Create a Thriving Local Herbal Community

Ten Ways to Get Started by Molly Meehan Farmers markets, CSA’s, and local foods restaurants have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity.  Consciousness around food justice, seasonal eating, and supporting our local farmers have become more common place. Yet herbalism, another a land-based profession that is central to our health, has remained fringe and poorly understood. Here are some ways you can ... Read More »

Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness, and the Good Wolf

by Grace Ogden In a recent Reply All Lite cartoon, the lead character Lizzie throws her hands in the air and says, “All I know is I had my self-esteem with me when I left the house.” The sassy, single, public relations executive, who dates and meditates, talks about self-esteem like a wallet or sunglasses. It is an amusing take on the ... Read More »

Ageless Being

Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit  by Kathleen Barnes In a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, of Yarmouth, Maine, as explored in her latest book, Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how we feel about growing older,” says Northrup. “You can change your future by adopting a ... Read More »

Changing Epigenetic Expression

Empowering Parents to Make Their Children Turn Out Well by Dr. Chas Gant The bestselling book by Judith Rich Harris, The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do, has been published in at least 20 languages and was a 1999 Pulitzer Prize finalist. This landmark book challenges the assumption that parenting matters very much, as long as overt ... Read More »

Think Before You Ink

How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible by April Thompson Few things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to ... Read More »

Pink Socks

by HawaH Right before the not guilty verdict was released in the Ferguson case, I was staring at a laundry basket filled with dirty clothes. Instinctively, I wanted to separate the coloreds from the whites. Somebody a long time ago told me I shouldn’t mix them together. Is that such a bad thing or am I overanalyzing? Should I mix the coloreds ... Read More »

Hidden Treasures

Neighbors Discover Their Wealth of Resources by John McKnight and Peter Block The essential promise consumerism states is that everything fulfilling or needed in life can be purchased—from happiness to healing, from love to laughter and from raising a child to caring for someone at the end of life. What was once the task of relatives and neighbors has been ... Read More »

Natural Dad

How They Raise Conscious Kids by Lane Vail Fathers are more involved in their children’s lives than ever before, embracing their roles of leader, nurturer and protector, and they’re reaping extraordinary benefits. According to a 2014 study published in the Academy of Management Perspectives, fathers that spend more time with their kids are both happier at home and more satisfied ... Read More »

Giving Birth Naturally

Conscious Choices Lead to Less Intervention by Meredith Montgomery Labor and delivery is a natural process that can be enjoyed. “It’s not something to be afraid of,” says Mel Campbell, author of The Yoga of Pregnancy. “It’s a wonderful and beautiful experience. We need to remember that the body is designed for giving birth.” Natural childbirth uses few or no artificial ... Read More »

From Me to We

How Becoming Yourself Keeps Opening the Door to Intimacy by Milagros Phillips and Paul Fogarty The path of transitioning from being single to being a loving couple can seem complex and intimidating. Here are a few questions to consider if you are ready to make that wonderful journey.  First things first: How well do you know yourself? How do you ... Read More »