In a year when we are finally out of a d

In a year when we are finally out of a drought, reservoirs are filled to capacity and overflowing, the East Bay Municipal Water District wants to raise our rates for both water and wastewater services!

If you received a notice of a public hearing from the East Bay Municipal Utility District, read it carefully. Write a protest letter to let EBMUD know that you do not want higher rates. Send to EBMUD, MS218, PO Box 24055, Oakland, Ca. 94623-1055 or you can protest in person on Tuesday, June 13 at 1:15pm at 375 11th Street, Oakland, Ca. 94607.
I am vehemently opposed to another water hike when we have all been so diligent in saving and conserving water for the past several years. Our water rates are already untenable. Let EBMUD know you are against all rate increases.

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Yelp Elites, How to Talk to Your Doctor, Posture When Planting

If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It’s party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

When you visit your family physician, do you know the right questions to ask? Most doctor visits last less than fifteen minutes and most patients leave without understanding their diagnosis. Cynthia Brian sheds light on how to listen, understand, and communicate what you need to know.

YELP was founded in 2004 with the purpose of connecting people with great local businesses. By the end of 2016, 65 million unique visitors used the YELP mobile app, 24 million visited monthly via YELP, and more than 121 million reviews were written of almost every type of local business, from restaurants, boutiques and salons to dentists, mechanics, plumbers and more. Stephanie Yolish is YELP’s East Bay Senior Community Director who will discuss YELP, the YELP Elite Squad, and the importance of honest reviews.

May is the perfect time to be planting. Gardening burns calories, strengthens muscles, and provides stress relief. To avoid injuries as well as aches and pains, Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian shares posture positions to help you garden with ease.

Guest Bio: Stephanie Yolish

Originally from the East Coast, Stephanie Yolish started her professional life building and engaging communities for a NYC based national non-profit raising money for a tumor disorder. She went on to launch the New Jersey Yelp community market for Yelp and recently relocated to take over the East Bay community for Yelp.

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The Magic of May

“Harmony makes small things grow.

Lack of it makes big things decay.” Sallust

By mid May Mother Nature has waved her magical wand sprinkling glitter and glory among her growing children. No matter where you look, shrubs, trees, and landscapes showcase a beauty and harmony that set this month apart from the remaining eleven. Herbaceous peonies are budding and will bloom for weeks offering outstanding companionship to mixed perennial gardens. Glorious bouquets of roses decorate pathways and arbors. Fields of bearded iris brighten the most mundane areas with their multitude of colors, gentle fragrance, and graceful arches. Horse chestnut, buckeye, and locust trees are overflowing with grape-like bunches of blooms. Get up close to examine the intricacies of their flowers.

The warmer weather has sped up the blooming season while only a month earlier the cooler weather slowed it down. My waves of bright blue forget-me-nots have settled into a sea of seeds that attach to any clothing that ventures near easily spreading the flowers to places unplanned. Along the creek beds, even the poisonous hemlock weeds sprouted several feet taller than in previous years with attractive clusters of flowers resembling Queen Anne’s lace. Tiny Alpine strawberries are red, ripe, and delicious as snacks or in salads. Better to eat these than any store-bought strawberry. Thanks to the unparalleled Pearl’s Premium grass seeds, my lawn has never looked so lush and lovely. If you want turf that is tough, drought resistant, low maintenance, and beautiful, start thinking now about preparing your ground for an autumn seeding of Pearl’s Premium. (www.PearlsPremium.com)

The Old Farmer’s Almanac recently contacted a colleague garden writer asking about what tools, products, and plants gardeners sought most this year. She posted a request for suggestions on our member community site and I reveled in the answers that I believe resonate with you, my garden guide readers. Here’s my abbreviated version of what we gardeners want.

  1. 1. We crave information that we can use on a daily basis.
  2. 2. We want to grow our own food for better nutrition and first-rate freshness.
  3. 3. We want to save money.
  4. 4. We want to bring pollinators into our gardens for an organically friendly habitat. We are putting out the welcome mat for birds, bees, butterflies, and bats.
  5. 5. We want to reduce waste by composting more.
  6. 6. We want tools that are sturdy, long lasting, yet not exorbitantly expensive.
  7. 7. We want to explore simpler to use, more environmentally friendly power tools that are battery powered and strong.
  8. 8. We want space saving ideas including container and vertical gardening techniques.
  9. 9. We want to learn to prune properly.
  10. 10. We want low maintenance, native alternatives, and drought resistant plants.
  11. 11. We want to ENJOY our garden rooms!

