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How to Raise Empathetic Kids, Image: olesia bilkei/AdobeStock.comHow to Raise Empathetic Kids  
Simple Ways Parents Can Cultivate Compassion   

Empathy is the foundation of a caring society. While we are all born with a certain amount, cultivating it is a skill that can be strengthened with practice, and it is critical that the learning process start early, say childhood educators. An empathetic child can better...

Frank Bruni, Image: courtesy of Duke University Sanford School of Public PolicyFrank Bruni  
on Living With Afflictions  

One day in late 2017, Frank Bruni, a writer for more than 25 years for The New York Times—including as a White House correspondent, op-ed columnist, Rome bureau chief and restaurant critic—woke up with partial loss of sight in his right eye. He found out that his condition was...

Eco-Volunteering, Image:  romul014/AdobeStock.comEco-Volunteering  
Hands-on Ways to Help Our Planet this Summer   

Helping nature while enjoying the great outdoors is a classic win-win opportunity. Here are a few ideas to join the fun while contributing...

Misbehaving Dog Walks , Image: photomim/AdobeStock.comMisbehaving Dog Walks   
Ways Humans Get It Wrong   

One of the primary activities we do with canine family members is to take walks because they love them and benefit from them. But just as some dogs, for a variety of reasons, are difficult to walk, some people are less...

The Gift of an Imperfect Father, Image: prostock-studio/AdobeStock.comThe Gift of an Imperfect Father  

For many of us, Dad was the first person to throw us a ball, take us fishing or treat us to ice cream after a game. If we were fortunate, he was the one who made a bad day better, was a strong protector who kept the metaphorical...

Saving Birds from Cats, Image: wegener17/AdobeStock.comSaving Birds from Cats  
Simple Strategies to Protect Feathered Friends  

When they’re roaming outdoors, domesticated cats turn into natural-born predators. According to the American Bird Conservancy, domestic felines are the number one human-caused threat to birds in the U.S., killing an estimated 2.4 billion birds every year. Cats have contributed to the extinction of 63 species of...

Mothering the World                                               , Image: prostock-studio/AdobeStock.comMothering the World   
  

All that is brought to fruition has someone behind the scenes tending to its innate potential. The quality of nurturing permeates both the human and the natural world and goes much deeper than raising beloved offspring. Whether it be a...

Fending Off Fibroids, Image: freely/AdobeStock.comFending Off Fibroids  
Natural Approaches Offer Relief  

Optimal reproductive health is key to our vitality, which is why living with uterine fibroids can be debilitating. Studies indicate that as many as 80 percent of American women develop these non-cancerous growths during their childbearing years. Oftentimes, the condition is...

DIY Salt Scrub, Image: sunny bunny/AdobeStock.comDIY Salt Scrub  
with Himalayan Salt and Essential Oils  

A sea salt scrub is an easy and inexpensive way to maintain a glowing complexion. Salt scrubs work hard to exfoliate and remove dry skin from the surface, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores, and improve...

Jeffrey Bland on:, Image: quangho/Shutterstock.comJeffrey Bland on:  
Rejuvenating Our Immune System  

Known worldwide as the founder of functional medicine, Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., began his career as a professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington. In the 1980s, he was chosen by Nobel laureate Linus Pauling to serve as director of nutritional research at...

Staying Hydrated, Image: castecodesign/AdobeStock.comStaying Hydrated  
It’s not Just About Drinking Water   

Maintaining proper hydration is one of the most important measures we can take to benefit our health. “The human body is made up of 55 to 75 percent water, and proper fluid levels are essential for many important body functions, including nutrient and oxygen...

EASY CONTAINER GARDENING, Image: freely/AdobeStock.comEASY CONTAINER GARDENING  
HOW TO GROW EDIBLES IN POTS AND PLANTERS  

Container gardening offers something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned green thumbs. Growing vegetables, flowers and herbs in pots can be cost-effective, inspiring and tailored for any urban balcony or country patio.The perks of planting in pots include a reduced risk of disease spreading from one crop to another, fewer...

Intermittent Fasting Basics, Image: tатьяна kреминская/AdobeStock.comIntermittent Fasting Basics  
How to Improve Health by Eating Less Often   

Fasting has been part of religious and cultural practices since ancient times, but now it is entering into everyday American eating habits. Intermittent fasting (IF), which involves restraining from eating for periods ranging from hours to days, was the most popular dietary strategy among Americans in 2020, outpacing low-fat...

Why We Need Wild Places, Image: danita delimont/AdobeStock.comWhy We Need Wild Places  
How to Invite Nature Back into Our Lives and Landscapes  

On a blustery day, Julian Hoffman stood outdoors and watched wild bison grazing in the restored grassland of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, fewer than 50 miles from downtown Chicago. For him, it was a wild place, affording a glimpse of what North America looked like hundreds of years ago when...

The Bounty of Farmers Markets, Image: rawpixel/AdobeStock.comThe Bounty of Farmers Markets  
Buying Local Boosts Health, the Economy and the Planet  

Throughout the nation, an estimated 8,000 farmers markets offer some of the freshest food available anywhere. Often open on weekend mornings or select weeknights, these nutritional meccas allow local farmers to sell their fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and dairy directly to consumers, thereby providing an attractive business channel for...

Buzz-Free Drinking, Image: photo courtesy of Kerry Benson and Diana LicalziBuzz-Free Drinking  
The Healthy Rise of Non-Alcoholic Beverages  

As a former bartender, Katie Cheney enjoys mixing drinks for friends, and one night recently, in her San Francisco apartment, she tried out something new: an alcohol-free “Noquila Sunrise” made with a distilled,...

Eating for the Planet, Image: vector mine/AdobeStock.comEating for the Planet  
Diet for sustainability  

What we choose to put on our plates influences not only our physical health, but also the health of the environment. While much of the climate conversation focuses on the burning of fossil fuels, commercial food production—particularly livestock—uses large amounts of land, water and energy. Wasted food contributes...

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