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    Janice Sina

    Janice Sina
    Janice Sina, former biology teacher turned veterinary assistant, observes and writes about nature, human and otherwise. She lives in East Haddam CT, where she strives to tread lightly on this Earth with her husband, her pets, and several thousand honeybees. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her first book, Songlines in the Key of B.

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    Meet Hannah Gardener | Science, Legislation & Flame Retardants

     

    “Look, Mommy!” Your four-year old rounds the corner carrying a lit votive candle that had been scenting the room from a seemingly safe spot. Surprised by your immediate yelp, she drops the candle on the couch.  Potential crisis now averted through quick thinking, you take the time to talk about fire with your child, and breathe a sigh of relief that it wasn’t worse.  It brings to mind headlines you have seen recently on flame-retardant chemicals.  The slow steady release of chemicals into the air, our homes and places where we sleep have been under heavy scrutiny for years,  because of the long-term damage they may cause. Now,  finally, they are coming to light in more mainstream media. As is often the case with products that contain multiple chemicals, from cleaners to pharmaceuticals, teasing out our understanding of the impacts on our health takes good scientists and sound science."

    It's less about fire-fighting and more about fighting an industry.   

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    How-To: Safer Wipes For Schools

    How Can I Make A Difference In My Child's School?

    A question we hear often at the Savvy Women's Alliance. It's not easy, but it can be done. We see it happen often and when we do, it is worth celebrating.  Mesmerized by Janna Said's safer wipes initiative in her school,  we are delighted to share her success and approach.

    Before Janna had her children, she was an elementary school teacher, educating little people. Her nontoxic journey began when she was pregnant with her first child. She stopped wearing nail polish and stopped cleaning bathrooms at her husband’s insistence. She bought organic milk and eggs.  And now her journey has found roots in one of her biggest campaigns yet: a safer wipes initiative. Little things added up. Now, she’s educating adults. 

    Step One: Learn From Janna

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    Start With The Air In Your Home

    We’re indoors more than ever and in buildings that are sealed tightly for ultimate climate control. So that stretch and deep breath that we take each morning may not be quite as good for us as we assume.  Our homes can be 2-5 times more polluted than the outside air and this pollution is  created from everyday products.  A single exposure, or exposure over time,  can present a range of symptoms from irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; headaches; dizziness; and fatigue. As many know, indoor air at home or work can aggravate chronic asthma or migraines. 

    The good news? This is an area where we can create an easy and positive impact. 

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    Rising from Lyme Disease to Health Coach: Pallas Dame 

    Pallas Dame answered the phone on a November morning, the muffled sound of wind and traffic playing into the receiver. As we introduced ourselves she apologized for the noise; she was out walking, she said. She maintained her brisk pace during our hour-long conversation. I learned that this was a new-found joy for her; she had spent many years trying to find her way back to health and vitality.

    A combination of genetics and Lyme disease conspired to send her into a physical, mental, and emotional tailspin after the birth of her first child about ten years ago that left her confused by doctors diagnoses and treatment regimens, and struggling against her body while trying to find answers.

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    Monica Fernandes: From Portugal to the Savvy Women's Alliance Board

     

     

    When I was in high school, I tripped up the auditorium steps to receive an award for gymnastics at Sports Awards Night. Since that time I’ve admittedly shied from center stage. So I have great admiration for anyone who comes up front-and-center not once, but twice in a single day. Meet Monica Fernandes, grace and bravery personified. On June 22, she was introduced as one of Savvy’s new board members. And earlier that afternoon, she was among 3,000 people becoming naturalized as U.S. citizens at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the ceremony attended by 2,000 friends and family. A native of Lisbon, Portugal, Monica has lived in the U.S. for 24 years; she still travels to visit her family frequently.

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    Meet Janet: A Flight Attendant With A Big Heart

    Imagine navigating your way through a busy airport with a broken wrist and ankle, towing baggage and dodging nearly late passengers. Then imagine flying across the country to volunteer with an organization, not knowing anyone, and just jumping in with both feet, limping slightly, where needed.

    Last February, Janet Conroy, Savvy Women’s Alliance Volunteer of the Year did just that. Janet is an airline attendant and is no stranger to airports and airplanes, so she may have a bit of an advantage -  getting there was the easy part. Walking into a room of strangers and asking, “how can I help,” takes courage, enthusiasm and commitment to a cause.

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    Replacing Pollinators with Drones?

     

    Most of us are familiar with the water cycle and the food web, cycles in nature that move substances in a never-ending loop, each stage vital. Think of it like a clock. Each hour, each minute, belongs just where it is. But what if 2:00 disappeared? Eight o’clock wouldn’t happen at the right time and as each cycle with a missing 2:00 progressed, eventually the whole concept would be so off kilter that chaos would be a likely ending.

    The Pollination Cycle

    There’s another cycle out there in nature that’s just as important and garnering more attention these days and that’s the pollination cycle.

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