“APRIL is the cruellest month,breeding Lilacs out of the dead land,mixing Memory and desire,stirring Dull roots with spring rain.Winter kept us warm, coveringEarth in forgetful snow, feedingA little life with dried tubers.” — T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland Though I was calling it “Ungrateful for a Break in the Cold Gray Weather” and “Lame,” apparently some…

In some ways, a good morning is like a spring bud–it holds all the promise in the world, and you really don’t know what it will look like until it unfurls into the leaf or flower you hope it will become.  In the spirit of spring mornings, here’s a video with photos from around my…

The news of the Swine Flu outbreak is scary stuff. Especially since it’s not yet contained or fully known or tracked down yet. Yikes. Add it to the list of worries. Sigh. On a much lighter and somewhat related note, we at Fresh Living were concerned that “swine flu” could instantly contaminate the image and reputation…

In memory of the inimitable Bea Arthur, who died this weekend at age 86, a video montage from The Golden Girls of her character, Dorothy Zbornak, uttering her signature “Whoa!” in all her beautifully sarcastic, dry, hilarious glory.  Are you a Golden Girls fan?  Or is Maude your fave? What do you love about Bea…

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Valerie Reiss

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.

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