How Do You Know It is Time for Divorce?

Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

by Maria Gertz, Psy.D.

Despite the fact that 50 percent of couples in Florida get divorced every year, divorce is still one of those things we like to turn our backs to and try not think about. But when you are in an unhappy marriage, it can often seem like the only way out. While this may certainly be the case for many of you, divorce can be emotionally and financially draining on both spouses, children and families. So before you take the plunge, there are several things mental health therapists and divorce professionals think you should consider to make sure you are as ready as you’ll ever be.

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Community Garden in Margate Seeks Donations and Volunteers

Green Earth Community Garden is in its fourth year of operation, providing organic produce to local food pantries, participating gardeners and shareholders. Additionally, this registered nonprofit educates residents of all ages on organic gardening practices while providing a meeting place to build a shared community.

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Letter from the Publisher

April mornings are awesome. The opportunities to create yet another meaningful day in paradise are upon us. Many times, the monthly focus for Natural Awakenings is synergistic with my writings as is this month with the focus on climate change updates; I like to think of April as Earth Month. I was asked to participate with a couple of local events, utilizing our publication and my Global TRASHformation artwork, spreading the message of wellness and self-responsibility. (See News Briefs for details.)

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Celebrate Earth Day with Heal the Planet Day April 22

Don’t miss the 3rd annual Heal the Planet Day, April 22, at Esplanade Park, in Fort Lauderdale. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Produced by the local nonprofit, Heal the Planet, this Earth Day celebration brings together the South Florida community for a day of fun, family-friendly activities. You’ll learn how small, local everyday acts and choices can have a huge global impact and have a great time doing it.

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Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival April 21

Harnessing the power of art to connect with the environment, shine a light on solutions and inspire and educate to create change is the mission of the Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival. In partnership with the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at Carpenter House, Nova Southeastern University Broward and the City of Hollywood, the event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 21. Continue Reading

Yoga at Bridges Being Offered with Programs for Body, Mind and Spirit

Just Like Om Yoga provides an opportunity for students to ease into their bodies through a gentle but powerful process characterized by attention to detail on anatomical alignment and extension of the spinal column. At a slow, steady pace with focused breathing, a whole body, mind and spirit experience is realized.

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Volunteer with SusieQ at Earth Day Events in April

SusieQ Wood is looking for volunteers to support her involvement as a speaker and collaborative artist in two Earth Day related community events taking place in April.

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Celebrate The Salt Box’s Birthday with Complimentary Sessions

The Salt Box is celebrating its 3rd birthday with a party on April 14, and everyone is invited to join in the festivities. In order to celebrate with the community, new and existing clients get to enjoy a full day of wellness with complimentary salt therapy sessions.

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Introduction to Sufi Spiritual Healing at Bridges of Wellness

Bridges of Wellness presents a special One World Family Interfaith Presentation, “Introduction to Sufi Spiritual Healing,” a three-part series, held Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 10, 17 and 24.

The classes will be taught by Halima Gibson, master spiritual healer and teacher in the Shadhuli Sufi tradition.
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Ask the Therapist…

by Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC

Why Women Are Slaves to Love

The following quote by Napoleon Bonaparte reflects the mentality that was at the forefront of the beliefs that enslaved women through the ages. “Nature intended women to be our slaves…they are our property; we are not theirs. They belong to us, just as a tree that bears fruit belongs to the gardener. What a mad idea to demand equality for women! Women are nothing but machines for producing children.”

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