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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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Peace on Earth

Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides

by Linda Sechrist

Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

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The Compassionate Achiever

How Helping Others Fuels Success

by Christopher L. Kukk

Acting with human decency—in every situation and interaction—is another way to connect to human capabilities hidden in plain sight. In news and TV stories about those who did something heroic, they usually say that they were just doing their job or they did what anyone else would have done in the same situation. None of them did it for recognition or to receive a plaque; they did it because it was the right thing to do. It was, in their minds, what any decent human being would do.

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Connecticut’s Holistic Chambers of Commerce

Fostering Healthy, Mindful Business Growth

by Ariana Rawls Fine

Founded seven years ago by Camille Leon, Holistic Chamber of Commerce has grown to become an international trade organization focused on holistic, complementary, alternative and sustainable professionals, practitioners and businesses. The group’s mission, achieved through the efforts of local chapters, is to make it easier for consumers to learn about and access holistic, natural and eco-friendly products, services and solutions.

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Books that Kids Will Love

Advice for Parents from Award-Winners

by Randy Kambic

While kids may list movies, video games, music downloads and other media featuring their favorite athlete, actor or music star as priority holiday gifts, books will expand their thoughts, curiosity and dreams by exposing them to a different set of role models and aspirations.

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Fall Offerings at Audubon Society

The Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS)—conserving Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats—is always offering programs and events for all ages interested in learning about our natural habitats, notably in local facilities at Pomfret Center and Trail Wood.

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Winter/Spring Workshops with Wilcox Wellness

Erica Wilcox, psychotherapist and wellness coach based in Southington, helps her clients overcome obstacles that are keeping them from living fulfilled, happy and healthy lives. She offers individual and group sessions, including the upcoming six-week workshop, Stress Less, Live Fully, held each Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm, beginning November 27.

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Clean Energy Informational Events

The Solar Energy Association of Connecticut will hold a seminar on microgrids, featuring David Ferrante from Eversource Energy, Christopher Bleuher from Schneider Electric, and Bernie Pelletier and Mark Scully from People’s Action for Clean Energy (PACE), at 1:30pm, November 4. The event is free of charge and takes place at the Community Room of the Manchester Police Station.

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The Healing in Harmony Center Holds Holiday Events in New Space

The Healing in Harmony Center has moved to a new expanded location in Glastonbury. The center’s 4,200-square-foot space now houses two classrooms, six treatment rooms, an event center and outdoor event space. The premier spiritual healing, counseling and education center will host two notable holiday events this month and next.

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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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How to Keep a Calm Mind During the Holiday Season

by Inessa Zaleski

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favourite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. ~ Fred Rogers

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Lynne McTaggart on the Power of Group Intention

by April Thompson

Thirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at wddty.com that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally.

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The Line In Between

Live Every Day with Purpose

by Siobhan Becker and Michelle Bense

When we die, on our tombstone or plaque it will read the month and year we were born, followed by a line, and then the year we died. What do we do with the line—the line in between? That line in between is our opportunity to live a life filled with purpose.

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The Gifts of Citrus

Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes

by Judith Fertig

Winter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts.

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PETS LOVE MUSIC

Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat

by Sandra Murphy

Just as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations.

“We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research.

 

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Reimagining One of America’s First Inclusive Playgrounds

After five years of renovations, inclusive playground Jonathan’s Dream has finally opened its grounds to the public again. The original Jonathan’s Dream was built in 1996 in memory of Amy and Peter Barzach’s son Jonathan Peter Barzach. It was the first Boundless Playground to offer an inclusive, accessible play space for families and children of all abilities.

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Experience a Day of Spiritual Immersion

On November 11, compelling conversation, inspirational talks from women healers of the world, holiday shopping, music and food await you in Woodbury, hosted by Salt of the Earth Sanctuary and Inspirit Healing Center. The Soulful Saturday event will take place from 10:30am to 5pm.

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Experiencing Spiritual and Creative Enlightenment

On November 12, the New Age and Craft Expo will be held at the Wyndham Southbury from 10am to 5pm. Intuitive readers will be available. Learn about your past, any obstacles or open doors ahead. Be guided by the angels, spirit guides or loved ones. Bring a picture of a pet and find out what they’d like you to know. Have your aura photo taken, or take a break for a relaxing massage or Reiki session.

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Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks

Eleven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these

 

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