation and which plants work best. After the talk stroll through teaching garden. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. More info & register:

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Rain Barrel Systems – 6-7pm. Presented by Keep Lewisville Beautiful. Free. Lewisville Library, Bennett Room, 1197 W Main St, Lewisville. RSVP by June 9: 972-538-5949 or Green Seminar: Build Your Own Rain Barrel – 6:30-8pm. Learn about rainwater harvesting and build own barrel. Find out how to collect and direct the rain in ways that create backyard beauty, lessen the dependence on using city water in the garden, and reduce runoff. $50/barrel. Fire Station #7, 861 S Independence Pkwy, McKinney. Info & register: 972-547-7335, Kayaking Basics – 7-8:15pm. Learn about equipment, apparel, trip planning and transportation for all levels of paddlers. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Library Larry Live – 4pm. Come sing, laugh, read, and learn at a live performance featuring the puppets from Library Larry’s Big Day. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Big Cat Birthday Bash – In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. Collin Classic – 6:30am, registration; 8am, ride. Offers routes of varying lengths and difficulty. Fully stocked break points stationed along the way, along

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Make Metal-Free Jewelry for Your Health – 12:15-1:15pm. Come learn quick and easy ways to make beautiful, non-metallic earrings and take home what you make. Supplies will be provided. $10. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by June 7: 214-731-9795 or

savethedate SATURDAY, JUNE 14 30th Annual Parker County Peach Festival: July 12, Historic Downtown Weatherford with roving bike mechanics and medical support. Plano Cycling & Fitness Kids Safety Clinic and Ride for all ages. By June 13: $40/rider, $20/12 & under. $45/rider for the safety clinic and Kids Ride. McKinney North High School, 2550 Wilmeth Rd, McKinney. Guided Bird Walk – 8-9:30am. Join Dr. Wayne Meyer for a guided bird walk on one of the five trails at the Refuge. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Register: 903-786-2826. Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank Off and OldFashion Ice Cream Festival – 9am. Fun, food, ice cream, entertainment, games and more. Chestnut Square Farmers’ Market, 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney. 972-562-8790. Ferns of Texas – 10-11:30am. Learn your ferns with Dr. George Diggs, Professor of Biology at Austin College; his recent research has focused on the floras of North Central and Eastern Texas. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Register: 903-786-2826. Be Prepared Lecture – 10am-12pm. This information is vital in the event of any man-made or natural disasters and covers food storage, clean water, radiation exposure, health tips and more. $20. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by June 7: 214-731-9795 or

Access Energetic Facelift™ – 12-4pm. No needles, no surgery, no down-time, no recovery, no pain, no fillers/toxins. What if you can achieve beauty without it being painful and taxing on your body? The Access Energetic Facelift™ uses multiple energetic frequencies, mostly on the upper part of the body and sometimes even done as a full body process to heal the body and skin. This amazing process which reverses the appearance of aging on the face and creates similar effects throughout the body. If done repeatedly (at least 20 times) it appears to be permanent. If you learn this process with a friend, you can continue to exchange this process for more change and more body bliss. $150 Body Bliss by Life-N-Motion, The Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Road, Richardson. Lona Smith: 469-583-3043.

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Read to Rover – 10am. See June 4 listing. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. Registration required: 940-349-8752.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Walk in the Woods Summer Camp: Survival Skills – June 17-19. Ages 7-12. Each day is structured for fun learning, with plenty of games and creativity. Health-minded meals provided, vegetarian fare available. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940-440-8382 or

Groundcovers in the Landscape – 10:15am. Learn to incorporate groundcovers into your landscape which are often easier to care for and maintain than typical turf grass, and can look absolutely awesome as well. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122.

Western Days – June 17-19. Ages 9-13. Includes controlled riding sessions, grooming, feeding, and a trail ride. Also archery, canoeing, a scavenger hunt, games and crafts. No horse experience necessary. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940-440-8382 or

Read to Rover – 11am. See June 4 listing. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. Registration required: 940-349-8752.

