Natural Awakenings of the Coastal Carolinas - June 2020


The Food Connection Issue: Beyond Factory Farming; Plus: Gut Health






Taking to Vans & RVs

for Life on the Road



Finding Adventure

Close to Home




Eating Tips



Optimizing Cranial

Blood Flow

June 2020 | SE North Carolina & Serving Greater Myrtle Beach |






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plus: Gut Health

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Taking to Vans & RVs for Life on the Road



Finding Respite and Adventure

Close to Home


17 Travel in the

New Normal

Consider a Wellness River Cruise



Lift Your Mood with Feel-Good Foods


Getting Fit Without a Gym


Biological Dentistry

plus: Environmental Education



Six Ways to Boost Blood Flow


on Kindness in the Pandemic Age




Emotional Well-Being

plus: Adaptive Yoga



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9 eco tip

10 health briefs

12 global briefs

13 green living

18 conscious


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24 wise words

26 inspiration

27 calendar

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Happy June!

What does June bring? The first day of summer

with warmer and longer days to spend more

time outside. For those of you who love the outside and

maybe have a garden growing or even just some herbs or

tomato plants in pots, we have something exciting to share

with you. I am going to start to share my favorite, fresh

Homegrown Recipe with you this month (see below). To

enter your Homegrown Recipe for our July issue, go to and look for the

Homegrown Recipe icon to submit your recipe and photo of your completed dish.

Please don’t forget to check out our July issue to see if you have been featured and share

it with the whole community! It'll be so exciting for you to have your recipe published

and to give thousands of readers the opportunity to try it.

With the focus staying on food, our article “Feeding Happiness, Lifting Moods

with Feel-Good Foods” by Marlaina Donato on page 18 shows us how to satisfy cravings

for sugar salt and more in a healthy way:

“(Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach) Maria Marlowe’s go-to favorites

like homemade banana ice cream or chocolate truffles not only take minutes to prepare,

but fortify the brain. For must-have salty favorites, she suggests opting for snack

foods seasoned with unrefined or pink Himalayan salt, fresh guacamole, salsa, olives

or pickles.” These are all staples in our house and we eat salsa and guacamole daily

for snacks, pickles are a must with lunch and olives work into many recipes and dips,

too. Our favorite go-to recipe with olives is a Puttanesca sauce that can be used on

just about anything. Banana ice cream is a desired treat and we will be trying out the

chocolate truffles, too; who can go wrong with ice cream or chocolate?

In the end, eating fresh, making your own meals and trying not to over snack is

the key during these challenging times. Added with some creativity, laughter and exercise,

and you are sure to have a well-balanced day.

Happy days,

Lori Beveridge, Publisher

Basil Pesto

Homegrown Recipe


2 cloves of organic garlic

2Tbsp toasted pine nuts

¼ cup parmesan cheese

1 tsp salt

Dash of pepper

Splash of lemon juice

1 ½ cups of organic basil

¼ cup olive oil


Combine first seven ingredients

in a food processor

and while it’s on gradually

add in olive oil. Stop

once to scrape down sides

and process again until

all combined. Taste and

season with additional salt

and pepper as needed.

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news briefs

Historic Wilmington Foundation

Celebrates Preservation Month –


May is National


Month, and while

some events are on

hold, the Historic

Wilmington Foundation

(HWF) is staying

true to their mission

in myriad ways. “Although the date of this year’s awards ceremony

is yet to be determined, nominations are open and due

by June 1,” comments Isabelle Sheperd, HWF outreach and

development coordinator.

HWF’s Annual Preservation Awards honor those doing

exemplary work on old buildings in Pender, Brunswick and

New Hanover counties. These awards recognize contractors and

homeowners that preserve our region’s historic fabric through

adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, restoration and appropriate new


HWF’s mission is to preserve and protect the irreplaceable

historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear

region. The nonprofit’s initiatives include the Azalea Festival

Home Tour, scholarships for high schoolers through the Impact

of Preservation speech contest, Florence Fix-It Grants, Legacy

Architectural Salvage workshops, Tar Heels Go Walking tours,

and the historic Plaque program.

Location: 211 Orange St., Wilmington. Nomination forms

available for download on website. For more information, call

910-762-2511, email or visit

New Ways to Learn About the Coast

The North Carolina Coastal Federation

is offering new ways to

learn about the coast virtually. The

organization recently published two

webpages, a Distance Learning Lab

and #CoastalDistancing site, which

allow users to continue to learn

about and engage with coastal


“We are excited to

share these new resources

with teachers, families and

students,” says Rachel Bisesi,

one of the federation’s coastal educators. “I hope the sites provide

fun opportunities to keep learning about our coast even while

social distancing.”

The Distance Learning Lab is a collection of free educational

resources that facilitates learning about the coast’s environment

and what’s being done to protect and restore it by watching

videos or engaging in linked activities. Suggested learning guides

offer grade-appropriate video suggestions and review questions.

The #CoastalDistancing series offers special resources people

can use right now-at home, in the yard and on the computer.

It also offers ways to admire nature from afar or visit it safely.

Enjoying nature is good for the spirit; exercising releases endorphins,

naturally improving our mood and outlook. Much of the

federation’s mission is to save special coastal places for people,

fish and wildlife in providing for clean coastal waters and habitats;

advocating to protect the coast; and teaching and informing

people about and how to protect the coast.

Offices located in Ocean, Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach. For

more information, call 252-393-8185 or visit

Ease and Convenience of At-Home Health Tests

The public can check many health aspects

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way without going to a doctor’s office. Lets-

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June 2020


news briefs

Natural Awakenings Publishing

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NAPC Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman says, “Our

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World Oceans Day History

June 8 is World

Oceans Day,

which serves as

a celebration of

our oceans, which

generate most of

the oxygen that we

breathe, feed us and regulate the planet’s climate. The day also

serves to promote the oceans’ contribution life and the need to

protect it from harmful pollution, overexploitation, destructive

fishing and climate change. Unfortunately, as a result of human

pollution and exploitation, the world’s oceans are becoming

increasingly delicate.

In 1992, the Government of Canada proposed World

Oceans Day at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. By 2002, the

Ocean Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation

of the planet’s oceans, began to promote and coordinate

the event on a global scale. Finally, in December of 2008, the

United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed June 8

as World Oceans Day.

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Bruce Munro at Brookgreen:

Southern Light

Internationally known artist Bruce

Munro will bring his spectacular,

large-scale light sculptures to the

Brookgreen Gardens, in Myrtle Beach,

allowing visitors to literally see the

beautiful flora in a new light, from 8 to

11 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays

until September 12.

The exhibit will feature seven works

of art in light and mixed media, each

Bruce Munro

designed specifically for the natural garden rooms where they

will be installed. The illuminated installations will be comprised

of tens of thousands of components.

After his first visit to Brookgreen, Munro said, “My site visit

reinforced the notion of a garden being made up from a series of

interconnected outside rooms. It also left me with an impression

that the ‘garden rooms,’ populated by figurative sculptures, were

surrounded by an untamed landscape. It’s a magical place with an

edge of the unknown.”

Cost: $20/$25 adult member/non-member, $12/$15 child 4-12 member/non-member.

