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Our BerkshireGreen

Your Holistic/Green Resource

The Winds of Change... Green Living ● Holistic Health ● Contests


june 26 – sept 5

james levine music director

green initiative

Tanglewood is pleased to implement the following recycling and eco-friendly efforts:

• program book re-use – Patrons will have the option to return their unwanted, clean program books to an usher, program book holder, or program book bins.

• recycling materials – Recycling receptacles will be available throughout the grounds for processing appropriate materials.

888-266-1200 tanglewood.org The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is proud to support Tanglewood and its education initiatives for Massachusetts students.

• farm-to-table initiative – Protecting our

environment by featuring locally sourced produce, cheeses and meats.

• hybrid vehicle parking – Reserved parking

spaces will be available at selected lots on the Tanglewood grounds as a thank-you for helping our environment.

With your help, we can make Tanglewood even more green!


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CONTENTS

June - August 2010

departments 4 letter from the publisher 5

getting to know us

features

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directory of categories

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homeopathy and your pet

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our contributors

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resource guide Berkshire County & the surrounding area

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healthy movement

Enhance your pet’s well-being through homeopathy

Rhythmic movement can be key to a healthy mind

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talk for success

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building green in the berkshires

35 film & book reviews

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barefoot and potent

36 in business: greening up! Spotlight on green & holistic businesses in our community

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spiritual practices, healing, and health outcomes

38 lifestyles & perspectives Personal experience of green & holistic living in our community

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16 calendar of events 16 contests 21 good tidings Encouraging news from our community

42 nonprofit organizations Spotlight on nonprofit organizations in our community 47 index of advertisers

How public speaking can help you thrive professionally Energy savings with insulating concrete forms

Harmonize and rediscover life force by walking barefoot

Getting to the soul of the matter

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green before their time Stockbridge Bowl Association

pesticides in our community

The silent invaders

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hen the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills. ~ Chinese proverb

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his issue is dedicated in loving memory to my mother, Irene E. Baird, June 12, 1928 - May 11, 2010.

The Winds of Change

~ Kathy I. Regan, Publisher

cover illustration by scott harrington email: scottharringt10@hotmail.com website: www.flickr.com/photos/scottharrington www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Letter from the Publisher

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ear Reader, welcome to the summer issue of Our BerkshireGreen™. In our April 2009 premier issue, I told you about how we got started and about our future goals and plans. A little more than one year later I am so pleased to say that, thanks to your support, we have not only met but surpassed our expectations. Our mission remains the same, however: to create an ever-expanding, unified network of holistic and environmentally conscious individuals, businesses, organizations, and services in our community through our resource guide, monthly networking events, and online services. Our full-color, quarterly resource guide/magazine is free to the public and distributed throughout Berkshire County and the surrounding area and online every March (mind & spirit special edition), June, September, and December. The guide is supported by your advertising and sponsorship dollars―a 1/12-page display advertisement costs as little as $5.33 per week per three-month issue, and comes with many additional benefits. One such perk is the opportunity to speak at our popular monthly networking events held at fine locations throughout the county, and publicized by press releases to the local papers and eblasts to our extensive mailing list. There is no admission charge or reservation required, and you will find great company, delicious free appetizers, a cash bar, and a place to display your advertising material. If you would like to attend one of these events, please join our confidential mailing list on our website. One thing you may not know about our publication is that 98 percent of the editorial content (including our In Business and Lifestyles & Perspectives Departments) and a portion of the illustrations in each issue are contributed in full by you . . . Our BerkshireGreen truly is the voice of our community. I encourage you to submit original material for consideration through our website at OurBerkshire Green.com. You will find complete instructions on our online digital form. If you have questions, feel free to contact me or one of our sales representatives at right. If you have not yet checked out our recently launched online events calendar at OurBerkshireCalendar.com, do so today. Enjoy finding out what’s going on around town, and take advantage of this confidential free service to upload and publicize your events. It’s easy to do, and you don’t have to be green, holistic, or a computer expert to use it; simply register, fill out your event information, and post! Look for our free online bulletin board, directory, and library in the months ahead. Best wishes. and daughter Brianna Note: This issue is printed with soy-based ink on paper that is Forest Council (FSC: fsc. org) certified to have been made from trees grown and harvested in a responsible manner. Our paper also contains a full 30 percent post-consumer recycled wastepaper.

™ is accepted in good faith. The publisher asSpecial Note: All content in Our BerkshireGreen™ sumes no responsibility or liability for any claims, conditions, products, services, errors, and/or opinions expressed through the articles, illustrations, and advertisements appearing in this publication. We do not advocate or recommend any particular medical treatment. Every effort is made to avoid errors and misspellings; however, if you spot an error please accept our apologies. We welcome your ideas, articles, and feedback so that we can give you the best service possible. We reserve the right to refuse advertising for any reason. Liability is limited to the cost of the ad space in which it first appeared for printed errors of the publisher’s responsibility or if the publisher fails to print an ad or article for any reason. Unless otherwise noted, we use a Creative Commons License (in place of a standard copyright), which allows anyone to freely copy, distribute, and transmit all content, although it must be attributed in the manner specified by the author or licensor, and no one may use it for commercial purposes or alter, transform, or build upon it.

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Our BerkshireGreen™ Resource Guide is a quarterly, free publication which can be found at many locations (see our website). For $24 per year you can order a subscription for convenience (4 issues) through our website or you can send your name, mailing address, and a check for $24 to Our BerkshireGreen, Inc., P.O. Box 133, Housatonic, MA 01236. If you would like an evite to our monthly networking events, please send us your email address.

contact us Editorial submissions should now be uploaded through our website only. For questions and advertising submissions, contact our main office below, or our sales representatives on the facing page.

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Cover Illustration by Scott Harrington Scott has always been interested in creating artwork and working with his hands. His father, an avid outdoorsman, is a major influence in his appreciation for nature and being outside. Yoga and ecology are also part of his life, as is evident in his brightly colored, deeply spiritual, and nature-centered artwork. Scott’s mission as an artist is to bring about a refreshing appreciation for nature and for the lessons that can be learned by simply being still (meditation), like a turtle. Scott, a longtime Berkshire resident, currently works at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as a massage therapist and owns and operates a small home and yard care service in Lenox, MA. This spring he moved to a new home studio/gallery, located in Lenox Center, where you can meet him (by appointment) and view his artwork. For more information, www.flickr. com/photos/scottharrington, scottharringt10@ hotmail.com or (413) 348-4505.


Getting to Know Us Thea Basis

Independent Sales Representative

Patty Strauch

Independent Sales Representative & Event Planner Patty was born and raised in Allendale, New Jersey, and spent 25 years in the corporate legal field. In 2004, she and her songwriter husband, Bruce Mandel, moved to the Berkshires, married, and settled in Otis. Patty has a strong sense of community and also performs with Stockbridge Festival Chorus and Berkshire Bach. (413) 2696119, patty@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Born and raised in New York City, Thea earned a BS in Holistic Health from Empire State College. In 1993, she came to the Berkshires, working for many years as an intuitive counselor at Canyon Ranch, and created a Wellness Program at Berkshire Medical Center. Thea is a certified personal trainer and teaches meditation. (413) 5288084, thea@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Sheri Ann Biasin

Independent Sales Representative

Andrea Feldman

e-Newsletter Design and Marketing Consultant

Sheri Ann Biasin is a lifelong resident of Berkshire County and has a BS in Psychology and currently lives in Cheshire. Her extensive sales experience spans over 25 years. Sheri prides herself on excellent customer service and prompt responsiveness to the customer’s needs. She has three children, Jacob, Justin, and Ty. (413) 822-2070, sheri@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Christine Dupre

Independent Graphic Design for Advertisements Christine has been a resident of the Berkshires for 22 years, and a professional graphic designer for the past 20 years. She is a veteran of the armed forces (US Army - six years). Her award-winning designs have been a constant presence in the Berkshires. In addition to graphic design her passions include gardening and landscaping. christine@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Elisa Jones

Independent Graphic Design for Advertisements Elisa is a 2003 graduate of Bridgewater State College earning a BA in Art and a Concentration in Graphic Design. She began freelancing after graduation and then in 2008 she started her own design business, Berkshire Design Studio. Elisa, her husband John, son Keaton, and kitty Willa, reside in southern Berkshire County. (413) 8542608, elisa@OurBerkshireGreen.com

A native New Yorker, Andrea relocated to the Berkshires in 1997 to become a macrobiotic chef. Her varied professional skills include organizing, consulting, designing, and writing. She helps small-business owners to clarify and implement their marketing strategies. (413) 655-7766, andrea@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Kathy Adams

Independent Graphic Design for Advertisements A Berkshire native, Kathy trained in graphic design at California College of Arts in San Francisco and in English at UMass. Having worked as a toy package designer, costumer, and food writer, she's now an independent graphic designer and writer. She lives and gardens in Otis with musician husband Pete and their son, James. katharine@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Rodelinde Albrecht

Copy Editing/Proofreading Born in Salzburg, Austria, Rodelinde lived in Rhode Island, New York City, and northern California before landing in the Berkshires. She is director of Concerned Singles as well as a freelance editor, graphic designer, translator, publishing consultant, figure model, actor, and videographer. In her spare time, she writes, sings, and sculpts. (413) 243-4350, rodelinde@OurBerkshireGreen.com www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Directory of Categories

Health Care: continued Dentistry ......................................................30 Energy Medicine ........................................30 Homeopathy ...............................................30 Life Coach ...................................................30 Massage Therapy & Bodywork .................31 Alternative Energy ..................................................8

Neuromuscular Therapy ..........................31

Animal Products & Services ...............................10

Nutrition & Supplements .........................32

Apothecaries ..........................................................12

Osteopathic Medicine ..............................32

Art & Music ...........................................................12

Physical Therapy ........................................33

Babies & Children ................................................13

Reconnective Healing®...............................33

Boutiques ............................................................14

Reflexology ..................................................33

Business Services ..................................................14

Reiki ..............................................................33

Calendar of Events ..............................................16

Trager® Approach ......................................33

Contests .................................................................16

Wellness Centers & Spas ...........................33

Dance, Exercise & Fitness ..................................16

Yoga .............................................................34

Education & Training ..........................................18

Home & Garden ................................................34

Environmental/Conservation Organizations .....18

Feng Shui......................................................35

Farmers’ Markets ..................................................18

In Business: Greening Up! ...............................36

Food & Cooking ...................................................19

Lifestyles & Perspectives ..................................38

Food Stores: Co-ops, Markets & Health .........................19

Love & Laughter are the Best Medicine .........39

Good Tidings ..................................................................21

Mind & Spirit ......................................................39

Green Building, Renovation & Landscape Design ...22

Nonprofit Organizations ................................42

Health & Beauty ...................................................25 Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative......25

Restaurants & Cafes ...........................................44

Acupuncture .................................................28

Friends of Our BerkshireGreen ......................44

Biofeedback ..................................................28

Index of Resource Guide Advertisers .............47

Chiropractic & Kinesiology .........................29

Event Sponsors ..................................................48

Counseling & Therapy .................................29

Magazine Sponsors .....................Inside Back Cover

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Our Contributors Kristina Dow

Owner of BensDotter’s Pet in Sheffield Kristina “Tina” Dow is a retired college administrator, former veterinary assistant, and self-described Born-Again Raw-Feeder. Tina’s shop, BensDotter’s Pet, which can be found in Sheffield, Massachusetts, specializes in raw food diets. Visit her website at bensdotters.com.