Wildlife Detectives – 3pm. Join Danielle Bradley, Texas State Park Interpreter, for this fun and informative program that teaches how to use observation


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skills to find traces of animal activity, followed by an optional short track-hunting hike. Ages 5 & older. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752. It’s a Girl Thing – 4pm. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. A book club for moms and daughters. Join us for refreshments and book discussion. Best for girls ages 9-12. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752. Irrigation Quick Fixes – 7-8:30pm. 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. More info & register:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Smart Yards for North Texas Talk & Tour – 9-11am. Choosing Texas-friendly plants makes a big difference in the success of your landscape. Learn about soil preparation and which plants work best. After the talk stroll through teaching garden. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. More info & register: All about Audrey Wood StoryTime – 11am. A celebration of our favorite books by Audrey Wood from King Bidgood to The Napping House and more. Will have stories, songs, puppets and crafts. Ages 1-5. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752. Are You Summer Ready? – 6pm, registration & networking; 6:30-7:30pm, meeting. Meet with the experts in weight loss and personal training to help you get summer ready. Get great ideas on things you can do now to help you feel confident in shorts or swimsuit. Bring a friend to be entered into door prize. Free. Palio’s Pizza, back meeting room, 1941 Preston Rd, Ste 1004, Plano. Creating Healthy Lifestyles, Sonja Kabell: 972-935-6484. Weston A. Price Plano TX Chapter Meeting – 6-7:30pm. Tired of confusing nutrition “trends?” Learn how to prepare and eat traditional foods like our ancestors with practical steps for changing your diet. Meet others and share tips. Free. HealthWorks, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Shari Miles: 972-6121800. Bike Maintenance Basics – 7-8:15pm. 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. Register: 972-985-2241.

school’s organic garden. Free. 340 Country Club Rd, Fairview. For more info or to RSVP: 214-544-8338. Stones & Colors – 7-8pm. Learn what stones and colors are beneficial to your well-being. $12/person. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 County Rd 2621, Caddo Mills. For details, Silverhawk: 214-288-9935 or Prayerwalker: 214-283-7092.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Summer Lawncare – 10:15am. Learn the secrets to creating a lush green lawn. Proper nutrition, watering, weed control, proper mowing and pest control are some of the topics covered. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122.

Summer Solstice and Harvest Festival: June 20, Fairview

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Natural Networking: Lunch & Learn – 11:30am1pm. Business owners and professionals who help people live better by promoting health, wellness, sustainability, personal growth, integrative medicine, healthy kids and pets, financial well-being and peace of mind, please join us as we connect our community. Meets 3rd Thurs each month. Open group. Menu includes salads and gluten-free pizza. Hosted by Natural Awakenings North Texas Magazine. Networking is $10 (cash only) or support our host restaurant by purchasing your own lunch and there is no charge for meeting. Held at Palio’s Pizza Café, 1941 Preston Rd, Ste 1004, Plano. RSVP important; space limited. Leave your details on our RSVP hotline: 469-322-9549 or Boys Only Yucky Stories – 6:30pm. B Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. Boys grades 2-5 read and talk about funny, yucky and gross stories. Includes craft project. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752. 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 Festival Camp Prep – 7-8pm. Headed to Sasquatch? Burning Man? Woodstock? Or any other festival and looking to have the best camp set-up for the weekend? Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241. Talk to the Animals: Animal Communication Event – 7-9pm. What if talking to your animals was easy and fun? Join us for this book club evening and receive the Talk to the Animals book as well as tips and tools for communicating with your animal right away. With Life-n-Motion, Lona Smith. $35 includes book. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. Lona Smith: 469-583-3043.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Library Larry Live – 4pm. Come sing, laugh, read, and learn at a live performance featuring the puppets from Library Larry’s Big Day. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752. Summer Solstice and Harvest Festival – 6-9pm. Presented by the Robert Muller School of Fairview. Family-style activities include drumming circle, dancing and crafts, and join in the harvesting of the

Native Drum Circle – 1:30-4:30pm. An afternoon of high energy and healing from the vibrations of the drum. Free. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 County Rd 2621, Caddo Mills. For details, Silverhawk: 214-288-9935 or Prayerwalker: 214-283-7092.

then design a structure of your own. Part of the weekly Book Adventures programs for K-3rd graders. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 Clean Air Action Day 2014 – 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: Critterman – 3:30pm. Meet and learn about wild animals from all over the world. Best for ages 5 & older. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752. Library Larry Live – 4pm. Come sing, laugh, read, and learn at a live performance featuring the puppets from Library Larry’s Big Day. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752.

