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The past few days have been exciting around here–I live in one of the 30 communities in and around Boston that were under a “boil water order” since a water main break late last week forced the city to divert water to an untreated reservoir.  This morning, after only 4 days, the water main was…

Just the other day I wrote about the latest “most important foods to eat organic” lists–the “Dirty Dozen and the “Clean 15.” Well now the My Paper Crane blog has gone and made a free printable PDF, the most adorable way ever to keep track of which fruits and veggies you must buy organic and which you can…

I’ve just learned that today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day–get it? (May the fourth be with you!) Love that! In honor of that force that illuminates and supports and creates all, here are some inspiring, wise Star Wars quotes. Oh, and if you want to really distract yourself, check out this way-cool Yoda translator! “Fear is…

Oh, this is my new favorite thing!  You simply text the word “breathe” to 313131. Then you’ll start getting once-a-day texts that say things like: “Breathe” or “Breathe In Breathe Out” or “Let’s Breathe Together.” Radically simple and radically helpful. It seems like they come at the exact perfect moment too, though it’s entirely possible…

So sad. Lynn Redgrave has died at age 67. According to CNN, her children released this statement: “Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer,” the children – Ben, Pema and Annabel – said in a statement. “She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before.  The endless memories she…

My friend Loren just passed along this gem, which is part of One Chicago, One Nation, an online film contest created to build unity through digital storytelling. Neat! Here’s the description: Health and wellness enthusiast, B-Boy Super Inlight reached out to D-Nick The Microphone Misfit to compose a song, for the opening of Graffiti and Grub,…

“The bed is a bundle of paradoxes:  we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.”  – Charles Caleb Colton   Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh…

Do you get enough “me” time?  Start your morning with this quiz to see if you’re running yourself ragged and forgetting to take care of yourself in the process.  Friday morning is the perfect time for the quiz, because if you don’t score as high as you’d like, well, it’s the weekend — a perfect…

I just got back from a quick grocery run, and because April 30 (tomorrow!) is Oprah Winfrey’s National No-Phone Day, I took a curious look at the drivers around me.  At a red light, I looked to my right.  A young woman was talking animatedly on her cell phone.  I looked in my rear-view mirror. …

“The poet Muriel Rukeyser said the universe is composed of stories, not of atoms.  The physicist Werner Heisenberg declared that the universe is made of music, not of matter. And we believe that if you habitually expose yourself to toxic stories and music, you could wind up living in the wrong universe, where it’s impossible…

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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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