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Simplified Parenting

Why Less Means More Happiness

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Multilevel Healing

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Movement & DANCE Empowering Ourselves

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August 2018


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appy August, Seattle, and we hope SEATTLE EDITION

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be finding our stride with connecting and building community as we settle into our new roles as publishers. Anyone who has kids at any age understands that it’s always a journey no matter what their age or what stage they are in. Just when you might be getting a handle on it, they change again. It is an ever-evolving relationship with family and the world. Now more than ever, how we work with our children

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articles this month to continue to expand and learn more on these topics. Included in this August edition are “Multilevel Healing—Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being,” “Empowering Ourselves—Movement and Dance Bring Emotional Awareness and Release,” Wise Earth Crystals and “Tay and Val on Choosing Joy.” All of these articles provide an interesting view into our community, one’s self and the energy around us. As we are nearing the end of summer and we start to think about returning to our fall routines, we wish you fun-filled, sunny August days. It is with love, light and gratitude that we share this August Seattle edition of Natural Awakenings. With Light,

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Contents 10 TAY AND VAL



12 MULTILEVEL HEALING Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being



An Interview with Mark Anthony



Why Less Means More Happiness




How to Power Up Their Defenses


Movement and Dance Bring Emotional Awareness and Release



Communities Get Creative in Urging Conservation



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DEPARTMENTS 6 news briefs 8 health briefs 9 community 10 12 20 24

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25 green living 26 nonprofit 27 28 30 31

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news briefs

Learn CranioSacral Therapy in Washington State


Sending Blessings


Lori Portka

former counselor and educator, fine artist Lori Portka delights in the favorite things that inspire her: nature, traveling, animals, yoga and friends. She lets her art pour out in boldly rendered images that burst from each canvas via saturated pastels, paints, chalks and inks, to forge a visceral connection between artist and viewer. “I make artwork that is a reflection of gratitude and joy in the world,” says Portka, whose expressive works fulfill her mission of spreading happiness through art. A personal loss led Portka to begin painting again at 30-something for the first time since the 10th grade, a process she says has opened her heart even more deeply. Inspired by Australian photographer and filmmaker Hailey Bartholomew’s documentary, 365 Grateful, about living on the sunny side of life, Portka embarked upon her own project, A Hundred Thank-Yous, creating and giving away 100 paintings to 100 people that have touched her life, she says, “in a beautiful way.” “I feel like I am on the right path, doing what I am supposed to do,” she explains. “Art feels like home to me.”

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his September, Etienne Peirsman of the Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, will be teaching the second course in his Cranio Sacral Therapy program, Unwinding Meridians Rhythms, in Lake Stevens, Washington. A follow-up to his Basics class, this course being held September 6 to 9, is a rare opportunity in WashingEtienne Peirsman ton State, as Peirsman normally only teaches his advanced courses at Bastyr University, in Kenmore, Washington. Unwinding Meridians Rhythms explores deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. Students learn the unwinding process of the head and neck and the extremities and how to use the meridians to open the heart and release the lungs. Peirsman has been teaching for 25 years and has schools in Belgium and the Netherlands. He also teaches in North America at Blue Desert Hale in Tijeras, New Mexico. A meditator for over 40 years, Peirsman has developed a unique teaching style that adds an extraordinarily compassionate and meditative depth to the methods used by the Upledger Institute and combines a practical, no-nonsense approach with the biodynamic style. Cost: $645, 32 CEUs. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all days. Location: Spectrum Center School of Massage, Lake Stevens, WA. Visit For more information and to register, call 505-503-5137 or visit See ad, page 27.

Kind Fest Celebrates Second Year


he Kind Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 18, at Willis D. Tucker Community Park, in Snohomish. Join more than 100 collective businesses, artists, musicians, organizations and kindness champions in celebrating what a simple act of kindness can do by becoming part of the kindness revolution and attending this year’s festival. Activities for all ages include guest speakers, live music, yoga, face painting, arts and crafts, food vendors, kindness education, live art and more. Inspired by the desire to shine a light on one of the easiest and most effective tools for creating connection, joy, positive change and community—kindness—the first Kind Fest was held in 2017 at the same location. Founder Angie Louthan set out to create an experience of kindness that would touch all five senses. She strongly encouraged kindness partners that set up booths to make an interactive and interesting way to help festival-goers receive or give kindness. The inaugural Kind Fest was so successful and fun that the Kind Krew will be back at it again this month. Free admission and parking. Location: 6705 Puget Park Dr., Snohomish. For more information, visit See ad, page 12.

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Local Massage Therapist Publishes Self-Help Memoir


on’t Just Breathe, a self-help memoir that is entertaining, motivational and funny, was recently released by author John Graziano, a massage therapist for cancer centers in the Tucson, Arizona area. A portion of proceeds from book sales go to Integrative Touch for Kids ( and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona ( Graziano pursued innovative thinking through his massage career while working for top resorts throughout the country. He combined his experiences with what he learned from conversations and observations, filtered through his immense compassion, and came up with a collection of humorous stories and thoughtful insights that encourage readers to look at all things differently. Readers are inspired to ponder the events of daily life from the aspect of whether they make sense for all involved and are true to our souls. No preaching, no dogma—just interesting things to think about from alternative perspectives that can help jog us out of our thinking ruts. The book is available for sale at Connect with Graziano at

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

August 2018


Holding Hands Reduces Pain Holdings hands with a loved one reduces physical pain, report researchers at the University of Colorado and University of Haifa that studied the brainwaves of 22 heterosexual couples between ages 23 and 32. When in each other’s presence, the couples’ brainwaves tended to synchronize, especially in the alpha mu band, a measure of focused attention; holding hands amplified this effect and markedly lowered pain levels. The more empathetic the man was to the woman’s pain, the more their brain activity synced and her pain decreased. Men that were less empathetic did not produce the same effect. 8


Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published. They concluded that this spice, with its active ingredient curcumin, was effective in treating acne, oral lichen planus (mouth inflammation), pruritus (itchy skin), psoriasis, radiodermatitis (a side effect of radiation treatment), diabetic microangiopathy (bleeding of small blood vessels) and diabetic edema (swelling). Studies on other skin conditions were either inconsistent or ineffective, the report concluded.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective effect was not found in diets higher in fatty foods, red and processed meat, refined grains and sweets. The researchers also reviewed other science to date, confirming the protective effect of the Mediterranean diet as well as “healthy” and “prudent” diets, all consisting of greater portions of fruits and vegetables.

