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—Oprah Winfrey

I‘ll let you in on a little secret: At this time of year, it’s not

visions of sugarplums that dance in my head—it’s visions

of the warm beach far from my never-ending holiday to-do

list. I love celebrating with my family, but not the stress that

comes with the season. If you feel the same way, this issue is for

you. It’s full of solutions to help you relax and enjoy the month,

even recipes for homemade thoughtful gifts.

Are you hosting a Christmas, Hanukkah dinner or just need ideas for a refreshing

change to the menu? Knowing this year things don’t have to be extravagant, why not try some

of our delicious recipes on page 21 and “The Gift of Yum” by April Thompson on page 20 to

make your meals a little easier.

Take advantage of this holiday season by enjoying “Mind-Body Fitness: How Mindfulness

Benefits Workouts” by Marlaina Donato on page 23 to learn how to breathe, de-stress

and just be with yourself. “Practicing conscious breathing fortifies the positive impact of

exercise and can prevent injuries like hernias that can arise when the breath is held during

heavy lifting. One of the most powerful tools for mindfulness during a workout is following

your breath.” Sometimes things that seem simple can be harder than you think and that’s for

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change our behavior, but it doesn’t happen overnight, I have to remind myself of that too. We

may not succeed the first time and things may seem hard but it’s all a learning process, just

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Legacy Clean Offers ‘Green Cleaning’ Option

Green cleaning is the process of choosing cleaning products that are better for both people

and the planet such as all-natural and organic options. Switching to green cleaning products

is beneficial towards the health and well-being of individuals and it also prevents the release

of dangerous chemicals into the environment.

Ana Antonia, Legacy Clean owner, comments,

“We offer organic and natural cleaning products as

an option for our clients who prefer not to use harsh

chemical cleaning agents in the greater Wilmington

area. As a family-run business, we understand that

home is where the heart is. We make it our top priority

to make sure that your home is clean, comfortable

and safe for you and your family to come home to.”

Antonia adds, “Cleaning a home naturally is no

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our clients not only as that, but as friends and hope to form bonds with them!”

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The Carolina Beach Holiday Market is returning for its third year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

on December 5. Enjoy shopping among 60-plus local vendors offering handmade items

at this unique market on the lake. All

COVID-19 safety protocols are required

and they recommend all patrons wear a

mask when visiting.

In conjunction with the Carolina

Parks and Recreation Department, the

market offers a variety of gift-giving

options for all of your holiday shopping

list items. They’ll have something for

everyone from sharks’ teeth to soaps, yard art to fine art and everything in between. This is

the perfect opportunity to shop local and support your community.

Location: S. Lake Park Blvd., at Atlanta Ave., Carolina Beach. Free street parking available.

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Walk the garden pathways with

a warm cup of cider, cocoa or wine.

Enjoy the sounds of holiday music,

carolers singing and celebrate the season

with family and friends. Regarding

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Holiday Flea at the BAC

The Brooklyn Arts Center will present the

Holiday Flea at BAC from 4 to 9 p.m. on

December 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December

5, and from noon to 5 p.m. on December 6, in


Forty of the finest local and regional vendors

will present one-of-a-kind vintage, retro, upcycled,

and artisan treasures in the church and in

the annex just in time for holiday shopping.

Each day they’ll have the area’s best food trucks:

WilmyWoodie on Friday, Catch the Food Truck

on Saturday, and Bill’s Front Porch on Sunday.

Additionally, a coffeeshop inside the annex and

the BAC full-service bar in the courtyard will

serve mimosas, margaritas and more.

The Great Christmas

Light Show in

North Myrtle Beach

The Great Christmas Light Show at

the North Myrtle Beach Park and

Sports Complex will be a park-wide,

lighted celebration that’s sure to capture

the true spirit of the season to be

hosted Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,

from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through

December 18 and then nightly on

through December 30 (closed Christmas


The drive-through light show will

feature 2-million-plus lights festively

displayed along a 1.5-mile drive

throughout the North Myrtle Beach

Park & Sports Complex. More than

500 magical light displays, some up to

55 feet tall, have been custom made

for The Great Christmas Light Show.

Visitors will experience 20 enchanting

animated figures and holiday scenes

where the lights will come to life. Additional

activities available include a

petting zoo, village obstacle course,

village treats, Santa’s Express Train ride

and, of course, Santa himself.

Cost: $15/$20; $30/$60; 1-15 guests/

vehicles Santa Village open/closed, 16-

30 guests/vehicles, 31+ call to schedule

buses. Location:150 Citizens Cir., North

Myrtle Beach. For more information,


Cost: $5 admission; good for all three days, children

under 12 free. Location: 516 N. 4th St. Masks and social distancing are required. For

more information, visit

Yoga OFF the Mat: What Feels Good

on the Mat and Beyond

The holidays are that time of year when many will become more aware and concerned

with stress that shows up as anxiety, extra weight, poor digestion or irritability.

Hillary Carlisle, a yoga teacher and health coach, is offering Yoga OFF the Mat workshops,

designed to give students holistic strategies for managing

these challenges along with supporting health, throughout

December at the Movement Works Yoga Studio, in Calabash,

as well as in the Myrtle Beach area and online.

“There is a science of yoga called ayurveda that tells

us exactly how to eat for the health of our body and mind,

and guides us in our lifestyle choices so that we can relieve

symptoms of disease and prevent the occurrence of chronic

illness,” explains Carlisle. “If there is a time we need these

tools most, it’s now.” The workshops introduce ayurveda

and teach the yogic approaches to nutrition, movement

and spiritual practices.

Carlisle says she is excited to share these teachings

throughout the holidays when students crave extra support

Hillary Carlisle

managing issues like stress, anxiety, weight and digestion.

“The physical practice of yoga is one of the most accessible

and profound ways to improve health both physically and

mentally, but I want students to know that their yoga and health doesn't stop at the mat,”

comments Carlisle.

Cost: $25 /$30, early/day of event. For workshop descriptions, dates and to register, call 337-

412-3873 or visit, follow @GreatLoveHealth on Instagram,

email See CRG, page 28.

Correction: Last monthʼs issue incorrectly stated cost and dates for YOTM workshops as

4-week series costing $150. Workshops are single events and cost varies by location. Contact

Hillary Carlisle for more details.

