December 2010

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Ancient Grains Offer Health and Flavor

These days, when you’re in the grocer’s baking aisle you may find yourself looking at new and unfamiliar flours and wondering how to use them. Often called “ancient grains,” these “new” flours offer more nutrition than all-purpose flours.

Healthy Holiday Homes

While the holiday season is a time for fun and cheer, it can wreak havoc on your housekeeping. Traditional cleaning products can harm the environment, people and pets, so try these tips from two local, eco-friendly cleaning services.

Awakening Your Spirit Outdoors

Time spent outside can refresh and energize both mind and body, and feeling attuned to nature can be a spiritual experience. Two local organizations offer a variety of organized nature trips designed to revitalize your connection with the outdoors and awaken your spirit.

Heaven Meets Earth

Socrates advised, “Know thyself,” and Lisa Faremouth Weber, owner of Heaven Meets Earth yoga studio, honors that wisdom, walking life’s path with intuitive purpose. Today, her tranquil studio and healing boutique support others on their inner journey, too.

Setting New Year’s Intentions

Many of us make New Year resolutions that we don’t follow. What if you made a shift in consciousness and set intentions, instead of resolutions, for 2011?

Solar Service Helps Illinois Generate Green Electricity

Solar Service Inc. recently completed the largest privately owned commercial photovoltaic solar panel installation in the state of Illinois.

Healing Arts Offers Community Acupuncture

Individuals interested in experiencing acupuncture can enjoy it in a cost-saving, community format at Healing Arts of Oriental Medicine, in Deerfield.

Mindful Meditation from a Jewish Perspective

As we cover our eyes to chant the Jewish Sh’ma blessing, we experience our oneness with the divine in that moment.

Water-Saving Initiatives Target Evanston Small Businesses

As the first participant in Evanston’s new Rinse & Save initiative, the Chi Psi fraternity house at Northwestern University, in Evanston, replaced its pre-rinse sprayer nozzle with a more water-efficient one.

Ancient Crystals with Modern Benefits

Many experts agree that connecting to the Earth is crucial for health. For those times when communing with nature isn’t possible, crystal salt lamps offer similar benefits.

December Back Cover Artist

A visionary painter from Berlin, Germany, Bettina Madini has been living in the U.S. since 2003, when she left a corporate career to change her life and realize a dream of being an artist.

Light Up Your Holidays with Eco-Friendly LEDs

Strings of holiday lights add a festive twinkle to the holidays, but traditional incandescent bulbs often burn out quickly and require a lot of energy. LED holiday lights, however, stay cooler, use less energy and last longer.