Susan Jameson

Co-Director of Healing Winds Susan is the Co-Director of Healing Winds, Humanity in Concert, and the Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow. She is a dancer, healer, and passionate metaphysician committed to her lifelong work in the fields of energy, consciousness, and spiritual development. She is on the board of the Women’s Interfaith Institute of the Berkshires. HumanityInCon cert@earthlink.net, HealingWinds.net

Randal Williams Yoga Educator

Randal Williams, MA, E-RYT, has served as a director of Kripalu’s Yoga Teacher Training program and Professor of Yoga Philosophy and Practice. His vision for teaching yoga is to keep it simple and cultivate awareness of authentic inner rhythms. His wisdom comes from an appreciation of nature. Randal offers guided retreats and mindfulness-based skill development. RandalWilliams.com

Cris Raymond

On behalf of the Stockbridge Bowl Association The Stockbridge Bowl Association was founded in l947 by a group of Stockbridge citizens to assist in protecting the natural beauty of the Stockbridge Bowl area and to promote the common interests of the public especially in maintaining the beauty and healthfulness of the area, to aid in protecting the wild life of this region, and to set standards that may aid the general cause of conservation. thesba.org

Millie Calesky

Business and Life Coach Coach Millie has provided her clients and audiences with the tools, support, and structure they need to achieve their goals since 1998. She is a certified coach who trained at Coach University, a graduate of McGill University, and a registered nurse. She is the author of Tools for Success in Your Holistic Practice. milliecalesky.com

Patrick Harris Coleman

Student at the University of MA Amherst Patrick was born in northern California, and has been living in the Berkshires since 1994. He has participated in the green construction industry for several years as a builder and marketer with GreenCore Builders. He is currently a full-time student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studies philosophy, politics, and history. BuildHealthyHomes.com

Mark C. Pettus, MD, FACP

Board Certified Internist & Nephrologist, Author Dr. Pettus has been practicing for over 20 years. He received his AB from Boston University and MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His postdoctoral training was at Harvard Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and is a faculty member of the What Is Wellness Program in Great Barrington. wellnessintegral.org.

Jamie Cahillane

Director of Recycling & Manager of Waste Reduction, CET Jamie works with the Center for Ecological Technology (CET), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. He provides technical assistance to towns, schools, and businesses and is manager of the Southern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District and coordinator of the 16-town South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative. (413) 445-4556 x14, JamieC@cetonline.org, cetonline.org www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Animal Products & Services

Pet Partners

BENSDOTTER’S PET 413-229-2277 670 NORTH MAIN STREET (RTE 7), SHEFFIELD, MA

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“Providing care and support for our community cats.” In Our 10th Year!

They depend on us. We depend on you. • Volunteer • Donate • Adopt

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Dog & Cat Adoptions Adoption Hours Sat/Sun/Wed/Fri 10am-2pm Tues/Thurs 4-8pm Closed Monday

63 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield 413/448-9800 www.pittsfieldanimals.org

Berkshire Humane Society has opened Purradise, the Berkshire’s first Cat Adoption Center. With cats to adopt, a unique Gift Boutique, a Food Bank, Outreach programs and Fundraising activities, it’s the cat’s meow for our business community. Purradise gives everyone new reasons to purr.

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Contest #1

ind this image in one of our advertiser’s ads. If you are the first caller to call (413) 274-1122 on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 12:00 noon with the correct answer, you will win a hand-crafted copper necklace holder valued at $29.99. Contributed by Sheri Biasin, whose advertisement appears on page 12.


Homeopathy and Your Pet

Enhance Your Pet’s Well-Being through Homeopathy

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By Kristina Dow

ad I known four years ago what I know today, Tug would have seen a Certified Veterinary Homeopath the very first day I adopted the sweet old tomcat at age 14. His chronic disease was evident at the time, but conventional veterinary treatments seemed to be managing it pretty well. Then, at age 17, Tug’s chronic disease became a life-threatening crisis, and an alternative-minded conventional veterinarian recommended a Certified Veterinary Homeopath. In the course of our initial two-hour consult, the Certified Veterinary Homeopath told me that it was unlikely that she could actually cure Tug given his age and the level of his deepseated chronic disease. Tug simply didn’t have enough time left for the extended treatment that would be required to undo the years and years of chronic disease. The best she could promise was to make him comfortable for whatever time remained. After seven weeks of refusing to eat without assistance, Tug began eating on his own a mere six hours after I administered the remedy that the Certified Veterinary Homeopath had prescribed. Thirty-six hours after implementing her nutritional advice, Tug’s seven-week battle with raging diarrhea abruptly ended, and his stools returned to normal. But I should have seen her sooner, much sooner, years sooner. Tug died just a few days shy of his eighteenth birthday. I write this article in loving memory of Tug, and with the hope that it might inspire others to do what I failed to do, to avail themselves of the powers of veterinary homeopathy sooner rather than later. Similia Similibus Curentur . . . Let Likes Be Cured by Likes - While there are many differences in the approaches of conventional (allopathic) and homeopathic veterinarians in the treatment of their patients, the most distinct difference between the two is simply the medicines they use. Homeopaths use substances that produce similar (homeo) symptoms in a healthy subject. Allopaths use substances that produce other (allo) symptoms in a healthy subject. Homeopaths do not use suppressive (antipathic) substances. Allopaths do. In their Textbook of Veterinary Homeopathy, Saxton and Gregory give us these examples: The treatment of diarrhea with a constipating agent is antipathic. The use of antibiotics is allopathic. The use of arsenic [in therapeutic dilution] is homeopathic. Much of conventional veterinary medicine is suppressive, eliminating the symptoms of a disease state, but not eliminating the disease state itself. With suppression and without cure, the disease state becomes chronic. It festers and drives deeper. Eczema becomes asthma becomes emphysema. Homeopathy takes the flow of the disease state and tickles the body, the mind, and the vital force of the total being into self-healing. In the case of deep-seated chronic disease, symptoms and remedies change as the layers of the disease state fall away gently, slowly, and curatively. Working with a Certified Veterinary Homeopath - A Certified Veterinary Homeopath is devoted not only to veterinary medicine but to a particularly complex specialty. As with any medical specialty, it takes years of dedicated study and

practice, but it also requires the development of a very special intuitive understanding of our pet’s behavior as it relates to health and well-being. In working with a Certified Veterinary Homeopath, you and your pet do not relinquish your relationship with your veterinary allopath. You still need your veterinary allopath to perform tests, procedures, surgeries, and after-hours emergency care, which your Certified Veterinary Homeopath may not be set up to provide. But as you work with your veterinary allopath, always remember that it is not advisable to combine allopathic treatments (or flower essences or herbal extracts) with homeopathic remedies without first checking with your Certified Veterinary Homeopath. Life-threatening after-hours emergency treatments may, of course, need to be the exception. Do not be discouraged if the nearest Certified Veterinary Homeopath is located at some distance away. After the initial office consult, most of your consults will be by telephone, and remedies will arrive by mail. You will likely find consults with your Certified Veterinary Homeopath to be as much a therapeutic experience for you as for your pet. Your observations of the nuances of your pet’s condition and behavior are important to a Certified Veterinary Homeopath. You are an integral part of the process. Also, do not be discouraged when you hear the hourly consultation fee charged by your Certified Veterinary Homeopath. Certified Veterinary Homeopaths do not support themselves by fees from costly tests, procedures, surgeries, and the dispensing of expensive medications. They make a living by dispensing their hard-earned expertise, and their fees are modest when you compare the results. Do It Now - You should not wait until you are confronted with an acute, chronic, or life-threatening condition to consult with a Certified Veterinary Homeopath. Your Certified Veterinary Homeopath can help you make decisions about early holistic pet care including diet, nontoxic parasite and pest control, minimum vaccination protocols, and behavioral issues. Moreover, an early, ongoing relationship with a Certified Veterinary Homeopath allows for timely recognition of the need for preventive treatments and for customized constitutional remedies to mitigate the development of acute and chronic disease. A listing of Certified Veterinary Homeopaths can be found on the website of The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy at www.theavh.org. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Log on now. Call and schedule an appointment. Tell them Tug sent you. Rest in peace my sweet, sweet boy. www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Art & Music

Acoustic guitar, a keen lyrical ear, intimate and honest vocals... delight your guests with a personal and memorable musical experience. Available for house concerts and intimate gatherings. For details on booking arrangements & appearances visit: www.brucemandel.com or call 413.269.7229

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Art & Music

Douglas Flackman

FINE ART GALLERY

Babies & Children

La Leche League: Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Information and Support

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding.