Location: 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet. For

more information, call 843-235-6000 or visit

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eco tip

Biking During the COVID-19 Crisis

Regular Tips Apply to Pedaling

During the coronavirus crisis, biking is

especially recommended, as it provides

exceptional aerobic and cardio exercise,

relaxation and because it maintains

social distancing. Keeping in mind

proper equipment, fitness, safety and

other factors can make it even more

fulfilling during this difficult period.

Choose the right bike. Those

designed for roads and pavement

are generally lighter and have more

gears than mountain bikes, which

have more shock-absorbing features,

plus more lower gears to help

traverse inclined terrain. Urban and

commuting bikes feature a slightly

more upright riding position that allows

better sightlines and improved

visibility by motorists.

Use a bike shop with mechanics

that test and adjust the bikes they

sell, including determining the proper

seat height—which facilitates proper

alignment of hips and a full rotation—and

the ideal distance from the

handlebars to the seat tube. Back,

knee or hip pain may develop if a

cyclist has to stretch his or her legs

to get to the pedals, according to the

League of American Bicyclists. A biker

doesn’t get proper leg extension if the

seat is too low. The legs should be

almost, but not totally extended at the

lowest point in pedaling.

Safety takes many forms. Even

well-marked bike lanes don’t guarantee

safety, so use caution. Some

motorists are careless about entering

bike lanes and don’t correctly stop

at crosswalks or look behind before

opening doors. Keep at least five

feet from the sides of cars to

avoid being hit. Don’t weave

in and out of traffic, always

don a helmet, signal turns

and watch out for runners and

walkers. Use the stop signal

(left arm extended downward)

to alert bikers that

may be traveling behind.

Proper pedaling can help

prevent strains. In addition to

ensuring they’re employing proper

leg extension, it’s advised that bikers

pedal a little faster in a lower gear;

ideally, 75 to 90 revolutions per minute,

which is easier on the knees with

less muscle fatigue than traveling

slower in a higher gear.

Routine maintenance includes

“cleaning and lubing the chain, replacing

brake pads, and changing and

fixing a flat tire,” according to major

bike and outdoor retailer Recreational

Equipment, Inc. (

The website has helpful

tips on tools to obtain,

along with basic information

on bike


cleaning and fixing

a flat tire.

Because COVID-19 information and guidelines continue to evolve,

stay informed of statewide health and safety recommendations for bikers

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June 2020


health briefs

Decrease Bone

Fractures with Natto

Natto, a fermented

soybean dish of

Japan, offers postmenopausal


protection from

bone fractures, concludes

a new study

in The Journal of

Nutrition. Studying

24 years of records

of 1,417 Japanese

women older than 45, researchers found that compared

to those women that rarely ate natto, those that consumed

one to six 40-gram packs a week had 21 percent fewer

fractures and those consuming more than seven packs had

44 percent fewer fractures. Tofu and other soybean products

had no effect on fracture risk. With its strong smell and

sticky consistency, natto is an acquired taste, but is also

one of the few plant sources of vitamin K 2

, which activates

bone-building proteins. Other studies have linked it to

healthier gut flora, lower cholesterol and blood pressure

levels, and a stronger immune system.

Consume Olive Oil

to Fight Off Aging

In what might be good news for teetotalers, researchers

at the University of Minnesota found that it’s not the

resveratrol in red wine that increases the life span of

cells of those following the Mediterranean Diet, but the

fat in olive oil that activates the critical pathway which

prevents age-related diseases. “This pathway has

been linked to almost all of [aging diseases]. It’s the

roots,” says Doug Mashek, Ph.D., a professor in the

departments of medicine and biochemistry,

molecular biology and biophysics.

His studies suggest that the benefits

of olive oil are most pronounced when

coupled with fasting, limiting caloric intake

and exercising. “We found that the way this fat

works is it first has to get stored in microscopic

things called lipid droplets, which

is how our cells store fat. And then,

when the fat is broken down during exercising

or fasting, for example, is when

the signaling and beneficial effects are

realized,” Mashek explains.

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Eat a Plant-Based Diet

to Lessen Stroke Risk

People that eat a vegetarian diet rich in nuts, vegetables

and soy may have a lower risk of stroke than others with

diets that include meat and fish, concluded a new study

in the journal Neurology. Taiwanese researchers studied

two groups of healthy people over age

50 that lived in Buddhist communities

in which drinking and smoking were

discouraged and vegetarian diets

were followed by about a third of

residents. Compared to the

meat- and fish-eaters,

vegetarians consumed

less dairy, animal protein

and fat, about the same

amount of eggs and fruit,

and more fiber and plant

protein. In the group of

5,050 people studied for six

years, vegetarians had a

74 percent lower risk of

ischemic stroke, in which

blood flow to the brain

is blocked, than nonvegetarians.

In the group

of 8,302 people followed

for nine years, vegetarians

had a 48 percent lower risk

of overall stroke than nonvegetarians,

a 60 percent

lower risk of ischemic

stroke and a 65 percent

lower risk of hemorrhagic

(bleeding) stroke. “Stroke

can also contribute to dementia.

If we could reduce

the number of strokes by

people making changes to

their diets, that would have

a major impact on overall

public health,” says study author

Chin-Lon Lin, M.D.




science photo/

Tofu Takeaway

Isoflavones Lower

Risk of Heart Disease

Observational research published in

Circulation, the flagship journal of the

American Heart Association, states that

tofu and other foods that contain higher

amounts of isoflavones are associated with

a moderately lower risk of heart disease,

especially for younger women and postmenopausal

women not taking hormones.

Researchers at Harvard Medical Schools’

Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed

data from more than 200,000 people that

participated in three health and nutrition

studies; all participants were free of cancer

and heart disease when the studies

began. Consuming tofu, which is high in

isoflavones, more than once a week was

associated with an 18 percent lower risk of

heart disease, compared to a 12 percent lower

risk for those that ate tofu less than once per month.

Tofu and whole soybeans are rich sources of isoflavones.

Chickpeas, fava beans, pistachios, peanuts and

other fruits and nuts are also high in isoflavones.

Hot Power

Heat Converted into Electricity

Researchers from

Japan’s Osaka University

have found how the

thermoelectric effect, or

converting temperature

differences into electricity,

can be best used

to power small, flexible

devices, reports the

journal Advanced Materials Technologies. Future healthcare

applications will require internet connectivity between

billions of sensors, and the devices that enable them must

be small, flexible, reliable and environmentally sustainable.

Batteries are not optimal because continually replacing

them is inconvenient and expensive. Many researchers have

optimized device performance solely from the standpoint of

the thermoelectric materials themselves. “Our approach is

to also study the electrical contact, or the switch that turns

the device on and off,” explains Tohru Sugahara, the corresponding

author of the study. “The efficiency of any device

critically depends on the contact resistance.” Thermoelectric

power generators are self-sustaining, self-powered

and have no moving parts. Solar power and vibrational

power do not have all of these advantages.

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global briefs

Splashy Solution

Generating Electricity from Rain

A surprisingly high voltage can be generated

from raindrops using a field-effect,

transistor-style structure, reports a new

study from the City University of Hong

Kong in the journal Nature. A single drop

can muster 140 volts, enough to briefly

light up 100 small LED bulbs. The new

design couples an aluminum electrode with an indium-tin

oxide electrode layered with polytetrafluoroethylene

(PTFE), a material with a quasi-permanent electric charge.

