The Local Bookcase: MotherBirth

Have a Positive Journey into Motherhood

by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

MotherBirth coverMotherBirth is author/photographer Sandy Taylor’s journey into motherhood and its positive impact on her life and the life of her child. She expands on how the childbirth experience affects a child’s entire life, both positively and negatively. Taylor’s description of positive births in a loving environment, punctuated by her black and white photos, demonstrates that while mother and child are separate beings, during pregnancy and the birth experience, the two beings are one unit.

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Recipe: Asparagus Fettuccine in Spicy Cream

YIELDS: 4 servings


Spicy Peanut-Free Peanut Sauce

  • ½ cup fresh, raw coconut milk
  • ¼ cup chick pea or white miso
  • ½ jalapeno pepper
  • ¼ cup almond butter, slightly roasted
  • ½ cup raw tahini
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup water, more or less for desired consistency
  • Dash of cayenne

Asparagus Fettuccine

  • 1 large bunch fresh asparagus
  • 1 Bartlett pear
  • 2 stalks of chives, chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup herb-infused olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh chives
  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh sage
  • ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla
  • White pepper, to taste

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Healing Your Gut with Homemade Water Kefir

by Heather Gannon

Cultured foods, also known as fermented foods, have a healthy bacterium that supports healthy digestion and strengthens the immune system. Popular cultured foods include sauerkraut and kombucha. Cultured drinks and foods can be consumed daily and can heal a damaged gut, restore intestinal lining, reduce inflammation and remove unwanted toxic waste from the colon. These healing foods can be bought at local health food stores and grocery markets or made at home.

Water kefir is gluten and dairy-free and possibly one of the easiest cultured foods to make. It cleanses the intestines; is an excellent source of B-1, B-6 and B-12; and contains anti-fungal and antibiotic properties, minerals and vitamins. Water kefir also boosts the immune system, normalizes and resets metabolism and supports skin issues like eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Enjoy this easy and beneficial way to introduce water kefir into the diet, by making it at home.

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Global Spiritual Leader Brings Passion Tour to Philadelphia

Sai Maa, an international spiritual master and humanitarian leader, will be in Philadelphia for a series of events titled, “Serving from the Heart,” May 17 and 18. The weekend is part of the Passion Tour, a worldwide series of events which explores passion as the essential energy to fuel a life of purpose, alignment and fulfillment. A highlight of the weekend will be a free opportunity for hundreds to receive Darshan from Maa—a rare gift from an enlightened master.

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Registration Open for Cycle Bucks County

The fourth annual Cycle Bucks County, the premier one-day charity bicycle tour through Bucks County, has opened registration for the June 21 ride. Renowned for its beautiful course and ideal riding conditions, the event supports The Richard A. Reif Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital to honor the memory of Tara L. Riedley, who passed away suddenly and tragically from an undiagnosed heart condition in 2008.

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Master Coach Releases Book, If Not Now, When?

UChil bookLife Coach Atul Uchil, Ph.D., certified as a master coach practitioner and life mastery coach, will release his latest book, If Not Now, When?, on May 7. Through the story of the twists and turns of a wild trip to Thailand and a near-death experience, he reflects on his journey of finding peace of mind, as well as meaning, purpose and an awareness of what is important.

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Group Mastermind Comes to Greenshire

Group Mastermind from magGreenshire Arts Consortium welcomes Jon Satin and Chris Pattay, The Possibility Coaches, to their team of experts, teachers and practitioners. Beginning on May 7 and running for 6 sessions through July 16, Group Mastermind is a program designed to provide participants with inspiration, accountability and support so they can achieve goals, create massive emotional shifts and more positive results in any or all areas of life.

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Practice Aging Spiritually at Workshop

For those looking to bring spiritual attention to their aging process, Barbara Gordon is presenting the workshop, “Aging as a Spiritual Practice,” from 9 a.m. to noon, May 3, at Greenshire Arts Consortium, in Quakertown. The workshop will focus on cultivating wisdom, compassion and gratitude; exploring ways to maintain positive well-being and kindness in the face of challenges; and shedding old beliefs to discover a new role in our relationship to self, others and community.

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Letter from Publisher, May 2014

Welcome to May—the month that delightfully brings to mind our appreciation for mothers. As a mother to three young children, I have been blessed in my chosen role and daily rejoice in the smiles, hugs and “I love you’s” that come my way. I also count myself blessed to still have my own mother nearby to voice her wisdom, give generous hugs and provide the heart-warming support all children bask in.

headshotOne of my deep desires for my children is that they mature into individuals that enjoy what they do every day of their lives and share their gifts in ways that help make the world a better place. They are fortunate to have a mother who is enabled by you all to do just that. Continue reading

MAY 2014: WOMEN’S WELLNESS, Table of Contents

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