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health briefs

Nap Less for Heart Health

Retain Muscle Mass

with Vitamin C

“Bulking up” evokes

images of bodybuilders

and possible

steroid use, but

new research shows

that older people

that simply eat lots

of vitamin C-rich

fruits and vegetables

have greater

skeletal muscle

mass than those

that don’t eat these

foods. Researchers

from the UK’s

University of East Anglia collected data from more than

13,000 people between 42 and 82 years old and reported

in The Journal of Nutrition that the highest amounts of

vitamin C correlated with the greatest estimated skeletal

muscle mass—an important finding, as people older than

50 typically lose half a percent of muscle fat each year,

leading to frailty and a lower quality of life. Sixty percent of

men in the study and 50 percent of women were not getting

enough vitamin C from food or supplements. “We’re

not talking about people needing megadoses. Eating a

citrus fruit such as an orange each day and having a vegetable

side to a meal will be sufficient for most people,”

says study co-author Richard Hayhoe.


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For normal nighttime sleepers, taking a midday snooze for

more than one hour may hurt cardiovascular health, reports

a surprising new study from Guangzhou Medical University,

in China. After analyzing 20 studies of 313,651 people,

researchers found those people that napped longer than

60 minutes after sleeping more than six hours at night had

a 30 percent greater risk of death from any cause and a 34

percent higher risk of heart disease. However, for people

sleeping less than six hours at night, naps of 30 to 45 minutes

“might improve heart health,” says study author Zhe

Pan. Napping, long thought to be healthy, is under increasing

scrutiny, with some research linking it to high blood

pressure, diabetes and poor overall physical health. A 2019

Swiss study, published in Heart, of 3,500 people concluded

that napping once or twice a week reduces heart disease

risk by 48 percent, but benefits decline with more frequent

naps, perhaps because ongoing sleepiness can point to

underlying health disorders.

Practice Yoga to

Improve Atrial Fibrillation

Yoga postures and

breathing may significantly

reduce episodes

of atrial fibrillation,

suggests a new study—

good news for the one

in 11 Americans that

suffer from its anxietyproducing


racing pulses, dizziness

and shortness of breath.

In the study, which was

presented to the European

Society of Cardiology,

538 patients underwent

12 weeks without

yoga and then 16 weeks

of attending 30-minute

yoga classes every other day. During the yoga period, their

fibrillation episodes were halved, dropping on average to

eight as compared to 15 in the non-yoga period. Average

blood pressure was 11/6 millimeters of mercury lower after

yoga training. The patients also reported improved moods

and energy. “Our study suggests that yoga has wideranging

physical and mental health benefits for patients

with atrial fibrillation, and could be added on top of usual

therapies,” says study author Naresh Sen, M.D., of Sunil

Memorial Superspecialty Hospital, in Jaipur, India.

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December 2020


global briefs

daniel eledut/

Conscientious Director

Amazon Climate Label

Facilitates Greener Choices

Amazon is labeling approximately 25,000 products with a

Climate Pledge Friendly (CPF) designation to meet a commitment

to become carbon neutral by 2040. The selection

includes grocery, household, fashion, beauty and personal

electronics products, as well as from brands such as Seventh

Generation and Burt’s Bees Baby. CPF products are

clearly labeled in shopping results, have additional sustainability

information on their product page and are featured in

a dedicated section of the online store.

The Seattle company, which currently delivers 10 billion

items a year, has an enormous carbon footprint due to its

commitment to speedy deliveries, transportation-related

emissions and data centers. A paper in Environmental

Science & Technology, published by the American Chemical Society, found that going to a physical store actually has a

lower carbon footprint than shopping on Amazon because customers tend to buy fewer items at a time online. When they

go to a store, they’re more likely to stock up and reduce the need for more trips.

Tainted Taps

WellExplorer App Can

Warn of Toxic Drinking Water

The University of Pennsylvania

School of Medicine has created

WellExplorer, a new, interactive

tool that allows residents and

scientists to find out what toxins

have been deposited in their drinking

water as a result of hydraulic

fracturing (fracking). Exposure to

fracking fluid in drinking water has

been shown to increase the risk of

respiratory problems, premature

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births, congenital heart defects and

other health problems.

Different fracking sites use a diverse mix of chemical ingredients,

and individuals and researchers are often uninformed

about the exact health consequences of living near

a particular well. People can view the closest fracking sites

in their state, learn which chemicals are used at those sites

and view their levels of toxicity by entering their zip code.

WellExplorer can be obtained for free at

or downloaded on Apple’s App store.

A recent study published in the journal Database found

that operators of wells in Alabama use a disproportionately

high number of chemicals that target estrogen

pathways, as do those in Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania in

impacting testosterone pathways. The information found

through WellExplorer might be particularly relevant for

those that use private water wells.

Shining Example

Saving Arctic Ice

Using Glass Beads

The California


Arctic Ice

Project is


to scatter a

thin layer of


silica glass


over parts of

the Arctic in

an effort to protect it from the sun and help ice to re-form.

Engineer Leslie Field, an adjunct lecturer and chief technical

officer at Stanford University, says they are trying to

break a self-destructive feedback loop.

An underrated feature of Arctic sea ice is the ability of its

bright, white surface to reflect light. The frigid poles have

acted for millennia as a massive umbrella that helps keep

the planet cool and climate stable. Now much of that ice is

rapidly melting. As temperatures rise, the reflective white

ice dissolves into darker blue water that absorbs more of

the sun’s energy instead of reflecting it into space. Warmer

water accelerates melting, which means yet more absorption

of heat, which drives further melting, in a cycle that is

part of the reason why the Arctic is warming about twice as

fast as the rest of the planet. In July, the ice cover was as

low as it has ever been at the same time of year.

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eco tip




When the holiday classic Jingle

Bells starts playing in department

stores, Americans deck the landfills

with extra trash. According to

the National Environmental Education

Foundation (NEEF), garbage

increases by 25 percent between

Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day—

or about 1 million extra tons each

week—including 38,000 miles of

ribbon, $11 billion worth of packing

material and 15 million discarded

Christmas trees.

As this waste decomposes,

dangerous greenhouse gases such

as methane and carbon dioxide

are emitted, adding to the climate

crisis. This season, include Earth

on the gift list by reducing holidayrelated


To stop the uptick of mailed catalogs,

call stores and request to be

removed from mailing lists.

Reusable shopping bags are not

just for groceries. Bring them to

malls and boutiques to cut down on

single-use store bags.

Wrapping paper, ribbons and

bows are beautiful, but create

waste. Consider eco-friendly alternatives

like towels, tablecloths,

scarves and even socks.

