Seeds, Sunflowers, Helen Haskell Remien,

Undone with Wonder, Seeds Sunflowers, poetry by Helen Haskell Remien

I scoop up sunflower seeds, traipse out back,
reach out to the feeder, flip off its cover,
pour thin seeds into the clear metal tube,
keep pouring until they spill over
onto the ground, until they cover my feet.
I once stood in the middle of a sunflower field
in Southern France, wearing my wedding dress.
I married a field of sunflowers that day,
a blossoming bride among those yellow blossoms.
And each morning, I carry it with me,
that field of golden faces, pour it into
my own backyard, even when it is gray
and France is far away, and I’m wearing
navy blue long johns and am only half -awake.

Reprinted with permission from Undone with Wonder by Helen Haskell Remien, copyright 2023.

Positive Parenting: Fun Discoveries for All Ages at UP Children’s Museum, Marnie Foucault

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The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum was designed by kids for kids. Yet it is still able to address the developmental stages of youth between the ages of one and thirteen, and delight visitors of all ages. Through creative youth empowerment, the museum offers cultural and educational exhibits that reflect the diverse interests, history, culture, and heritage of the area. The museum is not only for the young but also the young at heart, and unlike many museums where the exhibits are off limits, touching and interacting with the exhibits is encouraged, if not mandatory.

The exhibits are meant to be immersive. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join their littles by exploring alongside them for pure hands-on-fun for all—children and their adults can step into an exhibit and suddenly find themselves on an archaeological dig site discovering fossils, or driving a huge mining dump trunk (wearing safety hats of course)! Kids and their adults can learn about the route of wastewater too. From boring signs? Listening to a long lecture? Nope. They can flush themselves down a huge toilet to see where the water goes!

One of the most popular exhibits for adults and children alike is the Human Body Exhibit, where learning takes place inside a grumbling stomach, sliding down the intestines (no one can resist hitting the fart button) and then scrambling up a skin-climbing wall to explore a giant head.

The museum lets its guests step into someone else’s shoes using pure imagination.

Have you gone to flight school? No matter! Everyone is allowed to sit in the cockpit to “pilot” the real jet. Kids can chart their flight to anywhere in the world, and parents can go along for the ride. Ever wanted to be on TV? Anyone at the museum can be a meteorologist and announce the weather on UPCM TV. Order up! Kid chefs run the Candy Fossil Rock Cafe and can cook you up the tastiest dish. Every exhibit allows kids to learn through touch and imagination. Parents and caregivers can use this time of active play to engage with their children and help them learn through modeling behavior.

Once kids and their adults have explored all the exhibits, the learning experience doesn’t have to end there. The museum provides year-round programming for kids and families.

Every second Thursday of the month, the museum throws a themed creativity evening aimed at preschool and elementary-aged children and their families. The themes are fun and meant to be interactive. Popular themes include Princesses and Pirates, Halloween Party, Polar Express, Dance Party, Star Wars, and many more! Costumes are always encouraged. It’s a fun-filled evening of hands-on activity stations, creative food crafts, and always a live musician. Plus it’s always free to attend.

The museum also has programs that allow kids to take on leadership roles.

8-18 Media is for kids who dream of being published. Its mission is to amplify the voices of youth through adult media. Youth eight to eighteen work in teams on issue-based stories that are printed in the Mining Journal and broadcast weekly on two radio stations. And new kid-powered podcasts are streamed on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Podcasts.

The museum also gives kids the opportunity to join its volunteer force. Those eight to eighteen can train to become a Guardian. Once trained, Guardians are able to help guide visitors through the museum, help manage the museum’s animals, and assist with special events like Second Thursday Creativity Series by helping model crafts or scooping up the frozen custard for the museum’s guests.

For more info on the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum’s full list of exhibits and programming, please visit or call (906) 226-3911.

