Bucks County Comes Together for 6th Annual Healthy Living Festival

The Bucks County Healthy Living Festival will bring an ever-expanding community together for its sixth annual celebration of healthy living, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 9 at Snipes Farm and Education Center, in Morrisville. The festival introduces residents of Bucks County and surrounding areas to the many small business entrepreneurs that offer healthier, more sustainable living choices.  Continue reading

On the Other Side of Words

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.

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Bucks Naturopath Expands Services with New Doctor

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.

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Letter from the Publisher, February 2018

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.)

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Spotlight Profile: Deborah Paul

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.

 

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Letter from the Publisher, December 2017

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.

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A Mind at Home with The Work of Byron Katie – EXCLUSIVE BUXMONT INTERVIEW

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.

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NAMI Fights Stigma of Mental Illness, Hosts Support Groups

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.

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Local Organization Interrupts Conflict, Promotes Peace

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.

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KUDOS: Christina Rosenbruch

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