When a raindrop hits the PTFE/tin surface, it bridges the

two electrodes and creates a closed-loop circuit that helps

fully release any stored charges. The technology could

handle sustained rainfall, as well. If there are continuous

drops, the charge accumulates and eventually hits a

saturation point. Building rooftops could supplement

some of the electricity used inside, and electric boats

could extend their range.

Mental Relief

Mindfulness Training May Reduce Paranoia

In news that may be useful for people dealing with the

stress of the global pandemic, researchers from the

University of London have found that just one week

of practicing mindfulness—moment-to-moment

awareness—reduces feelings of paranoia. The

research, published in the journal Mindfulness,

was based on questionnaires of 494

people, enabling

researchers to

find a correlation

between paranoia

and judgemental thinking.

They found that higher levels

of nonjudgement predicted lower

levels of paranoia, even in individuals

that had a predisposition for it.

Then, 68 people were selected

and divided into two groups:

one that was asked to go

through a prerecorded, guided

mindfulness session once per day,

and one that acted as a control. The

session consisted of a quick body scan,

mindful breathing and awareness exercises.

The results showed a drop in judgmental

thinking and paranoia in the mindfulness group.

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Pest Alarm

Sentinel Trees Give Advance Warning

The United States, Europe and China

are growing “sentinel trees” in strategic

locations around the world to receive

advance warnings of destructive pests

that could destroy native plantings.

According to a study published in Plos

One, “Sentinel nurseries represent one

potential mechanism to address the

current lack of knowledge about pests

in the countries from where live plants

are shipped and the threats they represent

to native flora and crops in importing

countries.” As global trade intensifies,

the risk for accidental importing of

and exposure to new invasive pests is

a constant worry for entomologists and

arborists, stimulating a search for new

tactics to prevent future losses.

Beware the Air

Dementia Linked to Air Pollution

People continuously exposed to air pollution

are at increased risk of dementia, especially if

they also suffer from cardiovascular diseases,

reports a new study from the Karolinska

Institute in Sweden, published in the JAMA

Neurology. Researchers examined nearly

3,000 adults with an average age of 74

living in the Kungsholmen district

in central Stockholm for up to 11

years. Of





dementia. The district’s

annual average level

of particulate matter

2.5 microns or less

in width is high by

Swedish standards,

but low compared to

international standards.

Heart failure and ischemic

heart disease both enhanced the

dementia risk, and stroke explained

almost 50 percent of air pollutionrelated

dementia cases, according

to the researchers.


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green living

Everyday Adventures

Taking to Vans and RVs for Life on the Road

by Sandra Yeyati

Many Americans choose to travel

in recreational vehicles (RVs)

or well-equipped vans with all

the comforts of home—no hotels, just the

open road and a tank full of gas. Cindy Jane

is a Florida naturalist, vegan advocate, accomplished

artist and wife to land surveyor

Kevin Georgeson. Now 50 years old, she’s

had a dream since she was 18 to travel the

country in a van, visiting state and national

parks, hiking trails and spending quality

time in nature. She envisions setting up an

easel and painting in inspiring settings. “It’s

about getting out of that social norm of always

knowing what the next day is going to

be like, doing the same thing every day. I like

a little bit of the unknown, the unexpected. I

want to see things. I want adventure. I want

the freedom that comes with going,” she says.

The couple purchased a 2018 Ford

Transit van with low mileage and a little

warranty left on it. Together, they are

customizing it to create a comfortable

home away from home to satisfy Jane’s

wanderlust. Crafty and resourceful, they

voraciously watch YouTube videos to learn

the ins and outs of solar panels, electrical

hookups, kitchen countertops, insulation

and 1,000 other details that go into a successful

buildout. They’re taking their time

to do it right after investing thousands of

dollars already. To document their progress

and hopefully inspire others, they record

videos on Jane’s smartphone and post them

to her website (

Val and Nick Wheatley are veteran

nomads, having travelled the world for

almost four years in all kinds of rides,

including the 1994 Ford Bronco they drove

across the U.S. for six months. Camping

outdoors was challenging, and they vowed

never again to travel in a vehicle without

a bed. They purchased a Ford Econovan

to explore New Zealand and sold it three

months later when they left. In Germany,

where beautiful campgrounds and free public

lots with inexpensive electric and water

hookups are plentiful, a rented RV was the

way to go. With experience, the couple has

come to prefer converted vans or smaller

RVs, thanks to their fuel savings and easier

maneuverability in cities and on narrow

country roads.

According to the Wheatleys, traveling

and living in close quarters has its

drawbacks. Cleaning out portable toilets

and taking showers at truck stops can be

challenging, but for the avid explorers,

these inconveniences were always eclipsed

by jaw-dropping scenery and cultural immersion

in new countries. “Because we had

wheels and time, we got to see some cool

stuff off the beaten track that most people

that were visiting for a weekend or week

never see,” says Val.

Offering tips, tricks, candid descriptions

and inspiring photography of their

many world-trotting experiences, the

couple’s travel blog (WanderingWheatleys.

com) tallied more than 600,000 visitors last

year. Through online advertising and affiliate

programs, they earned enough money

for living and travel expenses. “The world

actually isn’t a scary place at all. People all

over the world in every culture are friendly

and welcoming,” Nick says.

For those looking to connect with fellow

travelers, there are numerous recreational

clubs that offer base camps, programming

and social opportunities. One such club is

Sisters on the Fly (, an

all-women outdoor adventure club founded

in 1999 by Maurrie Sussman and her sister

Rebecca Clarke with a penchant for small,

vintage trailers that are restored and embellished

by their owners.

With 9,000 active members and an

organizer in each state, these resourceful

and festive ladies hold more than 1,000

events nationwide every year, including fly

fishing, guided tours, kayaking, mountain

climbing, biking and more. “It’s about being

outdoors and meeting amazing women. We

love going into the national parks, taking

back roads and visiting all the small towns,”

Sussman says.

Living in an RV or van full-time has

become an attractive option for many

people, including college kids looking for

inexpensive housing or retirees on limited

incomes. “I think more and more we’re seeing

people who value their time more than a

bunch of possessions,” says Jane. “Maybe that

means working less and living more frugally,

so you see a rise in minimalism and van life.”

For a wealth of information on vans and

RVs as full-time options, as well as in-depth

interviews with van lifers, visit Bob Wells’

YouTube channel CheapRVLiving.

Sandra Yeyati is a freelance writer. Reach

her at

June 2020


Transformative Staycations

Finding Respite and Adventure Close to Home

by April Thompson

Staycations—sticking close to home for

new travel experiences—was a growing

trend even before the COVID-19

pandemic turned it into a practical necessity

for many of us. Staycations reduce costs,

minimize travel time and also lower our

carbon footprint by eliminating international

travel. Happily, they don’t reduce the pure

pleasure of finding new adventures, exploring

untrammeled nature, seeing the familiar

with fresh eyes and meeting people from all

walks of life. All of that is close at hand, and

especially when compared to foreign jaunts,

the price is right.

A good place to start is by checking out

state and regional parks, often overlooked

gems offering scenic miles of trails for hiking,

biking, birding, fishing, picnicking and

other activities. “Whether mountains, prairies,

rivers, forests in the country or heart of

the city, there is always a state park waiting

to welcome you, no matter what kind of recreation

you enjoy,” says Jason Clay, spokesperson

with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In Colorado parks, people can, for example,

river raft in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation

Area; boat, fish and hammock camp in

Jackson Lake State Park; and rock climb in

Eldorado Canyon.