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Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D., a professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a consequence, taking vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels, even if they remain vitamin D deficient, he explains; and that can lead to vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t sufficient. The magnesium factor may explain why vitamin D supplementation doesn’t necessarily help vitamin D deficiency-related disorders such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. Natural sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and other nuts, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, egg yolks, fish oil, green vegetables, mushrooms, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet corn, tofu, whole grains, and pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax seeds.


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community spotlight

Farmer Frog

Sprouting Simple Changes Within Our Communities by Stacy Lynn Gilbert


n interesting sign hangs at the trail head where nature enthusiasts often park their cars when visiting the Paradise Valley Conservation Area, a beautiful 793 acres of lush habitat located south of SR-522 on Paradise Lake Road, in Woodinville. The sign says Farmer Frog, and it adorns the entrance to a gravel road that leads to an old farm where new life is being cultivated within gardens and hoop houses surrounding the original farm buildings. Curious visitors might be greeted by the smiling face of livestock guardian dog, Fergus, or may run into a friendly volunteer covered in earth. The very lucky will get to meet Zsofia Pasztor, the executive director, board president and secretary of the nonprofit she founded with the help of her family and community in 2009. During the recession of 2008, many families found it hard to make ends meet in such an uncertain economy. Olivia Park Elementary School, where Pasztor’s children were then attending school, noticed that there were many homeless families using the school as a refuge at night to sleep in their cars. The school approached the Pasztors, who are both seasoned horticulturalists, and asked them if there was something they could do to help feed these families in need. They started with an abandoned garden, and while removing imposing blackberry bushes and feisty weeds, they unearthed a broken yard ornament in the shape of a little green frog. Farmer Frog came into being to feed the needs of one small community, and has grown steadily into surrounding schools, neighborhoods and farms to answer the call of our Pacific Northwest community one vegetable at a time.

Farmer Frog uses a variety of resources, methods and technologies to grow food at their several different locations. Their gardens are wide ranging, from small school gardens to whole acres of land, using methods like aquaponics, conservation agriculture, hoop houses, intensive gardening, permaculture and wild farming to grow their produce. They specialize in taking underutilized sites and turning them into environmentally sound, food-producing farms and gardens that nurture children, whole communities and the surrounding natural habitat. One such location is Farmer Frog’s Paradise Farm, lying in the heart of the Paradise Valley Conservation Area. The Washington Parks & Recreation Department has teamed up with Farmer Frog to help preserve the bones of the old Lloyd family farm. The Lloyd family originally homesteaded the property in 1887, and much of the land around the farm is being restored to its natural state to protect the wildlife found in the region. The Lloyd family asked that “the Lloyd Family Farmstead property be retained forever in its open space and historical condition and to prevent any use of the property that will significantly impair or interfere with the open space, wildlife habitat and historical values of the property.” Farmer Frog and the Parks & Recreation Department are ensuring that the Lloyd’s wishes are kept, and in the process are helping to bring back life and community to a beloved historical site that will serve future generations for years to come. For more information or to volunteer, please visit

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wise words

economy. It means a world where everyone can prosper by doing the work they love, with a sense of purpose. As shared by Mark Zuckerberg, “The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.” Our business is our way of rising to this challenge.

Among your many projects, you created a unique program to help self-starters called Propel Your Purpose and M Meditation where you introduce people to the ABC’s of meditation. What was your inspiration?

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Tay and Val on Choosing Joy by Stacy Lynn Gilbert


ay and Val, spiritual consultants, soul mentors and entrepreneurs, live in the Pacific Northwest and work with entrepreneurs around the globe who hear the call to rise and say yes. They are committed to helping visionary leaders meet their call to greatness with clear-eyed vision, groundedness and deep trust.

You have traveled the world and led many different lives before settling here in Seattle. What brought you to the Pacific Northwest?

We were invited to give two TEDx talks here in Washington State, in Bellingham and Seattle. We were inspired by the responses at the talks, and the personal dreams that were ignited, rekindled and shared. We witnessed how a room full of strangers connected over a common theme, that everyone—no matter your background or belief—has a dream, a desire to become the best version of yourself and lead the best life you can live. We saw how these people then became a community. And we stayed, wanting to ripple out this movement throughout the United States.

Everything we do is grounded in the intention to help people lead their best lives. Propel Your Purpose was created for our younger selves, twenty-somethings who were driven and had successful careers. On the surface we had everything we wanted. Inside us, we were constantly on the verge of burnout, resentful of the upkeep involved to maintain our success, and spiritually depleted. We wanted something more in life… yet didn’t know what it was. It was frustrating, because as high-achieving A-players, we knew we’d be able to get “it”, we just needed to know what “it” looked like! In our search to figure out what “it” was, we realized that “it” is a way to bring all of ourselves—our multiple passions, gifts and facets—into all areas of our lives. We found out that our purpose is the way we show up to everyday. It’s not a job title, and certainly not an achievement we have to first unlock before we can be fulfilled and happy. That’s why we created Propel Your Purpose, to help people get clear on what your best life is for you, on your terms. And to start living that life today. M Meditation was created with the same intention. Same house, different doors. We’re all wanting to come home to ourselves. Meditation is an excellent tool to cultivate self-awareness, especially if you’re the more cerebral, analytical type. When you know yourself more, you’ll want to bring more of you into more of your life. And inevitably, you’ll find yourself growing your best self, creating your best life. Same house, different door. Welcome home!

What is it like to run businesses that deal with being connected and rooted in living your soul purpose?

There’s a quote we love, live and work by from Kahil Gibran: “Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy.” We love inspiring people and helping them create a life they love. To create a living (run a business) doing what we love… for us, is the most natural thing. In fact, our business was created with a vision to contribute to the evolution of an enlightened economy. Yes, enlightened—defined by the dictionary as “having or showing a rational, modern and well-informed outlook.” For us, it means shifting from a profit-driven economy to a purpose-driven 10


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What excites you the most about the future of meditation?

Meditation is a hashtag nowadays. Who would have known?! From its beginnings in 5,000 BCE, as it spread throughout Asia, it has always transformed to adapt to the new culture it arrived in. It’s doing the same here in the West—from Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction practice, to Google’s spinoff Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, to drop-in studios in major cities like New York and Los Angeles—meditation is steadily becoming a part of everyday modern life. When people first started running as a health practice, the majority used to ask, “Who’s chasing you?” Nowadays, we have entire industries dedicated to running; same thing for yoga and juicing. And soon, meditation. We’re thrilled to be a part of this movement. And as we gather and grow the community of meditators here in Seattle, we look forward to opening doors to its first-ever modern meditation studio!