According to NEEF, an estimated

2.6 billion holiday cards are sold in the

U.S. every year. That’s enough to fill a

football field 10 stories high. Be kind

to the planet by switching to e-cards

or making personal phone calls.

At the holiday table, use cloth

napkins and tablecloths instead of

paper. They’re festive, elegant and

best of all, washable and reusable.

Forgo plastic cutlery, paper plates

and single-use plastic cups, too. An

extra dishwasher load is better than

bags full of trash, plastic being the

worst non-biodegradable culprit.

Social-distancing Americans are

expected to flock to the internet for

gifts. Consider saving the shipping

boxes and packing materials for later

use or donating them to a mailing

center that would be happy to reuse


The most environmentally friendly

gifts eliminate wrapping and

shipping altogether. Here are some

favorite low-waste ideas:

n Charitable donations

n Cooking, music, craft or

other lessons

n Passes to museums or

amusement parks

n Gift cards for restaurants

or bookstores

n Music downloads or

spa treatments

Most towns recycle Christmas

trees and process them into mulch

for use in parks. Contact a local

waste management agency for


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December 2020


A New Story

for the World

Re-Visioning the Script for

a Healthier Society and Planet

by Linda Sechrist

The most familiar form of human activity and the most natural way to describe

what happens in our lives is through telling stories. Toddlers listen to stories that

have contained the same archetypal characters acting out similar plots for millennia.

In literature, folktales and myths all over the world, stories serve the purpose of providing

life instructions and answering humanity’s fundamental questions about the nature of

existence, such as who we are, where we came from, the definition of our purpose and the

nature of our reality.


In the 1980s, author and cultural

historian Thomas Berry declared that

humanity needed a new story that is less

destructive and dysfunctional. Berry filled

lecture halls, telling attendees, “We are

in trouble now because we don’t have a

good story. The old story, the account of

how the world came to be and how we fit

into it, isn’t functioning properly. What

once sustained us, shaped our emotional

attitude, provided us with life purpose,

energized action, consecrated suffering,

integrated knowledge and guided education

is no longer serving humanity.” As

we are discovering globally through hard

experience, the old stories of rugged individualism

and conquering and dominating

the natural world have run their course

with grim results.

In the last four decades, fragments of

a new story have been slowly emerging.

Because it isn’t deemed worthy of mainstream

media, the public is left in the

dark about new, life-instructing stories

capable of altering human civilization in

positive ways. Were these story fragments

woven together in an anthology, chapters

on climate, economy, religion, environment,

science, politics, medicine, education,

conscious evolution and community

would constitute a useful account of ideas

and concepts capable of bringing about

a brighter future for humanity and the

planet. These possibilities would surely

capture readers’ imaginations.

New Climate Story

In Climate: A New Story, writer and activist

Charles Eisenstein suggests that we

need a new story that makes possible the

more beautiful world our hearts know is

achievable. The story, which he believes

is attainable, calls for people, governments

and organizations to embrace a

partnership paradigm to protect, restore,

regenerate and repair damages to our

planet’s natural world, which we call the

environment. Using indigenous wisdom,

organizations such as the Pachamama Alliance

and Bioneers are helping individuals

worldwide to recognize that humanity is

here to be in service to life. Creating the

right conditions for revitalizing life is the

opposite of our collective story that views

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the natural world only as a resource.

Eisenstein’s ideas for regenerative agriculture

match those described in environmentalist

Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: The

Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed

to Reverse Global Warming. In October,

Drawdown Georgia became the first

state-centered effort to crowd-solve for

climate change, with solutions tailored to

Georgia’s unique natural, economic and

social resources.

New Science Story

Evolution biologist Elisabet Sahtouris’

stories about science shine a light on the

broader perspective of life and science

gained from studying multiple worldviews.

A scholar of ancient sciences, Sahtouris

reminds us that the original purpose of

science was to find guidance for human

affairs by studying nature. During a recent

conversation with Ubiquity University

founder Jim Garrison in the online Humanity

Rising’s Global Solutions Summit,

she says, “We have acted in opposition and

made ecology subservient to our economy,

using ecology as a set of resources for

human economics. When we make our

economy fit into nature’s economy, which

we call ecology, we’ll have ecosophy, the

‘wisdom of the Earth itself ’ that occurs

when a man knows how to listen with


Sahtouris teaches corporations about

ecosophy’s new view of a conscious universe

and a living Earth in which we are

co-creators. This, she believes, takes humans

out of fatalistic victimhood so that

we can become consciously active agents

of our destiny. Lifting the fog of our selfimage

as consumers of stuff gives humans

the rights and responsibilities to live out

our full co-creative humanity.

A Global Commons Sharing


Through the daily sharing of stories with

keynote speakers and panel discussions,

Garrison increases the momentum of

the Humanity Rising movement, which

includes Ubiquity University students,

program participants and more than 400

organizations that come together as a

“global commons” to take counsel and

share what they are developing for their own networks.

Humanity Rising was launched to try to leverage the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic

into an opportunity for human renewal and increase our resilience to future

challenges. This new form of real-life competency education delivered in TED Talk-style

presentations, moderated dialogues, working groups, blogs, ongoing conversations,

group discussions and other interactions provides participants a wide scope of possibilities

and activities for working together for global solutions.

Economics Story

If British economist Kate Raworth writes a follow-up to her bestselling book Donut

Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, she’ll certainly add a case

study of her consulting work in Amsterdam, where her donut model is now embraced as

the starting point for public policy decisions. Amsterdam is the world’s first city to make

a commitment to Raworth’s concepts: “Out with the global attachment to economic

growth and laws of supply and demand, and in with … what it means for countries, cities

and people to thrive in balance with the planet,” as reported in The Guardian. The simple

central premise of Raworth’s alternative to growth economics is that the goal of economic

activity should be to meet the core needs of all within the means of the planet.


Author Robert Atkinson’s contribution to the new story is his understanding of the

underlying unity in all religions and all humanity, expressed throughout his book The

Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness. “Nature is an embodiment

of the divine, and the whole Earth is sacred. Its vast resources are our common

heritage entrusted to us,” he says. “Humanity is one family. Having passed through the

stage of childhood, humanity is now struggling to leave behind its adolescent ways

while taking on new patterns of thought and action in approaching its maturity. Accepting

the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality

will lead us further along our journey toward lasting peace.”