Marnie Foucault is the Director of 8-18 Media at the UP Children’s Museum and resides in Marquette with her husband and daughter. She enjoys tennis, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine with permission. Copyright 2022, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Healthy Cooking: Super Spring Greens Medley, Val Wilson

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Spring is in the air, the perfect time for colorful flavorful dishes featuring leafy green vegetables. After months of the colder, heavier energy of winter, spring’s uplifting energy is reflected in the food we eat. Sour is the signature flavor for spring, and lemon juice lends that sour taste to any dish. Foods with this sour flavor feed and nurture our liver, gallbladder, and nervous system as do leafy green vegetables.

Often the vegetables we buy have greens attached that we end up tossing out because we don’t know what to do with them. The nutrient-dense greens that grow upwards from root vegetables have upward, expansive energy and naturally bitter flavor. Their upward energy opens us up physically and emotionally to get ourselves moving in the warmer weather.

The greens featured in my recipe below are full of health benefits.

Turnip greens are very high in potassium, an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, and excellent for gut health and digestion. They’re also high in dietary nitrates, which help with cardiovascular functioning and reduce the risk of strokes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.

Dandelion greens are great for detoxing the liver, purifying the blood, eye health, and healthy skin. They also contain over 500% of your daily requirement of vitamin K, which is important for healthy brain function, a strong metabolism, blood clotting, and improved bone health, reducing your bone fracture risk.

Kale is in the cabbage family and has anti-cancer properties. It’s very high in calcium, iron, vitamins C and K, and anti-inflammatory properties, and is great for your heart.

Fennel is one of the signature vegetables of spring. This licorice-tasting vegetable is great for your digestion. It contains a compound called anethole which is found to inhibit smooth muscle spasms in the intestinal tract, helping to eliminate gas or treat stomach cramps, which may help soothe indigestion, colic, stomach ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Spring Greens Medley with Turnips and Sweet Potato Miso Sauce

4 cups water
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 purple onion (thin half-moons)
1/2 fennel bulb (sliced thin)
4 cups kale (cut up)
2 cups turnip greens (cut up)
1 cup dandelion greens (cut up)
10 cloves black garlic (cut up or or reg. minced)
4 oz. mushrooms (cut up) Use your fave variety
2/3 cup vegetable water from recipe
2 T. brown rice vinegar
1 turnip (cut in matchsticks)
1/2 tsp. sea salt


1 sweet potato (approx. 3 1/2 cups, peeled & cut up)
3/4 cup vegetable water from recipe
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. mellow white miso or chickpea miso
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Boil turnips for approximately five minutes until soft. Remove turnips and boil the sweet potato for approximately 10 minutes until soft, then remove from water. SAVE THE WATER TO USE IN THE RECIPE AS VEGETABLE WATER.

Sautée the onions in a little olive oil and sea salt on medium heat until soft and translucent. Remove onions and add fennel to the middle of pan. Sautée with a pinch more of sea salt until soft.

Put mushrooms, garlic, kale, turnip greens and dandelion greens on top of the fennel and onions. Add 2/3 cup vegetable water, 2 T. brown rice vinegar, and 1/2 tsp. sea salt. Cover and simmer for approximately ten minutes until greens are soft.

Turn off heat, add turnip to the pan, and mix all together. Put the sauce ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. I recommend serving the sautéed vegetables over brown rice. Drizzle sauce over the top and enjoy!

Chef Valerie Wilson has been teaching cooking classes since 1997. She offers weekly, virtual cooking classes that all can attend. Visit for schedule, cookbook purchases, phone consultations, or her radio show, and follow her on Facebook at Macro Val Food.

Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. Copyright 2023, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Inner Nutrition: Attracting What You Really Want, Tyler Tichelaar

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Do you want more out of life? According to Abraham, a group of non-physical entities channeled by Esther Hicks, you can be, do, or have anything you want when you understand the Universal Law of Attraction. If channeling entities is too “out there” for you, think of the Law of Attraction as similar to positive thinking.