What advice would you give to those who struggle with taking the first step in starting their own passion projects?

Start by making a decision. Decide that you’re going to create the life you want. You may not know how, but decide first, then figure it out along the way, because there can be no path without first a decision. Think of it as punching in the GPS coordinates of where you want to go into your navigation panel. Sure, there might be roadblocks and detours along the way, and you might even change your mind halfway. But every step you take will become a movement forward, in the direction of where you most want to go. On this note, it’s very important for us to emphasize: Once you’ve decided, start where you are, with what you have, now. We don’t recommend you quitting your job without a more aligned job offer, or a thriving side-hustle on the table. But if you desire more joy in your life, you can most certainly bring the energy of joy to the very thing you’re doing, now. Approach the work you do with joy, tackle the challenge you’ve been presented with joy, do your laundry with joy. Exercise your choice and choose joy. The more joyful experiences you create, the more joyful opportunities will knock at your door. For more information about Propel Your Purpose, visit SoulPurpose. To explore how to meditate with M Meditation, visit M-Meditation. com/schedule.

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Multilevel Healing Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being


by Linda Sechrist

r. Wayne Jonas’ curiosity was piqued after hearing stories of patients that have experienced healing from chronic illnesses or reclaimed well-being without following conventional medical advice. So he focused on researching dimensions of healing that Western medical schools never taught him. The rewards were radical discoveries: whole system



science exploring the web of connections within the body; the need to acknowledge an individual’s core multi-dimensions—body/ external, behavior/lifestyle, social/emotional and spiritual/mental—and what’s needed to unlock each person’s inherent capacity for health and healing. The author of How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power

to Heal, Jonas concludes, “Only 20 percent of healing comes from the treatment agent the doctor applies. A full 80 percent of the healing potential, which lies dormant in everyone, comes from constructing a meaningful treatment response unique to you. This is internal, highly personal and uses simple principles and components.” During his 40-year career, Jonas was able to observe multi-level healings with patients, as well as through other professional roles. He’s served as director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, a research scientist at the World Health Organization, CEO and president of the former Samueli Institute and director of the medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Applying whole system science, Jonas developed the view of a patient as a veritable ecosystem. “We are more like a garden to be cultivated than a car to be fixed. Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us—body, behavior, social and spirit— making us more whole,” says Jonas. His broader approach for healing now includes the impacts of beauty, order, an optimal healing environment, connecting with nature, elements that induce an individual’s greatest meaning response, nourishment of the spiritual self, making time for joy, the roles of love and the physical presence of loved ones and a

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Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us—body, behavior, social and spirit—making us more whole. ~Wayne Jonas supportive social network, as well as the energetic contributions of other social interactions and emotional dimensions. For nearly 40 years, James Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, has been conducting research in physiology and the biophysics of energy medicines worldwide, including at Cambridge University, in England, and Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. “Medical doctors are unaware of the body’s energy field because they aren’t taught anything about it or physics in medical school. Although the vast majority believe there is no science behind energy medicine or any that proves the body even has an energy field, it is real and has been measured,” says Oschman. He’s passionate about including energy medicine in healing, and says, “To understand the human body, health and healing, you have to look at all dimensions without any exclusions. No aspect of science, medicine or life should be left out. All medical interventions and everything you do to the body involves energy. An awareness of this can fully transform any medical approach.” Jonas experienced the energetic dimension of healing when his wife, Susan, was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Although skeptical, he tried the process of laying his hands on her while imagining a soft, white light filled with love being transmitted through the top of his head, down through his hands and into her body. “I knew of the dozens of experiments done at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. When meditating individuals put their hands around test tubes containing immune cells, the amount of infrared radiation emanating from their hands increased, which stimulated the immune cells to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy-producing molecule found in all cells. After this exposure, those cells survived better when hit with stresses such as heat and chemical shocks,” says Jonas. “Susan said that she could feel something and fell asleep. The next day, she felt less fatigued, slept less and was more active. From then on, I cut back on travel and made sure my body—in all its physical, social and emotional dimensions—was around,” says Jonas. To help patients and doctors expand their own perspectives, Jonas has developed a healing-oriented practices and environments (HOPE) consultation protocol ( resources). It includes questions a doctor or patient can use to spark pivotal lifestyle changes that cover optimal healing dimensions—inner, interpersonal, behavioral and external—to evaluate measures that facilitate or hamper healing. Sincerely responding to the answers shows results. “With chronic diseases, it can almost always enhance wellness and well-being, and improve function, whether the disease is cured or not,” says Jonas.

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Looking for Evidence of Eternity An Interview with Mark Anthony by Linda Sechrist


ark Anthony, the “psychic lawyer”, is a well-known, fourthgeneration psychic medium, attorney, paranormal expert and bestselling author. He makes a strong closing argument in his book, Evidence of Eternity: Communicating with Spirits for Proof of the Afterlife, for quantum science that makes it possible for deceased loved ones to communicate from the afterlife. On August 28 at 7 p.m., Anthony will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit at the East West Bookshop, in Seattle. He will also be speaking at The International Association of Near Death Studies (IANDS) Conference, in Bellevue on August 30 and 31.

What science is there for explaining after-life communication? According to Dr. Jeffrey Long, founder of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation, the largest database of neardeath experiences in the world, the conclusions of near-death experience studies is that consciousness survives physical death. What we are continues to exist independently of our physical body. Today’s studies regarding the survival of consciousness are a scientific effort to answer the question of what happens when we die. Unfortunately, our ability to perceive is extremely limited while we are in physical form and we are trying to understand the infinite from a finite perspective. I believe that light represents a human’s perception of what can only be described as the spiritual energy of God and that we are all cells in the infinite body

of God. Matter is energy. Energy is light. We are energetic light beings temporarily housed in bodies. In the form we are in, it is not possible to fully comprehend what the other side is truly like. We aren’t equipped to receive information in the form of energy from beings that are completely energy. It’s like an old dial-up modem on a computer that is trying to receive energetic transmissions that are faster than a higher-speed Internet.