Atkinson believes global harmony is inevitable when we exercise our obligation to in-

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dependently investigate reality and stop blindly and uncritically

following various traditions, movements and opinions. He says,

“I consider this as one of the main sources of world conflict.”

Undivided Wholeness

In a world engulfed by fragmentation, the film Infinite Potential:

The Life & Ideas of David Bohm is a healing balm with the

potential to overturn our ideas about the world and ourselves.

“The core work of David Bohm, considered one of the most significant

theoretical physicists of the 20th century, is our essential

interconnectedness and undivided wholeness from which we get

a sense of our own interconnectivity,” says producer and director

Paul Howard. “This realization makes it logical to start taking

better care of ourselves, each other and planet Earth.”

Howard notes, “David was interested in the nature of thought

and consciousness. Realizing that he wanted to develop full expression

of his interests, he explored wider domains and investigated

different worldviews with sages, philosophers and spiritual

leaders such as the Dalai Lama, who called David his ‘science

guru’. A lifelong concern with social and political change led

him to develop the Bohm Dialogue, a form of communication

aiming to break through our collective modes of habitual

thought. He also spent time with indigenous people, searching

for a new form of language in which to express his ideas in a

more process-oriented way.”

Indigenous Wisdom

While the early church developed and grew in numbers by assimilating

the wisdom of the world about it, including paganism,

it neglected to assimilate the intuitive ways in that indigenous

people knew the natural world, how it functioned and how intimately

they were integrated with it.

Tribes around the globe have ancient extinction stories that

foretold the crises we are collectively experiencing, as well as

potential outcomes and possible solutions. In Sacred Instructions:

Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, Sherri

Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset) tells the story of the Mohawk

Seventh Generation Prophecy. “The Onkwehonwe, or real

people, rise up and demand their wisdom and way of life be

respected and that the natural way of the Earth and way of life

be fully restored. Teachings on the indigenous way of life are being

sought after, and all that remains is that we work together to

restore the Earth to a state of balance and good health,” she says.

Medicine and Community

Thousands of people are gathering in online intentional communities

associated with personal growth, healing and spiritual

awakening. Jennifer Phelps, M.D., owner and director of Phelps

MD Integrative Medicine, in Redding, Connecticut, practices

mind-body medicine and is a faculty member of the Center for

Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C. A trained facilitator

of small groups, she has been teaching trauma and stress healing

via Zoom calls during the pandemic.

Initially, Phelps was concerned about how the levels of

intimacy, trust and vulnerability necessary for individuals to develop

a sense of cohesiveness and bonding could be formed via

computer screens. By using the center’s model of self-care, selfawareness

and mutual support that has its roots in indigenous

culture, she felt her concern dissipate as group members began

to bond quickly. “Our guidelines call for no cross-talking and

no interrupting. Confidentiality is sacred. I’m a facilitator and

a participant, which most models don’t allow,” says Phelps. She

speculates that the success of online bonding might be due to

participants feeling safer in their homes with a little extra anonymity,

noting, “Not being face-to-face seems to allow people to

share more freely. These weird times are creating a commonality

and a sense of community connection.”


Conscious Choice

Leah Lamb, a sacred storyteller in Topanga, California, defines

her role as a seer far beyond the present moment. In Lamb’s

online classes with her storytelling community, she loves sharing

quotes by other storytellers such as Rebecca Solnit, “We think

we tell stories; but stories often tell us … Too often stories saddle

us, and they ride us and whip us onward and tell us what to do

and we do it without questioning. The task of learning to be free

is to learn to hear them; to question them, to pause and hear

silence, to name them and then become a storyteller of your

own story.”

“In our role of storyteller, we can’t be without understanding

that we tell stories about how we are in the world as much as stories

tell us how to be in world. Identify and notice your stories,

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then understand how they are running

you, so you can consciously choose

your place in them,” advises Lamb, who

encourages her students to discover the

genius of their own calling.

These are only some chapters in the

new story that calls for each of us to be

aware of the stories we live by, as well as

those we tell ourselves and others. It also

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message we hear throughout the year, but especially during the holidays,

is, “Buy local.” The idea is to purchase from locally owned and operated businesses.

Facing competition from big chains like Walmart or internet companies

like Amazon, they need our support. But it’s not just a nice thing to do; consumers that

buy local help build robust hometown economies with a long list of impressive benefits.

“About three dozen studies have found that two to four times more money stays in the

economy for every dollar spent in a locally owned business rather than a nonlocal one,”

says economist Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution, Put Your Money

Where Your Life Is and The Local Economy Solution. “What’s more, the community enjoys

a multiplier effect, generating two to four times more job opportunities, two to four times

more income and two to four times greater tax collections. If your interest is in reducing

poverty and raising social equality, locally owned businesses are your ticket to doing so.”

According to Shuman, cities that rely on just one or two large companies to drive their

economies are far less self-reliant and less resilient than towns that support a diversified

base of smaller, locally owned businesses. “The more you have control over your economy,

the less likely you’re going to be hurt if one big company splits for Mexico,” he explains.

Cities that have many thriving local businesses enjoy other benefits, too. “We know

from political science studies that they have higher rates of voting participation and volunteering,”

Shuman says. “Sociology studies

show lower crime and greater degrees

of social organization and civil society.

Health studies reveal that local business

communities replace a lot of unhealthy,

imported food with healthier, fresher, lesspackaged

food that lowers rates of diabetes

and obesity. Unique local businesses attract

tourists. And because they shorten the

lines of distribution and supply, we know

they bring down carbon footprint.”

Phoenix business leader Kimber Lanning,

who opened a record store in 1987

and an art gallery in 1999, has witnessed

firsthand the transformative power of

local commerce. “Doing business with

people we know heightens our connection

to place, and when we care about place,

we’re more likely to vote, volunteer and

give charitably.”

In 2003, Lanning founded the nonprofit

Local First Arizona (LFA) to help local

businesses thrive and eventually eliminate

city, state and federal subsidies that

multinational companies were receiving.

“Big chains move in, claiming they’re going

to drive so much sales tax revenue that the

city should pay them to be there,” she explains.

“Cabela’s [the outfitter chain] got a

$68 million subsidy from Glendale to open

one retail location. These sweetheart deals

extract money out of the community that

could have been spent on parks, libraries

and fire departments, but instead goes to

shareholders living elsewhere.” Responding

to political pressure by LFA and others,

Arizona passed a law banning these subsidies

five years ago—a major victory—leveling

the playing field for smaller businesses,

according to Lanning.