Parks can be discovered and trail maps

downloaded by visiting,

run by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. It

provides searches for nearby trails using

parameters such as distance, types of activity

and wheelchair accessibility. Its smartphone

TrailLink app is free to download and $30

per year for unlimited customized use.

State, local and regional parks across

the country offer rich educational opportunities

for kids and adults alike, including

naturalist-guided activities, bird and botany

walks, lessons in local history, ecology and

geography, and more. Several states offer free

admission to all state-run parks, including

Hawaii, Tennessee and Illinois. State-by-state

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Making a Quick Getaway

Weekend forays into natural and rustic settings

can be ideal escape valves for people

needing a simple, quick change of venue.

Camping, of course, is always an option, but

for those that want to be in nature in a more

comfy fashion, using “cabin” as a search

word works well in websites like

and The option of glamping—or

glamorous camping—offers surprisingly

luxurious stays outdoors in tents, pods

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Getaway.House offers woodsy outposts

in 10 locations equipped with “tiny

house” cabins around the country designed

for quick escapes from cities. “If you were

at your desk in need of an escape, you

could cut out early and be there by 6 p.m.,”

says Vice President of Marketing Rachel

Mansfield. The private experience, with no

check-in desk or communal areas, enables it

to continue operating safely during the pandemic.

The cabins, designed to blend in with

their natural surroundings, are equipped

with food for purchase, stove, books, radio,

firewood, fire pit and Adirondack chairs, as

well as a map for local hikes and adventures.

“I did a getaway at a point in my life

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Kelly Kniewel stumbled onto tour

guiding after experiencing burnout in her

previous career in the beverage industry.

An Airbnb Experiences host, Kniewel now

leads small group tours of Chicago, introducing

locals and visitors alike to many of its

little-known facets. “I’ve fallen in love with

my city all over again doing these tours,” says

Kniewel, a self-proclaimed history geek.

She loves to take guests inside Art Deco

and Beaux Arts buildings they may have

passed before without realizing the gorgeous

art and architecture that exists inside, such as

the library-turned-cultural center, Chicago

Cultural Center, boasting two impressive

glass domes, one designed by Tiffany Glass.

Another favorite excursion is taking guests

on a water taxi tour. “It’s a cheap and unique

way to see Chicago. The water, both the Chicago

River and Lake Michigan, is so much a

part of who we are as a city.”

During the limitations imposed during

the COVID-19 period, Airbnb and other

websites began offering experiences online,

allowing people from all over the world to

connect and make pastries with a Swedish

baker, draw with a Mexican cartoonist, learn

about apartheid from a South African or

experience a day in the life of an American

Olympic bobsledder.

Traveling the World Without

Leaving Home

Hosting travelers can bring

new meaning to a staycation, offering a rich

opportunity for cross-cultural exchange

without any exchange of currency. The

popular connects travelers

with locals offering free use of a couch,

air mattress or spare bedroom. Available

in more than 200,000 cities worldwide, it

has 14 million members and sponsors local

language exchanges, dance classes, hikes and

dinners, so there are opportunities to make

new friends and have new experiences even

without offering a place to sleep. (During

COVID-19 restrictions, these activities were

moved online.)

Similar organizations that offer

opportunities for local hosting (including

low- or no-cost lodging) include,

established in 1949, which stresses world

peace and cultural exchange, and pre-interviews

potential guests and hosts to ensure

safety;, a free registry

for hosts and guests that do their own online

screening and matching; and EvergreenClub.

com, in which hosts provide a bed-andbreakfast

homestay for travelers over age 50

for $20 a night. An exciting option for homeowners

is, a $150-a-year

service that allows people in far-flung places

to switch homes, either directly or through a

staggered point system so they can truly live

like locals.

John Fackenthal, of Rockville, Maryland,

has hosted more than 100 couchsurfers

from 29 countries, and loved every experience.

“I had a big apartment in the heart

of Washington, D.C., when I first started

hosting, but lived alone and felt a little

isolated. I wanted to bring back the youth

hostel feel from travels in my younger

days, where you’d hang out with fellow

travelers and go hiking, share a meal or

play cards,” he says.

A web developer, he recalls such

memorable guests as a carpenter in his 60s

from the Pacific Northwest that helped

him with fixer-upper projects, a pair of pro

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lic and two young women from China

that prepared him a massive traditional

Chinese feast “with all four burners going,”

he says. “It’s restored my faith in humanity.

I’ve encountered nothing but wonderful

people, all with such different personalities

and backgrounds.”

Be a Weekend Farmer

Agrotourism, in which working farms

open the barn doors to visitors for day or

overnight trips, has the added advantage

of supporting local agriculture.


provide listings for farm stays worldwide

searchable by type, such as Christmas tree

farm, vineyard, orchard, dude ranch or

alpaca farm.

The 40-acre Taos Goji Farm and

Eco-Lodge Retreat, in Taos, New Mexico,

is one such venue. “My husband and I

returned to the land nine years ago after

Traveling in the

new normal

has quickly become

a major question.

No one is exactly

sure how it will

look. There have

been many surveys

to help suppliers

understand the mood of the traveler. It

seems they can be quite finicky. The

consensus is that travelers are willing to

travel, but need to know that they will stay

healthy and safe. “The question is when

travelers will most feel confident to take

the next step,” comments Marina Foy,

travel advisor and owner of Pampered

Journeys, based in Myrtle Beach.

Travelers have sheltered in their

homes for several weeks and everyone is

looking forward to traveling again. Traveling

is freeing and allows us to be vulnerable.

Some travel to explore and have new

cultural experiences, to build bonds and

memories or just to relax and leave the

Travel in the New Normal

Consider a Wellness River Cruise

chaos behind.

Foy notes, “One

of the most popular

types of travel

is river cruising,

especially a European

river cruise.

Once thought of like

a trip for grandma,

river cruising has shed the stigma. It

continues to create curiosity with all age

groups because of the variety of activities

it offers.” While river cruises are available

in the U.S., cruising overseas is much

more popular than stateside. Additionally,

incorporating wellness into a European

river cruise has become pretty standard

according to Foy.

“Wellness theme travel has been

increasingly growing. In the new normal,

we will see more travelers wanting to incorporate

wellness. Travelers don’t want to

sacrifice their health to have a good time.

The ships are small and typically carry

no more than 180 people. The service on

many years working as professionals in

stuffy offices. The farm has been developed

for our family and others who wish to be

close to nature and to live off of the land,”

says co-owner Elizabeth vom Dorp.

The farm is open for paid guests,

as well as to the volunteers known as

“Wwoofers” that come through Worldwide

Opportunities on Organic Farms to

help raise goji berries, fruits, vegetables

and free-range chickens. All cabins date

from the early 1900s, including an old

dairy barn converted into a duplex and

five sheep herder cabins. The farm is

surrounded by a national forest, so many

guests visit to enjoy hiking, biking, fishing,

rafting and ballooning. “Families with

children love to come and pick berries,

collect eggs and pet the animals. We have

rescue alpacas, sheep, goats, chickens and

turkeys,” says vom Dorp.