The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like. When we think of something we want, we tend to attract it. For example, if you think about money, you’ll attract money. If you think about love, you’ll attract love. You may be thinking, “Then why don’t I have money or love?” The hitch is we have to believe we will receive what we want. When we doubt it or feel we don’t deserve it, we send a message to the Universe that we don’t want it. That blocks us from receiving what we want. When we really envision having it and we act and feel like it’s already ours, we create a powerful magnet that attracts it to us.

Before you dismiss this concept, recall a time when you thought of something that surprisingly appeared. For example, I might learn a new word, and then suddenly, I read or hear it multiple times within a few days. You might even attract a parking space in a busy downtown by simply believing you will have a smooth day where everything goes your way.

Yes, I know attracting a parking space seems like a small thing compared to attracting a life partner or a good-paying job, but according to Abraham, it is as easy to create a castle as a button. It doesn’t matter how big or small the item you wish to attract because when you use the Law of Attraction, you will attract it. Even the Bible supports this universal law as evidenced by the biblical title of Abraham’s first book, Ask and It Is Given.

My late friend Helen Haskell Remien was a devoted student of the Law of Attraction.

I remember her talking about how one of her ancestors had been a builder of community. Helen wanted to do the same. She was full of positive energy and constantly attracted people to her. In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character comes to believe “If you build it, they will come.” He builds a baseball field and famous baseball players come to play there. Similarly, Helen built Joy Center in Ishpeming.

About 2006, she complained to me about the setup at a poetry reading she participated in. She decided to take future matters into her own hands by creating her own event and venue. She began by having one-woman shows at various locations. Then she expanded her vision to creating her own building, a creative sanctuary for her and others’ events. And hence, Joy Center was born.

Before Helen built Joy Center, she tweaked her vision by having a dollhouse-size model built of it. With the help of atalented carpenter, she then created a large, house-like location with three floors and plenty of room for events. At Joy Center, Helen held yoga classes, writing workshops, movie nights, open mic nights, and let people rent the space for their own events. How did she do this? By believing it was possible and acting on her belief.

Once Helen opened Joy Center, many flocked there.

As a result of her courage to live out loud and not suppress her dreams, Helen inspired countless people to follow their own dreams. Everyone from aspiring poets and authors to musicians and athletes joined Helen in celebrating life’s possibilities when we allow ourselves to receive what we wish to attract.

Abraham says the Law of Attraction is a universal law. Humans are born with the ability to send out a request to the Universe and have the Universe respond by granting their wishes. The problem is we let self-doubt, fear, and doubt of our worthiness interfere.

I have had the experience numerous times of getting out of my own way and then seeing what I want appear. For example, when I applied for a PhD program, I was accepted but told the university could not offer me an assistantship. I stressed for weeks about how I would support myself while in the program. One day I said, “God, this is out of my hands. If it’s going to happen, it’s up to you” and I let the worry leave my mind. Later that day, I got an email offering me a teaching assistantship that would cover my tuition and pay me a stipend. Whether you want to call it trusting in God, letting go and letting God, or getting out of your own way, the Law of Attraction worked for me that day.

Even if you don’t believe in Universal, mystical laws, I guarantee if you use positive thinking, you will change your mindset and open your mind to finding ways to create what you want. Instead of saying, “I’ll never be rich,” switch to saying, “I have enough money,” or “I am capable of making enough money to support my needs.” Listen for the negative voice in your head and rewrite its sentences to positive ones. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Ford thought he could, and he was right. Helen did not say, “No one will come to my events.” She told herself she would build a place filled with joy for countless people. People wanted more joy and to share in her joy, and so they went and played and created with her at Joy Center.

What story are you telling yourself about what you want?

How can you tweak that story to attract all the good things you deserve? What is your Joy Center?

Tyler R. Tichelaar is the author of twenty-two books. He thanks Garee Zellmer for introducing him to the Law of Attraction and Helen Haskell Remien for modeling it.

Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. Copyright 2023, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Spotlight On…. Shepherd Organizing with Dar Shepherd

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Tell us what Shepherd Organizing is all about.