As the author of 13 destination guidebooks,

Florida-based travel journalist

Karen T. Bartlett helps people discover

the often-hidden flavors and experiences

unique to their own region, meeting neighbors

and supporting the local economy

along the way. “From kayak adventures

and foodie tours to community theater

productions and galleries featuring local

artists, fun and meaningful ways to enjoy

the distinctive offerings of home abound,”

she says.

“Think local first,” Lanning says. “Spend

your money with people you know in your

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community—from haircuts to oil changes.

Use a local pharmacy. Go to the farmers’

market and move your money to community

banks and credit unions.”

“For people to get excited about the

purchase of a five-dollar hammer and

not pay attention to where they have

their mortgage is utterly irrational. Rank

[in] order your business expenditures,

which starts with your home, then probably

goes to your car and then health care,

and think about ways of localizing those

things, rather than every grocery item,”

Shuman advises.

“Usually, you find cheaper, better-quality

goods and services, or at the very least,

comparable options,” he says, adding that

even if a purchase is slightly more expensive

or a bit less convenient, favoring the

neighborhood vendor is always going to

benefit the local economy.

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Like many parents, Alicia Hough, a corporate wellness expert in New York, used to

go overboard plying her kids with gifts at Christmas. “I was always busy with work,

which is why I thought that buying my children the latest or most trending toy in

the market will make up for the time I’ve lost,” she recalls. “As kids, they indeed get excited

with material gifts, but that joy is just temporary, and that’s what I realized throughout this

pandemic. In the end, it’s the relationship with people you value that matters, and not these

material things or celebrations.”

Hough, who considers the pandemic a turning point, is not alone. In this turbulent

year, holiday celebrations will likely be smaller, quieter and less opulent for many families.

Yet the crisis has also set the stage for families “to create a holiday that is more in keeping

with their values, finding deeper connection and meaning with less rushing around and

spending less money,” says Laura Markham, a clinical psychologist and author of Peaceful

Parent, Happy Kids.

Besides passing up traveling and parties for cozy pajama times, many families are seriously

rethinking their gift-giving habits. Although presents are a beloved part of Christmas,

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations, many families have come to wonder how the shopping

and spending has gotten so out of hand. According to Investopedia, in 2019, the average

American spent $942 on holiday gifts, a figure that has steadily mounted in the last decade

to total $1 trillion. An estimated $16 billion worth of those gifts are unappreciated and

tossed aside, reports Moneyish.

This pandemic season offers “a chance to reset expectations if festive gift-giving has become

excessive in recent years,” says Beth Kempton, author of Calm Christmas and a Happy

December 2020


Gentle Self-Care

for Parents

It’s been a long, hard year for many

parents, and working to make the

holidays special for the children may

add another layer of stress and anxiety.

That’s why it’s key to acknowledge any

sadness one is experiencing.

“Feelings of melancholy are a reality

for many people over the holidays, and

this year it is likely to affect more of us

than usual, given how so many of us

have lost someone or something this

year,” says Beth Kempton, author of

Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year:

A Little Book of Festive Joy. “It is vital

to acknowledge these feelings and accommodate

them, whilst also making

space for joy. This comes down to talking

about it, letting people know what

you need or asking what they need and

being prepared for the emotions to rise

to the surface in the middle of things.”

She suggests “putting some slack in

your schedule, taking extra care of your

health, reaching out for support and

giving yourself permission to do things

differently this year.”

New Year: A Little Book of Festive Joy. “Perhaps

most important is to have a conversation

with children about buying less stuff

and avoiding waste,” she adds. “They may

have their own ideas about how to reduce

waste and relish the challenge of thinking

about what they really want.”

Getting Creative

For Evan Porter, of Milton, Georgia, a

parenting writer at,

“Less clutter and fewer gifts are something

we’ve been working toward anyway.” This

year, he and his wife plan to drastically pare

down their kids’ gifts, possibly using this

formula: “Something to read, something to

wear, something you want and something

you need.” Instead of presents under a tree,

Dawna Campbell, of Bigfork, Montana,

founder of, will give

her kids an unplugged (and coronaviruscompliant)

nature retreat where they can

investigate the natural environment, work

with animals and journal about how to

make the world a better place.

For parents that want to embrace creativity,

low costs and sustainability this holiday

season, Kempton suggests the following

gift-giving ideas:

n Build anticipation with a treasure hunt

or by opening presents over a period of


n Incorporate a sense of wonderment

with a wooden magic set or a storybook

written by either or both parents that stars

the child.

n Surprise the children by transforming a

room in the house into a winter wonderland

or turning the garden shed into

Santa’s grotto.

n Offer a parent’s time, skills and attention

in the form of promissory notes or a

small token that indicates a future shared

experience, such as a jar of homemade

marshmallows tied with a label promising

a family camping trip.

n Give children items that they can use

or eat that are handmade by the parents.

n Invoke a sense of nostalgia that

prompts family storytelling, such as a

jigsaw that summons memories of putting

together a puzzle with a grandfather

50 years ago.

n Celebrate environmental stewardship

by planting and growing a Christmas tree

or Hanukkah bush.

Even gift wrapping can become a fun

and eco-smart family game by challenging

everyone to creatively repurpose everything

from old maps and fabrics to magazines and

paper bags, perhaps decorated with artwork

and nature finds. If every American family

wrapped just three presents in re-used materials,

it would save enough paper to cover

45,000 football fields, estimates the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention.

However they are wrapped, gifts demonstrate

in these unprecedented times that

deep joy comes not from acquiring new

stuff, but from caring for and giving to

each other—especially our children. “In the

end, the most precious gift parents can give

their children this holiday is their attention,

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Gift-givers seeking memorable presents while avoiding holiday shopping stress need

look no further than the kitchen. Edible homemade gifts make special, welcome

treats, help slow down the shopping frenzy of the season and increase creativity in

the kitchen. While 79 percent of recipients return some holiday gifts every year, food and

handmade items rank in the top 10 treasured gifts, according to Survey Monkey research.

