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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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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Weavers Way Ambler Opens Doors to Community

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When Weavers Way Ambler Co-op opens its suburban Montgomery County location in September, it will be Weavers Way’s third community-owned grocery store in the Philadelphia area.

Highlights of the new store include a café seating area, a full-service butcher, a large bulk department and a vast prepared foods selection, including roasted chickens, house-made soups, hot bar, salad bar and made-to-order sandwiches.

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Warming Winter Pasta Salad

Vegetarian, Vegan, Nut-free
YIELDS: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box whole wheat fusilli
  • 1 cup carrots, cut in small ovals
  • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 3 leaves of kale
  • Half lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup Soom Foods Tehina
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ inch ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds

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Simply Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free,
Dairy-free, Nut-free
YIELDS: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ large or 1 small organic cauliflower
  • 1 large organic sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2-3 cups cooking water from vegetables (amount varies)
  • 1-2 Tbsp curry powder (more or less to taste) 

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River Valley Waldorf School Offers Three Summer Camps

River Valley Waldorf School, in Upper Black Eddy, is offering three different summer camps to satisfy children ages 3 to 12. The camps are consistent with the child-centered practices and principles of Waldorf Education.

Campers ages 3 to 6 can enjoy ample time playing outdoors and in the water; they also learn baking, craft-making and other creative pursuits including creating puppet stories. This camp is also offered at the Waldorf Morning Glory Doylestown campus. Continue reading

There is gold in them there hills!

Original unchanged work submitted by Susan Burger, Riverside Chiropractic & Vitality Center, LiveWithVitality.com *

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” said Michel de Montaigne. Life is always full of surprises and changes. Feeling frustrated, angry, sad, worried or afraid are all feelings that need to be felt and acknowledged. Having said that, I have learned over the years that the best next step is to let go of judgment. Not always easy to do. Continue reading

Happiness! How does one cultivate this?

Original work submitted by Lyn Hicks, Harmony Hill Gardens *

The illusive happiness that one seeks is truly right around at any given moment. It is a state, a way of being that can be created when awareness becomes forefront.

The definiton is telling:

hap·pi·ness
[hap-ee-nis]
noun

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