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Life 101

Plagues And The Renaissance

By Cary Bayer

Four days before the annual Passover Seder celebrations that virtually no Jewish family would be doing in their usually large gatherings this year because of social distancing, ABC-TV telecast “The Ten Commandments,” starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner. It got me thinking about the relationship of the Coronavirus to the plagues in Egypt, and the liberation from slavery of the Israelites in that country.

Celebrities

On the Heels of COVID-19: A New Way Of Being

By Liz Sterling

I certainly hope so, because one of my greatest fears is that we will slide back into business as usual. It seems all too clear, and history has shown, that we tend to forget our travails too easily. And yet I am reminded that the Renaissance came on the heels of the Great Plague.

Clutter to Clarity

Now What?

By David Hall

I’m writing this column on Easter Sunday. Experiencing many emotions, questions, and insights. Before I get into this month’s organizing tips, let me express my gratitude, first, to those on the front lines fighting this COVID-19 pandemic virus.

Healthy Living

Finding Personal Stasis During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Karen Ellis-Ritter

It’s simply reality: We are not always going to be in our healthiest state of mind, particularly in these unprecedented times. It is important to be able to realize and accept this, and allow space to heal. We all have cumulative stressors in our lives, which is why finding personal means of release is critical.

Dog World with Tina

A Ruff Ride

By Tina Valant-Siebelts

Erring on the side of caution (my standard mode), we battened down, far ahead of the quarantine directive. I haven’t left my house other than to walk dogs* and a bimonthly grocery trip. *Side note: you know you’re walking a LOT when your dogs hide from you as you’re putting on your shoes.

Feature Articles

Spring Sprouts Earth Hero Kids!

By Susan Hargreaves

The birds are singing louder, our feathered neighbors are busy in their homes getting ready for the day the fledglings leave their nests.

Family Feature

Five Tips to Reduce Your Pet’s Environmental Pawprint

By Family Feature

According to a 2019 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 67 percent of families across the country have at least one dog or cat, which is why it’s important to think about how your furry friends affect the planet..

Sports Feature

The Resilience of the Human Spirit

By Mark Tudino

That was the question many of us were left to ask following the postponement – and cancellation – of the professional and collegiate sports calendars. Not only were many of us without the outlet of following our favorite teams, our own local activities were curtailed in the wake of social distancing guidelines, which forced the closure of gyms, bowling alleys, most parks and golf courses. But it’s in this last area where the story picks up, at least for some of our South Florida neighbors.

On the Bright Side

The Sound of Silence

By Jonna Shutowick. M.S. Ed.

No doubt there are people harder hit than others, certainly those affected by the actual virus, and those hit with the shrapnel of losing their livelihood. All the more reason for me to be filled with gratitude and make the most of this gift of time that I’ve been given. I’ll let you know how it goes next month. I think I’ll be sitting at this desk for a long time to come.

Earth Talk Q & A

Earth Talk:

How are American supermarket chains doing in regard to cutting back on single-use plastics?

By Earth Talk

Not very well, if you ask Greenpeace. The activist group compares 20 U.S. grocery chains by their commitments and actions to reduce single-use plastics in its recently released “Shopping for Plastic 2019” report. Each and every chain – even those you would think are leading the charge on reducing plastic – gets a failing score.

Recipes
Recipe of the Month

Delightful Vegan French Toast

By Peta

A dreamy, simple, perfectly sweet french toast that’s completely vegan.

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