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.

Reading is Magic – 4pm. Magician and slightof-hand artist Gerald Edmundson will wow with his entertaining magic show. Seating limited; free tickets available starting an hour before show time on a first-come, first-serve basis. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752.




Horsing Around Summer Camp – June 23-26. For teens some experience with horses. Includes leading, grooming, lots of riding. Proper posture, cueing and gaits worked on. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940440-8382 or Week in the Woods Summer Camp: Survival Skills – June 23-27. Ages 9-14. Each day is structured for fun learning, with plenty of games and creativity. Health-minded meals provided, vegetarian fare available. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940-440-8382 or



Health: The New Wealth – 9am, registration; 9:30am-12pm, meeting. Learn about the importance of proactively taking charge of your most valuable asset, your health. Speakers present the importance of cellular nutrition and our daily lifestyle. Discussion includes how USANA Health Sciences can help you achieve optimal health and possibly wealth. Free/guest, $15/USANA Associates. Plano Chamber of Commerce, 1200 E 15th St, Plano. RSVP, Sonja Kabell: 972-935-6484 or Map & Compass Navigation Basics – 10am-12pm. Learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. In this in-store class learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. $20/member, $40/ nonmember. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24 Girl’s Night Out Prevent! Event – 6-9pm. Come with your friends to relax while learning about transformative health innovations for women. Enjoy wine and appetizers and pose questions to the experts. Limited seating. $5/person. Richardson Women’s Club, 2005 N Cliffe Dr, Richardson. RSVP, Sarah Saunders: 972-310-8916.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 Frozen Friends – 3:30pm. Is Frozen your favorite movie? Meet characters Elsa and Anna while making some great crafts to take home. Will also tell stories and play fun games. Crafts and activities inspired by the movie and the characters. Come as your favorite character. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Architecture for Kids – 4:30pm. Love to build things? Join us for a story about architecture and

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Heat-Thriving and Colorful Plants – 10:15am. Discover new plants, learn techniques to help all of your plants weather the heat, and how to properly feed and care for plants in heat. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Read to Rover – 11am. See June 4 listing. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. Registration required: 940-349-8752.

ongoingcalendar NOTE: All calendar events must be received by the first Monday of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Review guidelines and submit entries online at (within advertising section). 340 Country Club Rd, Fairview. RSVP requested: 214-544-8338.


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.

Nature Connection Camp: Girls – June 29-July 2. Ages 7-14. Learn skills the Native Americans used to live in harmony with their surroundings. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940-440-8382 or

Brain Balance Meet and Greet – 12-1pm. 1st Mon. Interested in learning more about the Brain Balance Program? Join us for an informal session where you can meet the staff, tour the center and learn more about our comprehensive, holistic programs. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano. 972-248-9482.

MONDAY, JUNE 30 Read to Rover – 10am. See June 4 listing. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. Registration required: 940-349-8752.

plan ahead JUNE & JULY Prairie Adventure Camps – Ages 6-12. Yesterday’s living is a treat for the senses. Hear the hammer’s clang on the blacksmith’s anvil. TASTE delicious Dutchoven cooking. Touch cloth woven on an antique loom. See how butter is churned. Smell the campfire. For details:

SATURDAY, JULY 12 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: To register for the bike ride:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 DIY Drip Irrigation – 10-11:30am. Drip irrigation is 90 percent more efficient, inexpensive and easy to install. Drip systems promote healthy plants and conserve water use. Learn how to install your own system. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. More info & register:


savethedate FRIDAY, JULY 18 The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself – July 18-22. Witness, discover and realize your actual human potential with Dr. Eric Pearl, the founder of Reconnective Healing. Learn the science and philosophy; self, distance, hands-on & hands-off healing; have a career as a practitioner. George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston. For more info, schedule & pricing: 323-960-0012 or


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sunday 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: 972231-3993. 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 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. 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. Nature Explore Family Club – 3-4pm. 1st Sun. Also 1st Mon, 9-10am. Event aims to connect children and families with nature through fun, ageappropriate activities. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register:

monday Robert Muller School: Tea, Talk, Tour – 9:30am. 1st Mon. We invite you to come learn more about our heart-centered, scientific, loving, intuitive and cocreative approach to learning. Robert Muller School,

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. 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. Monday Night Ride at Arbor Hills – 6:30pm. Bring bike, helmet and light. Meet at the trail head at Arbor Hills. More info: 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. 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.

new restaurant each 6 weeks. All levels welcome. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244.

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.

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.

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. 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: 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:

savethedate TUesday Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series – Thru July. 7-9pm. The popular concert series, a free family favorite since 1991. The series kicks off with Kraig Parker and his Elvis tribute show. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash allowed at the shows. Admission free. Courtyard, Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N Charles St, Old Town Lewisville. 972-219-8446.

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.


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 Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series a Certified Lactation Counselor and/or Le Leche League Leader. Baby scale available to do before and after weights. You may turn up at any time during the cafe to ask your questions. Free. 3253 Independence Pkwy, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-371-5448. 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). 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@ 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.

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 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. McKinney Farmers’ Market at Adriatica – 3-7pm or sellout. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. 6851 Virginia Pkwy, W McKinney. 972562-8790. CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with 125 trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-770-6872. Dallas Organic Gardening Club – 6:30pm, refreshments; 7pm, meeting. 4th Thurs. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Brain Balance Meet and Greet – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. Interested in learning more about the Brain Balance Program? Join us for an informal session where you can meet the staff, tour the center and learn more about our comprehensive, holistic

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

wednesday Business Opportunity: LegalShield – 11:45am1pm. Learn how to generate extra daily cash or full-time income sharing very affordable legal and identity theft plans by LegalShield. Work at your own pace and style; promote the casual referral to friends and family, or work business accounts, HR benefit plans or broad consumer markets. $15 includes entree, drink and gratuity. Razzoos, 3904 Dallas Pkwy, N of Parker Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings, Pam: Breastfeeding Cafe – 12-1pm. Designed to offer support to all nursing mothers from newborn challenges to toddler strikes, all breastfeeding moms welcome to join us to chat about breastfeeding at all ages and stages of nursing. Cafe is attended by

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programs. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano. 972-2489482.

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: 972-231-3993.

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. 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@ Men’s Only Pilates – 8pm. Class utilizes all the Pilates equipment. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070.

friday 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: 214872-8592. 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. Acoustic Jam Session – 7pm. Weekly open jam and song circle. All acoustic instruments and levels welcome. All music genres welcome. Sponsored by the Visual Art League of Lewisville. Free. MCL Grand, 100 N Charles, Lewisville. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-444-0825. 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 Natu-


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Do one thing that you don't normally do to help improve air quality: June 27 ral 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: 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: CycleHighlandVillage. Operation Kindness – 3rd Sat. No Kill animal shelter brings animals for adoption. Weather permitting. Whole Foods Market, outside store, 2201

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. Coppell Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Seasonal produce for the North Texas area, natural meats and eggs, seafood, organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads, mixes, flowers, plants, and more. Coppell Farmers’ Market, Corner of Bethel & S Coppell Rds, Coppell. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: McKinney Farmers’ Market at Chestnut Square – 8am-12pm. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. Locally grown and produced food and craft items. Live music. 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney. 972-562-8790. Saint Michael’s Farmers’ Market – Thru early Nov. 8am-12pm. Shop local and fresh, with farmers/ growers who practice natural, sustainable, organic farming and are within a 150-mile radius of Dallas County. Baked goods, tamales, cheeses, eggs, local honey, meats, and pastas also available. Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave at Colgate Rd, Dallas. 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. Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. 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. Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Waste Collection Program – 9am-12pm. 2nd Sat. For Lewisville residents; must bring driver’s license for proof of residency. A convenient, safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of waste materials that

Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Reservation required: 214-669-1663.

