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Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Oddly enough, this week Deirdre Imus, wife to embattled shock jock Don Imus, came out with a book, “Green This! Volume 1: Greening Your Cleaning”, about how to clean you home with fewer […]

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I just logged on to Amazon and saw a little box that said “Valerie’s Plog: 66 Posts.” Of course my first question was, “What’s a plog?” So I clicked. Apparently, a plog is […]

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. The wonderful author Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday at age 84. Though I’ve buried many of the details of his amazing books deep into my adolescent psyche where they first bloomed (or rather, exploded), […]

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi. I thought I’d take a moment and poll those of you reading about what you’d like from this blog. Technologically, it’s hard for us to tell which posts “work” and which fall […]

By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi. So last night I went for my annual CAT scan to make sure that I still don’t have cancer again. I know Amy’s written about her fantasy of how hospitals should be–soothing […]

By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Earth Day is upon us, Earthlings, and it seems like there is so much more happening now that in years past. I’m seeing a truly incredible upwelling of support, outrage, and determination to […]

By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I don’t know about you, but when I read about all the impending ecological doom, I feel pretty helpless. My heart clenches into a little fist of “No” so I don’t have to […]

By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I have two friends on a juice and salad fast this week, Organic Avenue’s touted five-day L.O.V.E. fast, based in New York City. You get small “meals” delivered all week. I thought their […]

By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Are you or someone you love suffering from cubicle-itis? That is, are they or you spending most waking hours in a little box o’ gray? I know, most people imagine the offices here […]

By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of seeing (and hearing) a bird crash into a window? While on a silent Buddhist retreat, Jim Kullander, Omega Institute’s editor-in-chief, saw two sparrows crash into […]

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