While the world may still be at the

mercy of unfortunate circumstances this

summer, travel is ultimately a state of

mind. By staying open, curious and present,

there are always new encounters and

discoveries underfoot very close to home.

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most is above and beyond because of the

size.” Foy believes these ships will easily be

able to meet most health guidelines amid

the ongoing coronavirus concerns.

There are opportunities to join

various fitness groups on board, anything

from stretching, cardio to dance. Some

ships have wellness ambassadors that’ll

take small groups on excursions with

a focus on hiking or biking as well as a

variety of wellness activities that include a

tea ceremony, yoga, meditation and tai chi.

Onboard wellness amenities can include a

fitness room, bicycles, whirlpool, swimming

pool, walking tracks and hydration


“When you are daydreaming about

your new normal for travel be sure to include

a river cruise. It is a very relaxed way

to have a unique cultural experience, build

strong connections and create memories

that will last a lifetime. And the entire trip

only requires unpacking once.”

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conscious eating

Feeding Happiness

Lifting Moods with Feel-Good Foods

Whether it’s a pandemic, a

breakup or a busy day with the

kids, heading to the kitchen for

a carb fix or a pint of ice cream is a common

knee-jerk response to stress. It’s easy

to get caught in a whirlpool of poor eating

when our bodies need nutritional support

more than ever.

Sustained or chronic stress can reduce

levels of dopamine and serotonin—neurotransmitters

linked to feelings of both

satiety and happiness. “When serotonin

levels are normal, it leads to both emotional

satisfaction and a sense of fullness

after a meal,” says Certified Integrative

Nutrition Health Coach Maria Marlowe,

in New York City and Dubai. “Conversely,

when serotonin levels are low, it can lead

to depression and a tendency to reach for

sweet and starchy foods.”

Avoiding Extremes

Stress-eating sparks only temporary physical

and emotional fulfillment. “When your

brain is in need of energy, it can mimic the

symptoms of depression and anxiety,” notes

Tara Waddle, holistic life coach at The

Center of Balance, in Greeley, Colorado.

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“Finding healthier substitutes that are less

processed can make a huge impact.”

Experts agree that concentrating on

weight loss or super-strict diets during

times of adversity might do more harm

than good. “Focusing on the need to lose

weight during crisis will only do two

things—make you feel guilty if you’re not

eating what you think you’re supposed to

and potentially make you eat more out of

guilt,” says Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Jennifer Neily, in Dallas.

Opting for healthier versions of favorite

comfort foods is a doable compromise

that can prevent endorphins from plummeting

after the usual temporary spike.

“With the right ingredients and recipes,

we can satisfy our cravings for sweet, salt,

creamy or crunchy with healthier upgrades

of our favorite junk foods,” says Marlowe.

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Friendly Fare

Eating to stay healthy during hard times

can tickle the taste buds without a lot of

invested time. Marlowe’s go-to favorites like

homemade banana ice cream or chocolate

truffles not only take minutes to prepare,

but fortify the brain. For must-have salty favorites,

she suggests opting for snack foods

seasoned with unrefined or pink Himalayan

salt, fresh guacamole, salsa, olives or

pickles. Filling a seaweed sushi wrap with

avocado can be a satisfying and easy snack.

For easy-exotic, Marlowe says, “I

always keep coconut milk and unsweetened

curry paste on hand to whip up a red

Thai curry, my favorite 15-minute dinner.

Simply add fresh or frozen vegetables and

protein of choice and you have a satisfying,

flavorful meal that is faster than delivery.”

Waddle’s healthy comfort foods include

nuts of different flavors, dried fruits

and baked Brussels sprouts with nitritefree

bacon, black pepper and a sprinkle of

nutmeg. “The food you consider comfort

food is comforting because it’s familiar,”

she says. “When you start eating healthier

food more often, it will become comfort

food. Just keep trying new things.”

Keep it Simple

The kitchen can be our greatest ally during

any life-storm, but having a stress-free

strategy is key, especially paying attention

to emotional states. “Ask yourself, ‘Is it

head hunger or belly hunger? Above the

neck or below the neck?’ If it’s the latter

and that’s truly what is desired, don’t deny

yourself, but choose with conscious understanding.

Savor the flavor,” says Neily.

Marlowe recommends easy meal

planning and maintaining an eating

schedule. “This helps remove some of the

stress and decision fatigue that comes with

figuring out what to eat in the moment,

especially with random ingredients in the

fridge.” Food shopping can be an instant

junk food trap. Waddle’s approach is a sure

way to outsmart impulse buying based

on habit. She says,“Start with the produce

department first. This fills your cart with

fresh foods and your cart will be full by the

time you get to the snack aisle.”

Self-compassion can be one of the

most important, yet overlooked considerations.

“Regardless of what you choose to

eat, be gentle with yourself,” notes Waddle.

“The guilt of eating poorly is more damaging

than the food.”

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Sweet Recipes for

Healthy Snacking

Banana Ice Cream


Chocolate Truffles


3 Tbsp cacao powder

1½ cups dates, pitted

3 Tbsp shredded coconut, unsweetened

Toppings (choose a few)

Cacao nibs

Cacao powder

Sesame seeds

Shredded coconut

Pistachios, crushed

Walnuts, crushed

Acai powder

Goji powder

Maqui powder

Pomegranate powder

Add cacao powder, dates and coconut to

a blender. (A bullet blender works well.)

Blend until a paste is formed, which should

only take a few seconds. Roll about a tablespoon

or so of paste into a ball. Repeat.

Choose a topping, sprinkle it onto parchment

paper and roll date ball in it to coat.

2 overripe bananas

¼ tsp vanilla extract

Add-Ins: choose as many as desired

2-3 tsp cacao powder

1 Tbsp almond butter

2-3 tsp carob powder

3-4 pitted dates

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 cup frozen strawberries

6 mint leaves

1 Tbsp coconut flakes (or coconut butter

or shredded coconut)

1 Tbsp ginger

1 Tbsp almond butter or almonds

½-inch peeled ginger piece

Peel bananas, break in half and put in a

zip-top freezer bag. Freeze for at least 4

hours or overnight. Place all ingredients

(banana base plus the add-in ingredients of

choice) into a high-speed blender such as a

Vitamix, and blend on high until soft-serve

ice cream consistency is reached, which

should be in about 30 to 60 seconds.

Taste to determine whether any more

add-ins are needed and re-blend if desired.

Spoon out and serve.

Source: Certified Integrative Nutrition

Health Coach Maria Marlowe

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified)

and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

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When getting to the gym is not

possible, there are plenty of

options to explore for at-home

workouts. From finding fun ways to stay

fit to getting loved ones involved, figuring

out what works and committing to a few

simple goals is a good start.

Although it may be hard to pull ourselves

up from the couch during periods of

adversity, sticking to an exercise program

can help boost immunity and emotional

resilience. “Not feeling like exercising is

common during stressful times, but try to

remember how good you feel afterward

and the sense of accomplishment. Remember

the why,” says life coach Suzanne King,

in Marlton, New Jersey.