MEET THE ARTIST 343 MAIN ST. GREAT BARRINGTON, MA Next to Berkshire Community College

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LLL of South Berkshire County meets monthly, and both nursing and expectant mothers are welcome. Join us the 3rd Monday of the month at 10am, downstairs in the Mason Library on Main Street in Great Barrington. We also provide phone assistance and pre-natal breastfeeding classes. Call or visit our website for more information and a meeting schedule.

www.llleus.org/web/SouthBerkshireCoMa

Janet: 413-229-2003 • Becky: 414-528-4998 • Kate: 413-229-6016 LLL of North Berkshire meets at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Chapters Book Store, 78 North Street, Pittsfield, MA Judy 413-443-9599 • Marya 413-743-8205 • Julie 309-444-6828

Healthy Movement Makes for Healthy Mindss

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~ By Elizabeth Frishkoff, MSW, Certified HANDLE® Practitioner

t is a common understanding that the brain organizes and directs the body. The brain, a complex of neurons and synapses, is considered the master-planner, control station, coordinator of all our thoughts, actions and bodily functions. What is often overlooked is that the opposite is also true: the body organizes the brain. Every movement we make, every thing we perceive provides the brain with impulses to form and arrange itself. The brain is mostly created, one could say, out of responses to stimulation. Large areas of the brain are made up of webs of nerve connections that develop in reaction to impulses from our senses. What is most helpful, most organizing to the brain is rhythmic, predictable movement and stimulation. Erratic, irregular actions and sense impressions are disorganizing. When the senses are overly keen or dull, the information that is sent to the brain generally is irregular or incoherent. This is one of the fundamental reasons why exposure to audio-visual media–especially computer-generated images and sounds–is so disruptive to healthy development. Too much stimulation of one or two senses (too loud, bright, long, fast, etc.) causes tension and stress, which can lead to sensory systems shutting down, no longer functioning properly. Predictable, rhythmic stimulation to the nerves and muscles can relieve stress and tension. Some people do this intuitively, with a daily walk or jog, others habitually by chewing gum, or sucking a thumb. It is important to stimulate the senses with natural, regular activity every day.

Our ancestors devoted much of their time to walking and other rhythmic, multisensory activities as part of their daily life and survival. Today, in our modern society, many people still find it very soothing and satisfying to engage in consistent, predictable activities such as chopping and stacking wood, cooking, playing a musical instrument, kneading and baking bread, sweeping, biking, and swimming. In fact, many people can feel not only their body grow stronger with activity, but they also experience their brain function grow clearer and more focused. Perhaps this is why the old saying goes, “Active children are happy children.” Growing bodies and minds require days filled with meaningful, ordered, harmonious movement. Ideally, focused mental work is balanced by whole-body rhythmic activity, which in turn supports healthy functioning of the internal organs like the lungs, the heart, and the organs of digestion/ elimination. There are many movement arts that have evolved out of the knowledge of this body-mind relationship. Masters of traditional movement arts, such as yoga, tai chi, karate, massage, and others, have cultivated the ability to recognize perfect balanced, integrated movement, and can often tell what is missing when there is imbalance and disharmony. In this way, many of the movement arts can become healing arts when they are used to offer predictable, coordinated movement to organize the brain, and in turn balance the body. ~ Elizabeth Frishkoff, HANDLE of New England, efrish@sover.net, www.handle.org www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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How Public Speaking Can Help You Thrive Professionally By Millie Calesky Look at the successful business owners, leaders, and professionals in your community. What is one skill that most have in common? They’ve mastered the art of speaking in public. They know how to stand confidently before an audience and convey their thoughts in a way that is clear, interesting, and motivating. Speech is one of our most important means of self-expression. Good communication is essential for success. The more effectively you present your thoughts and the more people you can deliver them to, the greater your professional opportunities.

Some think that before they can speak in public they must first understand the source of their resistance or get to a point where they don’t feel frightened. The good news is that you don’t have to shed your fear before you get started. Being afraid can actually help you be more effective. Professionals know that fear evaporates quickly once you begin to talk. The adrenalin surge that speaking stimulates can provide a useful energy boost as you move through your presentation.

Public Speaking Will Boost Your Visibility

There are several organizations that can help you get started speaking in public. Courses are offered at local colleges. Dale Carnegie (www.dalecarnegie.com) offers a range of classes and workshops designed to help you plan and deliver speeches. You can also attend local meetings of Toastmasters, a notfor-profit organization that helps its members develop their communication and leadership skills, and offers speaking opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. There are two chapters in the Berkshires. The Last Word Toastmasters club meets from 6:30 to 8pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Meetings are held in Pittsfield at the Morningside School, 100 Burbank Street, between Second and Cherry Streets. The Southern Berkshire Toastmasters club meets from noon to 1pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meetings are held in Great Barrington at Berkshire Community College’s South County Center, 343 Main Street.

Chambers of commerce, professional organizations, clubs, and adult education programs all need presenters. By speaking in public, you will increase your visibility and groups will start to seek you out. Speaking is a great way to build your network and to market yourself. It is also an effective opportunity to spread the word about causes that are important to you. For example, I often take a minute of each talk to promote Toastmasters International, a public speaking club that I’ve belonged to for 10+ years. World champion public speaker Darren LaCroix takes time to emphasize the importance of early screenings for cancer. Speaking is an act of giving. The more you do it, the more you will be rewarded.

Public Speaking Can Boost Your Confidence Confidence is faith in yourself and in your ability. The more challenges you are willing to face, the more self-assured you’ll feel. Public speaking is a stretch for most people. There is risk involved. Each time you rise to the occasion and speak before people, you’ll feel stronger and more willing to do it again. This will spill over into other areas of your life. You’ll see yourself as more capable and be more open to trying new things.

Overcoming Your Fear of Speaking in Public Given that there are so many advantages to speaking in public, why do so many shy away from it? For some, the fear of public speaking is greater than that of death. The main cause of their terror is stage fright – an apprehension of slipping up in front of others. The bottom line is that the only way to shake the jitters that public speaking brings is to actually do it. As is the case with acquiring any new skill, the only way to master it is to get started and then practice, practice, practice. The best environment to learn is in one that is supportive and where you can safely take your first baby steps.

How You Can Get Started

10 Tips to Jump-Start You as a Public Speaker 1) Get trained. Check out course offerings at local colleges like Dale Carnegie and Toastmasters International. 2) Start preparing your talk by jotting down all the points that you would like to cover. Then pick two or three main points to focus on. Create an outline that includes a beginning, a middle, and an end. 3) Use simple language to convey your message. 4) Include stories to emphasize/support/illustrate your main points. 5) Use props–they’ll help you grab and hold your audience’s attention. 6) To make your talk livelier, use hand, arm, and facial gestures. 7) Make eye contact with your audience. 8) Prepare your speeches well in advance and practice them regularly so they sink into your bones. 9) Practice in front of your family and friends, and get their feedback. 10) Take every speaking opportunity that comes your way. If none arise, volunteer to speak at your church or for local clubs. ~ Millie Calesky, Business and Life Coach. See ad on page 14.

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Wednesdays in June, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Nutrition Lecture Series presented by Dr. Francine Lajoie at Living Well Chiropractic, Nutrition and Massage, 140 Pleasant St., North Adams, MA. Subjects covered will be, DIGESTIVE HEALTH (Heartburn, Reflux, Irritable Bowel, Crohn’s); HEART HEALTH (Cholesterol, Heart Problems, High Blood Pressure); WEIGHT LOSS AND NUTRITION (High/Low Fat & Carb Foods, Whole vs. Processed Foods); and STRESS AND FATIGUE (Recognizing and Handling Causes Naturally). The lectures are Free and Open to the Public. Limited space available, call to reserve your seat. 413-663-5500. Look for future lectures at www.living-well.info.

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hroughout this issue, you will find five contests. The summary of prizes shown below are contributed by our resource guide members. As instructed in each contest scattered throughout the publication, the first caller to call 413-274-1122 at the specified day and time with the correct answer, will win the prize indicated. If you get an answering machine it means that we are on the line with another caller or it is not yet the correct time, but please leave your name and number just in case! Everyone is welcome to participate, except for the staff of Our BerkshireGreen, Inc., and their immediate family. Only one prize per person will be awarded in each issue. Best of luck!

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Contest #1 - Prize: A hand-crafted Copper Necklace Holder, valued at $29.99. Contributed by Sheri Biasin, whose ad appears on page 12. Contest #2 - Prize: Four Adult Admission Tickets to Rock, Rattle & Drum American Indian Pow Wow in Stephentown, NY, valued at $28. Contributed by Susan Jameson, American Indian Pow Wow, whose ad appears on page 44. Contest #3 - Prize: Initial Nutritional Consultation and Health Analysis Session, valued at $120. Contributed by Living Well Chiropractic, Nutrition and Massage, whose ad appears on page 29. Contest #4 - Prize: One Month of 1-Hour Sessions (once per week) providing support and accountability in achieving your life goals, valued at $200. Contributed by Luigi Morelli, Human Spirit Circles, whose ad appears on page 28. Contest #5 - Prize: A 1/12 Full-Color Ad Space in Our BerkshireGreen Magazine (new advertisers only), valued at $135. Contributed by Kathy Regan, Our BerkshireGreen, Inc.

Contest #1 - Misha Forrester of South Egremont, MA, won a 1.5-hour Biofeedback Session, valued at $125, from Berkshire Biofeedback. Contest #2 - Ellen Kenwood of Lenox, MA, won a 45-minute Chair Massage, valued at $60, from Tracey Mahon, MAc, LMT. Contest #3 - Erin Hunt of Richmond, MA won an Energy Healing Session, valued at $75, from Health Flow Joy. Contest #4 - Lorraine Kolodziejczyk of Hinsdale, MA, won a guided imagery CD, Time Outside of Time, valued at $16.95, from Eileen Lawlor, LICSW, of Stillpoint Studio. Contest #5 - Ruth Corson of Otis, MA, won a $15 Gift Card for Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center from Ward’s Nursery. Contest #6 - Annmarie Dymon of Springfield, MA, won a One-day Trail Pass for two, valued at $20, for Hilltop Orchards Furnace Brook Winery from Hilltop Orchards.

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What are some benefits of STOTT PILATES? • Increases Core Strength & Stability • Decreases Back Pain • Prevents Injuries • Enhances Ease Of Movement • Balances Strength & Flexibility • Improves Sports Performance (Golf, Skiing, Etc) Upon request, private sessions available early mornings, evenings and weekends. Mat classes offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 6–6:45pm. Must sign up in advance. To sign up, please call Tammy at: 413-358-1007.

Next session mat classes begin on: Tuesday, April 27th About the Instructor, Tammy St. John: • Bachelor of Exercise Science • ACE Certified Personal Trainer • STOTT PILATES Level 2 Mat,

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Education & Training

Menu of Services Public Computers and a computer game station for kids A wonderful, well-rounded collection of books for all ages and interests, plus friendly, respectful library services with a fine "listening ear" to patron suggestions!