It’s dedicated to helping people clear clutter in their home, office, business, to create living spaces that are really life-enhancing. I walk alongside people in the de-cluttering process. They decide what to put in the “keep” and “donate” piles and we find a place for what will remain.

I use the Marie Kondo method, organizing by categories—first clothing, then books, papers, and each room, going through everything. For example, we take all of your clothing out so you can decide with each piece whether you really love it, wear it, and want to keep it.

We look at what books really bring you joy and enhance your life, and release things that trigger guilt. We ask with each of your papers, “Do I still need this?” What a relief it is to know where everything is—car title, check, gift certificate, things that had been misplaced, and to have things organized so you know where everything is.

Little things can make a huge difference in how people feel and how they can work, especially in the kitchen. In the bedroom, we take out everything that doesn’t belong and make it look comfortable. Memorabilia collected through the whole process is saved for last. Piles can be made to pass things on to different people.

Every single one of my clients says they have more energy after de-cluttering.

Some hire me because they don’t want their kids to have to clean up after they’ve moved into a nursing home or passed. Young families with small children want their homes more organized so they can have more time together, and want to teach their kids “This is where this goes.”

Most kids have too many toys. Studies show they play better and in more depth when they have less toys. A connection’s also been shown between clutter and ADHD, especially in children. Plus, it’s hard to clean with lots of clutter.

Clients say their mental health is so much better afterward. I feel very honored that people trust me to help them with this intimate process. Some don’t want people they know to help them because they’re embarrassed, but there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

What led you to start Shepherd Organizing?

I’ve been helping people for over ten years—family, friends, some paid jobs. I’m pure Finnish. We did a lot of cleaning and didn’t have much clutter. And I had twins, so I had to be very organized. I realized it makes such a difference in people’s lives…. If I were a millionaire and didn’t have to work, I would still do this. It’s just so rewarding!

What other experiences have helped you to run it?
I studied a lot—Marie Kondo and other organizers. I continue to learn almost daily about the psychology of hoarding and different things that seem to create clutter. It’s an ongoing education. Having worked with many people now has taught me. Every session I have, I’m learning.

What do your clients enjoy most about your services?

One woman said “I’ve lived in this house for twenty years and never felt at home before.” People say they have breakthroughs—now there’s space and they’re not thinking about the clutter. One said she started writing again. Now they have time—for relationships and to start businesses. A father said, “I can’t wait ’til we’re done. We’ll have so much more fun!”

Future plans for Shepherd Organizing?

I’m connecting with more realtors for home staging. It’s crucial to de-clutter before you put your home on the market. Clutter takes away equity.

I am available for presentations at events and gatherings, and will do one at the Mind Body Spirit Fair in April. I recently launched my website, There’s info on clutter-free gifts, where you can donate things, and more pages are in the works.

Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. Copyright 2023, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Co-op Corner: Co-op Active in Local Food Initiatives, Marquette Food Co-op

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A fundraiser participant shows off an assortment of local products featured in the Farm to School Fundraising program.

The Marquette Food Co-op (MFC) is well known in the community as an ardent supporter of local agriculture and continues to be a local food systems innovator. In addition to being one of the largest retailers of food produced in the U.P., the MFC is an active participant in programming and community development around food systems. Over the years, the MFC has collaborated with partners to develop the NMU Hoop House, a farm tool lending program, area farmers market programs, and food safety programs for farmers. Read on to learn more about a few of our current projects–some of which you can participate in!

Farm to School Fundraising

First begun in 2015, Farm to School Fundraising is a program that sources products made right here in the Upper Peninsula. Schools raise money by selling high quality items from small, local producers. Product selection may change according to the season, but often include honey, handmade soaps, jams, maple syrup, seasonal or root crop vegetable mixes, even plant starts. All products are grown, harvested, or created right here in the U.P.

Farm to School Fundraising keeps money in the local economy, can be connected to school garden work and food education, and is a meaningful fundraiser with interesting products for students to sell. In 2022, the program raised $15,103.77 for schools throughout the central U.P.