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Begin With the Basics

Trainers agree it’s important to see working

out and taking care of our health as

an investment, and having a plan goes a

long way. “You would never just brush off

a business appointment if it was in your

calendar and you knew you had to attend,”

says personal trainer Chris Wong, in

Oakville, Ontario. “The simple act of putting

it in your schedule makes it real. Now

you have a responsibility. Now you have


Stephanie Mansour, host of the PBS

fitness and health show Step it up with

Steph, concurs: “Once I started viewing

workouts as my own personal confidenceboosting

time, a lightbulb went off in my

head and I became addicted to this time

with myself.” The Chicago-based personal

trainer recommends lightening up. “Find

something fun. Do something goofy like

dancing around. Schedule this in and

instead of ‘workout’, call it ‘pump-up time

for me’.”

Getting outside and hitting the trails

or walking every evening after dinner is

a great way to get oxygen-infused aerobic

time. “Use outdoor space to your advantage,”

says Wong. “I’ve taught boot camps

at parks, and one game I like doing is

Touch 20 Things. Run around and touch

20 things at least 15 to 20 feet apart, but

don’t touch the same thing twice. He also

suggests doing sprints or bear crawls for

distance exercise and step-ups on park

benches or large rocks. “If a park is not

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available, similar things can be done in

your backyard. Just have fun with it.”

Exercising Outside the Box

Working out with a different rule set offers

an invitation to add a new twist to a usual

favorite. “I personally practice martial arts

every day, but that can be done in a variety

of ways,” says Wong, pointing to gentle

qigong, shadow boxing, breathing exercises,

footwork drills and heavy bag training.

He recommends exercising every

day, but limiting more intense workouts to

three or four times a week. Cardio exercises

such as walking and bicycling are a good

daily choice, while high-intensity interval

training workouts can be accomplished

with minimal or no equipment. There are

a variety of methods with timing elements

that can be used to get a good workout.

For example, with the As Many Rounds As

Possible regimen, three exercises are done

back-to-back for as many rounds as possible

in a 10-to12-minute period.

Exploring free online classes on You-

Tube and other platforms opens up even

more options, including yoga, Pilates and

dance classes. Many trainers offer virtual

workouts over Zoom or Skype live in real

time. There are also mobile apps with

workouts available for download.

The Support Factor

Partners or family members can help

each other to stay on a workout schedule.

“You can set up a chart for you and your

family members to put a star or checkmark

once you’ve finished a workout.

Turn it into a competition, and whoever

has the most stars at the end of a few

weeks gets to pick the workout for the

whole family to do,” suggests Mansour.

Partners can also make a pact to take care

of the kids when it is the other’s turn to

grab some fitness time.

Being motivated is easier with some

self-love, King reminds us: “You can begin

something new by fully appreciating yourself

with daily gratitude.”

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Stephanie Mansour suggests this quick


4 Run and march in place, punching

your fists in the air.

4 Hop over a tile line on the floor and

back. Both of these count as cardio.

4 After 60 seconds, add in some

strength training, like 10 squats or half

push-ups on your hands and knees.

4 After that, do 10 repetitions of an ab

exercise such as crunches or toe taps.

4 Then repeat the circuit for as much

time as you have. This

adds aerobic and

strength aspects to

the workout.

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strokes and dementia, as well as bipolar disorder, depression and

suicidal tendencies. The first imperative for healthy cranial blood

flow is to make sure our blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol

numbers are in a healthy range. Health practitioners can help

us address that, as well as the conditions linked to reduced blood

flow—heart disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes, anemia, depression

and smoking. To boost brain blood flow, specific lifestyle strategies

have proven to be highly effective:

Eat strategically, especially beets and chocolate.

1 Nitric oxide (NO) is made in the endothelium, the thin layer

of cells that line blood vessels; it relaxes the inner muscles of those

vessels, maximizing blood flow. “The continuous formation of NO

in the brain is essential to life,” says prominent pharmacologist

Louis Ignarro, Ph.D., who received the Nobel Prize in Science in

1998 for discovering that humans produce NO and that it lowers

blood pressure and improves blood flow. He advocates passing up

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meat for soy and fish protein, eating antioxidant-rich produce such

as pomegranate, blueberries, spinach and kale, and consuming lots

of nitrate-rich food like celery and leafy greens which are converted

to NO in the body. He especially recommends beets—one

study reported that in juice form, it increases nitric oxide levels by

21 percent in 45 minutes—as well as dark chocolate. In a Harvard

study, older people that drank two cups of hot chocolate a day for

30 days had improved blood flow to the brain and better memory.

2Take amino acid supplements. “Consuming supplements

containing both L-arginine and L-citrulline are welldocumented

to boost the production of endothelium-derived

NO,” says Ignarro. “Adding antioxidants to the amino acid mix

provides added benefit by increasing NO levels.” He recommends

pomegranate extract, cocoa flavonols and omega-3 supplements.

3Move the body. Fast walking, running, cycling, swimming,

ball playing, weight lifting and yoga all help improve cranial

blood flow, says Ignarro: “Physical activity stimulates the production

of NO in all arteries, including those in the brain.” In one

study, women over 60 that walked for 30 to 50 minutes three or

four times a week increased ongoing cranial blood flow up to 15

percent. Yoga exercises like downward dog and shoulder stands

also raise blood flow in the head.

Play music. Research using functional magnetic resonance

4 imaging published in Scientific Reports found that blood

flow in the brain increases when people listen to music they love,

whether it’s Mozart or Eminem. In a recent study, Weightless, a

song written by the British group Macaroni Union along with

sound therapists, reduced participants’ anxiety levels by 65 percent

and physiological resting rates by 35 percent.

Do a chanting meditation. Kirtan Kriya, a 12-minute

5 daily meditation that includes chanting, finger movements

and visualization, “has been researched for over 18 years and has

documented benefits in increasing blood flow to the brain,” says

Krystal Culler, senior Atlantic fellow with the Global Brain Health

Institute, in San Francisco and Ireland. YouTube offers several versions,

as does the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation


Consider acupuncture and craniosacral therapy.

6 “Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to boost

blood flow, and it can also relax tense muscles in the neck and

head, which can impair blood flow more than we realize,” says

Wilson. She also recommends the gentle, hands-on-head approach

of craniosacral therapy: “It can directly improve blood

flow by removing restrictions, and it can also rebalance sympathetic

and parasympathetic functions, which has beneficial effects

on our nervous system and on blood flow.”

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June 2020


wise words

David Hamilton

on Kindness in the

Pandemic Age

by Sandra Yeyati

David Hamilton

has authored 10

books, including

The Little Book of Kindness,

How Your Mind Can

Heal Your Body and The

Five Side Effects of Kindness.

He holds a doctorate

in organic chemistry and

spent four years in the

pharmaceutical industry

developing drugs for

treating cardiovascular

disease and cancer.

During clinical research

trials, he noticed that a

significant number of people experienced

health improvements while on fake, or placebo,

drugs. This inspired a career change

more than 20 years ago, when he became a

writer and public speaker teaching people

how to understand and harness the mindbody

connection to improve health.

Have you noticed an increase

in kindness during the current

pandemic emergency?

I think so. In the past, you said things like,

“Hello, how are you?” as a greeting. But

now, when people say it, they really mean

it. There’s a sense of genuine compassion

that I think is coming out in everyone on a

scale that I’ve never seen before. We’re feeling

empathy for people that are suffering,

but also feeling empathy for each other,

because we realize that everyone is in a

similar place.

How do you explain this

upsurge in kindness during social

distancing and isolation?

