Letter from the Publisher, December 2017

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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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Spring Native Plant Sale Raises Funds for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

With native plants, you can create a beautiful landscape that also benefits the environment. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve will hold its Spring Native Plant Sale, boasting a premier selection of more than 200 species of high-quality herbaceous and woody native plants, from May 11 to June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Visitors’ Center. Plants are available for purchase throughout the Continue reading

Planning an Energypath

Energypath, the region’s largest sustainable energy conference, attracting more than 600 participants, will be held on August 1 and 2, at Villanova University. Industry professionals, policymakers, academics attendees and exhibitors can sign up now to attend, register for certification classes or for vendor opportunities to reach business professionals from all over the world. Continue reading

Greenshire Arts Consortium starts a Wholistic School

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Greenshire Arts Consortium of Upper Bucks is creating a middle school based on wholistic education principles. Inspiring wholeness through education, the mission of the Greenshire School is to prepare students to live confident and inspired lives as responsible stewards of self, community and the planet. The wholistic approach to education provides an integrative program of the sciences, humanities, arts and living skills. Along with excellence in academics, the Greenshire School fosters creativity and individuality in Continue reading

Roots to River Farm opens in New Hope

r2rfarmRoots to River Farm is a small farm located in Solebury Township that specializes in organically growing heirloom varieties and producing year-round for farmers’ markets, restaurants and a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Area residents can now buy into the CSA program with full and half summer shares and winter shares. Pickup will be at the Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse, 5684 York Road, in Lahaska, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays. Continue reading