The wants of the national garden community echo locally as well. My promise to you is to continue to bring you the latest tools, tips, and tricks that will make your garden experience extraordinary.

CLEAN and DIRTY PRODUCE

In my opinion, one of the main reasons to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs is to know what is in your soil and on your plants. The USDA discovered 178 different pesticides on sample produce this year with the residue persisting even after the produce was thoroughly washed. Strawberries topped the list with over 20 different pesticides, one of the main reasons I grow my own strawberries and Alpine berries.

The cleanest and therefore the healthiest produce included:

  1. 1. Corn,
  2. 2. Avocadoes
  3. 3. Pineapples
  4. 4. Cabbage
  5. 5. Onions
  6. 6. Peas
  7. 7. Papaya
  8. 8. Asparagus
  9. 9. Mangoes
  10. 10. Eggplant
  11. 11. Honeydew Melons
  12. 12. Kiwis
  13. 13. Cantaloupe
  14. 14. Cauliflower
  15. 15. Grapefruit

Pesticide residues are extremely rare on “The Clean Fifteen” so these are items that we can buy and serve without worry.

Known as “the Dirty Dozen” here’s a list of the worst produce culprits you can purchase:

  1. 1. Strawberries
  2. 2. Spinach
  3. 3. Nectarines
  4. 4. Apples
  5. 5. Peaches
  6. 6. Celery
  7. 7. Grapes
  8. 8. Pears
  9. 9. Cherries
  10. 10. Tomatoes
  11. 11. Bell Peppers
  12. 12. Potatoes

Sadly, all of these fruits and vegetables are family favorites and generally considered to be healthy. Luckily we can easily grow all of these and if you don’t want to grow your own, make sure to buy organic.

Speaking of dirty, let’s get really dirty! In a year when we are finally out of a drought, reservoirs are filled to capacity and overflowing, EBMUD wants to raise our rates for both water and wastewater services! If you received a notice of a public hearing from the East Bay Municipal Utility District, read it carefully. Write a protest letter to let EBMUD know that you do not want higher rates. Send to EBMUD, MS218, PO Box 24055, Oakland, Ca. 94623-1055 or you can protest in person on Tuesday, June 13 at 1:15pm at 375 11th Street, Oakland, Ca. 94607.

I am vehemently opposed to another water hike when we have all been so diligent in saving and conserving water for the past several years. Our water rates are already untenable. Let EBMUD know you are against all rate increases. Give us a break, EBMUD!

Cynthia Brian’s Mid Month Gardening Tips

  • TUNE UP your irrigation system. Check for sprinklers that aren’t working, bushes or fences that are blocking sprinkler heads, broken pipes, clogged nozzles, leaky hoses and valves, and sprinklers that are spraying driveways and walkways.
  • MULCH for water retention and weed prevention. Three inches is recommended. Your soil will improve over time as well.
  • TAKE breaks while gardening to protect your back and knees.
  • PLANT summer blooming bulbs and seeds. There are over one hundred different choices of bulbs and two hundred perennials.
  • IMPROVE memory, lower cancer risk, and promote your heart health by planting a container of blueberries. Easy to grow as a patio plant, one serving provides 25% of your daily Vitamin C requirement.
  • WIN $50,000 for your Garden:  As a judge in America’s Best Gardener Contest. I encourage you to enter your best garden photo. The top prize is $50,000.  http://www.americasbestgardener.com

Avoid decay and continue the harmony every day. Enjoy the magic of May. Have a magnificent Memorial Day weekend, too!

Read more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1106/Digging-Deep-The-Magic-of-May.html

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, is a New York Times best selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are1® 501 c3.

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Clean & dirty produce, trends for garden

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Faith

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. “Martin Luther King Jr

Hosts Maria Wong and Brigitte Jia interview award winning author, Kathleen Rooney about her book Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk based on the true-life story of one of the most talented and successful ad women for R.H. Macy’s in the 1930s, Margaret Fishback. It took an immense amount of faith in herself and in humanity to be the plucky, outspoken and curious woman she was as she walked her way through New York.

Maria and Brigitte also read Dani Wong’s touching and emotional chapter, The Gift of Faith, from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.   It is critical to have faith in oneself. When we stay positive, everything works out in time. Faith takes courage and determination to make the impossible possible.  In life, faith helps us overcome the biggest obstacles. The sun is going to shine tomorrow.

Bio: Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novel O, Democracy! and the novel in poems Robinson Alone. With Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings. A winner of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine, her reviews and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nation the Poetry Foundation website and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay, and her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, was published by St. Martin’s Press. kathleenrooney.com

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