The terms psychic and medium are often used interchangeably. Is there a difference? Both of these abilities refer to a person who is sensitive to frequencies. Psychics are sensitive to the energy of a person, place or thing. They align their brainwave frequency with energy that transcends our concept of time. Mediums perceive the energy of spirits. It appears that all mediums have psychic ability, but not all psychics have mediumistic ability. It doesn’t mean one gift is superior to the other—just different. While psychics and mediums are sensitive to frequency, they simply tune into different stations. This can be compared to the difference between AM radio and FM radio.

How do you prepare yourself to be a clear vessel for inter-dimensional communication? I don’t drink, smoke or do recreational drugs. I try to exercise at least four days a week, eat a healthy diet, pray and meditate daily. I do have a weakness for dark chocolate. I believe that sugar and high-fructose corn syrup dull and lower brainwave frequency, which is something I can’t afford

On August 28 at 7 p.m., Anthony will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit at the East West Bookshop, in Seattle. He will also be speaking at The International Association of Near Death Studies (IANDS) Conference, in Bellevue on August 30 and 31. because being a medium demands a lot of energy, especially during gallery readings.

What do situational awareness and spiritual situational awareness mean? The messages transmitted by God and from the Other Side are all around us—if we are listening. Spiritual situational awareness is the perception of what is happening around you spiritually. It involves being open to contact from spirits. This type of awareness is highly beneficial because it can alter the course of your life. The challenge is recognizing the contact, accepting its reality and trusting its guidance. Fortunately, my parents taught me about spiritual situational awareness. Both of them had psychic abilities and could perceive spirits. From a young age, I was trained to pay attention to the seen and unseen worlds around me. Situational awareness is the perception of what is happening around you in all directions at any given moment. This perception provides guidance for what course of action to take next. This is a skill that is highly valued by police officers, firefighters, paramedics and members of the military because it provides the ability to make snap judgments which save lives. East West Bookshop event: Admission is $40/advance, $50/door. Location: 6407 12th Ave. N.E., Seattle. For tickets, call 206-5233726 or visit IANDS Conference: Pricing varies. Location: The Hilton Bellevue, 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. For tickets, call 919-383-7940 or visit See ad, page 2. August 2018


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More Happiness by Deborah Shouse

Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence.


or a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the wonders of their children instead of endless daily tasks. It begins with each child feeling loved.

Learn Love Languages

For Gary Chapman, Ph. D., author of The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, understanding each child’s particular needs for touch, affirming words, quality time, gifts or acts of service is foundational to parenting success. “Other than security, a child’s deepest need is to feel loved,” says Chapman, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “If their love tank is full, children grow up emotionally healthy. Knowing a child’s preferred language helps parents effectively communicate their feelings. The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ It’s, ‘Do your children feel loved?’” As Chapman arrives home, his son rushes to hug him, grinning while his dad tousles his hair. Chapman’s daughter often 16


calls out, “Dad, come into my room. I want to show you something.” This is how he communicates with each child in their primary love language. Parents learn their children’s preferred communication style by observing their behavior, noticing how they express love and listening to them. They can also offer options and track results. For example: n Would you like to take the dog to the park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

Avoid Unreal Idealizing

Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.

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Focus on the Good

When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.

Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power

of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a low-key way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

Elect De-Stress Over Distress

Everyone can sometimes become overscheduled and overwhelmed; a balance between scheduled time and downtime is necessary to well-being. In her daily checkin, Dornfest confers with herself and her husband, inquiring, “How are things going? Are they too hectic? Is our schedule energizing or draining?” She advises, “When I feel like I’m riding a runaway train, I slow down. There seem to be so many ‘shoulds’ in parenting; we instead need to discover what our family loves.” Before enlisting a child for an activity, Dornfest suggests we ask why it’s important: Are you making up for your own missed opportunities as a child? Are you worried your child will miss out? Do you equate these lessons with being a good and caring parent? Parenting is more than checking off lists and tasks. It’s about being connected with children. Build in playtime, roughhousing, chase each other around the yard, toss balloons or balls together, blow bubbles and welcome opportunities for laughter.

Soothing Quiet Time

Children that act out or withdraw may not have enough downtime. Take the kids outside to play. “Nature is very soothing,” says Muse. “Climb

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ncorporating love throughout the day keeps a child’s tank full. Consider these tips from love languages expert Gary Chapman.

Physical Touch – Get Close ¤ Greet the child with a hug ¤ Stroke their hair while they talk about a challenging day ¤ Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words ¤ Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box ¤ Appreciate something the child did or said ¤ Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention ¤ Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion ¤ Schedule a date with each child ¤ Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love ¤ Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together ¤ Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions ¤ Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

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Know the Power of Space

Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She observes, “As you decrease the quantity of toys and clutter, you increase the child’s attention and capacity for deep play.”

Build Resilience

Simplifying parenting means releasing the notion that children must be happy, wellbehaved and delighted with life and their parents at all times. Unell used the daily multitasking challenges with her twins as exercises in developing resilience and modeling these skills for them. If children spill milk, the parent comments, “No big deal. We all spill things.” When there’s a minor accident, “Let’s just get towels and clean it up.” A resilient attitude is, “Something goes wrong, we fix it.” It’s also about being flexible and coping with disappointment. “To build resilience, parents need to feel comfortable in the presence of an unhappy child,” says Stiffelman. “If parents don’t allow children to be disappointed, kids can become rigid, lack confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not the time to lecture

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or advise,” she says. “Upset children can’t really listen.” Yet, they can be heard—a key way to help them mature. Parents that learn to simplify happily discover that their children feel calmer and more loved, socially and emotionally adept, and resilient. Concepts focused on creating connections, rather than parenting perfection, are easy to weave into everyday life. Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, dementia advocate, parent and grandmother. She’s also the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together (

True Happy Meals

When there’s a little time and energy, use these ideas to connect. ¤ Start by smiling upon seeing the kids. ¤ Throw together an impromptu picnic and eat on the living room floor, in the yard or at the park. ¤ Ask the kids to read aloud while parents cook. ¤ Balance a soft item on a spoon held between the teeth and stage a fun race. ¤ While cooking, keep kids busy preparing a restaurant-style menu, a place setting with utensils wrapped in paper napkins and a way to take orders. ¤ Put on aprons and whip up homemade pizza, cupcakes or something unusual, like BLT pancake sandwiches. ¤ Buy write-on, wipe-off place mats and have kids doodle while they wait to eat. ¤ Dress up for dinner. Wear old Halloween costumes, put clothes on backwards or eat in pajamas. ¤ Share thanks. Everyone shares one thing they are grateful for. Source: Adapted from 101 Fun Things To Do With Kids To Enjoy Everyday Family Life, by Sumitha Bhandarkar


ing trees, searching for rocks and pine cones, playing with dirt, sticks, water and leaves all offer healing down time.” To escape from worries and distractions, Stiffelman suggests three or four minutes of meditation or simply designated quiet time. For little ones, lay a stuffed teddy bear on the child’s tummy and have them notice how the animal is moving. A parent and child can also be aware of the sounds they are hearing, plus incorporate a little mindful breathing into the bedtime ritual.