UPFE Cold Storage Grant Program

The MFC is the fiduciary for the U.P. Food Exchange (UPFE), a collaborative local food workgroup. In partnership with Upper Peninsula Food as Medicine Team, UPFE has put together a Cold Storage Grant Program which awards up to $14,000 to local farms to expand their cold storage facilities. The grant includes technical assistance and consultation with the Upper Peninsula Produce Safety Technician. Last year nine farms were awarded grants, and three more farms will be awarded funding in late March of 2023.

Generously funded by the Superior Health Foundation, the goal of the grant is to address food insecurity in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Farm debt is a huge problem nationally, with farming income insufficient to pay back loans necessary for land and up-to-date equipment. Easing this debt load with an infrastructure grant helps farmers to expand their production and thus provide more products to their community. UPFE and MFC have led the Cold Storage Grant program and hope to offer more opportunities in the future.

U.P. Food Exchange Food Summit

UPFE’s mission is to broaden collaboration among communities for a mutually supportive food system in the Upper Peninsula. Essential to collaboration is networking and sharing opportunities for community members. After a hiatus due to the pandemic, UPFE is excited to announce the return of the U.P. Food Summit. The Summit is an opportunity to come together around food systems work. Attendees will learn about exciting local food projects and how these could be enhanced or replicated in other locations, provide feedback on projects and what their community needs and, of course, celebrate and honor the efforts of everyone who contributes to a vibrant local food system.

The Summit is a great way to learn more about local food projects from the MFC and many other community organizations. All are welcome to the event, which will be held at the Northern Center at Northern Michigan University on Monday, March 27 from 10 a.m.-4.p.m. Learn more about the summit at

Article sponsored by the Marquette Food Co-op.

Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. Copyright 2023, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Senior Viewpoint: Find Your Favorite Fitness

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You’ve likely heard about the benefits of exercise repeatedly by now—“Use it or lose it.” “The best medicine is exercise.” “The key to quality longevity is…. (you guessed it! ) exercise.” And who wouldn’t want to live longer or better? Yet according to the National Center for Health Statistics’ most recent study, only 15.3% of men over 65 met 2018 physical activity guidelines, and just 10.8% of women.

But the “fun factor” is key to your success. If you’re dragging yourself to do something you don’t enjoy, you’re unlikely to stick with it or feel encouraged to do more. So, we asked UP seniors to share what type of exercise they enjoy most and why.

Marquette resident Elizabeth Bates says her favorite is cross-country skiing “because it’s outdoors, rhythmic, and pain-free. I love being out in the beautiful winter landscape.”

Retired nurse Kay Mitchell also enjoys the outdoors and is part of the Wednesday Wanderers hiking group.

She explains, “We hike all over the place every Wednesday year-round. It’s a wonderful group of people. It’s just great to be outside in the woods, exploring new or old trails. We get to catch up with each other’s lives, and take turns leading the hike.”

Kay also likes going to the Marquette Senior Center’s Hi-Low Fitness group. “My favorite teacher, Lynn Johnson, does a great cardio workout. It just makes you feel so good…. you get to see all your friends…. They use music and do routines. It’s just fun.”

“I love to do anything that gets me moving,” says Karen Blake of Marquette. “If I can do a flight of stairs in an office building, or tai chi, or just do some stretches at home. I’d like to get back to horseback riding but I haven’t found the right situation yet.”

Retired doctor Peter Zenti also spoke of tai chi.

“When you’re doing some of the tai chi poses and balancing on one foot, that helps when you go out on icy sidewalks.”

Peter enjoys beginner pickleball at Marquette’s Senior Center too. He says, “The main thing we do is laugh—when you swing and totally miss the ball…. when you can’t remember what the score is, and someone else can’t remember…. It’s awesome!” Peter also notes how very helpful and welcoming the group is to new participants.

Former history professor Jon Saari answers, “I like exercise that is a little bit unpredictable, that doesn’t just follow a fixed routine.” Maria Formolo’s tai chi class at the Marquette Senior Center is a favorite of his because unlike most, it includes free exercise and “it’s slow and is adaptive to where your body is at that day.”