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Unique world and traditional crafts for all ages "Ancient History Fairs" for children that include related books and hands-on arts/crafts Live music from local & distant musicians All-genre sessions for writers to gather, read and discuss works. Professionally led history, science, animal, and earth programs for families. Well-respected jugglers and storytellers. and so much more!

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Farmers' Markets A to Z Farmers’ Market at The Nutrition Center Wednesdays 3-6, June 2-Sep 29 94 West Ave., Great Barrington, MA In the parking lot at The Nutrition Center Peter Stanton, TheNutritionCenter.org, (413) 429-8110 Adams Farmers’ Market Fridays 12-6, May 28-Oct 22 60 Columbia St. on Rt. 8, Adams, MA Emma Morin, (413) 743-5613 Berkshire Area Farmers’ Market Wednesdays and Saturdays 8-2, May 1-Oct 28 Old State Road, Lanesborough, MA, Berkshire Mall parking lot Lenita Bober, (413) 569-3663 Berkshire Harmony Gardeners’ Exchange & Farmers’ Market Fridays 11-6, June 18-Nov 5 Palace Park on North St., Pittsfield, MA Barry Hollister, Barry@BerkshireHarmony.com, BerkshireHarmony.com, (413) 281-4114 Farmers’ Market of Otis Saturdays 9-1, May 8-Oct 30 2000 East Otis Rd., Otis, MA 01253 In the parking lot of Papa’s Healthy Food & Fuel Jess Ripley & Kathy Carrol, OtisFarmersMarket@yahoo.com, (413) 269-9931 Farmers’ Market of Sheffield Fridays 3:30-6:30, May 21-Oct 8 340 S. Main St. (Rt. 7), Sheffield, MA In the parking lot of Old Parish Church Billie Best, Billie@CrazyWifeFarm.com, TheSheffieldFarmersMarket.com, (413) 644-8971 Great Barrington Farmers’ Market Saturdays 9-1, May 8-Oct 30 44 Castle St., Great Barrington, MA At the train station, behind Town Hall Rose Levine, RosemaryLevine@yahoo.com, (413) 528-8950 Harvest Market Thursdays 3-7, June 17-Nov 4 North St. at the Senior Center, Pittsfield, MA Barry Hollister, Barry@BerkshireHarmony.com, BerkshireHarmony.com, (413) 281-4114 Lenox Farmers’ Market Fridays 12-4, May 7-Oct 8 Main St. and Cliffwood St., Lenox, MA Triangle Park in downtown Lenox Rose Levine, RosemaryLevine@yahoo.com, (413) 528-8950 Norfolk Farmers’ Market Saturdays 10-1, June 5-Oct 30 Rt. 44 and Shepard Rd., Norfolk, CT Lisa Auclair and Joel Howard, LisaAuclair@sbcglobal.net, norfolkfarmersmarket.org, (860) 542-5153 North Adams Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8-12:30, July 17-Oct 30 St. Anthony Dr., North Adams, MA In municipal parking lot between Marshall St. and Holden St. Rod Bunt and Joe Bettis, jbettisjr@verizon.net, (413) 644-6180 Park Square Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8-1, June 19-Nov 6 Park Square, Pittsfield, MA Barry Hollister, Barry@BerkshireHarmony.com BerkshireHarmony.com, (413) 281-4114 Williamstown Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8-12, May 29-late Oct South end of Spring St., Williamstown, MA Anne Guzzi, Roger and Nancy Johnson, guzziam@yahoo.com, (413) 458-3365


Food & Cooking Curry Yourself Into A Heartfelt Summer

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n Chinese Medicine, summer is all about the heart, joy, and creativity, so take pleasure in this time of brightness, expansive growth, and lightness by spending time with people you love and doing things that make you happy. To be in harmony with this season cook lightly and regularly. To keep cool, add a little spicy, pungent, or even fiery flavor to your foods. When cooking foods use high heat for a very short period. On the hottest days create a cool atmosphere by serving dinner in the yard or at a shaded patio table set with arranged flowers. Salads and sprouts (especially mung, soy, and alfalfa) are cooling; good choices are celery, lettuce, and cucumbers. Here is an energetically cooling recipe incorporating many of the ingredients that will harmonize you with the summer season.

Sprouted Curry Mung Bean Salad Ingredients: 2 cups sprouted mung beans (you can substitute lentils) 1 T coconut oil or grape seed oil 2/3 cup medium diced onions 1 T minced garlic 1 T minced ginger 1/2 T green Thai curry paste (if you like it hot you can use 1T) 1/4 cup coconut milk 1 T Bragg Liquid Aminos, soy sauce, or tamari sauce 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup diced celery 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup diced basil, basil sprig 1 or 2 cucumbers, sliced 4 servings of leaf lettuce Instructions: A few days before actually preparing this recipe, sprout your mung beans. One cup of beans will yield at least 2 cups of sprouts. To sprout mung beans, sort and then soak them in water for 18 hours; once the skins begin to crack, move them to a strainer and cover with a damp cloth. Sprout for 12 to 24 hours; rinse and check them every eight hours or so. You can learn how fast they are sprouting as the seasons change. Seeds sprout fastest in hot weather; to avoid fermentation place in a well-ventilated, cool, dark, place for the sprouting period. Once beans have 1/4-inch roots they should be stored (dry) in the refrigerator until time for use. Mung bean sprouts are hearty and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week. Keep them on hand to add delicious nutrients to many dishes. I find that bean sprouts are more easily digested if steamed for 5 minutes before using in uncooked recipes. Massage diced carrot and celery with salt and let them sit for 1/2 hour or more. Sauté onions (using high heat for a very short time) in coconut oil, add garlic, ginger, and curry paste and sauté shortly. Toss sautéed onion mixture with steamed sprouted mung beans, coconut milk, carrots, celery, and chopped basil. Arrange on leaf lettuce with cucumbers, garnish with basil sprig and serve at room temperature. Makes four 1-cup servings, 412 calories per serving. ~ Chef Becky Schirber cooks for EnlightenNext in Lenox, MA, and offers cooking parties. She also practices acupuncture in Pittsfield and Lenox, MA, and Canaan, CT. Visit her website at goingbeyondwellness.com.

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PROUDLY CARRYING/SERVING: Berkshire Mountain Bakery Breads & Pizzas Equal Exchange Organic Coffee Homemade Soups, Sandwiches & a variety of Baked Goods Boar’s Heads Meat & Cheese in our newly-expanded Deli

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Food Stores: Co-ops, Markets & Health

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Fresh-picked or pick-your-own blueberries in July and August. Open daily for picking, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 686 Stockbridge road great barrington, Ma 01230 www . windyhillfarMinc . coM (413) 298-3217 fax (413) 298-3167

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Good Tidings Encouraging News From Our Community!

By Susan Jameson

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ood Tidings offers the gift of good news! Why good news? Because it makes you feel good, and the more good news you read, the better you feel. Our BerkshireGreen Publisher, Kathy Regan, says, Everyone in a community needs to hear good news and I believe like energy attracts like energy. Good energy like happiness is contagious, and we are here to help spread it. That’s right, in the midst of world crisis we have the opportunity to empower ourselves to choose goodness and make positive changes in our lives and in the lives of others. Our mission with Good Tidings each issue is to bring you good news from members of our community that highlights the positive, optimistic, and heartwarming. Whether the stories are related to animals, the environment, business, our local economy, holistic health, social activism, sustainability, education, our town, friends, family, or neighbors, we are building a community enthused by positive news. We hope that the following quotes inspire you, lift your spirits, or simply put a smile on your face. If you have good news you would like to share, please go to OurBerkshireGreen.com. May good bless you!

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he Egremont Green Committee has been responsible for securing over $165,000 in grant funds for the Town of Egremont. Some of those funds will go towards making town buildings more energy efficient by adding insulation or replacing antiquated heating systems with units with greater efficiency ratings. The majority of the funds will go towards a 16 kW photovoltaic solar installation which will render the building it serves “net zero” in terms of its electrical demand. The committee has also spearheaded two highly successful roadside trash recycling programs as well as initiated the “Greener Egremont Business Initiative,” which salutes Egremont businesses which employ green practices in their operations. ~Juliette Haas, Chair, Egremont Green Committee, Director, Egremont Board of Health, South Egremont, Massachusetts

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e are succeeding in controlling the invasive weeds in a beautiful 125-acre Great Pond in Becket [without the use of chemicals]. Our Center Pond Weed Project is a grass-roots nonprofit in its ninth year of doing hand-pulling of an established infestation of Eurasian Milfoil. Other invasives have appeared along the way–Curly-leaf Pondweed in the lake, Purple Loosestrife and Phragmites along the shorelines. Many scuba divers and other volunteers have become trained in the removal of these, and have dedicated their time and energy to this effort.

This year we hope to remove the last dense patch of milfoil from the lake, and continue in future years to keep the lake and its environs healthy and free of chemical treatments. ~ Mercedes Gallagher, Director, Center Pond Weed Project, Becket, Massachusetts, centerpondweedproject@yahoo.com

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wo years ago my wife, Aleisha, and I both decided to start our own businesses. She, who possesses a deep concern for health and the environment, came up with the wonderful idea for a locally grown organic produce home delivery service. I, with a college degree and over twenty years experience in horticulture, decided to create a landscape design business. We both knew the risk factors, and I’m sure many of our friends thought we were somewhat crazy, but we also believe in ourselves and our relationship and felt with each other’s support we could find the courage to try. Unfortunately, most people were forced to cut back on their landscaping desires due to the economic recession, whereas Aleisha’s Berkshire Organics business rapidly grew from thirty-five customers to over four hundred so I gladly joined up to form a new partnership with my partner. As our business continues to grow, Aleisha and I are extremely proud of the relationships we have formed with what now totals more than fifty local farms and small businesses. We are equally as proud of being able to make our customers happy by fulfilling their “healthy eating” needs as we are with our ecofriendly deliveries throughout the entire Berkshires. Although our endeavor has had its fair share of downs, the major “up” of knowing that our vision of helping people living in western Massachusetts to benefit from the wonders of eating fresh organically grown local food is a dream come true. ~ Brian and Aleisha Gibbons, Owners, Berkshire Organics, LLC, Dalton, Massachusetts, berkshireorganics.com

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enox Unplugged had eighty-eight Lenox High School students and one hundred residents join the campaign to save money and increase energy! Through my work with the Lenox Unplugged campaign, a community-wide effort to help residents, businesses, and community groups save money while meeting their energy challenges, we are successfully beginning a community dialogue on the town’s plans for its future energy needs and the potential for a green community and economy. Having recently spent two years in the desert of Mali, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer, I’ve truly come to appreciate the very different beauty of the Berkshires and how fortunate we are to live in such a place. ~ Natalie Grillon, Sustainability Coordinator, Lenox, Massachusetts

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Building Green in the Berkshires By Patrick Harris Coleman

“According to the Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA), homes built with ICF create from 25 to 50 percent more energy savings than an equivalent home built entirely with either wood or with steel.”

