Articles from: June 2014

FINDING FREEDOM: Discover Your Inner Ability to Experience Freedom Anywhere

by Melinda Gates

I needed an MRI a few weeks ago for some chronic back issues, requiring me to be in a completely enclosed tube for about 25 minutes. As I was moved into the tube, eyes open and aware, I panicked. Swept away by the intensely captivating and suffocating “reality” of the experience, my fear and anxiety skyrocketed. Within seconds, I told the technician I needed to get out NOW; thankfully, he responded quickly.

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Lawn Upload: Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2

Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal.

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Houston Conference Focuses on Reconnective Healing, July 18-22

Learn to Heal Yourself and Others

Dr. Eric Pearl, the founder of Reconnective Healing, shares ways that we can experience healing and actualize our true potential from July 18 to 22, in Houston. “Reconnective Healing is a simple, easy-tolearn healing approach that transcends energy healing and its complexity,” says Pearl.

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Living Off the Land: Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family

by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.

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Paddle-Happy: Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun

by Lauressa Nelson

“Most kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds.

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Father Factor: Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids

It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect.” Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Musician with a Cause: Jack Johnson Plans His Shows with the Planet in Mind

by Meredith Montgomery

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.”

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Honeybee Hit: Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives.

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RUNNING TIPS FROM iRUN’S JOHN RUIBAL

Q: Should distance runners lift weights?

This is a question I am asked quite often. For any distance runner, your first goal is to make sure you run the necessary mileage each and every week. There is no substitute for hitting the pavement or trails. Once you are able to manage your mileage and have time for a few more workouts, resistance training is a good addition to your weekly routine.

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Heeling Sole Celebrates Summer SOLEstice on June 21

Jeni Spring and her growing team at Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage & Yoga know how to host a fun party at their new Alamo Heights location. The coming summer solstice provides the perfect opportunity for anyone with SOLE, which is why Spring has assembled a fun group of partners to help host a Summer SOLEstice daylong event on Saturday, June 21, at Heeling Sole, 1864 Nacogdoches.

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