Mackenzie Burgess, a Fort Collins, Colorado, dietitian and recipe developer at Cheerful

Choices, encourages holiday gift-givers to think beyond the Christmas cookie. One of her

go-to holiday gifts, a lentil and brown rice dry soup mix, features colorful dry ingredients

layered in a Mason jar and the recipe attached with a pretty ribbon. “This shelf-stable

dry soup mix is the perfect, plant-based meal to make on a chilly night, and makes for a

unique, affordable and thoughtful gift,” says Burgess, adding that the Mason jars can be


For a sweet but healthy treat, Burgess offers freezer-friendly energy bites, which can be

made in large quantities in advance and frozen or refrigerated, then popped into jars at

gift time. These gluten-free, vegan treats can be made with common pantry items, including

a base of oats, nut butter and a sweetener like honey or agave, as well as “fixings” such

as shredded coconut, dried cranberries or goji berries, chopped nuts, or chia or flax seeds

to boost the flavor and nutrition. Natural food coloring can also be added to foster a more

festive look.

To give a gift a “wow” factor, blogger Shelley Fulton, in Hudson, Ohio, recommends

making a themed basket that may include a mix of homemade and purchased items. “You

can take your signature spice rub or that homemade soup mix everyone raves about and

expand into a gift basket with other products that support the theme, like barbecue tools

for the spice rub or a kettle with cute soup bowls and a new ladle for the soup mix,” says

Fulton, the creator of Two Healthy Kitchens. For the dog lovers on a holiday list, Fulton

suggests making homemade sweet potato dog biscuits, which can be bundled in a dog bed

with other canine comforts.

Stephanie Hafferty, author of The Creative

Kitchen: Seasonal Plant Based Recipes

for Meals, Drinks, Garden and Self Care,

suggests handcrafted items like infused vinegars,

herb salts, herbal tea blends or spice

mixes for foodies on the holiday gift list.

Infused concoctions can be easily made

by steeping a light vinegar like champagne

or cider with rosemary, thyme or other

perennial herbs, along with a spiraled citrus

peel, for two weeks before gifting. “Infused

vinegars look so lovely and go with so many

winter dishes. They also have the advantage

of being antiviral and having the shelf life of

a few years,” says Hafferty.

Herb-infused olive oils make another

gorgeous foodie gift, but Hafferty warns of

botulism risk if the herbs are not completely

dried beforehand and fully submerged

in the oil. “Make this one closer to the time

you plan to give it and include instructions

to use within a few weeks,” recommends

the Somerset, England, author.

Unusual spice mixes are another favorite

gift of Hafferty’s, which can encourage

home cooks to get creative. “Ras el Hanout

is a versatile Moroccan spice blend that

elevates dishes to another dimension. You

can upcycle an old tin and decorate it with

images of Moroccan tiles and add a homemade

booklet with recipe ideas,” she says.

For a hostess gift that will be eaten immediately,

Fulton loves making fruit kabob

bouquets, made festive by using red and

green fruits like strawberries and kiwi cut

into holiday-themed shapes like stars and

bells. “This is a fun one to make with kiddos,”

adds the blogger.

If concerned about preparing food items

for someone due to COVID-19, Fulton suggests

assembling a countertop herb garden

or a handmade book of favorite recipes,

with a promise to cook together soon.

The spirit that goes into holiday giftmaking

matters as much as the end product.

Making thoughtful presents for loved

ones is a great time to reflect upon our

blessings, especially those that have blessed

our lives this year.

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Holiday Gift-Giving Recipes

Lentil Brown Rice Soup


If presenting the soup mix as a gift, layer

dry ingredients in a Mason jar and print

recipe to attach to the jar.

1 cup green or brown lentils

½ cup uncooked brown rice

½ cup green split peas

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1 Tbsp dried parsley

1 Tbsp garlic powder

½ tsp ground black pepper

2 large vegetable bouillon cubes

(1 cube should be equivalent to 1 Tbsp

of granulated bouillon)

8 cups water


1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 Tbsp canola oil

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, no salt


Optional: Sauté onion in oil in a large stock

pot over high heat for 3 minutes. Add can

of diced tomatoes.

Add dry soup ingredients and 8 cups of

water to the same large stock pot (unless

starting with this step). Bring the mixture

to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and

simmer for 40 minutes, covered with a lid.

Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve with crusty bread and parmesan

cheese, if desired.

Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4

days or freeze for up to 4 months.

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½ cup 100% cocoa powder, unsweetened

½ cup coconut oil, melted

2 Tbsp raw quinoa

2 Tbsp maple syrup

¼ tsp stevia

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup pistachios, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp candied orange, diced in small pieces

½ tsp pink Himalayan salt

2 Tbsp white chocolate, melted (optional)

Freeze for 1 hour. Break into pieces and

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Ras el Hanout Spice Mix

This is lovely sprinkled onto roasting

vegetables or added to falafel mixes, soups,

stews and tagines.

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp ground nutmeg

Dry roast the cumin, coriander, peppercorns,

fennel and star anise in a cast-iron

skillet until lightly toasted. This takes a

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and mix with the other ingredients, grindphoto

by Stephanie Hafferty

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp fennel seeds

2 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon

stick, ground

1 tsp smoked paprika or

red pepper flakes

1 tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp cayenne (optional for

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5 star anise

½ tsp ground cloves

Seeds from 10 cardamom pods

1 tsp dried rose petals

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when you stop exercising and start moving,

anything you do can bring you enjoyment.

Do things that leave you feeling successful

and motivated to do them again.”

Mind-Body Fitness

How Mindfulness Benefits Workouts

by Marlaina Donato

When mindfulness approaches are applied to fitness training—which can be as

simple as breathing consciously and tuning into subtle body sensations—

the results can be fewer injuries, improved immunity, a lowered stress response, a

brighter mood and a deeper commitment to staying fit. Being in the present moment can also

spark enjoyment.

Research shows that mindfulness training can also significantly raise self-esteem, and

women that cultivate meditative self-compassion experience a boost in acceptance of and

satisfaction with their bodies.

“In nature, the bigger the eye of the storm, the more powerful the winds, suggesting that

our workout potential and enjoyment is dependent not on how hard we push, but how calm

and self-aware we can be,” says John Douillard, DC, author of Body, Mind, and Sport and the

founder of LifeSpa, in Boulder, Colorado. “Slowing down and being aware of the body allows

the mind to attend to muscles, which can increase blood supply, lymph drainage and replace a

potentially damaging fight-or-flight response during a workout with a rejuvenating parasympathetic


Tapping into Contentment

Mindful fitness instructor Ellen Barrett, in Washington Depot, Connecticut, offers clients a

full-body experience with a fusion of movement forms and weight training. “We think mindfulness

is some sort of yoga thing, but everything can become mindful. Jumping jacks and

biceps curls can be mindful. It’s not the movement, but the awareness behind the movement.

Mindfulness is about being present.”

