Art aimed at raising awareness of child sex trafficking is making a stop in the Valley, thanks to StreetLightUSA, a local nonprofit that’s served nearly 500 child victims since opening in 2011. “The Scarlet Cord,” housed in a 40-foot storage container parked for a limited time in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row arts district, features 30 works.
The past few months have been a difficult season. Just when I think I’m about to catch a break from trials, something else happens. Many days I want to curl up in a corner and hide until I remember that nothing can happen unless God allows it.
We hear a lot about forgiveness, but do we really know what it means? Webster’s dictionary defines forgiveness as a release from the guilt or penalty of an offense. Wikipedia says forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.
Prospective students and community members interested in learning about naturopathic medicine as either a lifestyle or professional career can find what they need at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s Discovery Day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 14, 2015 at 2140 E. Broadway Road in Tempe.
Why is it that the gluten-free food industry has grown at a compounded annual rate of almost 30 percent? Probably because 1 in 133 persons is now being diagnosed with a condition known as Celiac Disease. Patients with Celiac Disease are unable to digest a protein called gluten, which is found in certain grains, namely wheat, barley and rye.
During the last 50 years, the average person’s health has been significantly challenged and weakened due to unhealthy food choices, poor food quality, depleted soils, antibiotics, GMOs, NSAIDs, and altered gut bacteria. Many are completely unaware that leaky gut is the root cause of their health problems.
Some years ago I read about Charles Brown, a World War 2 pilot on his first mission, just before Christmas, 1943. His B-17 had been shot to pieces by German fighters and anti-aircraft guns. Half his crew was wounded, his tail gunner was dead, and he was flying alone over Germany, barely able to keep the plane aloft.
Every time I load updates on my computer, I seem to get a lot more than I want. It’s so slow now I’ll have to ask one of my tech-savvy friends to declutter it. The reason for my angst is the mysteriously enhanced prevalence of the aptly named spinning wheel of death. You know the little symbol that appears to let you know that your web page selection is supposed to be loading. That tiny whirling dervish that just keeps on going round and round, while you stare at the screen wondering what’s taking so long, take a brief timeout to water your plants, visit the washroom, get a cup of coffee, and still end up twiddling your thumbs. Strangely enough, I can watch dreamy-eyed at clothes whirling and flopping around the Laundromat dryer. But the moment that mini-me dryer equivalent appears whirling on my computer screen, I get restless and agitated. At least we know something purposeful is happening at the Laundromat, whereas the computer offers no guarantees.
The holiday season is upon us, which can result in additional stress and anxiety due to time crunches, obligations, and demanding schedules. Minimizing stress, getting plenty of sleep, daily movement and sunshine, foregoing demanding obligations, and healthy eating is especially important since colds, flu and even depression tend to be more prevalent this time of year.
Holidays can be a difficult time for families who have recently lost loved ones. In “Waiting for Heaven,” an Ahwatukee resident, Heather Gillis, reaches out to parents everywhere who have lost a child and are struggling to find peace within the midst of their pain. As the book jacket says, “Life can sometimes lead us to unexpected places, only to leave us broken, desperate and hurting.” Gillis tells of her personal struggle when her baby son, Bowen, died 13 days after birth of a fatal kidney disease, autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).
In Luke 17, there is an account of Jesus healing 10 lepers who immediately take off running, jumping, laughing and anxious to return to a normal life. The sad part is only one of them came back and said, “Thank you.” Why do you suppose the other nine never returned? Here’s what I think:
Love always wins. It may be denied for a time, but not forever. When it can’t flourish, it burns and breaks us. When love is allowed, it transforms, improves and heals. It makes us deeper, kinder, more caring people. When we love, we see beyond ourselves, and come to experience another person’s full humanity. When we recognize another person’s full humanity, we can see it in everyone else, too. The more love the better.