by April Thompson
For more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwest organic farmer that salvaged
by Susan Briggs
Family dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment, and we want them to enjoy these expeditions. So understanding their view of the world is important.
To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first
by Mark Nepo
Teaching me how to steer the thirty-foot sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder
by Linda Sechrist
The Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each another and our
by April Thompson
Being a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts.
For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed
Researchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements
Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and
Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that
Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline.
Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with
Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly
Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge
California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good news, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution
The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles, including seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen.
by Deborah Shouse
“A woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth.
Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal
by Aimee Hughes
“I began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art
Underlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a
Some of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot,
by Judith Fertig
When dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know basic facts about the leading types to choose the best ones for us.
Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at
You Power Yoga will host a three-day YPYee! Yoga Camp for ages 5 to 11 this summer. Campers will join the staff from 3 to 4:30 p.m., June 13 to 15, at the studio, in Edmond.
Taught by Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Mini-Yogis Instructor Kate
Medium and Landscape Architect Jamie Csizmadia will present Ayahuasca: My Initiation into the Tradition of Plant Spirit Healing from 10 to 11:30 a.m., May 20, at the Oklahoma City Downtown Library.
Offered up with compassion and humor, Csizmadia’s personal story is full of transformational awakenings, other-worldly
In February of this year, Chris Juneau, clinical director of Valir Physical Therapy, in Oklahoma City, brought in an expert in dry needling, a technique used by physical therapists to treat pain, to train and certify Valir’s team. “Dry needling is a rising trend in
Buddha Mind Monastery, Chung Tai Zen Center, in Oklahoma City, is offering two weekly Beginning Zen Meditation and Buddhism classes starting this month. Participants can choose evening classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning May 11, or morning classes from 10 a.m. to noon
Kimberley Mertens, aesthetician at Studio 5, in Oklahoma City, is offering a Mother’s Day Special this month. Customers will receive 25 percent off the purchase of a Sensory Journey or a Mini-Facial through May 14.
The Sensory Journey is a gentle and soothing experience involving the
Earth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations
Life is Yours. Shouldn’t You Enjoy It?
Mary Ann O'Dell, MS, RD
Stress is a normal part of life, something we all deal with in varying levels. Our body is equipped to handle stress for short periods of time, but long-term activation of the stress response can
A study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks
A study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and
A 2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making.
Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß
Researchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events.
The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have
Ruopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of
Barefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types
We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change.
The National Wildlife
Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of
According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups.
The top states in organic cropland after
In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the
When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep
Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department
The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas
Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political
Leading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first
Enzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness.
A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
It was standing inside Timpanogos Cave (a national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked me. Hiking to the entrance of the cave with our church group, we were ushered in by a park ranger. Immediately, the cool air locked inside the mountain
Earth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future
JOHN D. IVANKO AND LIAM KIVIRIST
Smart, innovative, technological breakthroughs are making buildings more energy-efficient, healthier to live in and highly attuned to our connected world.
“Homeowners continue to be interested in green building options because they help foster a healthier, more comfortable and affordable home—and it’s
“I’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been
Janice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays
Omega Health Foods is pleased to host Brenda Swartz from Body Dynamics. She will be talking about Natural Alternatives to coping with Pain, Internal Cleansing and Detox, as well as Skin Health: Wrinkles, Scars, Breakouts & Dark Spots. Omega Health Foods, 2427 N Council Rd,
by Linda Sechrist
Sharon Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a
“Traditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used.
His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging
Making the home more energy efficient and healthier is a common goal for many homeowners in Oklahoma. They purchase special lightbulbs, install new windows and try to conserve water. One part of the home that is often overlooked is the dirt crawl space under many
Store-bought chickens are typically raised with thousands of other chickens in a multilevel barn. These creatures rarely see sunlight and never get to behave like chickens are meant to, foraging for bugs and eating grass. Pasture chickens produced at small, local farms have better lives
2 ¼ cups (1 lb.) Du Puy lentils
1 medium red onion, diced
1 cup dried currants (you could also use raisins or other dried fruit)
1/3 cup capers
1/3 cup cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. strong mustard
2 tsp. salt
by Mel Wooden
The entire world around us is a song, and our surrounding environment is vibrating a frequency. The energy emitted is endless because everything we come into contact with is vibrating, even though inanimate objects appear to be solid. We each are individual instruments
by Kimberly K. Jones-Weiss, DVM
Everybody poops, but nobody talks about it. Yet, a healthy digestive tract is so important for people—and their pets—that taking care of it should be a goal for everybody.
The mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines make up the digestive
by Sheila Julson
John Newton’s message is simple: Resolve the past to end suffering for humanity and ourselves. Newton has studied and practiced healing techniques around the world for almost 30 years; however, his career path has been twofold. Newton has an illustrious professional acting career
by Sheila Julson
Paul Roden, a regenerative specialist at American Stem Cell Centers of Oklahoma (ASCCO), knows it’s important to seek alternative ways to do things when traditional treatments don’t work. While watching his mother suffer through numerous spinal surgeries and joint replacement operations and finding