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August 2018


Natural Immune Boosters for Kids

How to Power Up Their Defenses by Marlaina Donato


trong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune response to whatever a person encounters.

Kid-Friendly Foods Organic strawberries, brightly colored peppers, vitamin D-rich eggs or almond trail

mix can turn a child’s brown bag lunch into an immune-boosting power meal. “Diet is one of the main pillars for children’s health. I teach parents and kids that food can be fun, and not to be obsessed with counting calories or portions,” says Dr. Alina Olteanu, a holistic pediatrician in Dallas, Texas. “I recommend an antiinflammatory diet based on lots of colorful vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats like fish, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut,

Germs Can Be Helpful Research from Professor Linda Harrison, of Charles Sturt University, in Australia, reveals that children that are exposed to other children in a daycare or school environment at an early age develop stronger immunity, even though they might sometimes get sick at the outset. According to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, daycare kids have a decreased risk 20


of developing asthma and allergies later in life. Children also benefit from getting their hands into microbe-rich soil, say Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers in a study published in Science. While germs can help kids build stronger immunity, common good habits like regular hand-washing curb the spread of viruses.

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pickled vegetables and kimchi supports a healthy microbiome.” Adequate protein supports healthy im munity, as does reducing inflammatory foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), caramel color, sodium nitrite, food dyes and chemical preservatives. Such measures help reduce the burden on a child’s immune system. According to Naturopathic Doctor Sarah Anne Rothman, of Thyme Integrative Health, in Pacifica, California, limiting or eliminating processed sugar is also recommended; studies by Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, show that sugar consumption suppresses immune response for five hours. Olteanu notes, “Desserts can be fruits and a small amount of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and actually healthy.” Her favorite sweetener for kids older than 1 year is raw honey; however, she cautions against giving honey to infants during their first year.

Exercise and Herbal Allies Exercise has been shown to increase blood and lymphatic circulation and in turn, helps move antibodies through the system and do a better job at fighting invaders, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Exercise is also a renowned stress-reliever, especially outdoors, which manifests the bonus of vitamin D fortification from healthy sun exposure. “I strongly encourage all my patients to spend at least an hour a day playing outside,” says Olteanu. Childhood stress is a real factor that can weaken immunity, yet juvenile anxieties may be dismissed or go unnoticed by adults. Caffeine-free herbal teas and glycerin-based tinctures such as chamomile, lemon balm, passionflower and lavender can be reliable double-duty

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allies for children, calming them while also promoting immune response. Essential oils are another boon. “The benefits of using essential oils on children are immense. Many oils are safe for all age groups and can elevate mood, induce relaxation and boost natural defenses,” says holistic nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist Patricia Springer, in Mason, Ohio. Springer recommends diffusing organic lemon or orange essential oil for 30 minutes two to three times a day in the house or applying one to two drops on a cotton ball and inhaling. Adding a few drops of Roman chamomile or lavender essential oil to Epson or sea salt makes a calming, immuneboosting bath.

Homeopathy Homeopathy is a system of natural healing to which kids often respond positively. There are well-known over-the-counter remedies that treat acute conditions without side effects, but certified classical homeopath Julia Eastman, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida, recommends a more thorough approach. “Homeopathy can be life-changing, but it’s a system based upon the unique physical, emotional and energetic constitution of the individual. Going to a board-certified classical homeopath is the ideal route, because they can profile the child’s complete constitution, including patterns of illness and personality for the best possible result.” Treating children’s illness homeopathically when symptoms arise without taking the big picture into account can sometimes cause more harm than good. “Homeopathic remedies are not preventive medicine unto themselves, but using them constitutionally can help to improve overall health, immunity included,” says Eastman, who has witnessed dangerously high fevers in infants relieved within minutes when whole-care homeopathy has been applied. Health is wealth, and fortifying the next generation benefits us all. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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August 2018



Empowering Ourselves

Movement and Dance Bring Emotional Awareness and Release by Barbara Barnes


ummer is here, and nicer weather encourages more time spent outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and taking a break from the daily grind by moving at a more relaxed pace. If we take a moment to think back to what we did when school was out and the whole summer was before us, we may remember playing in our neighborhoods, running to meet the ice cream truck, splashing in the sprinkler and going swimming in a backyard pool or lake. As youngsters, we didn’t repress our emotions as easily as we do now. We laughed and cried openly. We moved our bodies more easily, without a thought or care about how others perceived us. Our bodies were an important part of how we expressed ourselves emotionally. Over time, many of us began to hear more and more messages from our family members or guardians about sitting still, holding in our stomachs, not horsing around and acting appropriately. Little by little, we took on more and more self-consciousness about how we looked and moved, and gradually, we began to lose touch with one of the most natural ways of healthy emotional expression—movement. In The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo writes about a Native American story. When talking to the sick, Native American medicine men posed the question: “When was the last time you danced?” Nepo explains, “Dance is giving gesture to what we feel. While this is very obvious and basic to most children, it remains very difficult for those of us schooled to live in our heads.