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t is late afternoon on the site of a green building in progress in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Three workmen are traversing the newly installed light gauge steel rafter trusses, securing them for the evening. This home looks . . . different. That is because it is constructed with a smart combination of innovative building technologies that together yield impressive efficiency.

Energy Savings The building is framed with a combination of insulating concrete forms (ICF) and light gauge steel. According to the Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA), homes built with ICF create from 25 to 50 percent more energy savings than an equivalent home built entirely with either wood or with steel. This impressive energy savings results from a number of factors, not the least of which is the home’s monolithic design. The 11¼-inch thick walls reduce air penetration significantly and increase climate control efficiency, making the work of heating and cooling considerably easier. The result? It will require a smaller system for a better result. This home���s owners have opted for a portion of their heat to be geothermal, a choice that will further reduce their energy consumption over time. Once complete, ICF homes are not aesthetically distinguishable from other homes. The thicker walls make for wider windowsills and doorways, but that is about it. There are some drawbacks to concrete, though. The relative permanence of an ICF home can be an inflexible disadvantage. It is, however, recyclable, in that old concrete can be crushed and reused. It would also be better, of course, if the manufacture of concrete produced fewer carbon emissions. Right now, concrete accounts for 5 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. There is good news on this front, however. A new concrete production method* developed by engineers at London's Novacem will reduce CO2 emitted during production; this concrete actually absorbs CO2 while it cures, making its carbon impact negative.

Where Steel Comes In Another problem is that ICFs are only practical for exterior wall construction in residential applications, leaving quite a lot of room for improvement in the remainder of the structure. This is where steel comes in. Unlike ICFs, steel can be utilized in just about any part of the home, or for the entire frame, from walls to joists to rafters. It is also a highly recycled and recyclable material. It is actually less expensive and requires less energy to recycle steel than to produce it from source. According to the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA), 64 percent of all steel products are recycled–more than any other material in the United States, including glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum combined. The framing process is also fast. This is the result of a smart collaboration between the architectural design team, the builders, and the steel manufacturer. The custom home plans are sent to the supplier, and the supplier makes all of the cuts and delivers all the pieces. This method eliminates a great deal of waste in terms of time and material. Up to 20 percent of 22

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materials used to build a traditional house end up in landfills. Not so with steel. Steel houses, however, are not going to be as efficient as ICF ones. There also remains the problem of CO2 emissions generated during the recycling and manufacturing process, but this is at least partially offset by the considerably decreased power usage during construction. Unfortunately, this is a problem of all modern building, one that will hopefully be alleviated over time with the right advances in resource technology. Consumers and builders need to be developing our world in the smartest ways possible. This is why builders should utilize a versatile combination of responsible building technologies. In compensating for the weaknesses of one technique with another, real progress can be made. It is also of huge importance that the building industry remain flexible. It would be a mistake to cleave to one method of building when a better one exists.

Green Building

Investing in Sustainable Alternatives

Traditional ● Creative ● Original Design

But why spend all of this time and energy reinventing a perfectly good wheel? Well, what many of us have come to understand is that the wheel is not perfectly good. The rubber is wearing thin, and the spokes are pulling us in all the wrong directions. Current building practices are starting to take their toll on our environment and our health. If we want to stay ahead of this worrisome curve it is necessary to start investing in sustainable alternatives. By doing the right thing, and lightening the burden on the environment now, we are lightening a much heavier burden on the generations to come. While this approach may cost a bit more initially, it will cost less over time. Naturally, new technology is going to cost more during its early phases. The first computer was the size of a room and couldn’t be afforded by any individual; now we have 10-inch laptops that the average working teenager can afford. People need to start viewing this new world through new eyes. This may require some lifestyle adjustments, but what are the longterm costs of doing nothing? We should start to think of the complete lifecycle of a home. We need to expect that a new home will last a century, probably more, so the energy demand of the home over time must be accounted for. If the energy usage in new homes can be reduced by half or more, we will begin reversing some of the negative effects on the environment that have resulted from irresponsible building practices and consumption.

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Striking the Proper Balance The industry is by no means perfect, but if we wait for perfect, unnecessarily substandard homes will continue to be built, and the world will be worse off for it. For a better result, we need to stay at the forefront of innovation, but also keep in mind that the green market must be affordable, because innovation can only make a difference if it can be implemented. It is about striking the proper balance between what can be done technologically and what can be generally afforded. * http://guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/dec/31/cement carbon emissions

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Barefoot and Potent By Randal Williams


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magine snug-fitting boxing gloves worn on your hands not for an instant but for most of the day, day after day―as you went about your life. More than likely this vision will leave you feeling frustrated. Wearing snug boxing gloves on your hands would limit your natural, instinctual range of motion and severely distort life experiences. Fine motor skills such as sorting through loose change, picking up a pencil, or peeling an orange become near to impossible. Consider not being able to mobilize the layers of muscle of the fingers as you hold a broom, swing a bat, or grasp a heavy laundry basket. And what about the subtler realm of tactile stimulation: with boxing gloves on, what would it be like to feel a child’s hand, test a cup of hot liquid, or rub your tummy? The thick molded leather insulating your hands would block your instinct and limit connecting with the living, nourishing environment.

What Do You Have Against Your Feet? We are generally sensible enough to avoid this and any other frustrating scenario that needlessly blocks the flow of life energy. However, if you experience ongoing challenges with sore feet, weak knees, stiff lower back, tense hips or shoulders or neck muscles, or even personal difficulties with finding your center, establishing balance, taking a stand, or even coming from a place of power, then chances are that you will need to look closely at what you have against your feet. Obviously we sensibly and dutifully protect our soles by wearing footwear in any number of scenarios: construction boots protect us from sharp debris, sneakers help us to avoid dirt, and when hiking very rough terrain, wearing a good sturdy boot with ankle support is very wise indeed. These instances, like so many others, are good intelligent choices. The kicker, though, is that it only makes sense to wear footwear when it is appropriate to a specific situation.

Children Naturally Resist Putting On Their Shoes Most growing children that I know of actually resist putting on their shoes when they are first introduced to them. There is something naturally off-putting about having to put on your shoes. Over time these early, authentic, real hints of animal discomfort are gradually covered up and we learn only too well to wear our shoes. But the forceful habit of unconsciously choosing to shoe the soles can have a seriously negative impact on our health. Childhood foot health was studied in the late 1950s by Simon J. Wikler, DSC (Doctor of Surgical Chiropody), and he found that mothers who allowed children to go barefoot had children with relatively healthier feet. Dr. Wikler reports further that “children who had the opportunity of going barefoot a great deal, had less deformed toes, greater flexor strength, more ability to spread the toes. They also had denser muscles on the bottom of the feet; greater agility than those who had never gone barefoot, with a wider range of hip circumduction and more flexibility of the gluteal and hamstring muscles, and therefore, more ability to touch the toes when the knees were held stiff.” More recent studies on the beneficial impact of barefoot

exercise can be found online (visit http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Barefoot). In the same way that we would not put a growing tree into an undersized flowerpot, the unobserved habit of placing the leading edge of our own roots, our complex feet, into rigid shoes can have a negative impact on our organic development and lead to dysfunction.

The Bliss of Taking Off Your Shoes When one is barefoot, the skin is able to breathe and release waste through perspiration, hard-working tissue gets to decompress, and the bones can unpack and realign to create intelligent foundational support. Who among us has never felt and enjoyed the bliss of taking off their shoes after a long day and being barefoot? The benefits do not need to end at the end of the day though. There are places in life that do not require footwear and actually hold for us the opportunity to rediscover life force and resonate more harmoniously with our instinctive animal bodies. Regardless of age, going barefoot can strengthen dozens of muscles, tendons, and joints, and help to create healthy, beautiful feet. As the roots of the body are permitted to stretch out as needed, they strengthen naturally and the trunk of the body, including legs, hips, spine, and shoulders, are reestablished in grounded stability. It is that simple. When it makes sense, take off your shoes and put your soles back in direct touch with the ground. It might be inside your home or it might be outdoors on a hiking trail― find an arena that suits you. Anywhere that you are comfortable will work. If walking barefoot isn’t for you, then consider sitting down with a piece of rope between your feet to play at tying and untying knots to stimulate, stretch, and strengthen these vital bones and tissues. One aspect of barefoot exercise that you may enjoy is that a whole new world of touch becomes available to the nerve endings on the skin of the sole with the pleasurable massage of walking on the earth, grass, pebbles, stones, and yes, even concrete, which can serve as a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells from the feet.

A Healing Effect For many people, feeling the touch of the earth, listening to its vibration through grounding the soles has a healing effect on the inner psyche as well―much like an electrical ionizer purifies the indoor air. When you walk barefoot, your overworked mind, which may be tired from holding onto various concerns, finds relief as the earth is rediscovered through the legs and feet as a polarizing and supporting force. There are too many benefits to list in this article (for more info visit the website barefooters.org/medicine). The main concern though is to understand that barefoot exercise such as walking is natural, free, and instinctually develops balance in the body as your roots are made available to live into their instinctual potential and simply do the job they were designed to do: support you. www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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MiniMal Medication Medicine

What’s safe, what works. Precise, personalized holistic care. Alan Inglis, M.D.

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The Stockbridge Plain School 50 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262

Fertile Ground Acupuncture

Kelly Clady-Giramma, Dipl. O.M., L.Ac.

Women’s Health-Chronic Diseases-Pain-Weight Loss Digestive Disorders-Infertility-Herbal Medicine

55 Concord Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Graceful, fluid movement, and integral strength increase and sustain the ease and joy of living in a body

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Randi Haskins-Jordan PT Osteopathic & Manual Techniques

Holistic techniques for pain relief and correction of dysfuntion for adults, infants and children 777 Main Street • At the Barrington Bagel Plaza, Great Barrington, MA 413-644-9474 • randiphysicaltherapy.com

Help people reach their full potential. Catch them doing something right. ~From the book The One Minute Manager

Dr. Lord offers a personalized, holistic approach to health including Mind-Body Skills Groups to support a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. Call to find out if this is a good approach for you.

