Northeast Wisconsin
April 2012

April 2012

April is always an exciting time of year for those of us who plant gardens. 
The earth becomes ready to till, temperatures are on the rise and our energy levels seem to get a spike. Growing up, my dad had it mastered. Just the right seed varieties were ordered, crop rotation was mapped out and soil was prepared to perfection. Let the work begin!

It is so appropriate that we celebrate Earth Day this month. April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of this movement to encourage awareness and appreciation for Earth and its resources. This year, Earth Day Network calls upon “more than one billion people around the globe to help Mobilize the Earth™.” We are encouraged to unite for a sustainable future and encourage others, including organizations and governments, to do their part.

What difference can we make? Maybe, as a family, you could plant a tree in remembrance of a departed loved one; or individually make a commitment to write to your government officials, shop local or invest in reusable, canvas shopping bags. When taken collectively, these small acts can make a difference!

We have so many great articles to share with you this month. Considering this is National Autism Awareness Month, Danette Locke encourages you to learn more about the issues affecting those with autism and introduces you to Connections, a center-based treatment provider unique to our area. In honor of Earth Day, Kelle Hartman challenges you to expand your nature sense. And, Erika King introduces you to Ayurveda’s Kapha season and how you can make a healthy transition. These are just a few examples of ways you can live healthier and reduce your carbon footprint … please read on for more!

Best wishes to all of you on your path to healthy living. Please find a special way to leave your mark this Earth Day!

“God respects me when I work. God loves me when I sing.” — Rabindranath Tagor A devotional song is one that is spiritually based. Devotional music rooted in the Vedic tradition is Kirtan. These prayers to God are expressed many ways in the Narada Bhakti Sutras depending on the individual’s…
The larger picture behind food choices and our emotional attachments Have you ever said to yourself, “It’s just a doughnut hole.”? We all know that doughnuts are not good for us, so why do some of us eat them anyway? The argument is, “But, it’s just a doughnut hole!” So…
Backyard Organics’ owner all about safety, sustainability…and science “Doing well is the result of doing good. That’s what capitalism is all about.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson last year, when Todd Rockweit found himself retired from his career as an engineer and business owner, and a new father to a precious 1-year-old…
As adults we have the freedom to choose what we eat, no matter if it is good or bad for us. Our children, on the other hand, depend on us to keep them healthy and safe by providing foods that won’t make them sick. In most cases, when a child…
Last month was the first in a 12-part series addressed Wellness vs. wellbeing. As mentioned in last month’s article, individuals who focus on wellbeing are more likely to be healthy and whole. Wellbeing is the foundation for overall wellness. Just for Me™ Wellbeing Program is designed to enhance wellbeing, strengthen…
Do you find yourself eating away from home more than ever? With our busy lifestyles, careers and schedules, dining out has been hitting wallets and waistlines hard! And these meals away from home are predicted to grow in the next couple of years. One of the most commonly asked questions…
Nearly 50 years ago baby boomers were dancing to the sounds of the Beach Boys and singing about a little old lady from Pasadena racing around town in her shiny red hot rod. Now those same people are facing some challenging decisions about their own ability to drive. There are…
Composting is a great way to be earth friendly and prevent pollution by diverting materials that produce methane from landfills. The end product – compost – enriches soil fertility, increases retention of water and air in the soil, and stimulates healthy root development of plants growing there. Creating compost Collect…
What does ear candling do? The ear contains nerve endings and acupuncture points to every area of the body, mind and emotions. Ear candling acts as a catalyst to clear out debris and wax accumulated on nerve endings. This allows for clear vibrational flow to the corresponding area of the body,…
Pole has evolved from the seedy night club scene into a sport being practiced around the world by men and women. If you’re curious about trying it, you probably have a few questions: Q: Where do I find a studio? How do I know if that is a “good” studio?…
He just popped the question; you’re feeling on top of the world and overwhelmed with joy. Being engaged is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life but planning for the big day takes a lot of time and energy, which can take a toll on both your…
Cosmetic dentists have the ability to make major, life-changing improvements to your smile! There are three ways we can create a great smile for you, regardless of the current condition of your teeth. The first way is with orthodontics (braces). The advantages of braces are that no tooth structure has…
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