“The ongoing effort to dance, to give gesture to what we feel and experience, is ultimately healing because, as riverbeds are continually shaped by the water that moves through them, living beings are continually shaped by the feelings and experiences that move through them. If there is no water moving through, the riverbed dries up and crumbles. Likewise, if there is no feeling moving through the body, the being at the center of that body will crumble.” Many of us have learned to push these natural urges of moving energy through our bodies away, resulting in stress, pressure and blocked energy. We force ourselves to be still and shun the body’s desire to move and express itself. Luckily for us, our bodies are adaptable and open to change. There are many ways to move, dance and release blocked energy: dance and movement classes, tai chi, qigong, maitri, jogging, yoga, hiking, walking or simply moving to music that we love. The options are only limited by our willingness and imagination. Releasing old energy and emotional blocks can help us access new energy. Gently listening to our bodies allows us to feel and explore, play and have fun, as energy flows in and through us. As we breathe in this releasing experience, we feel empowered, energized and alive. Barbara Barnes, BSN, RN-Retired, MA/LMHC and owner of Lotus Heart Therapy LLC, offers therapy, consultation, groups and workshops. For more information or to contact Barbara, visit

August 2018


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Gem of the Month: Quartz by Emma Day


uartz, often referred to as Rock Crystal or Master Healer, is the second most abundant mineral next to Feldspar. Found on every continent, and perhaps every country on Earth, quartz is extraordinary both metaphysically and industrially. Quartz is a defining constituent of granite and schist, and very common in sedimentary rocks like sandstone and shale. It is also a very prominent residual mineral in stream sediments and soils. In other words, quartz is everywhere. The quartz family includes but is not limited to clear quartz, rose quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst and citrine, to name the most common varieties. While these other quartz varieties display an array of colors due to various mineral inclusions, clear quartz is pure silicon dioxide. Clear quartz is one of the most multidimensional and versatile stones available for metaphysical practices. Clear quartz resonates deeply with each energy center and contains three key components, which altogether make it such a powerful multilevel healer. Programmability, amplification and memory are traits unique to clear quartz. Where most other crystals have a set of fixed properties or frequencies, 24


quartz differs. Quartz can be programmed by the focus of pure intention. When one holds clear quartz and precisely envisions or visualizes their intentions, there is the effect of amplification, which yields shockingly powerful and positive results. These amplification properties of quartz can also be used to enhance the properties and frequencies of other minerals. Since quartz has programmability, it then remembers and amplifies the intention or desire and holds the pattern, which is where the property of memory takes place. The ability of quartz to focus, amplify, store and transform energy is used throughout the world of technology in ultrasound devices, watches, clocks, microphones, radio transmitters, memory chips in computers and others. Quartz is one of only a few crystals that have piezoelectric properties, meaning it transforms mechanical energy (such as pressure) into electromagnetic energy and potential. In the 1930s, the electronics industry became dependent on quartz crystals. Unknowingly, many of

us use quartz on a regular basis. To use quartz for multilevel healing, understanding that quartz not only resonates with all chakras but also creates alignment and equal vibration throughout each energy center is crucial.

Clear quartz is one of the most multidimensional and versatile stones available for metaphysical practices. Clear quartz resonates deeply with each energy center and contains three key components, which altogether make it such a powerful multilevel healer. Use quartz for its innate properties of programmability, amplification and memory, but also use it for deep emotional purifying, cleansing and spiritual clarity. Wearing or carrying quartz is an effective way to keep alignment, intention and clarity with us always. If wearing a quartz pendant, for example, is a reminder of a goal to achieve mental clarity and level headedness, then it is doing its job. Since quartz so indiscriminately amplifies energies, one thing to keep in mind is to use clear quartz crystals to remove any psychic debris, allowing enjoyment of this special mineral to the fullest. Emma Day is a local writer and rock and mineral enthusiast currently enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America, and has been personally collecting and researching gems, jewelry and minerals for over half a decade.

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by April Thompson

s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions like installing lowflow showerheads, turning off the tap while brushing teeth and installing drought-friendly landscaping can save a householder thousands of gallons a year and big money on water bills. The Irvine, California, Wyland Foundation created the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation seven years ago to stimulate awareness and action around water waste by tapping into civic pride and a healthy sense of competition. “What we do at home has a big impact on what happens to natural resources 1,000 miles downstream,” says Steve Creech, executive director of the nonprofit, founded by marine life artist Robert Wyland to foster healthy oceans and waterways. The program pits cities against each other every April to see which one can garner the most water-saving pledges from residents. Prizes for participants include a year’s worth of utility bills paid, green home cleaning kits and low-flow shower heads. It also provides immediate feedback on rankings at MyWaterPledge. com. As of May, 616,000 participants in 4,800 towns and cities had pledged to save 3 billion gallons per year. “Many are attracted by prizes, but over time, become more interested in conservation and sustainability,” observes Creech. “Social modeling is important because people get activated when they see friends and family involved. Surveys also show that we

look to local leaders on issues like this, so it makes a difference when mayors take a stance.” Mesa, Arizona’s thirsty desert lawns and gardens suck thousands of gallons of precious water a day. Nearly 20 years ago, the city joined forces with Phoenix and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign that has become among the largest of its kind. Today, hundreds of private and public partners across North America use the Water – Use It Wisely program to turn the tide on water waste ( Creative approaches go a long way in encouraging households to save water, says Donna DiFrancesco, conservation coordinator for the city of Mesa. Its campaign newsletter speaks to 26,000 subscribers. Some 100 water-saving devices and symbols remind consumers to think about how they use water in everyday life. A traveling, 16-foot water tower made of water jugs represents the 120 gallons of water the average person uses per day in Arizona. They even challenge residents to “help your yard drink responsibly” through the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab campaign, rewriting the narrative that sustainable is synonymous with sacrifice. In its second year, more than 11,500 entrants throughout the state put their creativity to work in revamping their backyards. To promote behavior change, Creech suggests that providing justifications for each water-saving action is key. When citizens become more conscious of how they waste the most water, they are more motivated to act. Repairing toilet and pool leaks and exchanging baths for showers are common fixes. “The 40 Gallon Challenge is designed to help people find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their water use—such as a leaky faucet or a long shower—that can readily help save 40 gallons a day,” says Ellen Bauske, program coordinator for this initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of Georgia, in Griffin ( It’s designed to be flexible so states and municipalities can address the local context. “It’s been great to see the creative ways it’s been adapted; for example, one agent used the pledge as a scavenger hunt item for 4H clubs,” Bauske notes. More than 11,000 people have taken this pledge across America, potentially saving 1.9 million gallons a day. It can be difficult to measure the real water savings of such challenges, but DiFrancesco says that Mesa has seen a roughly 20 percent reduction in water use since 1999, when the local campaign began to take off. Drop by drop, small acts taken collectively by engaged citizens add up to big savings. Find water-saving tips at and Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at August 2018


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Whale Scout Fighting for the Future of Southern Resident Orcas by Stacy Lynn Gilbert


don’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t completely obsessed with whales,” says Whale Scout founder and director, Whitney Neugebauer. “Growing up, I was a Free Willy kid. That movie was a really big part of my childhood. There is just something about whales that is magical and connects people.” In 2013, Neugebauer started the local nonprofit Whale Scout to share her lifelong passion for whales, and connect with others who wanted to help keep the southern resident orcas in the Puget Sound for future generations to enjoy. After her time volunteering with The Whale Museum, in the San Juan Islands, and earning her master’s degree in marine and environmental affairs from the University of Washington, Neugebauer realized that there was a gap in the nonprofits that supported orcas in the Pacific Northwest region. “I really wanted to offer people land-based whale watching opportunities because at the time there was a lot of pressure from boat-based whale watching. I wanted to provide a win-win alternative for both the whales and the people seeking to enjoy them in the wild.”