Drum & Bugle Corps concert: Father's Day, Southlake should not be put into the landfill. City of Lewisville Residential Convenience Center, 330 W Jones St. Collin County Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. 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. 970-209-4694. 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. Power Yoga Flow – 10-11:15am. With Crystal. Designed for proficient to advanced yoga students. Build strength and flexibility in this challenging and invigorating class. Meet and practice outdoors on our beautiful deck. $15 or class pass. Pilates for Life, 200 S Austin Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070. 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. 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. Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm. See Sun listing. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. 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


Frisco Humane Society Adoption – 12-4pm. 1st, 3rd & 5th Sat. We invite you to meet and greet some of the wonderful dogs and cats available for adoption from Frisco Humane Society. PetSmart in Frisco, 3333 Preston Rd. 972-498-8980.

For fees and info on placing classifieds, email Deadline is noon on the 9th of the month.

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.

LegalShield – Generate extra cash or full time income sharing legal and identity theft plans by LegalShield. The services offered by LegalShield give members great peace-of-mind, knowing that for as little as $20 a month they can have on-going access to top level attorneys to help advise them in matters from traffic tickets to final arrangements. New members get free assistance in preparing their will. Associates receive their own website, online and local support from other LegalShield associates. Work at your own pace and style; promote the casual referral to friends and family, or work business accounts, HR benefit plans or broad consumer markets. Interested candidates may attend a luncheon, held weekly at Razzoo's in Plano to learn more about the plans and the opportunity. $15 covers entree, beverage and gratuity. RSVP required. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings, and email Pam: Visit www.M79.

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: 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. 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.




savethedate DAILY Camp Invention Registration – Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its weeklong summer program. Led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed in exciting, hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Throughout the week, children will use real tools, circuits and materials from the Inventor Supply Room to build original prototypes and work in teams to solve real-world challenges. One week only, programs will run in the cities of Allen, Coppell, Dallas, Frisco, Keller, McKinney, Prosper, Southlake, Trophy Club, Wylie and more. For details: 800-9684332. Dairy Farm Tours – By appt only. Experience life on a dairy farm with an educational tour including how and what cows are fed, the benefits of grasscrop based feed (silage), the milking parlor, bottle feeding baby calves along with the learning the benefits of drinking raw milk vs pasteurized milk. Everyone gets samples of milk and treat bags for the children. $5/person age 2 & up. Circle N Dairy, 2074 CR 446 Gainesville. 940-372-0343. First Aid Classes, CPR & Babysitter Training – Various days. Monthly at various branches. For specific info on cost, space availability, times: 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.

BECOME A DENTAL ASSISTANT – This unique 10-week course is designed to provide you the core concepts you will need to get started. In this unique program, practicing dentists and experienced dental assistants give you maximum hands-on training and experience in an actual dental office setting. Reasonable cost. Short timeframe. Saturdays only. For more info, call 214-789-2011 or visit

FOR SALE Pride JAZZY Select Elite Power Wheelchair – Like new and virtually unused since only used for two months. Kept and used inside. Midnight blue color. $1,600 or OBO; originally $5,300. 469-633-1587.

HELP WANTED SALESPEOPLE WANTED – If you’re not afraid of straight commissioned sales and feel confident of your abilities, Natural Awakenings North Texas magazine may be right for you. Earn a generous commission and unlimited income selling advertising packages. Relationship-oriented sales; must like talking to people. Open territories in Denton and Collin counties. Will train and coach. Full and part-time sales positions available. Send resume to

OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE FOR LEASE – UPSCALE OFFICE PROPERTY – Customize this 1,600 sq ft space to suit your professional or medical office needs. Free standing building with one side currently occupied by a dental office. Great location. Excellent visibility. In Carrollton just minutes from highways 121 and 35. Call Ms. Krishan: 832-545-1243.