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We are genetically wired

for kindness. The genes

that produce the kindness

hormone are some of

the oldest in the human

genome, like 500 million

years old. So, our natural

state is to care, to be kind

and compassionate. But

in life, we get caught

up in everyday stresses

and worries—financially,

work-wise and in

relationships—that often

obscure that natural tendency

to care. When a lot

of that stuff is taken away, people’s natural

sense of kindness and compassion come to

the surface.

Do you see an opportunity

for a shift in collective


Absolutely. We’ve been called to unify, to

recognize that we are part of the same

human family. There’s a global outpouring

of compassion. We’re transforming,

becoming more aware of our own kindness

and the needs of other people.

On another level, I saw a meme that

said, “It feels like the universe has sent us

home to our rooms to think about what

we’ve done.” There’s research that correlates

an increase in viruses and parasites

over the last couple of years to a loss in

biodiversity due to human action, like

knocking down rain forests and humaninduced

climate change. Species extinctions

are 1,000 to 10,000 times greater

today than they’ve ever been in recorded

history, except for 65 million years ago

when an asteroid crashed into the Earth

and wiped out the dinosaurs. Parasites,

viruses and bacteria have nowhere else to

go, so they’re jumping species, from bats

to humans, for example. We’re being called

spiritually not only to be more compassionate

and kind to each other, but also to

recognize the damage we’re doing to the

planet and to be more respectful of nature,

the environment and animals.

What are the positive

physical effects of kindness?

Physiologically speaking, kindness is the

opposite of stress. Where feeling stressed

can increase blood pressure, tense the

nervous system and suppress the immune

system, feelings induced by kindness

reduce blood pressure, calm the nervous

system and elevate the immune system.

Are certain acts of kindness

better than others?

It doesn’t matter what you do. What matters

most is that you do it because you mean it;

you genuinely have a sense of empathy and

want to help someone. All of the physiological

benefits of kindness come because the

feelings induced by kindness generate what

I call kindness hormones, the most important

one being oxytocin, which is a female

reproductive hormone that also plays a big

role in cardiovascular health.

Can a small act of kindness

really make a difference in the


Absolutely. It’s been charted scientifically

that if you do something kind for somebody,

that person will be kind or kinder to

five other people over the next day or two

because of how you made them feel. Those

five people will be kind or kinder to five

further people, which turns into 25 people,

and each of those 25 will be kind to five

people, which takes it to 125 people’s lives

that can be changed and affected in small

and large ways three social steps away

from you simply because of one tiny little

thing you did.

Sandra Yeyati is a freelance writer in Naples,

Florida. Connect at

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Fathers Know Best

by Neal Allen

Dads, lighten up. Yes, all dads project

their own fears and hopes on

their children. If Dad dreamed of

becoming a first baseman for the Yankees,

he’ll push Johnny into baseball, ignoring his

son’s preference for woodworking. If Dad

harbored hopes of being the next Hemingway,

he’ll praise Mary’s poetry, and maybe

skip a few of her tedious soccer games.

Those are the facts, ma’am. Dads

have a habit of imposing their own success

goals on their kids. It’s not built into

fatherhood to let kids willy-nilly develop

their own talents and dreams. Does that

ruin the kids? Who knows? It happens in

just about every family, so good luck finding

a control group for the experiment.

There may be no hope for the kids,

but how about the dads? What might happen

if they notice this odd behavior and

how might that lighten their own loads?

Most of us dads, most of the time,

initially take on the responsibility of fatherhood—income,

protection, education—with

drive and purpose. We make compromises

with our pre-dad selves. The sports car gets

traded in for a minivan. Playing guitar becomes

a hobby, not a professional goal. We

sign on at the warehouse. New dads around

the country are making these changes every

day, and mostly with alacrity.

It’s later, when the perfect infant

becomes the complaining toddler or

rejecting teenager, that the vexing notion

arises that another life could have been

lived. This form of nostalgia—for what

never came—is bitter. The word “nostalgia”,

after all, comes from the Greek for

“the pain of going home”.

But by seeing himself project his

dreams on his children, a father can also

see how he’s holding onto a suspect belief

that another life would have been better.

With maturity, a dad can revisit his

adolescent dreams; not nostalgically, but

with the wisdom that comes with age. Did

I really have a chance at the Yankees? Be

real. Weren’t there two guys in high school

alone who had more talent?

Asking these questions, a father might

even notice that no one in the family measures

his worth in worldly achievements.

A dad is best remembered in his capacity

for love, kindness, forgiveness, everyday

strength and friendliness. Your child may

know you’re a master carpenter. But what

she remembers is that day when you gently

showed her the right way to hold a hammer.

Neal Allen is a spiritual coach and author

who shares seven children, step-children

and grandchildren with his wife, writer

Anne Lamott. His book on a new path to

personal freedom will be released by Hierophant

Publishers in spring 2021. For more

information, visit

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And we need them. Certainly, stressors are high and budgets are tight,

but when making needed purchases, COMMIT to shopping in person or

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Choose local markets, buy direct from local farmers and opt for

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Please also regularly visit our online calendar or

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Sunday, June 21

Happy Father’s Day

Sunday Services Unity MB LIVE – 11am. See June

7 listing. Myrtle Beach.

Sunday Services Unity of Wilmington LIVE –

11am See June 7 listing. Wilmington.

Saturday, June 27

National Sunglasses Day

Sunday, June 28

Sunday Services Unity MB LIVE – 11am. See June

7 listing. Myrtle Beach.

Sunday Services Unity of Wilmington LIVE –

11am See June 7 listing. Wilmington.

Monday, June 1

Indigo Mom’s: Community Support Group for

Moma’s – 6:30-8pm. With Michelle Wells of Soal Star

Intuitive Arts. Support group for magical mamas and

mamas of magical children of all ages to come together

in a safe space to learn, talk, share, and ask questions

for parent empathic or Indigo children. Cost: $20. Blue

Lagoon Wellness Center, 2720 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.


Wednesday, June 3

World Bicycle Day

Thursday, June 4

Angel Speak Gallery Readings – 6:30-8pm. With Sheri

Perbeck. Receive channeled messages from the Angelic

Realm in a group setting from an Intuitive, Spiritualist

and Medium. You will learn about the Angels and who is

coming through to assist us now. Cost: $35. Blue Lagoon

Wellness Center, 2720 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-


Saturday, June 6

Sugar & Gluten Sensitivity Workshop – 11am-

12:30pm. With Chris Poorten. Presentation on the

effects of foods on our body, mind, and spirit and

how gluten and sugar sensitivities develop. “Listen

to your body” and develop a better understanding.

Cost: $20. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center,

2720 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2765.

Sunday, June 7

Sunday Services Unity MB LIVE – 11am. Join

Unity Myrtle Beach and Reverend Margaret Hiller

LIVE on Facebook every Sunday until further notice.


For more information call 843-238-8516 or visit

Sunday Services Unity of Wilmington LIVE –

11am. Join Unity of Wilmington and Reverend Mindy

Tucker LIVE on Facebook every Sunday until further

notice. Visit For more

information call 910-763-5155 or visit

Monday, June 8

World Oceans Day

Thursday, June 11

Women’s Fellowship Circle – 6:30pm. Join us for a

chance to connect, encourage and support each other

in a safe, sacred space. Whatever is challenging you

right now: feelings of anxiety, grief and loss or loneliness,

it always feels good to come together with others

experiencing similar life challenges. Bring beverage/

snack. Cost: $15 cash. Reservation required. Blue

Lagoon Wellness Center, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.

