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Letter from the Publishers

Well, fall is finally here and with it the smells of autumn. Our tomatoes are making a comeback after the late summer heat and we’ve planted green onions, turnips and mustard greens that will produce on into early winter. Cindy is home and able to get around with her walker and is breathing much much better. 


Affirming Naturally: Happiness is my inner partner.
by Doyle Ward
You have more than 55,000 thoughts each day. Many are the same
thoughts over and over again. Every single one is an affirmation;
this also includes everything that you say. By reducing your negative
thoughts and words and increasing the positive ones, you can
reshape your life. Expecting a better day helps to create a better
life. The only place we have to take action or make changes is the


EcoTip: Buy Nothing: Neighborly Groups Share More and Waste Less

Consider these facts:

  • The average American creates almost five pounds of solid waste per day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Only 26 percent of Americans know most of their neighbors.
  • Americans, with 4 percent of the world’s children, throw away 40 percent of the world’s toys.  

Less stuff

Less Stuff, More Joy: Ways to Live Simpler and Lighter on Mother Earth
by Ronica O’Hara

When holistic wellness coach and personal trainer Sergio Rojas saw his contract with a trucking company terminated by the pandemic, he and his wife Krista turned it into an opportunity to step away from a life of too much stuff and over-scheduled activities. “When life gets too complicated and there’s too much going on, you get stressed and irritated easier,” he says. “You don’t feel connected to yourself.”  


Fall Fruits for Savory Dishes:
Fresh Approaches to Autumn Flavors
by April Thompson

Move over, summer berries and stone fruits—‘tis the season for a cornucopia of fall fruits, including crunchy apples, chewy figs and tart pomegranates. By taking a page from the playbooks of orchard chefs, home cooks can flex the unique flavors and health powers of these autumn delights with savory mains and sides. 

pear and barley

Fall Fruit Recipes: Pear & Lentil Salad and Pear and Barley Salad

Fall fruits boast many healthful properties, from the apple’s plentiful soluble fiber and vitamin C to heart-healthy lycopene and beta-carotene found in orange-skinned persimmons. Pears are also loaded with pectin, which helps lower cholesterol, fight diabetes and promote gut health. Opting for light, savory preparations of fruit such as seasonal salads and soups over sugary desserts makes them an even healthier choice.

breast health

Healthy Breast Basics: Lifestyle Choices to Lower Disease Risks
by Sandra Yeyati 

One in eight women in the United States develops breast cancer in the course of her lifetime. “Notably, only five to 10 percent can be blamed on inherited gene mutations, and merely 13 percent of women with breast cancer have a first-degree relative with a history of disease,” says Kristi Funk, a board-certified breast surgeon in Santa Monica, California and medical director of PinkLotus.com. “It’s empowering to realize that the causes for the vast majority of breast cancer are under our control in the choices we make every day.” 


Water Scarcity Woes: A Global Problem That’s Getting Worse
by Jeremiah Castelo

Water scarcity is a legitimate concern.

It is true that the hydrologic cycle, the process in which the Earth circulates water throughout its ecosystems, is a closed-loop cycle that neither adds nor takes away water. In theory, the amount of water on Earth will always remain the same. But problems occur when the hydrologic cycle is disrupted, causing some regions to grow arid while others get constant floods. The human activities that disrupt that process include the building of dams, the industrial pollution of waterways, the paving of roads, excessive drilling and bottled water privatization.

cbd pets

Cannabis and Canines: How Cannabidiol Oil Benefits Dogs
by Caroline Coile

Struck with severe arthritis, Topper, a 7-year-old Ibizan Hound, was in such pain he could hardly walk. He had to be carried outside to eat or use the bathroom, and medication wasn’t working. On a friend’s recommendation, his owner, Christy Moore, of Florence, Arizona, gave him cannabidiol (CBD). “Within three days, he could walk on all four legs and I was crying tears of joy,” she recalls. “It was the miracle we needed.” 


Healthy Fall Fun with Adaptogens
by John Vastola and Scott Frazier

Although it is sad to see summer go, I believe we can all get excited about the onset of fall as we look forward to thin sweaters and hot tea weather!  Besides enjoying a lovely hot cup of tea on a cool fall morning we can also enjoy the benefits gained from a healthy cup of Adaptogenic tea. Adaptogenic teas are daily herbal teas that are considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. We will expand on three of my favorite Adaptogenic teas which will soon be yours too! 



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