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Xie Yin, L.Ac., M.D. (China) 9555 Lebanon Rd, Bldg 10, Ste 1003 Frisco 75035 972-335-2626 • Our goal is to provide effective, allnatural ad drug free solutions to infertility, stress, pain relief, allergies, migraine, and more. Whether you are dealing with health issues that are affecting your life quality or seeking to enhance your wellness, acupuncture can help you. Trained in China with more than 24 years of experience in acupuncture and herbal medicine. See ad, page 35.


Daphne Su, L.Ac. 4101 Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 200, Plano 75024 972-665-8618 • 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. See ad, page 18.


Acupuncture, Herbs & Nutrition 2121 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 107 Plano 75023 972-704-3730 •


Robin Bollinger, Licensed IM Trainer Near Preston Rd and Main St, Frisco 214-693-9601 • Backed by 20 years of research, Interactive Metronome (IM) is a drug free, performance enhance-ment program that re-trains the brain's timing, planning, sequencing and focusing abilities. Student, athlete or professional? Find out how IM can help unlock your potential. See ad, page 39.


Dr. Vince Baugher, D.C. 2500 Lillian Miller Pkwy, Denton 76210 940-484-6336 • In delivering quality chiropractic care, our approach is simple, gentle and relaxing. We have been able to save literally hundreds of patients from surgery with the new technology of Spinal Decompression. See ad, page 2.


Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Road, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 •

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 42.

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 uppercervical chiropractic, there is no popping, cracking or twisting and a NUCCA adjustment holds longer which means you return far less often. See ad, page 7.




Peggy Breeze 972-658-1600 • Achieve optimal health with Ayurveda, the ancient healing practice that balances body, mind, and spirit. I provide comprehensive assessments that uncover your imbalances, create customized diet and lifestyle plans to help you achieve your wellness goals, offer Ayurvedic therapies and online consultations. Let me help you harmonize and energize your life.


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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 33.


Michelle and Tommy Neu 4 Miles West of I-35; on US 82, Lindsay 76240 940-372-0343 • State-permitted dairy licensed to sell fresh, all natural unprocessed grade A raw milk. Visit us at the farm to learn why our great-tasting, 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 28.


Anita Sisler 339-832-1220 • 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 18.

DEnTISTRY DEnTAL STUDIO OF CARROLLTOn Drs. Robert and Sandhya 2005 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010 972-395-0150 • 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 13.

DInInG SHAnDIZ MEDITERRAnEAn GRILL & MARKET 4013 W Parker Rd, Plano 75093 972-943-8885

Halal meats, fresh produce, groceries and flat bread baked on-site.


3685 Preston Rd, Frisco 75034 972-377-7867 Fresh and nutritious, locally grown food.

EDUCATIOn nORTH CEnTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE 1525 W California St, Gainesville 76240 940-668-7731 •

Dedicated to student success and institutional excellence by encouraging student achievement through affordable, quality education, stimulating learning environments and comprehensive student support. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools. Campuses located in Gainesville, Corinth, Flower Mound, Bowie and Graham.


Vicki Johnston, Founding Director 340 Country Club Rd, Fairview 75069 214-544-8338 • Are you seeking a learning environment that nurtures the whole child? Children thrive in heart-centered relationships that cultivate whole-being intelligence t h r o u g h n a t u r e , c r e a t i v i t y, discovery, storytelling, meaningful learning and individual projects. We welcome you to our monthly Tea, Talk and a Tour.


2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano 75075 972-599-7882 • And 101 E Southwest Pkwy, Ste 101 Lewisville 75067 972-436-3839 • SACS accredited educational alternative that offers individual-ized, mastery-based instruction for grades 4-12. On-campus and Home Study options. Middle and High School International are Students welcome. We provide Form I-20.

