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Hand washing is not the answer to combat germs

October 13, 2015

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Hand washing is not the answer to combat germs by Dr. William B. Miller, Jr. —  Germs are everywhere — on every surface, on our hands, lips and noses, both on us and in us. No crevice, nook or cranny of our bodies is excluded. They will find us, no matter what we do. It […]

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The feng shui link

July 17, 2015

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The feng shui link by Joy Abrams— In feng shui, the Tao is an ongoing preoccupation of the feng shui master. It simply means in Chinese terms, “the way.” The Tao, or way, reflects an imagery-based manner, a deep value of the Oriental culture. It is our reason for being here and belonging. It reflects […]

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Secret garden — an invisible bouquet of vibrations

June 8, 2015

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Secret garden — an invisible bouquet of vibrations by Jill Mattson —  Plants respond to music, growing better while listening to classical music, but how does sound change the physicality of the plant? In the book, The Secret Life of Plants, researchers hooked plants to machines resembling lie detectors, which revealed their responses to threatening […]

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The Western Guide to Feng Shui for: The Dance of Heart and Home

June 4, 2015

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The Western Guide to Feng Shui for: The Dance of Heart and Home by Terah Kathyn Collins — This book is dedicated to bringing the allure of romance into your everyday life by transforming the meaning of romance from a fleeting fancy to an ongoing, deeply satisfying lifestyle. For singles and couples, whatever your relationship […]

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Homemade hand sanitizers

May 21, 2015

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Homemade hand sanitizers by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  We use commercial hand sanitizers hoping to protect ourselves from germs and bacteria, but they are chemically scented and contain toxic chemicals that are absorbed into the body. The primary active ingredients in these sanitizers are ethyl and isopropyl alcohols. Ethyl alcohol, also know as ethanol, pure […]

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Sacred Home: Creating — Shelter for Your Soul

May 16, 2015

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Sacred Home: Creating Shelter for Your Soul by Laurine Morrison Meyer —  Meyer, an interior designer, presents an overview of Western religious and folk traditions regarding home protection, purification and sanctity; and explains the four archetypal design styles and how to combine them with the reader’s unique style to create a space that is a […]

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Garden Blessings: Poems, Prose and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening

March 11, 2015

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Garden Blessings: Poems, Prose and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening by June Cotner — This book is an eloquent tribute to the wonders of the garden, a place where our souls are nourished and memories have grown. Our gardens grow us, and this moving collection of readings takes us through every season and down […]

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Avoid bad vibes in your home

January 18, 2015

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Avoid bad vibes in your home by Joy Abrams —  Bad vibes are negative energy, known in feng shui terminology as Sha Chi. This energy can linger in your home without you even knowing it. One of the ways it is created is by negative experiences that remain blocked in the auras of people, animals […]

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Homeopathic remedies for plants

September 16, 2014

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Homeopathic remedies for plants by Dannette Hunnel —  It is autumn in Arizona, probably the most exciting time of the year for the Southwestern gardener. Phoenix favorites include mums, snapdragons, petunias, pansies, marigolds, geraniums and more. Once they are established, we know we can enjoy the beauty of our plantings well into late spring. How […]

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Working with nature and permaculture

May 5, 2014

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Working with nature and permaculture by Greg Peterson —  Have you ever wondered why, as human beings, we so consistently resist nature? Why, when we don’t like the natural order of things, do we try to change them to fit our perception of what is best? I have pondered this enigma for many years, but […]

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Is your home making you sick?

February 17, 2014

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  by Sherry Anshara —  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), depression affects one in 10 adults in America. Psychology Today reports that people who experience long-term depression may develop illnesses earlier in life and in more serious forms. When people are depressed, they bring that negative energy into their homes. The low […]

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Ways to save water

February 12, 2014

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  The Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona is filled with lush trees, shrubs and wildflowers, even though our annual rainfall is often less than 10 inches. This is because the desert and its plants use water wisely. Those of us who live here must learn to use water wisely, too. The […]

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The ancient art of healing with color

January 24, 2014

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by Anita Alexandra —  Color is one of the nine basic cures of feng shui and is considered to be among the most mystical and effective of all the cures. Feng shui (pronounced fung schway) is the art of placement and energy flow. In its simplest interpretation, feng shui uses color, shape, texture and placement […]

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