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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.

Deirdre Imus’ Green Book Release

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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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Have You Checked Your Plog?

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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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R.I.P., Mr. Rosewater

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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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What Do You Want?

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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 […]

Kool-aid, Kindness, and CNN at the Cancer Hospital

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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 […]

Blogging Vanity Fair’s Green Issue

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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 […]

An Earth Meditation

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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 […]

A Peek Into the Minds of Two Fasters

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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 […]

Healing the Cubicle

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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 […]

Saving the Sparrows, One Decal at a Time

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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 […]

Dr. Weil-n-Me, Fish Safety and You

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi, so I’m bragging and sharing: Dr. Andrew Weil’s website just reprinted my B’net essay on my deep ambivalence about “The Secret.” As I was checking out my story there (the sight of […]

Organic Oreos–a Sign of the Health Food Apocalypse?

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. I’ve been wanting to share my fascination/disgust/happiness at the growing number of giant food companies coming out with organic versions of their products. The first shock was the box of Organic Oreos I saw […]

Alanis Transforms “My Humps”

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. You may or may not be familiar with the song ragingly popular about a year ago, “My Humps,” by the Black Eyed Peas, featuring Fergie. It’s catchy, but about as irritating as someone chewing […]

Wants vs. Needs

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. Found this lovely little reminder on Treehugger today, it’s the Want vs. Need Glass, cleverly designed to overflow at the first drop over need. It’s a statement on water consumption. Here’s what Trendhunter had […]

Stress-Busting Holiday Gifts

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My fellow Beliefnetters and I have been working over the last few weeks to gather a collection of some of the lovelier holiday gifts on the web this season. We just published them last night. We’ve got a list of […]

It’s AstrologyZone Day!

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It’s the beginning of a new month. Which means one great thing in my world: horoscopes! Susan Miller, beloved astrologer to many, comes out with her ever-lengthening monthly forecast on AstrologyZone.com for each astrological sign on the first of ever […]

Sleep Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

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Yesterday I stumbled across “40 Facts About Sleep You Probably Didn’t Know (Or Were Too Tired to Think About)” from the National Sleep Research Project in Australia. Here are some of my faves–and things I in fact did not know […]

A Delicious, Natural Body Oil

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After a long day yesterday, I stopped at ABC Carpet & Home, a mecca of pretty, pricey, spiritual things. Buzzing past all of the crystals and Marys and Buddhas, I went straight for the bodycare wall. The eco- and toxin-conscious […]

A Way to Give Giving This Holiday Season

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Ok, it’s not just the scrumptious body oil that wows me, it’s the amazing Gifts of Compassion at ABC Carpet & Home’s store and website. Many orgs offer a similar donation-as-gift program, but none have such diverse offerings–or packages for […]

Buddha’s Take on Gift-Giving

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“True charity only occurs when there are no notions of giving, giver, or gift.” –Buddha From the book “Good Karma: How to Find It and Keep It”. By Valerie Reiss. Amy’s on vacation.

Peace, Love, and Controversy

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It always amazes me when the word—or symbol for—”peace” upsets people. A couple in Pagosa Springs, Colo. was recently told by a community association to remove a peace sign-shaped wreath from outside their house, reports The New York Times, lest […]

9/11 and Cancer

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Just wanted to spread this far and wide. This week’s cover story in the Village Voice is about the link between 9/11 and blood cancers, especially Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. That’s what I just recovered from. My exposure to Ground Zero was […]

Are You Burned Out?

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Really great article in this week’s New York magazine, “The Science of Burnout” by Jennifer Senior. The subhead alone speaks volumes: “In a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith.” It’s about how burnout—that […]

Therapy for Your Home

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If you have a modern-ish sensibility and live in an apartment or a small-scale house, you may love this blog as much as I do. Apartment Therapy.com has been my haunt for the last two years or so for home-related […]

Julia’s Quotes to Inspire

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As her post-“Artist’s Way” work has seemed more and more recycled, one thing I still love about Julia Cameron’s books is the little quotes she puts in the margins. I’m always happy to dip into these bite-sized, short-attention-span founts of […]

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Websites to Visit, Blogs to Read
Here are some blogs and websites I like. It's not a complete list. But it's a start. The first is called New Moon Journal and it is written by Michele Bailey-Lessirard, a life coach, collage artist, and "shamanic astrologer." On the opening page ...

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Still Posted at My Desk
"Take off from here. And don't be so earnest, let others wear the sackcloth and the ashes. Let go, let fly, forget. You've listened long enough. Now strike your note." From "Station Island," by Seamus Heaney ...

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And Finally, This:
Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the Universe who accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and ...

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