Sunday, June 14

Flag Day

Sunday Services Unity MB LIVE – 11am. See June

7 listing. Myrtle Beach.

Sunday Services Unity of Wilmington LIVE –

11am See June 7 listing. Wilmington.

Saturday, June 20

Summer Solstice


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Access Energy Services

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Facelift & Body Process Practitioner

End of Life Specialist

630-292-0216 •

Offering Access Bars, Facelift

and Body process hands-on

method promoting energies to

flow, heal and repair. This energy

transformation modality, links

season wisdom, ancient knowledge,

and highly contemporary

pragmatic tools for positive change. Receiving

these holistic, non-invasive treatments will leave

you with a sense of peace and space; and a feeling

like there are more possibilities open to you. All of

life comes to me with ease, joy and glory.


Lumina Acu Clinic

Enhong “Ann” Yu, LAc

6781 Parker Farm Rd, Ste 130, Wilmington

910-256-3939 •

At our practice, we combine acupuncture

with traditional Chinese

herbal remedies to address a variety

of our patient’s needs. Dr.

Yu’s extensive training in both

Chinese and Western medicine in

China gives her a unique perspective

that allows her to deliver the best possible

care to all her patients.

Alternative Medicine

The Club at CamClinic

Nan Cameron, MSN, RN, LAc

1928 S 16th St, Wilmington

910-342-0999 •

Located at the Cameron Clinic of

Oriental Medicine, The Club increases

your treatment options utilizing

complementary alternative therapies.

We help you design a program

that meets your health and wellness

goals utilizing cutting-edge technology.

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Canada goose control

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peace of mind to properties overrun with Canada

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Innate Health Family

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Dr. Ada Aniniba, DC

14886 US Hwy 17N, Hampstead

910-406-1200 •

Dr. Ada Aniniba is a Max Living

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Chiropractic and Wellness. She

focuses on five essentials of health:

maximizing the mind, chiropractic,

nutrition, lean muscle and minimizing

toxins. Innate Health is a familycentric

practice open to patients of all ages. Corrective and

wellness care programs provide a primary source of

wellness, nutritional support, immunity and allergy support,

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Shelton Herb Farm

340 Goodman Rd, Leland


Specializing in growing a

large variety of culinary

herbs, and grow seasonal

vegetable plants, heirloom

and native plants; butterfly

and bee plants. Open year-round with seasonal varieties.

Provide fresh-cut herbs, edible flowers and

microgreens to local restaurants, caterers and

home use. Also participate in local farmers’ markets,

garden shows and special events. Farm tours,

workshops and classes available. See ad, page 9.




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We educate and empower students

to higher knowledge concerning

natural health and healing.

Offering a variety of local classes

and online courses to support

living, sharing and teaching a

natural, healthy lifestyle.


Wilmington Holistic Dentistry

Dr. Jessica Shireman, DMD AIOMT

6200 Oleander Drive, Wilmington


Dr. Shireman is excited to bring

holistic dentistry to Wilmington.

She and her family recently

relocated from Raleigh where she

had a holistic practice for 5 years.

S h e h o l d s b o t h S M A RT

certification and is accredited by

the IAOMT in safe-mercury removal and has a

unique, patient-based approach to dentistry. See ad,

page 11.


The Calla Lily Advantage

Karen L. Dettore


As a master-level certified

Nutrition Consultant, Karen offers

several services including

nutritional well-being, holistic

nutrition, healthy cooking/meal

planning, weight management,

and sports nutrition. Eat better,

feel better, and have more energy; all in a fun and

rewarding environment with a healthier and happier

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Inner Gold Counseling

& Hypnosis

Novella Hall

Serving Greater Wilmington area

910-398-4724 •

Novella Hall has been treating

through hypnosis for attachment

trauma, past life regression, future

life progression, pain management

to restore vital and healthy

functioning, plus habit change, as

well as providing Akashic readings

for over 15 years. Both private and group sessions

including over telephone and via Skype. International

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Bliss Aesthetics Studio

Bonnie Briceno

4712 New Centre Drive, Wilmington


All-natural skin care services and

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Neurosculpting® is a 5-step

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Our uplifting mission of

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Thermography is a state-of-the-art,

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infrared camera that measures your

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Grandmother says,

“It’s Good For What Ails You!”

The coronavirus

(COVID-19) has

everyone sitting

up in their seats.

The coronavirus

is new and different

from flu and

other viruses, so

medical experts

are still discovering its characteristics

and the best way to treat it. What has

been established is that COVID-19

spreads more rapidly than the flu and

can be ten times more lethal. It is already

among the worst Pandemics in

history. Since a vaccine or cure is not

yet available, doctors are suggesting

rest, eating right, and plenty of fluids

to let our own immune systems fight

off the virus. To assist in this fight,

Captain Glenn’s Certified Hieronymus

Life Elixir Tea is a Natural, proven

immune system booster. When first

developed in the early 2000’s in Colorado,

college students and other users

reported a much faster recovery from

colds and flu, with some doctors calling

the Elixir Tea “Flu Buster”!

This getting back to nature may

be the answer. In simpler times, many

folks relied on blending a variety of

herbs, fruits and spices to create a tea

that had marvelous healing properties.

These “elixir” teas were the foundation

of holistic, natural remedies for

coughs, colds,

fever, indigestion

and a myriad of

other ailments. Introduce


to Captain Glenn’s

Certified Hieronymus

® Life Elixir

Wellness Tea.

Only one teaspoon makes a satisfying

cup of tea. Served hot or cold over ice,

this remarkable tea can aid in the betterment

of a number of health issues

and restore a sense of calm, focus and


“What’s in it?”

Many ask that question and we are happy

to share. Yerba-Mate leaves, Peppermint

Leaves, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger,

Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper,

and Clove Buds. These ingredients,

portioned correctly, work synergistically

to enhance the healing powers of

each. It’s not just using premium natural

organic ingredients, but also balanc-

ing the perfect amount of each ingredient

to create the optimal effect.

Nutrients and phytochemicals in

these herbs & spices include beta-carotene,

lecithin, amino acids, calcium,

iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium,

selenium, zinc and vitamins A,

B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C and E.

Our Life Elixir Wellness Tea’s

exclusive formula cleanses and detoxifies,

and can aid digestion, infections,

and even symptoms of anxiety.

It helps you feel better and get well

sooner. Captain Glenn feels called to

make his Elixir Teas available nationwide.

Captain Glenn’s final thoughts:

“Enough is enough of the abuse, pain

and stress that people go through—

most of that suffering is not necessary.

All I want to do is help people wake

up to the healing power of Mother

Earth.” It has become his life’s mission

to help others by guiding them to

become more aware of what they put

into their bodies and how they can recover


Sold at

1015 S. Kerr Ave

Unit “C”


“I have found that Captain Glenn’s Wellness team (I’m the

one who suggested that he should call it ‘Elixir of Life’)

has benefited several of my patients and clients. Typical

of the effects is that one patient who stated it makes

me feel more centered.” —Dr. David Sigurslid, M.D.

To enjoy Captain Glenn’s Life Elixir Tea TM ,

visit or call 970-903-5311.


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