My, oh my, the interwebs can be harsh. Though 99.9 percent of you make the best comments evar (and we are so glad you read, and comment–or read and don’t comment!), sometimes the trolls come out like they did for this “How to Talk to a Tree” post. The vitriol actually has inspired me to…

Yesterday was an exciting day–our new dining room furniture arrived.  It’s beautiful, and we quickly figured out how we wanted to lay it out and started dreaming about Thanksgiving dinner.  But then we opened the doors of our new sideboard. Pee-yew!  The “new furniture smell” inside the sideboard’s drawers and cabinets is significant.  And it’s…

I came across this book by Brook Noel, “Good Morning: 365 Positive Ways to Start Your Day.”  In her introduction, she writes these uplifting words: “Something great happens each and every day.  And because I am aware, I never miss it.  Sometimes it is major–for example, a new business deal or an unexpected opportunity.  Sometimes…

I know, we’re living fresh-ish–it’s all “Sparkling water with lemon, please!” But sometimes the ice cold beer or tasty sake-tini or simple a glass of antioxidant-rich wine just calls. And calls, and calls…. I know for me, since chemo, any more than two drinks and I am an absolute headachey, room-spinny mess with a very bad…

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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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