Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mushroom Magic

By Elizabeth Barker When it comes to boosting levels of vitamin D—a nutrient found to fight diseases ranging from diabetes to depression—munching on mushrooms might be just as helpful as popping a supplement. In a new study from Boston University School of Medicine, a group of healthy adults given either vitamin-D-rich mushroom powder or vitamin […]

Pedaler’s Fork

Diners at Pedaler’s Fork will be delighted to discover what has so obviously been missing in the West Valley: a destination restaurant

Book: Gabriel’s Mountain

By Mickael Taddeo This fast-paced sci-fi/spiritual novel retells the Armageddon tale of Archangel Gabriel, now in the character of a brilliant and tortured Montreal homeless man on the run from the CIA in a different era. Clearly, you haven’t heard this perspective on the story before. The story is set in a future in which […]

The Best Time to Make a Decision

Time of day and your last meal are as important as knowing the facts By Margaret Heffernan Judgment counts. As politically correct as the words “don’t judge” may be, we all make judgments every day that are essential to our health and well-being. We like to think that we make the big ones with enough […]

Make Space in Your Luggage for Gifts

Needy destinations value pencils and soccer balls more than candy and coins By Teresa Bergen Well-meaning travelers have long doled out coins, candy and pens to economically challenged local kids in foreign countries. When faced with a population that may lack electricity, clean water or other 21st century basics, it’s natural to want to give […]

Tough Love in India, Ayurveda Style


Not satisfied with an anti-aging day treatment at a Beverly Hills spa, I journeyed from California to Kerala, birthplace of one of the world’s oldest medical systems, to immerse myself in the real deal for a month.

MDRs of a Balanced Spiritual Life

The art of spiritual living is like a balanced diet that needs a little of everything By Edward Viljoen The art of spiritual living, like a balanced diet, requires more than one form of nutrition and benefits from a balanced approach. For example, selfless service to others (the practice of actively expressing loving-kindness), charitable contribution […]

Room to Breathe

By Sonia Choquette Our minds are often riddled with fear, and especially fear of losing control, so we do everything in our power to avoid it. Fears such as “ I might lose my job. I might end up alone. I won’t be able to pay my bills. People will abandon me,” and more take […]

In Loving Memory of Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda  (J. Donald Walters) 1926- 2013 A prominent and respected global spiritual leader, Swami Kriyananda, 86, passed away on April 21, 2013 in Italy of natural causes. The charismatic founder of the Ananda Worldwide movement, Kriyananda inspired thousands of people with his vision of a “conscious lifestyle” emphasizing peace, harmony, compassion and love. One of […]