Whale Scout partners with various local groups eight times a year to put on “Helpin’ Out” events where the public can work on restoring vital salmon habitat in smaller waterways and rivers. Whale Scout is run completely by volunteers who connect the public with trained naturalists to watch whales for free from shore, and also encourage and lead the public in habitat restoration events that are crucial to the survival of the southern resident orca’s major food source: Chinook salmon. Declines in the salmon population have been one of the contributing factors to the low population of southern resident orcas in the Salish Sea and surrounding areas. As of 2018, their numbers have dropped to a dangerously sparse 75 as they struggle to find enough nourishment to reproduce offspring. They are currently at their lowest population levels in more than 30 years. The transient orcas, which are a population of mammaleating whales, are doing well compared to their salmon-eating relatives. Their food source of seals and dolphins are plentiful, which is why their numbers are climbing compared to the resident orcas. “The resident population of whales are named, and they stay in family groups,” explains Neugebauer. “People connect to them, watch them grow up year after year, and they can recognize them. People really begin to see them as a family, and it draws a lot of parallels to our own lives. I think that is really what draws people in.” Whale Scout partners with various local groups eight times a year to put on “Helpin’ Out” events where the public can work on restoring vital salmon habitat in smaller waterways and rivers. “We do things like planting trees and taking out invasive plants. The water is often too hot for salmon because there isn’t enough shade, so we are trying to add more diversity to the vegetation surrounding our rivers and streams,” says Neugebauer. “The whales are really struggling right now, which is why investing in your local watersheds is so important.” For more information or to volunteer, email Whitney Neugebauer at or visit

attempts to remove four dams from the Columbia River Basin in order to make it easier for salmon to return and spawn in their native waters. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, here are five things we can do personally to help orcas:

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n Orcas are sensitive to noise and disturbance from boats. Instead of approaching them in personal vessels, spend a day watching them from a responsibly managed whale watching vessel, or watch them from shore. n Engage in citizen science by alerting researchers when orcas are spotted so scientists can track their travel. n Get involved in efforts to protect and restore salmon habitat in local communities.

How to Help the Southern Resident Orcas of the Salish Sea


by Stacy Lynn Gilbert

t’s a Thursday night at the Patagonia store in Ballard, and the room is packed, with standing room only. Playing on a large screen at the back of the room is Return of the King, a wildlife documentary by local filmmaker Florian Graner. Images of orca whales gliding effortlessly through the Puget Sound waters flick across the screen as the telltale “puff puff ” sound of their blowholes spraying water into the air plays over the loud speakers. Ginny Gensler, a local and avid killer whale enthusiast, tears up a bit as she watches the film whose message is clear; change our destructive ways, or lose our southern resident orcas forever. It is a hard message to hear, especially for enthusiasts who have followed the stories and lives of the southern resident orcas for decades like Gensler has. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2002, and though born in New Mexico, she says she feels like she was always meant to end up watching the waters of the Puget

Sound. The southern resident orca whales made her feel like she was truly home, as she explains that she has been following them for over the past 30 years. “Recently,” she said excitedly, “the J and L pods haven’t been seen in their normal waters, but a couple of weeks ago they showed up when I was camping in the San Juan Islands. It was the best birthday present in the world just to see them!” It is clear that many in the room share the same fondness and love for these whales that Gensler clearly feels. Hands raise at the end of the film to ask Monika Wieland Shields, co-founder of the Orca Behavior Institute, how they can personally help our unique ocean dwelling neighbors. The resident orcas survival largely depends on the future of their main food source, the Chinook salmon. Other threats to these fish-eating whales are toxic chemicals in their water, and the effects that boats and vessel noise can cause on their marine habitat. Shields discusses

n Chinook salmon are especially important to killer whale populations in the Salish Sea. Choose to eat sustainably harvested salmon and other seafood to help protect wild fish populations. n Dispose of unused medicine and chemicals properly. Never dump medicines into household toilets and sinks or outside where they can get into ditches or storm drains. Contact local household hazardous waste collection facilities that accept old or unused chemicals. For more information and to learn about volunteering, visit OrcaBehaviorInstitute. org, and

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MIGHTY MINERALS What We Need to Stay Healthy by Judith Fertig

Minerals—inorganic chemical elements or compounds that cannot be produced by the body, but occur in nature—play a key role in helping us function at our best.


ccording to the authors of Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient - Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, they are integral to our health. Joy Stephenson-Laws, the lead author and founder of the nonprofit Proactive Health Labs, in Santa Monica, California, suggests getting a full-spectrum mineral test through a healthcare provider to identify any deficiencies or imbalances. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives a broad, general Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for minerals, it’s not the most up-do-date or the most specific information according to gender, age or stage in life. The more current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) are nutrient-reference values developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies—five private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis, located in Washington, D.C., Irvine, California, and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Intended



to serve as a guide for good nutrition by covering 40-plus nutrient substances and more demographically specific than the RDA, the DRI provides a scientific basis for the development of food guidelines in the U.S. and Canada. This list of important minerals, based on the worldwide studies collected in the journal Minerals, is a good starting point. Another good reference is the extensive chart from the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences at

Our Body’s Periodic Table Sodium with Chlorine

Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: sodium combines with chlorine in salt; Himalayan sea salt also contains 84 trace elements Recommended Daily Intake: 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium





Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: bananas, dried figs, nuts, avocadoes Recommended Daily Intake: 4.7 grams (g) Why we need it: strong teeth and bones, muscle relaxation and contraction, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, fortified nut milk, dairy products, canned sardines/salmon, dried figs, oysters; plus mineral water brands labeled higher in calcium and lower in sodium, per integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil Recommended Daily Intake: 1,000 to 1,200 mg