FARMERS' MARKET MCKInnEY FARMERS’ MARKETS Chestnut Square (Saturdays 8am-noon) 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney 75069 Adriatica Market (Thursdays 3-6pm) 6851 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney 75071

Buy your food from the people who grow it. Local and organic meat, dairy, honey and produce, entertainment and more. See ad, page 12.


Beverly Biehl BTB Feng Shui, Intuitive Coach 214-679-3498 • Black Hat Feng Shui consultant, intuitive coach and healer. Free your energy, free your potential.





Functional and Nutritional Medicine 14330 Midway Rd, Building 1, Ste 121 Dallas 75244 972-930-0260 •

Debby Romick 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 501, Plano 75093 972-248-9482 •

As a licensed MD practicing functional and nutritional medicine, I find the possible nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, and hormonal imbalances that could be contributing to your symptoms. I identify your risk factors for breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome; then devise a personalized diet, nutrition and lifestyle program that can help minimize your risk factors and move you toward healing and optimum health.

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 14.





469-585-0234 • 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 6.


9200 E Lebanon Rd, Ste 32, Frisco 75035 214-436-4955 • 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.

Dr. Angela Han, DDS 4701 W Park Blvd, Ste 201, Plano 75093 972-985-4450 • Dr. Han 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 33.


Shawn Messonnier 2145 W Park Blvd, Plano 75075 972-867-8800 • Offering drug-free treatments, antiaging medicine, holistic anesthesia, and blood testing for early diagnosis of cancer in healthy pets. See ad, page 38.

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Money Family / Guy Money, Beekeeper McKinney 75070 • 972-829-3216 Honey as raw, local, organic, yummy and healthy as it gets. Our hives are in Collin and surrounding counties, and because our honey is straight from the hive, nothing added and never heat pasteurized, you get all the vitamins, minerals, liveenzymes, and pollens which are the allergy-fighting benefits that are heat filtered out of most other store-bought honeys. Available at Frisco Farmers Market, McKinney Trade Days, Sprouts, Market Street or pick up at our home office. Look for the bee in cowboy boots! See ad, page 38.


Bioidentical DHEA cream 888-489-4782 • Twist 25 DHEA cream helps maintain hormones naturally. Sleep better at night, have energy and d r i v e d u r i n g t h e d a y, f i g h t menopause and depression. Improve health to feel your best and look your best. Make Twist 25 part of your daily routine and get results. See ad, page 2.


Medical City Dallas 7777 Forest Ln, Ste A-315, Dallas 75230 972-566-7870 • Dr. Woodward is a board certified Gynecologic Endocrinologist. He has been a pioneer in bio-identical hormone replacement for 30 years. He has been practicing medicine in Dallas since 1968 and specializes in hormone replacement for both men and women. His eight years of medical training were at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He is board certified in gynecology. See ad, page 2.


Donna Brown, Clinical Hypnotist, NLP Quorum Dr, Addison 75254 972-687-9010 • Sometimes weight loss has nothing to do with eating or exercise. Unresolved feelings stem from thought patterns that were set up as beliefs that run in your subconscious. I can help you get to those beliefs if you need to stop smoking, eliminate fears, control stress and pain, or if you see patterns of behavior in your relationships that you want to change.


1036 CR 203, Collinsville 76233 940-440-8382 • We are all connected to nature, and at Camp Tonkawa, our classes, camps and events help you to nurture that connection. Feel your connection to all living things. Sense the spirit of the wilderness. Know that you are related to the Earth on a practical and a spiritual level. Our goal is for everyone to be as knowledgeable of the natural world as the Native Americans, who love, honor and respect our planet Earth... Mother Nature.


6505 W Park Blvd, Ste 200, Plano 75093 972-378-5867 • 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 14.


Independent Associate Unexpected legal questions arise every day and with LegalShield on your side, you'll have access to a high-quality law firm for as little as $20 a month. From real estate document review, speeding tickets, will preparation and more, our attorneys are here to advise you with any legal matter – no matter how traumatic or how trivial it may seem. Identity theft protection plans and personal, small business and employee benefit plans are available. Learn more by visiting website. See ad, page 26.