Susan B. Lord, M.D. The Granary • 33 Rossetter St. Suite 2 Great Barrington, MA 01230 413.644.9600 • susan@drsusanlord.com DrSusanLord.com

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hat Is Acupuncture? The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels throughout the body and over its surfaces. These channels are rivers of energy which are referred to as meridians. The Chinese have identified 71 meridians in the human body. Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian. The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly and illness results. Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns. ~ Alan Rivenson, L.Ac., Affordable Acupuncture, Canaan, CT, www.berkshireqi.com

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Margaret Carlough, D.C. LIGHT TOUCH CHIROPRACTIC CENTER

Helping people learn to handle stress successfully. 152 North Street, Suite 39D Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Our light touch includes: Network Spinal Analysis & vibrational nutrition testing

Light Touch

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Counseling & Therapy

Eileen Lawlor, LICSW � Short-Term Hypnosis � EMDR � Guided Imagery for Healing � Grief, Loss & Transition Counseling

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Health Care: Dentistry “Miss Olive” says:

Livingstone Dental Excellence

Dr. Thomas Livingstone

3-5 Railroad Street • North Canaan, CT 06018 860-824-0751 • 866-981-0320 • drtlivingstone.com Greater Litchfield County’s first and only TRUE Mercury-Free Holistic Dental Facility. In-House Insurance Plans. Free Consultations & Exams. Office exceeds sterility guidelines set by the EPA. Convenient hours for the entire family.

Energy Medicine Specific Personalized Therapeutic Relief Pain K Stress K Injury Elfi SIX, LMT, CMA www.CosmicResonance.com 413 717 0507

Homeopathy

HOMEOPATHY Henriette Meran

Master Clinician, Advanced Herbalist For more information:

Jill G. Eldredge

Healing Spirit

Medical Intuitive - Traditional Energy Medicine Healer Cert. Practioner - “Magnetic (Auric) Healers Unlimited”™ N.Z. Gt. Barrington Office or Distance healings available

413-667-5794

hpmeran@aol.com or call 413.644.9488 Homeopathy strengthens and stimulates the immune system to promote self-healing. We only treat the individual not the symptoms for a cure.

Life Coach

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver

Phoebe Williams

Certified Professional Coach 413.232.7011 phoebekwilliams@gmail.com

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Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Massage Therapy & Bodywork “Within months of starting to learn the Feldenkrais Method I was free of the hip pain that I had suffered for over a year, and the drugs I was taking for it. I was amazed to find out that I could learn new ways of moving and that the learning was fun!” ~ Marion Held, artist

Movement Education To Change the Habits of a Lifetime THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE • THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD

SUSAN KRAMER LOEB, Certified FGNA and ACAT 413-232-7089 • SKLoeb@AOL.com

The Art of Wellness

Nanci Worthington LMT

17 Bridge St., Gt. Barrington, MA 01230

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MASSAGE THERAPY

Elaine Mack Licensed Massage Therapist Lifestyle Educator massage * personal training * lifestyle coaching for chronic disease & weight management

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for personal injury and auto/workman compensation

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Bring Balance and Energy to Your Life!

Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu Massage

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Seth Levy Licensed Massage Therapist

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marmaduke46@ yahoo.com Specializing in pain relief, injury recovery & rehabilitation. Deep Tissue massage and Neuromuscular Therapy Extensive training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Relaxing Swedish massage with Thai stretching. In my Great Barrington office, or in your own home. 15 years experience. Insured & Licensed in CT, MA & NY

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Neuromuscular Therapy

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Neuromuscular Therapy 413.564.7017

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ADVANCED BODYWORK TECHNIQUES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAIN RELIEF, POSTURAL IMBALANCE, AND OPTIMAL HEALTH

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Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Nutrition & Supplements

INTUITIVE EATING COACH • Mindfulness skills to ease stresses that trigger overeating • Nutrition tips to balance food cravings • Eating well on the go • Holistic Cleansing

ALISON SHORE GAINES, Certified Holistic Life Educator Since 1982 • 413.442.3604 • asgaines07@aol.com

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Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Physical Therapy

Reflexology

Berkshire Physical Therapy & Wellness Dalton Office

400 Main Street Dalton MA 01226 413-684-9783 Make your appointment today for your Fit Right evaluation!

Reiki

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Pittsfield Office

The Usui System of Natural Healing

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Hours by appointment Home visits available

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Trager® Approach PEACE BEYOND RELAXATION Through movement and bodywork

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Wellness Centers “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.” ~ William Arthur

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Home & Garden

Allergies? Asthma? wood Smoke? Pet Dander? Tobacco Smoke? Dust? Pollen? Mold?

Custom Cabinetry • Fine Furniture • Staircases

Quality Craftsmanship

Hartsville Design Licensed & Insured - MA HIC 161562

Ask about Healthier Options for Furniture & Woodwork for Environmentally Sensitive Individuals & Children

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I never had any other desire so strong, and so like covetousness, as that . . . I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life to the culture of them and the study of nature. ~ Abraham Cowley, circa 1655

Feng Shui

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like films that make me laugh, make me cry, and make me think–preferably all in the same film. And if a film leaves me feeling really, really good when the credits start to roll, I know I’ve got another one for my list to share with friends. Here are three of my favorite films that do it all. Calendar Girls (2003). Based on real-life events, this is a story of compassion, courage, and camaraderie. A group of middle-aged women in a North Yorkshire village take fundraising to daring new heights. Instead of the usual making of preserves and Victoria sponges that the Women’s Institute typically relies on, these women literally bare their all to help one of their number, whose husband is dying of cancer. You may find yourself laughing and weeping at the same time, even as your brain and your heart absorb the message. Stars Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, and a bevy of other brilliant British actors. Cameo appearance by Jay Leno. How to Cook Your Life (2007). This exquisitely crafted documentary follows renowned Zen practitioner Edward Espe Brown for an entire summer as he teaches his students how to cook with love and mindfulness . . . and gorgeous organic ingredients! Filled with information, wisdom, and gentle humor, this film is a feast for the mind while promising feasts for the body if you will simply follow Espe Brown’s lead. It will hook you from the start with its clever title credits and leave you breathless with delight all the way through. Each frame is a masterpiece. Martian Child (2007). Why would a recently widowed science fiction writer adopt a 6-year-old boy? Mostly to stave off loneliness. But why this particular child? Because he claims to be from Mars. John Cusack stars in this thought-provoking and heartwarming story about understanding and honoring our differences and about learning to trust and to love. As for books, I tend to read chiefly for pleasure. The qualities I look for in a book are elegance of language, clarity of thought, and either entertainment or edification or, preferably, both. Although I seem to find more truth in fiction than in nonfiction, occasionally I happen upon a work of nonfiction that answers all my desiderata for reading. Here is one of my top favorites. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric Weiner. New York: Twelve, 2008. After a decade of covering catastrophes and maladies around the globe as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, the author decided to “tell the other side of the story.” In Switzerland, for instance, he discovers that “envy is the great enemy of happiness.” In India, he sees happiness and misery living side by side. And Iceland, “despite being cold, remote, and full of failure,” he finds “is among the world’s happiest places.” Filled with wry humor, charming anecdotes, and profound insights, this book is a kind of travelogue for the countries of the world and for the innermost regions of your soul. ~ Rodelinde Albrecht, Concerned Singles, concernedsingles.com. See ad on page 39. www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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In Business: Greening Up!

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Berkshire Organics, LLC Business Owners: Aleisha & Brian Gibbons

Berkshire Organics store offers local and organic produce, breads, meats, prepared items, groceries, and much more.

How We Got Started

Aleisha Gibbons started the business in May 2008 from her home in Dalton, MA. At the time, Aleisha was frustrated with the lack of organic produce at the local grocery store. The idea for Berkshire Organics came to her and she left her full-time job. The first week in business, 35 deliveries were made, and now we deliver to over 400 customers and continue to grow. Aleisha now runs the business with her husband, Brian, and his twin brother, Brendan.

What Makes Our Business Green?

Berkshire Organics works with local and organic farms. Our goal is to create a more sustainable food system by shortening the distance food travels. We focus on being a zero waste business by receiving all fresh produce on Wednesdays, and then offering it for sale by Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to clear inventory and to get ready for the next week. Whatever produce is not sold by the end of Tuesday is donated to a local food pantry.

The Most Unique Thing About Us What We Do

Berkshire Organics delivers local and organic produce year-round to people’s homes and businesses throughout Berkshire County, southern Vermont, and parts of Columbia County, NY. We work with as many local farms as possible. The produce baskets change weekly depending upon what the farms have available and what is in season. Customers can also pick up their baskets at our store. The

There are no commitments or membership fees. Customers can try the service and decide if they’d like delivery weekly or every other week. We work with one of the longest-certified organic farms in Massachusetts. Berkshire Organics is customer centric. Customers receive a list each week with what is going to be in the basket, and can make substitutions to the list so they receive exactly what they want. A weekly newsletter is also provided along with easy recipes for produce items customers may not be as familiar with.

Berkshire Biofeedback Therapist: Barbara Laureyns What I Do

I am a Certified Biofeedback Technician and I help train my clients to regulate their bodies, create the life they want, and free themselves from repeating negative patterns through relaxation and muscle re-education. The Quantum Biofeedback Machine that I use can help my clients raise their vibrational frequency and create a balanced energy field, manifest love, joy, and abundance, and release energetic blocks that prevent them from attaining their dreams. In addition, I use a Scalar Wave Laser and my experience as a licensed Spiritual Healer during each session for free to add to their experience.

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How To Find Us

Our store is located at 813 Dalton Division Rd. Dalton, MA 01226. Customers can order online at berkshireorganics.com or call (413) 442-0888. See ad on page 20.

