TacklingTicks: A Multi-Layered Approach to Protecting Pooches

by Laura Weis

Thawing temperatures and longer days are early harbingers of spring, but unfortunately so is the appearance of ticks and the diseases they carry. Ticks can be active anytime the temperature climbs above 45 degrees, which means that the month of March signals the beginning of consistent tick problems in Pennsylvania.

Understanding the Problem

All ticks feed on the blood of their host animals, and most go through four life stages and often prefer different host species for each stage. Ticks can sense their hosts’ body heat, breath and odor, as well as moisture, vibrations and even shadows. Ticks cannot jump or fly. They find potential host animals by attaching to grass or leaves with their hind legs, holding their front legs outstretched in a behavior called “questing”. When a promising host brushes past, they quickly climb aboard, attach and begin feeding. Continue reading

TEEN VOICES: With Uncertainty Comes Opportunities

by Hannah Adamson

The teenage years seem to be a loosely defined bridge between childhood and adulthood. It is a time when adolescents start to gain new independence and responsibilities. That said, it can be overwhelming to grow into these new roles and prepare for the future.

While it may not be intentional, I feel that society places pressure on teens to know what they want to do with their lives and have a plan on how to accomplish it. High schools’ focus on the future—rigorous academic schedules, career aptitude tests, standardized tests—is intended to help teens pursue their goals. As a young teen, however, I found it overwhelming to think about what I wanted to do with my life. It was exciting in all its possibility, but also intimidating to think I had to have it all figured out. Continue reading

LOCAL YOGA: Spring the Energy Body into Motion

by Rosie Lazroe

Take a moment to sense the space surrounding you. Imagine that your physical body is the nucleus within a cushion of unseen energy that radiates effortlessly from within. This cushion of energy around the physical body is called the auric field, or energy field, and some people believe that it is just as real as our physical form.

The idea that we all have a bubble of energy surrounding us can be an abstract concept to grasp. However, some yogic lineages believe that a person’s energy field is quite real, and contains thousands of invisible energy pathways called nadis. The nadis work with the chakra system, both of which originate at the spine and flow outward into the auric field. As information comes to us from the outside world, it filters through the nadis and chakras, and is then redistributed back out into the world around us. Continue reading

Start a Movement of Nice

Inspiration! The process of being mentally stimulated to do something, especially to do something creative. Finding something everyday can be challenging, so let’s make it simple—look for opportunities to be kind.

As the saying goes, “just do it.” Reach down into your heart, take a risk, break the norm of watching and just do it. Take some action, no matter how small, to make someone’s day a little bit brighter and make someone smile. Continue reading

Amaya Victoria ‘Sacred Medicine for Your Soul’ Weekend in Newtown

Spiritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria is offering a weekend of healing, Sacred Medicine for Your Soul, from March 22 to 24 at Soulutions for Daily Living, in Newtown.

Individual sessions are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 22 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 23. Participants can choose between Heartspeak Healing and Personal Channeling sessions, detailed descriptions of which are available on AmayaCenter.comContinue reading

Magnificent Magnesium

by Michael Cheikin

Magnesium (Mg) is an essential element that comes from the soil. A significant percentage of our world population has a deficiency of Mg. It is involved in over 300 known biological processes, so a low level can manifest as several problems that are seemingly not related, such as high blood pressure, migraine and other headaches, muscle spasms, seizures, PMS and osteoporosis.  Continue reading

One Pot Meals: Stews and Soups

by Lauren Panoff

One of the best things about cold weather is using a slow cooker for “set it and forget it” ease that offers warm and comforting food to look forward to at the end of the day. While there are many recipes available, this simple five-step process shows how easy it is to create unique, delicious and nutritious slow cooker soups and stews that won’t break the bank.  Continue reading

Teen Voices: The Human Heart: More than Just Biology

by Hannah Adamson

Heart health. I’m not talking about eating healthy and exercising. I’m talking about the metaphorical heart—the fount of our emotions, the spirit of who we are. As teens we are trying to figure out life, what we stand for and how to express our emotions.

At school I’ve been taught how to add and subtract, read and write, and understand the histories of nations. Now as a senior in high school, I have even learned how to find derivatives and apply them. As someone who finds math challenging, know that it is quite a statement when I say that emotions are infinitely more complex. However, we are not given as much education on how to manage our emotions in a healthy way and maintain a positive perspective.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: ‘Being There’ as Meditation

by Rosie Lazroe

How often do we get to experience quality time with our friends and loved ones? When I asked myself this question, I discovered something eye opening. While in the presence of friends and family, more often than not, I find that my brain is preparing for the next adventure. This is a sign for me to slow down and hit the reset button.

Human contact is essential for our health and well-being. Heart connections keep the spirits lifted and the immune system strong. Real, genuine conversation keeps the mind sharp and youthful. So, I asked myself, how can I be fully present during my downtime with friends and family without feeling guilty that I’m not mentally tackling my to-do list? My heart responded quickly and proposed that I treat every human interaction as a living, breathing meditation.  Continue reading

Spread the Love

Sitting at my desk, waiting for yet another snow storm to blanket the area, I’m letting my mind wander as it always does when faced with a blank sheet of paper. Suddenly the question drifts up from my deep inner brain: Just who is St. Valentine anyway?

St. Valentine is an interesting character, mostly because we don’t know much about him. Accounts differ and legends abound, but reliable information is on the short side. We do know he is the patron saint of lovers, epileptics and beekeepers. We also know that a lovers’ festival bearing his name dates back to the 14th century. And anyone who can achieve that type of recognition over seven centuries is okay in my book.  Continue reading

Elizabeth Joyce Launches First Friday Lecture Series

In conjunction with Embracing Spiritual Frontiers, world-renowned psychic, healer and author Elizabeth Joyce is launching a First Friday lecture series, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, at the James Lorah House, in Doylestown. The inaugural lecture is being presented January 4.

Readers are invited to enjoy The Power of the Inner Soul: Becoming Masters of the Planet, wherein Joyce will offer spiritual, intuitive, downloaded messages to provide attendees with an internal blueprint for accessing the energies of ascension.  Continue reading

Making Family Resolutions That Last

by Beth Ceccarelli

Making resolutions as a family unit can help motivate us to stick with our changes all year long, plus it allows time for bonding. Here are four easy and fun resolution ideas to get started:

Experiment with produce.
Plan a family trip to the local supermarket and explore the produce department. Let the kids choose a new fruit or vegetable that they’ve never tried before. For kid-friendly fruit ideas, try star fruit, kiwi and blackberries. For vegetables that will capture the attention of even the fussiest eater, try purple cauliflower, sugar snap peas and mini sweet peppers.  Continue reading