Must Reads

December 2017 Issue

2017 Gift Guide

Often during this wonderful time of year, wellness is less of a priority and heightened consumption upstages efforts to go green. To practice conscious consumerism, consider the eco-friendliness of a potential gift item— what it’s made of, where it came from and how it’s packaged—but remember that gifts that acknowledge the recipient’s needs and interests are the most meaningful and fun to give. For ... Read More »

Peace on Earth

Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides BY LINDA SECHRIST   Call to Action Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed ... Read More »

Top Winter Reads For an Inspired New Year

2017-2018   A Year of Inspired Living Author: Kelly Martinsen  A Year of Inspired Living will help you discover the life you want to lead, the person you want to be, and the impact you want to have on the world. This delightful book is a compilation of essays, they range from the profound and poignant—love, faith, loss—to the heartwarming ... Read More »

12 Happy Holiday Tips

How to Really Enjoy the Season BY DIANNE BISCHOFF JAMES Feelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness. ... Read More »

Pets Love Music

Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat BY SANDRA MURPHY Just as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground ... Read More »

Inspired Living

Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle BY KELLY MARTINSEN Inspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when ... Read More »

Erase E-Waste

Regift or Recycle Smart Phones When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an ... Read More »

Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

Lowers Risk of Irregular Heartbeat High-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to ... Read More »

Long-Term Cell Phone Use a Health Risk

Scientists Warn of Cancer Danger Researchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; ... Read More »

Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse

Reduces Recurrence in Patients Researchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those ... Read More »