Most wedding anniversaries are celebrated by a romantic dinner over candlelight, or a lovely bow-wrapped gift together with a romantic card. Wayne and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on July 13. His gift to me was a whitewater rafting trip on the Chatooga River. It was a day filled with fun, adventure, a lot of water, and a little bit of gut-wrenching fear.
I always enjoy the opportunity to share something new with our readers in my publisher letters. However, this month I am recycling a letter I wrote a year ago. Wayne and I will be leaving for a week’s vacation early tomorrow morning. Not to make excuses, but it’s been a busy week. I had planned to get this letter done earlier but, then, you know what they say about the best laid plans… This letter is about Charleston, one of my favorite cities, and it tells the story of two very remarkable women who lived there during the pre-civil war era. So, in the unlikely event you remember reading it, I hope you will forgive the repetition. I think it’s a story worth repeating and I hope you do, too.
A few months ago, I participated at a health fair at Zen Greenville called Whole Health Nation. It was a small fair, with perhaps 20 or so exhibitors. Some of the vendors gave presentations. Two of them called to me to tell their stories and share them with you in our magazine. One presentation was on Mushroom Mountain, a mushroom farm and research facility, operating in Easley. We published the story of Mushroom Mountain in the May
The theme for this May issue is Healing the Hard Stuff, or Natural Care First (page ). The article, in part, asks why natural healing is often used as a last resort in combating illness. It’s an interesting question. On the face of it, I think most people would agree that they would prefer to use a natural health modality than undergo surgery
What is a person’s value? It may seem like a strange question to ask, but I’ve been thinking about this over the last few days. Maybe we seldom articulate it, but it seems that we all make judgments of this kind every day.
Events are listed within graphic above. Click on the graphic to enlarge. EVENT UPDATES: 2/22/18: Happiness Hat-Titude was changed from 3/10 to 3/24; time and place remain the same. To read the news brief on this event, click here. Use contact info beneath event listing to get further information. Please contact organizers directly about the two paid events listed at the bottom, since Natural Awakenings may not have the most recent information on these events.
Times are changing. For the first time, the Upstate will be celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 with a growing number of events where women will have the opportunity to dialogue with women business owners to connect, share their dreams and work together in creating a nurturing business climate for all existing and would-be women business owners. Upstate Natural Awakenings is a sponsor of some of these events. The theme of IWD for 2018 is #PressforProgress. According to the IWD website, InternationalWomensDay.org, “With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to keep motivated.” The website goes on to state that the international activism we have seen over the past year, and movements like #MeToo, and #TimesUp, “have fueled the strong global momentum striving for gender parity”. A listing of various international and domestic events categorized by city and state is available on the website, along with a listing of corporate partners, widgets, and other paraphernalia promoting IWD. Linda Craig, owner of Circulation Nation Studios, has organized many free networking events hosted at women-owned business locations throughout the Upstate. Craig explains. “We hope that by organizing these events, it creates awareness as well as opportunities for women-owned small businesses to network with each other. For those who are looking to get into their own business, or who have an entrepreneurial spirit, we hope that they are inspired by the women they meet to make their own dreams become reality, too.” A fee-based women’s seminar and an evening dinner event where women will come together to support and learn from each other will round out the celebration. A listing of these events can be seen below. Changes or additional events… read more →
Now that the holidays are over, so are our excuses for indulging ourselves in foods that are tempting to the palate but not exactly nourishing for the body. Many natural health experts report that food is the magic bullet in staying healthy as we age. We all know fast food is disastrous for our health. The more I hear and read about the favorable impact of a healthy diet on diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and auto immune diseases, the more I am convinced that eating the right foods is the secret ingredient to good health and longevity.
Note: In a timely manner, with the birth of a New Year, Natural Awakenings has a new look. As you page through its contents, you may notice the subtle yet strategically thought-out upgrades in appearance. As always, we strive to keep you on the cutting edge of preventative, healthy and eco-friendly technologies, products and services.
by Roberta Bolduc Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been special for me. I love the delicious aromas that fill the house in preparation for a holiday dinner. I delight in the smell of wood smoke, the sound of rustling leaves and the special beauty of trees changing into their winter dress. I enjoy the warmth and laughter of celebrating with family and friends. These are blessings I have taken pleasure in every year for most of my life.