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December Publisher's Letter

Once upon a time, when the world was smaller and most individuals didn’t venture too far, the word community was neatly defined as the people and businesses closest to us. In our expansive and hyper-connected modern world, the word is often characterized more by similarity of purpose and mission than physical proximity. Community—while it may still mean a place—really encompasses a feeling, a synergy of hearts and minds.

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Annual Winter Solstice Restorative Celebration

Canton’s Chi Healing Center will host a winter solstice celebration on December 21 from 6 to 7pm. The event will include a short series of gentle, meditative exercises with Mary Ellen Mullins. They will be followed by a deep

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Local Effort for Hartford Food Cooperative

December’s Green Drinks Hartford meeting, from 6 to 8pm, December 13, will focus on a local effort to start a brick-and-mortar food cooperative in Hartford.

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Art and Handcraft Sale Benefits Vassar Haiti Project

Interested in holiday shopping to benefit a great cause? Through December 21, a Haitian art and handcraft sale to benefit the Vassar Haiti Project is being held at the Mary C. Daly RSM Art Gallery, at the Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center. All are welcome to explore the gallery and artwork, Monday through Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm, through December 21. All purchases are tax deductible.

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Celebrating Winter and Holiday Lights with a Trolley Ride

The Connecticut Trolley Museum presents Winterfest 2017 and The Tunnel of Lights throughout December this year, including a new addition to the trolley ride, a tree light show synchronized with music. Winterfest is open

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Shop and Build Community in Middletown

Artists For World Peace’s (AFWP) annual Market Place will be held at deKoven House in Middletown on December 9 from 11am to 4pm. Handcrafted gift items from Tanzania, Kenya and Nepal will be available, including baskets,

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Sea in the Sky Healing and Wellness Opens

Sea in the Sky Healing and Wellness Center is a new facility in Hebron offering services including counseling and psychotherapy, shamanic healing, reiki, Celtic reiki, IET, shamanic sound healing, organic facials and yoga. Owner

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Gut Bacteria Imbalance Linked to Chronic Fatigue

Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and
immune molecules by researchers
from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalances

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Robot Roomies

New Tech May Relieve Elder Isolation Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health.

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Senior Sisterhood

New Options for Independent Co-Housing

For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.”

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Art+Soul Pop-Up Market and Fundraiser for Animals

On December 10 from 11am to 5pm, Hartford’s ArtSpace Gallery will host the 4th annual Art+Soul Hartford’s pop-up market and fundraiser. An opportunity to shop for unique gifts from local vendors, the event also is a

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Natural Awakenings Publisher Opens Up in Self-Reflection Book

Author and Natural Awakenings Long Island publisher, Kelly Martinsen, has published a compilation of essays ranging from the profound and poignant about love, faith and loss, to the heartwarming and hilarious about

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Bristol Rock and Minerals Shop Celebrates Anniversary

L&D Designs, a rock and mineral, crystal, jewelry and healing gifts shop, opened its doors in Bristol in October 2015, and is celebrating its second anniversary in December with sales throughout the month. Their celebration kicked off with Small Business Saturday on November 25.

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Community Acupuncture Offered in Bloomfield

Naturopathic physician and acupuncture specialist Nicole Klughers is offering a series of upc-oming Community Acupuncture dates at the Energetic Being Center in Bloomfield. The first will be Saturday, December 2 from 10am to 1pm.

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Relationship Workshop with Leesa Sklover

Leesa Sklover, PhD, Director of Sklover LoveLife Productions, LLC, will host upcoming educational and experiential programs at the Madison Beach Hotel, in Maadison. The Great Relationship: Self-Love and Respect for Other &

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Holistic Benefit Fair in Plainville

Your Holistic Events will hold their last benefit holistic fair of the year in Plainville on December 17 from noon to 4pm.

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Alcohol Affects Our Heartbeat

German researchers studied the correlation between cardiac arrhythmia and alcohol consumption by monitoring 3,000 middle-aged volunteers for 16 days during Oktoberfest. Portable electrocardiographs and breathalyzer

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Regular Sleep Times Promote Health

report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get adequate sleep. Dr. W. Chris Winter, of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic, recommends

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Tree Tally

Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census

The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered.

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Erase E-Waste

Regift or Recycle Smart Phones

When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them.

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