I have been thinking lately about words and how they fit into our world of communication. My 24-year-old son, Sean, tells me I need a college course in texting so he can make sense of what I’m trying to say when I speak with my fingers. On self-examination—and the evidence before me—I have to plead guilty as charged.
I have had numerous people tell me they don’t understand my email. It has been pointed out to me, mostly by my editor, that I have a “Joe Dunne mind speak” when I hastily shoot out emails. Again, guilty.
Dr. Julie Lachman, ND, is welcoming naturopath physician Khadija Douglas to its practice in Warrington.
Douglas graduated from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, with a combined honours degree in biology and French and then continued her studies at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Phoenix, Arizona. She loves family practice, with a strong emphasis on cardiovascular health (high blood pressure), endocrine disorders (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal fatigue), weight loss and mental health. In addition to her clinical training at SCNM, she has taken additional courses in medically supervised weight loss, hydrotherapy, IV therapy and botanical medicine. Douglas uses various treatment modalities, including homeopathy, hydrotherapy and nutritional counseling.
Hello! to anyone reading this letter. My name is Joe Dunne, and my wife, Asta, and I are the new proud owners of Natural Awakenings magazine of Bucks and Montgomery counties of PA.
Before I start on me and my background, I would like to thank Karen for the more than spectacular work she has performed over her three-year ownership. Not only has she grown the magazine, she has also recruited a talented and dedicated support staff in Melanie, Julie, Kevin and Megan (all of whom are staying with us), and together they have made a difference. Karen’s outreach to the community, her dedication to her advertisers and her attention to editorial content so our readers continue to love us, are second to none. I am almost scared to try to fill her shoes. I know you will all join me in applauding her efforts, and wishing her well, as she designs her new life’s path. Making a difference matters in my world. And Karen, you have made a difference; we thank you. (I know she will still be an avid reader of this magazine.)
Deborah Paul will be offering several modalities of energy healing and body work at Lina’s Harmony, in Warrington.
A master reiki practitioner, Paul has also practiced yoga and studied ascension work for 30 years, and she has 14 years of experience presenting transformational workshops, seminars and coaching.
Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.
~Excerpted from Being Peace, by Zen Master, Tibetan Peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh
The holidays are a time for reflecting on spirit and peace. Doing so requires that we consider the obstacles to peace—in ourselves, our communities and around the world.
With each news story that breaks, revealing the degree to which violence and aggression occurs in places near and far, it is natural to want to find someone or something to blame. Like something out of a Marvel comic book, it would be so comforting if there were a singular, sinister villain at whom we could shake our finger, and who could hold the culpability for all that ails our society.
Author, speaker and spiritual innovator Byron Katie is the developer of a method of self-inquiry known as The Work of Byron Katie, or simply The Work. This method was born from an epiphany she experienced in 1986, two weeks after checking herself into a women’s counseling center to treat the depression and addiction she suffered from.
The Work is described in her newest book, A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around. Recently, Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties had the opportunity to present Katie with questions from a local practice group of The Work in suburban Philadelphia.
River Valley Waldorf School (RVWS) invites families to attend its Winter Fair, a public welcome event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 9, on the school grounds, located in the small river town of Upper Black Eddy.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit support, education and advocacy organization made up of more than 200,000 members seeking services for people living with severe mental illnesses. NAMI of PA, Bucks County Chapter, in Warminster, and NAMI of PA, Montgomery County Chapter, in Lansdale, are focused on the local level, with the mission of improving the lives of area residents affected by mental illness.
The Peace Center, in Langhorne, is a nonprofit organization staffed by educators and volunteers dedicated to furthering peace in the local community, the nation and around the world. It is the only organization in Bucks County whose sole focus is peace education to address, interrupt and transform conflict and violence.
Founded in 1982, The Peace Center’s roots began as B.A.N.D. (Bucks Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament). After the Berlin Wall fell, the international movement toward disarmament inspired The Peace Center to work on the prevention of violence on the local level.
Colder temperatures make everyone want to come inside—including some of the creepy-crawling variety. Daniel Owusuh from Greenway Pest Control shares his insights about dealing with pests during the fall and winter months.
Christina Rosenbruch, founder of Spark Joy Space organizational consulting services in Bucks County, was a featured presenter at the Torresdale Women’s Committee November meeting in Philadelphia. Rosenbruch is one of the area’s only professional organizers certified in the KonMari Method of decluttering and home organizing created by Marie Kondo, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
The Torresdale Women’s Committee was formed in 1945 as a social group with a philanthropic focus. The committee is a diverse group of 45 women ranging from young moms with children to retired career women.
Rosenbruch says she’s had the opportunity to perfect her organizational skills as an international flight attendant for the past 30 years. “Working in the confines of an airplane with limited resources taught me how to appreciate the beauty of a simplified but efficiently operating system.”
For more information, call 267-544-7171, email Christina@SparkJoy.Space or visit SparkJoy.Space. December 2017
The fall Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo is being held at the Oxford Valley Mall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 20 and 21, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 22.
Mall-goers and expo attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with local physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners to learn about their unique offerings.
Event sponsors include Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery County, PURE and Kaaya Medical Spa.
The event is the brainchild of chiropractor Brian Matson and Kru Roger, who owns Mercer Bucks Muay Thai training center. The intention of the events is to provide an opportunity for local health and wellness practitioners to create personal relationships with people in the community and forge new business relationships based on those one-on-one connections.
“The first day in the Health and Wellness Expo, we not only had business leads but appointments scheduled and newcomers in our group classes; the return was immediate,” shares Marty McLoughlin, owner of Extreme Fitness Personal Training, in Fallsington, and a past expo presenter.
Location: Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E. Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne. Table rates start at $150 a day, $300 for the weekend. For more information about vendor opportunities, call event coordinator Kru Roger at 267-847-8661, email HealthAndWellnessExpos2017@gmail.com or visit HealthAndWellnessExposUSA.com. October 2017