Needle-Free Acupuncture Now Available in SA: Electroacupuncture Offered at San Antonio Family Integrative Medicine


Needles can be more than a little frightening. It’s a common phobia that is a big barrier for people who could benefit from acupuncture, which involved the insertion of tiny needles into the skin as a way to provide healing and relief for a variety of ailments and conditions. Starting this month, there’s a new way for people to receive acupuncture treatment without needles.

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Letter From the Publisher

Joel Shuler

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” -A. A. Milne

Giving thanks. It’s a focus each November, and while it seems so simple, it can be hard to go deeper than just saying “please” and “thank you.” I’ve tried to put a focus on gratitude each day this past year. This daily ritual sparked when a friend pulled me aside one day and told me very intently, as if sharing a special secret, that gratitude is the most important thing.

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Powerful You!: Six Ways to Create the Life You Want


by Judith Fertig

Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list more than once, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand, but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story you tell yourself,” advised her personal trainer.

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Luminaria 2014 Expands to Two Nights of Art, Music, Performance, Nov. 7, 8


Luminaria, San Antonio’s annual celebration of artistic delights, is getting a makeover in 2014. This year the event represents a new vision for San Antonio, celebrating the city’s heritage as a cultural crossroads. The theme is “Between North & South” and will feature a mix of local and international talent over the span of two nights Nov. 7, 8, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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Ask a Subject Matter Expert: Ashley Stone, Nutrition and Health Coach


Q: What is the difference between dried herbs and essential oils?

Dried herbs and essential oils are derived from many of the same plants. Both can be used for medicinal, culinary and therapeutic purposes. However, there are some important differences between the two.

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Conservation Covenant: A Greener Future for National Parks


National parks have an undeniable environmental impact on the very lands they seek to preserve. Yellowstone’s managers have been working on ambitious management goals to elevate it to be a world leader in environmental stewardship and become one of the greenest parks in the world by 2016.

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE… RESCUE!: Many Area Agencies Seek Loving Homes for “Recycled” Pets


by Jeanne Strauss

If you are thinking about bringing a new pet into your home, consider the fourth “R”: Rescue. There are thousands of abandoned, stray or neglected animals in San Antonio shelters. Some are in danger of euthanasia because no one will step up to give them a new home. 

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The Sun’s Electrifying Future: Solar Power is a Worldwide Eco-Goldmine


by Linda Sechrist

Energy Engine    

Humankind has sought for centuries to harness the sun because the cumulative energy of 15 minutes of its rays shining on Earth could power the world for a year. Following the invention of the solar collector in 1767, a slow, yet steady evolution of other breakthroughs in the quest have included the photovoltaic (PV) effect, observed in 1839, invention of the first solar cell in 1954 and a solar-powered communications satellite in 1958.

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BookCellar at Central Library Offers Affordable Treasures for Book Lovers


One of San Antonio’s best kept secrets is the San Antonio Public Library’s BookCellar in the basement of the Central Library, 600 Soledad Street, downtown. Books sold are both new and used. Hardback books are generally $1, paperbacks 50 cents.

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Easing School Stress: Managing Classroom Stress is Important for Children with Learning Disorders


Provided by Brain Balance Achievement Centers and Dr. Zach Petter

Children with neurobehavioral challenges such as ADHD, processing disorders, dyslexia and other learning disorders often struggle with greater school stress than do neurotypical children. Generally, kids with learning disorders want to excel in school and socialize in a typical way, yet they lack the tools to do so.

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