Adding in balance training, tai chi and Pilates, and swapping a bit less time on the treadmill

for a few moments of meditation or visualizing positive results can go a long way, say fitness

experts. Debbie Rosas, founder and co-creator of Nia—a body-mind conditioning program

anchored in martial arts and modern dance—underscores the importance of listening to

cues. “Notice any areas that feel tight, blocked, rigid and bound. This wisdom through felt

sense and awareness will immediately alert you to stop, adjust and slow down.”

The Portland-based co-author of The Nia Technique points to the fun factor. “I believe that

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Practicing conscious breathing fortifies the

positive impact of exercise and can prevent

injuries like hernias that can arise when the

breath is held during heavy lifting. “One of

the most powerful tools for mindfulness

during a workout is following your breath.

Mindfulness is the key, but it’s hard to be

mindful when you’re breathing 26,000 times

a day into the upper chest, activating a fightor-flight

response,” says Douillard.

Breathing through the nose instead of the

mouth during exercise bolsters mindfulness,

and as Douillard has demonstrated in studies,

causes brain waves to shift from stressed

beta waves to a meditative alpha state. “It

takes longer to fully inhale and exhale during

nose breathing, which creates a baseline of

calm,” she says. “Don’t rush. Be aware of

the body breathing and feel each muscle

contracting and relaxing with each rep and


Chicago-based fitness expert Stephanie

Mansour, host of the PBS weekly Step it Up

with Steph show, concurs. “Sync your breath

with your movement. Mindfully transition

from exercise to exercise.” Mansour also

suggests working out next to a mirror to

improve alignment and avoiding the distraction

that can come with having a workout

buddy. “Another trick to improve form is to

put on headphones and zone out by listening

to white noise so that you have no distraction,”

she says.

Exercising with deep body-presence is

something we do for ourselves. “If you’re

really paying attention, you can steer yourself

towards invigoration and away from irritation.

The body is always providing feedback,

but we’re often too ‘out of body’ to notice.

Giving full attention to your body is a big gift

of self-love,” says Barrett.

“Breathe. Move. Be free,” adds Mansour.

“This is your dedicated ‘me’ time and you

can use it to feel good about yourself.”

Marlaina Donato is an author and composer.

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Homemade Recipes They Will Love

by Tonya Wilhelm

Cooking for our pets is a great way to ensure they are eating wholesome, nutritional

foods. It’s also a fun way to customize a pet treat recipe to meet specific dietary

needs. These three festive holiday treats will have a dog woofing for more and a

cat purring for seconds. Choose organic, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

Pumpkins and apples are always at the top of the culinary list for holiday treats. Not

only are these two foods safe for pets, they offer health benefits. Both are packed with

fiber, which helps dogs feel fuller. It’s also good for digestive and colon health and can

yield firmer stool. For the kitty friends, that fiber also helps move hairballs along. In addition,

apples contain phytonutrients and flavonoids like quercetin, which are helpful in

treating allergies.

The chia seeds in this pet pie not only help firm up the pie, but are packed with nutrients

that naturally boost energy. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and are

a great source of antioxidants. They also contain minerals, fiber, calcium, protein and

vitamins A, B, D and E.

Cinnamon and ginger are wonderful spices to use in pet holiday treats. Both of these

warming spices improve digestion and soothe the stomach lining. Select Ceylon cinnamon,

not cassia cinnamon, because the latter contains higher amounts of coumarin,

which can harm the liver and increase the risk of cancer. Ginger may act as a blood thinner,

so don’t use it if a dog is going to have surgery or is pregnant. It may also lower blood

pressure and blood sugar, so if a dog has heart issues or diabetes, talk to a vet. When in

doubt, leave it out.


Beware of These


n Caffeinated products. Gary Richter,

a holistic veterinarian in Oakland,

California, and author of The Ultimate

Pet Health Guide, suggests keeping caffeinated

drinks and food away from pets.

Caffeine contains stimulants called methylxanthines,

and pets are much more

sensitive to the effects of these substances

than humans are. Ingesting even a small

amount can make dogs vulnerable to

caffeine poisoning, which can cause

hyperactivity, panting, elevated heart

rate, tremors, seizures and collapse. Seek

immediate veterinary care for treatment

if these symptoms develop in a dog.

n Artificial sweeteners. San Diego

veterinarian Madison Rose says artificial

sweeteners such as xylitol can cause a

massive insulin release, leading to acute

and profound hypoglycemia, or low-blood

sugar, and hypokalemia, or low potassium

levels. Marked by lethargy, ataxia,

collapse, twitching or seizures, ingestion

requires immediate veterinary care.

n Raw, yeasty bread dough. This will

expand when ingested, potentially causing

a deadly twisting of the stomach.

n Raisins and grapes. Common in

holiday recipes, in large quantities, these

can cause kidney failure in dogs.

n Nutmeg. A toxin for pets.

n Cooked bones. Not only are these

choking hazards, they can pose a serious

threat to the digestive tract.


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Root Chakra – 9am-10am. 4-week Chakra-Realignment

Yoga Series. Join Micki Beach to learn

basic chakra characteristics and how to balance

each. Cost $12 Drop-in. Pre-register/receive “Toolbox”

handout. Island Healing Chiropractic Center

& Massage, 8809 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island. 910-278-5877.


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Realignment Yoga Series. See December 1 listing.

Oak Island.

Holiday Flea at the BAC – 4-9pm. 40 local and

regional vendors present one-of-a-kind vintage

and upcycled treasures. Cost: $5 admission for all

3 days, under 12 free. Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N

4 th Str, Wilmington.


Holiday Flea at the BAC – 10am-5pm. See December

3 listing. Wilmington.


Carolina Beach Holiday Market – 9am-3pm.

Enjoy 60-plus local vendors offering handmade

items for your holiday shopping list. Shop local,

support community. S Lake Park Blvd at Atlanta

Ave, Carolina Beach.


Psychic - Mystic Karen – 10:30am-3:30pm. Intuitive,

Vedic Palmist, Tarot Card reader, and Medium

with 23 years helping and guiding individuals. Cost:

$60/$110; 30/60 min. Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr,

1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. BlueLagoonWell 910-685-2795.

Holiday Flea at the BAC – Noon-5pm. See December

3 listing. Wilmington.


St. Nicholas Day


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


Solar Plexus Chakra – 9am-10am. 4-week Chakra-

Realignment Yoga Series. See December 1 listing.

Oak Island.


