March 2018

Being Khineder

Being Khineder

Be kind to yourself, your kids, your family, your neighbors… That’s all good. But did you know that being “khinde” to your skin can help make the world a better place? It’s true, thanks to Khine Alkhal and her team of local moms. Khineder Creations is Khine’s fast-growing line of handmade, all-natural, chemical-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free beauty and ski... »

Naturlich Organic Yogurt

Naturlich Organic Yogurt

Yogurt seems like it’s always a healthy option, but it can often be loaded with sugar. We love Naturlich Organic Yogurt because there’s no sugar added at all. According to Debbie Cooper, LD, RDN, yogurt contains helpful bacteria that promotes overall gut health and immunity. For people with lactose intolerance who don’t want to give up on dairy’s nutritional benefits, yogu... »

Woman to Woman: The Power of a Pivot

Woman to Woman: The Power of a Pivot

“We want to bring more joy into people’s lives,” says Nancy Werteen, award-winning broadcast journalist, anchor, and reporter for WFMZ-TV69. Together with certified health coach Kim Howie, she has created the Wisdom Coalition, a collaborative community dedicated to helping women flourish, thrive, and find joy in the journey of life. The Wisdom Coalition holds local worksho... »

Quick, Check the Freezer!

Quick, Check the Freezer!

In the hubbub of a medical emergency, could you quickly lay your hands on essential information?  Where do you keep your lists of medications and allergies? How about your advanced directive? A living will? Your power-of-attorney? Well, thanks to a new initiative sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network, seniors and others can stash that critical information in an... »

Going Native

Going Native

What is a native plant? Native Pennsylvania plants are ones that grew here before European settlers set foot into the state, as opposed to exotic plants that came from other countries at a later date. What are the benefits of native plants? Native plants evolved here, so they are adapted to our specific climate and thrive once they are established. Some native perennials r... »

A Stroke Can Happen At Any Time

A Stroke Can Happen At Any Time

It was pretty much an ordinary day for Diane Snyder: a busy work day, kitchen chores, and some time relaxing on the couch with her son’s girlfriend. The rest of her family was scattered throughout the house. She tried to lift a water bottle from the floor and couldn’t grasp it, and the left side of her face suddenly went slack. Fortunately, Diane’s family members recognize... »

The Rise of Whiskey

The Rise of Whiskey

For years, vodka has reigned as America’s #1 distilled spirit.  Its success has been due, in large part, to the fact that it has nothing going for it. “Nothing” as in no color, no aroma, no flavor. “Vodka is basically a good spirit to put into a mix when you don’t want the taste of the liquor to affect the other flavors,” says Chad Butters, co-owner of Eight Oaks Craft Dis... »

Hope & Healing Bring Women to Bloom

Hope & Healing Bring Women to Bloom

Reclaiming a life from a downward spiral of addiction and violence can seem like an insurmountable challenge. It takes time, effort, courage, and support—both emotional and financial—for a vulnerable woman to recover from a painful past and plant the seeds for a healthy, productive future. Bloom Bangor offers such empowerment to marginalized women in the Slate Belt area. A... »

Eric Claypoole – Hex Sign Artist

Eric Claypoole – Hex Sign Artist

Eric Claypoole works aloft in the heavenly countryside of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding counties and sees constellations of stars all the time. Claypoole, a second-generation folk artist from Berks County, restores barn stars, bringing their distinct geometrical patterns back to life, and paints hex signs, both of them classic, colorful Pennsylvania German symbols that... »

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