Why we need it: joint function Food sources: fish, beef, poultry, egg yolks, beans, coconuts, bananas, garlic Recommended Daily Intake: 6 mg of sulfur-containing amino acids per pound of adult weight


Why we need it: works with calcium to build strong bones, repair cells Food sources: salmon, yogurt, turkey, lentils, almonds Recommended Daily Intake: 700 mg


Why we need it: thyroid function, healthy skin and nails Food sources: seaweed, turkey, cranberries, navy beans, iodized table salt Recommended Daily Intake: 150 mcg Why we need it: lowering cancer risk Food sources: Brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, turkey Recommended Daily Intake: 55 mcg


Why we need it: facilitates production of natural enzymes Food sources: lima beans, cauliflower, peas, soybeans Recommended Daily Intake: 45 mcg


Why we need it: reduces insulin resistance, helps lower cholesterol Food sources: lean meats, whole grains, broccoli, green beans Recommended Daily Intake: 25 mcg for adult females, 35 mcg for adult males We require macrominerals—those we need in larger amounts—as well as microminerals—those necessary in trace amounts. For a good overview from the Harvard University Medical School, visit Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Why we need it: strong bones, energy, mental health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and foods with fiber Recommended Daily Intake: 310 to 320 mg for adult women, 410 to 420 mg for adult men


Why we need it: helps make blood hemoglobin Food sources: breakfast cereals fortified with iron, white beans, dark chocolate, beef liver, spinach Recommended Daily Intake: 18 mg for adult women, 8 mg for adult men


Why we need it: healthy immune system Food sources: nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables Recommended Daily Intake: 11 mg


Why we need it: to ward off colds, aid sexual function Food sources: oysters, shellfish, red meat, whole grains, nuts Recommended Daily Intake: 9 mg for women, 11 mg for men

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Why we need it: facilitates enzymes action Food sources: organ meats, whole grains, shellfish, dark leafy greens Recommended Daily Intake: 900 micrograms (mcg)

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Talking to the Heart – Aug 3-6. 9am-6pm. With Etienne Peirsman. Engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak to them directly. Release blockages from the heart and heart protector. $695. 29 CEUs. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr, NE Kenmore. 425-602-3152. or

Embodied Intimacy and Sacred Openings: A Night of Metaphysical Messages – 7-9:30pm. Receive empowering, insightful, inspiring answers and exercises to your questions on embodying intimacy from powerful intuitives: Eryn DeFoort, shamanic guide, sacred sex educator; Kaye O, tantric practitioner, intuitive coach; Laureli Shimayo, eye reader, body psychology coach. All diversities welcome. Free panel. Uplift Yourself, 2027 152nd Ave NE, Ste 100, Redmond. events/470214850106881.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Shakespeare on the Farm: King Lear – 4-5pm. It’s finally summer, which means it’s time for Shakespeare on the Farm! Local theater troupe, Last Leaf Productions, will perform Shakespeare’s tragic play, King Lear. 21 Acres Farm, 13701 NE 171st St, Woodinville. 425-481-1500.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 Read the Soul in Your Eyes to Thrive – 7-8:30pm. Join Laureli Shimayo, intuitive eye reader, to learn how she intuitively reads eyes so you thrive in leadership, life and love. Discover the ThriveTypes archetypes; take a deep dive into the 7 Talents; their gifts and lessons and how to read them. $15. East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle. 206523-3726.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Cooking Class: Patio Dinner Party – 6-8:30pm. Join Chef Lisa Crawford in this hands-on class to prepare and enjoy a menu that can be easily sourced



from your favorite farmers’ market. Menu: Ricotta Dumplings with Summer Vegetable Broth, Grilled Chicken & Cherry Tomato Skewers, Zucchini Noodles with Basil-Hazelnut Pesto and a seasonal Clafoutis. $69. 21 Acres Farm, 13701 NE 171st St, Woodinville. 425-481-1500.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 The Kind Fest – 10am-4pm. A grassroots festival that brings together more than 75 collective businesses, artists, musicians, organizations and kindness champions to demonstrate the lasting impact that acts of kindness can have on each other, our planet, and individually. Free entry. Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Dr, Snohomish. CHOMP! – 10am-6pm. CHOMP! is a new kind of County Fair at King County’s Marymoor Park with local food, live music, green living workshops and activities for the whole family. Free entry. 6046

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Metaphysical Empowerment and Wellness Fair – Noon-8pm. Intuitive panel of 25 readers, healers and vendors. Enjoy oracle, psychic, pet, tarot, eye, chakra, akashic and astrology readings; dowsing, reiki, heart, craniosacral, ayurvedic and energy healing; essential oils, crystals and more. Free panel. Uplift Yourself, 2027 152nd Ave NE, Ste 100, Redmond. 720-352-2434. events/276384769770125.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 Let’s Color! An Adult Coloring Book Meetup – 5:30-7:30pm. Curious about the recent trend in stress reduction, color for adults? Drop in on this group in the dining area of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. BYOB+C (books, and colored pencils). Find them at the table with the pink table-

cloth and tall glass centerpiece. Free to the public. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Seattle.

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An Evening of Spirit Communication – 7-8:30pm. Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer, Psychic Explorer, will connect random audience members with their loved ones on the other side. $50/door. East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726. MarkAnthony2018.

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2018 International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) Conference – Aug 30-Sept 2. The aftereffects of a near-death experience or spiritually transformative experience often prove to be the initiation of profound changes. We seek to provide a deeper understanding of these gifts, which allow all to live life with love, hope, joy, compassion, awareness and connection to others. Bellevue Hilton Hotel, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue. 919-383-7940. Cost/tickets: May the Force Be With You: Near-Death Experience and Interdimensional Communication – 1:45pm. This entertaining, educational and uplifting presentation by Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer, author of the bestselling books Evidence of Eternity and Never Letting Go, is for anyone who has wondered if there truly is life beyond physical death. Bellevue Hilton Hotel, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue. 919-383-7940. Cost/tickets:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 Brain I – Aug 31-Sept 1. 9am-6pm. With Etienne Peirsman. Harmonize the symmetry of the brain so all parts can integrate. Use neural stem cells to repair damaged areas. $695. 29 CEUs. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. 425-602-3152. or An Evening of Spirit Communication – 7-8:30pm. Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer, Psychic Explorer, will connect random audience members with their loved ones on the other side. See website for pricing and tickets. Bellevue Hilton Hotel, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue. 919-383-7940. Cost/tickets:

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