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MASSAGE 3T’S (TJ’S TERRIFIC TOUCH) Teel Parkway, Frisco 75034 469-237-4289 •

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 28.


7000 Independence Pkwy, Ste 180 Plano 75025 972-612-5363 • Seven different types of massage therapy for rejuvenation and energy. See ad, page 11.


Dr. Kimberly Wilson, NMD 6545 Preston Rd, #200, Plano 75024 972-608-0100 • Your family's health is 'naturally' our passion. Using naturopathic medicine, our approach is holistic and non-toxic, helping those with cancer, hormone imbalances, fatigue, chronic illness, depression, and so much more. Let us be a partner in your wellness and show you naturopathic solutions to your health concerns.


Dr. Marvin Sams 972-612-0160 • 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 9 and 20.


Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Rd, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • 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 7.


4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco, 75034 972-294-0808 • 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 9.


Kathryn Kutzer 469-955-5123 • Many people cannot identify their dream; they just know they are discontent with their current life and have a longing for something different. It is my privilege to help people discover the dream that is in harmony with their purpose, and then coach them through a specific process to help them achieve that dream.


Martie Whittekin; Certified Clinical Nutritionist Saturday 8am • KWRD 100.7 FM Interviews with authors, doctors and other experts about natural approaches to health and happiness. Listener calls are always welcome. Archives of past shows available on


Private Label Realty 6900 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 110, Plano 75024 469-269-2754 • Thinking about selling or buying a home? I can take you from “For Sale to Sold!” Maximize your home equity with property preparation tips, staging assistance, optimal exposure. Buyer Representation – at no cost to you. Got a real estate question? See ad, page 17.


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.






SW Corner of Coit & Legacy; Inside Legacy Salons of Plano 940-320-9383 •

Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 405, Dallas 75254 214-352-8758 •

Step into a relaxing environment and let us stimulate your senses while we pamper you with sweet, signature aromas and flavors. Enjoy our unique skin care, waxing, and massage services unlike any other you have had before!

Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities, many times 8-10 years before other screening methods. Non-invasive. No radiation. See ad, page 11.



2100 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 140, Plano 75075 972-378-4945 •


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, onsite massage therapy and onsite reflexology available. See ad, page 15.

Dr. Glenn King 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244, Carrollton 75007 800-640-7998 •




TKM is natural and effective care that's changing lives for people battling immune, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, cancer, migraines, pain and more. See ad, page 18.


17370 Preston Rd, Ste 470, Dallas 75252 214-446-0251 •

Weight Loss and Wellness Consulting 972-935-6484 •

The Kabbalah Centre offers introductory and advanced courses that will show you ways around the limitations of rational thought, and push you beyond your box. The kabbalistic lens offers a rarely seen perspective by which you can dramatically improve the quality of your life – and the world around you. Visit our bookstore, call or visit us on Facebook for upcoming courses/events. See ad, page 41.

SHIR TIKVAH REFORM SYnAGOGUE 7700 Main St, Frisco 75034 214-500-8304, •

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. Visit website for service schedule. See ad, page 7.


6400 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-387-4700 • Sunday services, community programs, job ministry, preschool, and St. Philip’s Academy “K” class.

Lose weight, feel great, have more energy and get your mojo back! Healthy, customized, easy to follow programs that are affordable. No food to buy, we use real food from the grocery store. In your home or at our office. Free consultation and health assessment to see if you are a candidate for our program. Reach target weight and maintain your results long-term!

WELLnESS CEnTERS nEW STAR CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUnCTURE WELLnESS CEnTER Zhangping Lu, D.C., L.Ac., MD (China) 425 Maplelawn Dr, Ste 101, Plano 75075 972-519-8488

Whole body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 28.


215 E University Dr, Denton 76209 940-380-8728 • 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.

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