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Knee High by the Fourth of July!

  “Knee high by the Fourth of July,” every time I pass a corn field, I think of that saying. Growing up in Northeast Ohio, the summer months were my favorite “food time” because we would feast on fresh corn on the cob that had been picked only hours before it was presented at our dinner table.  My mom cooked it ... Read More »

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

The International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS) will be holding a D.C. conference this coming Labor Day weekend. Publisher, Robin Fillmore, interviewed Dr. Diane Corcoran, RN, who currently serves as the president of the organization. Background: A near-death experience (NDE) is a profound phenomenon, typically occurring when a person is clinically dead, facing death, or under physical or emotional trauma. ... Read More »

Living Sacred: The Practical Necessity of Meditation

If you’re like most, you grew up wanting to be a part of the solution—or at least not part of the problem. Yet with everything from complicated relationships to work stress to distressing world news, our inner domain is often anything but calm or loving. How do we live well, deeply and helpfully with all the changes and challenges we ... Read More »

Organic Nutrition as a Lifestyle

The search for healthy, nutritious food options often proves to be a hardship amidst one hour lunch breaks and fast food restaurants. In 2010, computer programmer, Rachan Malhotra, walked out of his downtown DC office looking for lunch, and it became clear that most of the food he found was neither healthy nor nutritious. This realization set him on a ... Read More »

Finding Balance for Total Wellness at The Yoga Fusion Studio

The Yoga Fusion Studio has a deep tradition of providing sanctuary and wellness to Bethesda Chevy Chase, offering yoga and pilates classes, as well as unique services and workshops. Celebrating its 3rd anniversary this month, the studio was founded by Laura Urgelles, former principal dancer with the Washington Ballet and 3-time Kona Triathlon finisher, Bill Beyer. During the time she ... Read More »

Farm to Table for All:

A tall, jeans-clad woman in rubber boots works her hoe down a lumpy, earthen field on a rainy spring morning.  “It’s the farmer’s day off,” explained Pam Hess, executive director of Arcadia, a nonprofit farm planted in the 19th century kitchen garden of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Va.  Hess readied the soil for more vegetables that will grow to feed ... Read More »

Welcome June!

Welcome June, the start of glorious summer. I love the shift from spring to summer with joyful memories of the last days of the school year and the promise of a season free to explore and travel, be silly with my girlfriends, and read lots of books. As an adult, it continues to be a month that inspires great happiness ... Read More »

Oneness Family School

A large circle of 6-to-9-year-olds sits and contemplates a jar brimming with multicolored glass hearts. “How do we want to celebrate our transcendence?” asks their teacher, and a forest of hands fills the air. The Rainbow Heart Jewel Ceremony at Oneness-Family School (OFS) is underway, a practice that honors each child’s progress and affirms their benefit to the community. Each ... Read More »

Mind-Body Prescriptions

Not a day goes by that meditation, yoga, t’ai chi, or some other mind-body healing modality isn’t spotlighted in the media. Recently, Time magazine published a lead story about meditation. According to statistics from the National Institutes of Health, deep breathing and meditation were the second and third most commonly used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities in 2007, far ... Read More »

Passion that Profits the Planet

  “Baby steps first. Then you can walk, and then you can run!” Eileen Fisher, fluttering her hands excitedly, advises a fledgling entrepreneur during a recent retreat in California. The founder of the eponymous clothing brand, Fisher started out in 1984 with $350 and a desire for simple, timeless women’s clothing. Drawing inspiration from history, she was intrigued by the ... Read More »