How I Got Started

I’m a stay-at-home mom with three children that had ADHD in different degrees, and my husband, Rick, owns his own business. I was having various aches and pains brought on by life’s stressors, so I tried 12 sessions of biofeedback and noticed a life shift. I no longer needed anxiety medicine or something to sleep, and I had more focus. My husband, purchased my machine as a gift to use on our immediate family. As a result, my children are now off all ADHD medicine, and the Big Y Pharmacy even asked what I was doing because my kids weren’t sick anymore. This year is the first year of middle school and they have made high honors. Several of my friends started requesting


Hartsville Design Cabinet Maker: Kevin J. Regan

What I Do

I’m a licensed, insured, hands-on craftsman with a fully equipped shop and over thirtyfive years of experience designing and fabricating custom wood projects. I thoroughly enjoy my work, and through my business, Hartsville Design, I build and install a full range of high-quality custom cabinetry, furniture, and millwork for every room of my clients’ homes, offices, and stores. Hartsville Design is a sole proprietorship which I run out of my historic building in Hartsville, Massachusetts, but I do work with subcontractors when necessary. I work as quickly and efficiently as possible, but

sessions, so I decided to start Berkshire Biofeedback so that I can share this gift with my friends and the community.

What I Offer

The first session a client will experience is two hours long. Each follow-up visit is one and one-half hours. I offer three packages with up to a fifteen percent savings. I highly recommend a twelve-session package to change long-standing energy patterns. During each treatment, the client relaxes in a recliner with comfortable head, wrist, and ankle bands on, attached to the “Scio” box so that the frequencies can be delivered most effectively. I then ask basic questions and this information is entered into the system, and training begins. The GSR (galvanic skin response) tells me the

I always make certain to pay attention to the detail and quality of my projects. Fine furniture and custom cabinety is an investment that is meant to last for a lifetime. When I’m doing installations, my customers can trust that I take special care of their property and homes. I’ve had many of the same customers for over twenty years.

What I Offer

How I Got Started

I use Stewardship Council certified wood and nontoxic glues whenever possible, and recommend nontoxic Bioshield finishes. I plan to become LEED certified.

I’ve been lucky to always know what I wanted to do. My father worked for IBM when I was a child but often did small woodworking projects, and I soon found that I loved working with my hands and the creativity of planning projects. I built my childhood summer home in the Berkshires with my father. Many people don’t realize how much math and careful planning are required to do a job, like a custom staircase, correctly. Wood is a living substance that moves and each type of wood has its own grain, character, and temperament. Careful planning, experience, and time invested at the start of a project will insure that your furniture, millwork, and cabinety will last for years. I’ve heard too many stories of people trying to be penny wise but pound foolish, only to wind up with warped or rotted woodworking that could have easily been avoided.

areas that need the most attention. The appropriate healthy frequencies are then chosen to help the body re-educate itself. Each client’s reaction to a session is slightly different, but most people leave feeling very relaxed, they start to sleep better, and the same life stressors do not bother them as much.

I create fine custom furniture and cabinetry, historic millwork, entertainment centers, display cases for antiques and collectibles, fireplace mantels, windows and moldings, libraries and free-standing bookcases, doors and staircases, bathrooms, and kitchens.

What Makes Me Green?

How To Find Me

1386 Hartsville-Mill River Rd. (Rt. 57), Hartsville, New Marlborough, MA Ph: (413) 528-6133, Fax: (413) 854-7774 Kevin@HartsvilleDesign.com See ad on page 23.

How To Find Me

Please call to make an appointment. (413) 441-6684, BerkshireBiofeedback.com. See ad on page 28.

What Makes Me Green/Holistic?

The sessions and training I offer help my clients live improved lives. When people feel better, they do better, and ultimately behave better. Kinder, calmer, more caring, and peaceful people make nicer neighbors, family members, and friends. As a lifelong resident of Berkshire County, I would like this to be my contribution to my community.

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Lifctives Lifestyles & Perspectives

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Jane Feldman

By Andrea Feldman

WHO IS SHE? She rode the “Earth Train” alongside inner-city kids to stop soil erosion in the Puerto Rican rainforest by planting bamboo. She’s an award-winning photojournalist and an international activist for human rights, peace, and the environment. She is the author/photographer of four books in the Young Dreamers series and the coauthor/photographer of Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family (all published by Random House). Jane’s work has been featured in documentaries shown on PBS’s Frontline and on the History Channel, and you’ve seen her pictures in Berkshire Living Magazine and local exhibits. WHAT WOULDN’T WE EVER GUESS ABOUT YOU? “I started my photography career in advertising and fashion in New York City. I gave up the glam to become an activist and use my camera to enlighten and inspire.” WHAT MIGHT THE TITLE OF YOUR BIOGRAPHY BE? “Serendipity: How to Go with the Flow.” WHY THE BERKSHIRES? “I spent a good part of my childhood here and continue to live in New Lebanon, enjoying the natural beauty and rich culture. I’m a graduate of Darrow School, and stay involved by serving as Community Outreach Coordinator, focusing on our arts programs, as well as programs that focus on sustainability, part of the Shaker heritage of this site. One of our programs is the Living Machine, which processes wastewater from the school buildings before returning it to the Hudson River watershed. I’m surrounded by like-minded neighbors and I give time and energy to the Abode of the Message, Shaker Museum & Library, as well as the New Lebanon Library.” WHAT IS YOUR PRIORITY? “To leave the planet a little bit better than when I got here.” WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION? “I had the honor to travel with and photograph the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I asked the Archbishop how it was that he and the Dalai Lama could be such good friends and so playful together. He replied, It’s true there are vast differences in our religions, but our faith is the same, we believe in kindness. We just wear different costumes.” BEST WISH? “That art and artists may become more valued in this society―culturally, spiritually, and financially.” WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE US? “It may feel like times are hard, but always be true to yourself, be as inventive and creative as possible, keep your sense of humor, and enjoy the ride!” 38

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Spiritual Practices, Healing, and Health Outcomes Getting to the Soul of the Matter By Mark C. Pettus, MD, FACP

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ot long ago, I was walking through the aisles in the automotive department at our local Walmart when a soft-spoken voice caught my attention. “Dr. Pettus, do you remember me?” I guessed this gentleman to be in his midforties. He was thin, walked with a slight limp, and had a warm glimmer in his eyes. I noticed he was wearing hearing aids and as he reached out to shake my hand I saw a scar on his forearm. This was the familiar scar of a dialysis shunt used to treat individuals whose kidneys have failed. In a moment, it all came back. “Mr. B”, I replied, “It is great to see you. It has been some time since our paths last crossed.” It was a cold Berkshire winter evening, over 15 years ago, when my pager went off, flashing the familiar telephone extension of our regional emergency department. A young man had arrived by ambulance after having been found unresponsive by his father. He was not breathing well on his own and had to be put on a ventilator immediately. His vital organs were all failing and his life was precariously hanging by a thread. His kidneys had shut down and his initial blood testing revealed severe metabolic imbalance. As this is my area of expertise, I soon found myself at his bedside, fully immersed in the crisis and chaos confronted by this young man and his family, shocked, sobbing, broken, and afraid. This critically ill young man before me, Mr. B, was an auto mechanic who worked in a garage his father had owned for many years. He was confronting many psychosociospiritual issues in his life at the time that his father found him, face down, on the cold concrete floor of the garage. His marriage was on the rocks. He was drinking alcohol heavily in response to the pain and suffering he was experiencing. He was disconnected from all that had once meant a lot to him in his life. He had felt depressed and voiced suicidal ideation. Indeed, he had tried to take his life by drinking antifreeze; even small amounts are powerfully toxic and often lethal. Mr. B required dialysis and ventilator support for several weeks. He spent weeks in our ICU and over time began to improve. His kidney function improved and, remarkably, he was able to return to full function. His nutrition, metabolic support, and physical and emotional rehabilitation sustained his recovery. His family began to reconcile deep and longstanding wounds and after transcending seemingly insurmountable odds, he emerged a survivor. The compassion of many gifted humans lifted the life of another human. Fifteen years later, in a most unlikely place, we were connecting our lives once again. His hearing loss was an unfortunate consequence of this event and one he seemed to peacefully coexist with. He was beaming with pride as he pointed to his dialysis scar, a palpable reminder of his close call. He was attending AA faithfully and had reconnected with his children, his friends, and his parents. He loved his work and was good at it. His depression was much improved and he had recaptured

his zeal for living. He prayed regularly and expressed a sense of renewed gratitude for everything in his life. He was surely in the moment and embracing it as never before. We smiled, embraced, met eye to eye, heart to heart, and went on our separate ways. Spiritual wounds are often overlooked in the context of healthcare encounters. Spiritual wounds do not appear on x-rays nor can they be picked up on blood testing. Spiritual wounds may commonly take the form of the following: Disconnection with that which brings meaning and joy in one’s life Disconnection with self and others Diminished sense of self-value and worth Loss of purpose Loss of hope Isolation, loneliness, and abandonment Suffering Shame or guilt Spiritual practice from the perspective of pursuing that which connects us to deeper meaning and purpose is known to be associated with a host of health-promoting biological effects. All forms of spiritual practice including yoga, prayer, meditation, cultivating loving relationships, a walk in the woods, literature, listening to a beautiful musical composition, stillness, and so on are associated with significant health benefits. These include improved mood, decreased anxiety, better concentration, improved immune response, wound healing, diminished inflammation, reduced stress-cortisol response, healthier behaviors, more meaningful relationships, and the like. Cultivating thoughts, feelings, and acts of compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, generosity, and deep connection with that which creates and sustains meaning in our work, love, and play is clearly associated with reduced risk of all common diseases. Longevity and quality of life are most influenced in this domain of being. It is at this sacred union of mind, body, and spirit that we are awakened to the notion that the greatest service to self is service to others. As we create meaning through awareness, discovery, and experience, we enter a state of being that is inherently self-transcending. There is no prescription that can be written that unleashes such a myriad of health and healing biologic balance. Current mind-body science is enlightening, as never before, the biological underpinnings of our universal nature to love, to bond, to transcend, and to connect. As this fascinating research lifts the veil at the nexus of nature and nurture, we see powerful and primal systems that reward, motivate, connect, inspire, and heal in every possible way imaginable. When this spiritual garden is tended to with love and compassion, further growth of love and compassion are generated. And while it may seem intuitive or obvious that we are spiritual beings, it is increasingly clear that our design just happens to be perfectly suited for spiritual practice. On this particular day in the automotive department at Walmart, Mr. B reminded me of just that.

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Nonprofit Organizations

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The Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is a private, nonprofit, open-admission animal support organization.