Heart Chakra – 9am-10am. 4-week Chakra-

Realignment Yoga Series. See December 1 listing.

Oak Island.


Psychic – Michelle Wells – 10:30am-3:30pm. Intuitive

psychic, healer and light worker brings clarity

and healing to you. Cost: $55/$75/$110; 15/30/60

min. Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy,




Throat Chakra – 9am-10am. 4-week Chakra-

Realignment Yoga Series. See December 1 listing.

Oak Island.


Third Eye Chakra – 9am-10am. 4-week Chakra-

Realignment Yoga Series. See December 1 listing.

Oak Island.


Psychic – Eileen & Great Oak – 10am-3:30pm.

Allow her to be a medium for loved ones or release

burdens and pains you are carrying. Cost:

$75/$110/$160; 30/60/90 min. Blue Lagoon Wellness

Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. Blue 910-685-2795.


Winter Solstice


Crown Chakra – 9am-10am. 4-week Chakra-

Realignment Yoga Series. See December 1 listing.

Oak Island.


Candlelight Zoom Service – 7-8pm. Readings,

meditation, prayer, healing focus. Join Zoom at

akVLNFJzMldNQUlGcTR4UjdqQT09. Meeting

ID/passcode: 884 6167 1976 / 569241 Unity

Myrtle Beach.


Christmas Day


New Year’s Eve

Live simply and share time,

energy and material

resources with those

who are in need.

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ongoing events


Acupuncture Therapy Plus – 8am-5pm. Patrick

Giguere, LAc., Reiki Master, and Medical QiGong

practitioner offers healing modalities incorporating

the mind’s connection to health and wellness.

Cost: $80/hour. Healing Leaves Holistic Ctr, 1015

S Kerr Ave, Wilmington.


Massage Therapy – 8am-5pm. George Dorman

LMT offers deep tissue, Swedish, trigger points,

sports, prenatal and more. Call to schedule appointment.

Cost: $70/$100, 30/60 min. Healing

Leaves Holistic Ctr, 1015 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington. 910-660-8127.

Therapy & Coaching – 8am-5pm. Tomoka Iwamoto

integrates Eastern and Western therapies.

Call to schedule appointment. Cost: $85/$125,

30/60 min. Healing Leaves Holistic Ctr, 1015 S

Kerr Ave, Wilmington.


Island Healing Holiday Raffle – 10am-5pm.

Monday thru Friday in December. Win a Christmas

service provider basket by purchasing raffle tickets.

All proceeds donated to local nonprofit charity.

Island Healing Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak Island

Dr, Oak Island.


Nights of a Thousand Candles – 4-9pm. Through

Dec 31. Enjoy holiday music amid soft glow of

over 2,7000 hand-lit candles and sparkling lights.

Cost: $20/$12, $25/$15; member/non-member

adult/child. Brookgreen Gardens. 1931 Brookgreen

Dr, Murrells Inlet. 844-271-3410.


Sunday Morning Circle – 9:30-10:30am. Via

Zoom. Unity Minister, Rev. Marilynn Mattox,

facilitates book dialog, “Happier Than God: Turn

Ordinary Life into an Extraordinary Experience,”

authored by Neal Donald Walsch. Zoom meeting

link, meeting

ID 883 3679 9360, password 066467. 843-238-


Sunday Service – 11am. Livestream only. Live

stream on Unity Myrtle Beach Facebook or recorded

via YouTube afterwards. For more information call

843-238-8516 or visit


BeU Flash Flow – 6-7am. Integrates the core principles

of traditional hot Bikram yoga with a Vinyasa

power flow. Practiced in 105°F and 50% humidity

room. 910-399-


Nothing is so potent as the silent

influence of a good example.

~James Kent

Yo-Chi – 9:30-10:30am. Work isometrically for

stability in Yoga asanas/poses and move isotonically

for mobility in T’ai Chi. Cost: $12 Drop-in.

Island Healing Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak Island

Dr, Oak Island.



Mat-Based Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. Pilates improves

flexibility, builds strength, and develops

control and endurance of the entire body. Cost: $12

Drop-in. Island Healing Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak

Island Dr, Oak Island. IslandHealingChiropractic.

com. 910-278-5877.

Psychic Michelle Wells – 10:30am-3:30-pm. I’ve

used my “knowing” and energy to heal before I ever

knew that was a thing. Cost: $50/$75/$110, 15/30/60

minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. BlueLagoonWellnessCenter.

com. 910-685-2795.

Indigo Mom’s – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. With

Michelle Wells. Support group. Cost: $20. Blue Lagoon

Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.


BeU Salty Flow Ocean Side – 7:30-8:30am. Enjoy

BeUnlimited Yoga’s signature sequence the BeU

Flow over crystal waters with sun-kissed, salty skin.

Cost: $10 drop-in. Crystal Pier @ Oceanic Restaurant,

703 Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. BeUn 910-399-4882.

Psychic Debbie Turner – 10am-3:30pm. Choose

full-hour 10 crystal, 5-stone or 3-stone readings.

Cost: $50/$90, 30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness

Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. Blue 910-685-2795.

Book group via Zoom – 12:30-1:30pm. “The Five

Principles” by Rev. Ellen Debenport. Read, Dialog,

Insights, Community, Support. Love Offering.



Meeting ID 827 2717 1650, password 118188. 843-238-8516.


Unity Conversation Circles – 10:30-11:30am.

Facilitators: Margaret and David Hiller. Cost: Love

Offering. Outside under the pavilion. Unity Myrtle

Beach, 6173 Salem Rd, Myrtle Beach (off HWY

707, near St. James High School.) 843-238-8516.

Psychic Mystic Karen – 11am-3:30pm. Intuitive,

Vedic Palmist, Tarot Reader, and Psychic Medium.

Call to schedule. Cost: $55/$100, 30/60 minutes.

Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy,

Wilmington. 910-685-2795.

Woman’s Fellowship Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd

Thursday. Join to connect, encourage, and support

in a safe and sacred place. Cost: $20. Blue Lagoon

Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.


Foundation to Flow – 9-10am. 8-week course.

Whether you have never stepped on a mat before or

you are looking to refine your current practice, this

series is for you. Cost: $12 Drop-in. Island Healing

Chiropractic, 8809 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island. 910-278-5877.

Friday Psychic Eileen & Great Oak – 11am-

4:30pm. Ability to speak to your loved ones who

have passed over. Cost: $75/$110/$160, 30/60/90

minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Ctr, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center.

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