Mission

Our mission is to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and whenever possible, placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation, and to promote and improve the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach. No companion animal is turned away from BHS, and there is no restriction on the length of time that any adoptable companion animal is allowed to remain at the shelter. Some are with us for only days before they are adopted. Others may remain at the shelter for many months before they find their forever homes. We have placed over 15,000 animals into new homes since our organization began. In addition, the BHS conducts many vital programs that benefit the people of our community, including free educational programs for local school children, a pet-food bank for economically distressed pet owners, and assistance for The Elizabeth Freeman Center in providing abused women with a safe haven for their pets during crisis.

Who They Are

Riverbrook Residence, Inc. is the country’s oldest residential community for women with developmental disabilities. For more than half a century, Riverbrook has provided compassionate, quality care and a wide variety of programs and services for the residents. The residents are well known in the Berkshire community for their activities, volunteer responsibilities, and work capabilities.

Going Green

Riverbrook is the first nonprofit in Berkshire County to initiate a thoughtful, purposeful “Going Green” campaign. The plan was initiated by a thorough assessment by the Center for Ecological Technology in Pittsfield–the results of which gave Riverbrook a long list of challenges to meet over the next year. Those challenges range from installing energy efficient shower heads to replacing a boiler! The first step was the planting of a large community garden by a group of seniors, children, and Riverbrook residents. “The garden has provided all of us with wonderful, fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers all summer!” ~ Toni Bessette, Riverbrook Director of Food Services

Contact

Contact - Karen Karlberg,

Karen Karlberg

Community Outreach Coordinator (413) 447-7878 ext. 29 kkarlberg@berkshirehumane.org berkshirehumane.org

Who They Are

4-H is a youth development organization that works with 5-18 year olds through clubs, collaborations, and school programs. This year we are celebrating our 70th annual Youth Fair on August 21st. This free family event is the oldest of its kind (for youth, by youth). According to a Tufts study, 4-H participants had better grades, were more behaviorally and emotionally engaged with school, and were more likely to see themselves going to college.

Joan Burkhard

The 4-H Pledge “I pledge: My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service and My HEALTH to better living, for my Club, my Community, my Country and my World.”

Green Tip - Youth will learn to give back and care about our

society and earth if they are shown how and nurtured by caring adults. Become a 4-H volunteer and help to mold and inspire the youth today, who will be our earth’s caretakers.

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Angelica Paredes

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Alternative Energy Green Before Their Time By Cris Raymond for the Stockbridge Bowl Association

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tockbridge Bowl is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is considered a Great Pond. The Town of Stockbridge manages the lake and the Stockbridge Bowl Association works closely with the town on all lake affairs. Originally this body of water was named by the Mahican Indians, a tribe of the Mohicans who lived here and called it Lake Mahkeenac. Later it was called Mountain Mirror, and finally simply Stockbridge Bowl. Stockbridge Bowl comprises 372 acres of water. From its north shore to the outlet, it is about 1¾ miles long, about ¾ of a mile wide, and has approximately 6 miles of shoreline. The maximum depth is 48 feet; average depth is approximately 27 feet. In l947, a group of Stockbridge citizens met with the idea of forming an association that would benefit the environment and protect the body of water known as Stockbridge Bowl. Thus on November 10 of that year, the Stockbridge Bowl Association (SBA) was formed with the following mandate: “To assist in protecting the natural beauty of the Stockbridge Bowl area, and to promote the common interests of the public, especially in maintaining the beauty and healthfulness of the area to aid in protecting the wild life in this region and to set standards that may aid the general cause of conservation.” Sixty-three years later, the Stockbridge Bowl Association Board and its members are still at work carrying out the high principles of its first president, Anson Phelps Stokes, and the other environmentally conscious citizens of the Berkshires. It is truly amazing how the work of a few can benefit the community at large. Over the years, the SBA has accomplished many things, most notably the following. The Town’s Lake Management Program was adopted by the Town of Stockbridge in 1996 to promote the health of Stockbridge Bowl. The heart of the program is: 1) to install a Diversion drain that will restore the natural outflow of the lake, which presently is impeded by the El Paso gas line and the town sewer lines; 2) to Dredge the silt that has build up over the years due to the restricted outflow of water. 3) to Drawdown the lake by about 5 ½ feet to freeze the weed bed and thereby impede the growth of Eurasian Milfoil, an invasive non-native weed that, if not controlled, will take over the lake. The program is succinctly referred to as the 3-D Program. In September 2008, with help from the SBA, the town was awarded a grant of $246,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), primarily to support the 3-D Program. The Stockbridge Bowl Association helped craft and publicize sensible lake rules that were accepted by the town and later

approved by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth: Jet skis prohibited; motorized craft must circulate counter clockwise; 40 mph maximum speed 10 a.m. to sunset and between sunset and 10 a.m., 6 MPH; safety zone of 300 feet from the shoreline; swimmers outside the safety zone must be accompanied by a boat; moorings and floats prohibited more than 300 feet from shore. Buoys delineating the safety zone were designed, funded, and are set out annually by the SBA. The Association owns and maintains two properties that are open to the public for hiking and picnicking. They are the Island situated at the south end of the lake and Bullard Woods, a tract of land that extends from Hawthorne Road down to the lake. Work teams from the SBA Board annually clear the trails on both properties. The SBA helped fund the purchase of one of the town’s weed harvesters and an SBA board member serves as a liaison to the town to help direct the harvesters. With equipment purchased by the SBA, a board member is in charge of measuring and tracking the water quality of the lake. These measurements are recorded and the valuable information gained is important to the Lake Management Program and is shared with the town’s Conservation Commission. On September 9, 2008, the Town of Stockbridge was awarded a grant of $246,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection. The expense of hiring the grant writer was funded jointly by the town and the SBA. The SBA aids a citizens’ committee to try to ward off the invasive and detrimental Zebra Mussels from entering the Bowl. For this cause the SBA board voted, to date, to release $7,000 from its treasury to help establish a boat-washing facility in Stockbridge. With 25 board members, and a general membership of about 500, the Stockbridge Bowl Association is dedicated to aiding the Town of Stockbridge in preserving and protecting the lake and improving its water quality. Citizen groups can and must effect change for the greater good of the public and the environment. People power is our best natural resource. Our BerkshireGreen is helping to lead the way. Gary Kleinerman, President Stockbridge Bowl Association P.O. Box 118 Stockbridge, MA 01262 (413) 243-6718 thesba.org, sba@thesba.org

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Restaurants & Cafes

cafeADAM Fresh local & organic ingredients Extraordinary food Fine wine

Lunch+Dinner

413.528.7786 cafeadam.org 325 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington. MA

Antichi Sapori

Friends of OBG

The authentic flavors of Pompeian brick oven cooking & grilling savored in an elegant rustic ambiance. Emphasis on local and organic products. Meats are antibiotic & hormone-free.

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The Silent Invaders

Pesticides In Our Community By Jamie Cahillane

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esticides are any chemical used by man to control pests; they are poisons and can be harmful to people and their pets. An EPA regulation number does not mean safety. The health effects of most pesticide ingredients, their breakdown, and their interactions are not well known. Pesticides include insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, tick and flea control, grub control, weed killer, crab grass preventer, and antimicrobials. Pesticides are especially harmful to children and pregnant women. Studies link exposure to increased childhood brain cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and prostate, ovarian, breast, and pancreatic cancers. They have also been linked with neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease, birth defects, and neurodevelopmental problems that can cause difficulties in learning, male infertility, and immune system problems. They can disrupt the development of children’s organs and physiological processes, causing irreversible damage. Exposure early in life can damage children’s coordination, memory, and stamina, including their ability to learn, play, or draw a picture. Pesticides can harm wildlife like songbirds, bees, butterflies, and many beneficial insects. They migrate into streams, ponds, and lakes. Use of pesticides in urban and suburban areas contributes significantly to contamination of our drinking water. If you have any pesticides or other chemicals that you would like to dispose of, please contact Jamie at CET for information (Jamie’s contact information can be found on page 7 of this issue).

A Pesticide-Free Home

A Pesticide-Free Yard

The pests in your house need food, water, and a place to live in order to stay alive. By making it harder for pests to find these things, you can keep pests out of your home. You will also decrease your need to use pesticides.

Avoid using pesticides routinely or simply to improve the look of your lawn or garden. Many weed-and-feed products contain both fertilizer and pesticide/herbicide chemicals. These chemicals get carried in on shoes, paws, and air currents and linger in carpets, dust, on toys, and in the air, and can be persistent for many months.

Follow these tips for a safer, healthier pesticide-free home: • Don’t overwater plants. Pests will use water left in plant containers. • Store mops, sponges, washrags, and other cleaning utensils so that they can dry. • Empty your refrigerator drain pan regularly. This is most important in summer. • Rinse and dry containers before you recycle them. • Stored newspapers or shopping bags are a perfect home for pests. Store them away from food. Don’t store too many. • Avoid clutter. If surfaces are clear, pests can’t hide. • Use screens on all windows and doors. Screens keep pests outside. • Take out the trash. Pests love to eat food left in the trash. • Keep your house clean. Pests eat crumbs from the floor or table. Clean tables and counters after every meal. • Don’t let food sit out. When food is left out, pests learn how to find it. Clean spills and dishes quickly. • Pests are most active at night, so don’t leave food out.

Follow these tips for a safer, healthier pesticide-free yard: • Choose plants wisely. Select plants that are suited to the conditions in your landscape and that are pest and disease resistant. • Install plants correctly. Stressed plants are more vulnerable to insects and disease. • Promote plant health. Test the pH and nutrient level of soil before planting or fertilizing; water, prune, and mulch properly. • Keep plants well-groomed. Debris buildup may harbor plant diseases and pests. • Inspect plants regularly for insects, diseases, or signs of ill health. Remember–some insects are beneficial! Simple steps to organic lawn care include working with nature, not against it. A healthy lawn needs nutrients and microbe-rich soil to develop deep-rooted, dense turf that competes successfully with weeds.

~ CET is grateful to the Massachusetts Pesticide Awareness Collaborative for information on the health impact of pesticides.

Publisher’s Note: The chemical pesticide Anvil is being fog-sprayed weekly and biweekly by truck in at least eight towns in Berkshire County in the summer months under the Mosquito Control Project. Towns involved include Becket, Clarksburg (larvicide and surveillance only), Hinsdale, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Tyringham. To stop spraying directly in front of your property, send a registered letter to your town clerk each year by March 1st. It is possible to get spraying stopped in your town; you must contact your Town Clerk or Town Meeting Moderator to find out specific information and procedures for annual and special meetings.

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