Jon also enjoys a new class at NMU called Asahi. He explains, “It’s simplified these many forms (of tai chi) down to a basic one. It’s been tested and found to exercise the whole range of the body’s muscles.”

Former dance studio owner Dawn Dott’s favorite type of exercise is now water aerobics.

She says, “When my body’s submerged in water it’s more buoyant…. I experience less wear and tear on my joints and muscles…. I can work harder and longer than I can on land.”

She adds, “I find it easier to balance in the water…. I feel less stress and anxiety after a water workout, especially when the class has included music. It improves my mood and ultimately, my outlook. It’s a blessing to be part of a kind and fun-loving (water aerobics) group.”

Avid folk dancer Bob Miller also appreciates the social aspect of group exercise. He explains, “I don’t like just dancing alone. Interacting with others is enjoyable.“ Bob also says, “When the music’s going, I feel like I could dance five miles when I couldn’t run one. Rather than getting tired dancing, I feel like I gain energy from it and the music.”

So join in the fun and find (or continue) your favorite form of exercise!

Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. Copyright 2023, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Creative Inspiration: Helen Haskell Remien & Joy Center’s Evolution

The late Helen Haskell Remien inspired many in our community and beyond to greater creativity, boldness, and optimism, to claim their talents and live more fully. In 2007, this grew into her opening Joy Center, expanding the depth and reach of her impact.

Helen described Joy Center as “a charming cottage in the woods in Ishpeming that’s a creative sanctuary for people in our area and elsewhere to come and play and dream and expand…. a beautiful place where you can connect with your biggest, highest part, and also connect with the community.”

As Helen explained, “I had a seed of a dream in me thirty years ago. At that time I was wondering if I wanted to be part of the academic world, in an institution, and teach writing, or part of a place in the community where things like writing workshops could be held in which everyone could be included. I wrote in my journals in the early 90s that there should be a place in the community where we can drum and sing, and dance, and have writing workshops, and events like ones I loved when I went to Omega Institute and Kripalu, and that I would love to be a part of something like that.

“About twenty years ago, I began encouraging people to find their own creative paths.

Then in the spring of 2007, I started to feel dissatisfaction…. It was no longer enough to teach writing in my house and yoga in the basement of my husband’s dental office.”

“When I built Joy Center, I kept expanding my mind—‘This will be a place where I will teach yoga, writing, creative workshops. And people can offer other creative things. It will extend our home in some way when our kids come back to visit….’ I realized, ‘Oh, my gosh! There are so many awesome dreams people are having in the community!’ And at that point there weren’t the places available now offering yoga and energy work and so on.”

“For example, Amber Edmondson and Raja Howe knew they were poets, but didn’t know they were book binders yet. They sold a book at Out Loud, our open mike night, then began offering book-making workshops at Joy Center. Now they have their own shop. Kerry Yost had never sung in public until one night at Out Loud, and she just blew everyone away.”

“Early on, Joy Center took on its own life to be a safe place where people could take a seed of a dream, like I did, and allow it to blossom.

Sometimes their offering has stayed at Joy Center, and sometimes it flourishes far beyond. And I get to play with people that way, and be the person who holds the space and is a cheerleader for people’s dreams.”

“I think people feel something when they walk into the physical building because it’s really welcoming and beautiful…. People feel safe to really be brave and find parts of themselves they haven’t felt before, or to love themselves more deeply than they’ve loved themselves before. Joy Center was built with a really positive, high vibration…. It was such fun working with a young man who put his heart and soul into it…. We really co-created together, him doing the actual work, and me doing the dreaming.” (1)

Helen’s dreaming supported some as-yet-unknown dreams of others. Singer/songwriter Kerry Yost explains, “She made you feel like what you were doing was important and worth sharing, and created a space for it to become important and worth sharing through her support and encouragement and also through the community she built at Joy Center. She gathered all these people who wanted to create meaning in their lives, and gave them a space and encouragement to do that.”

“As a bigger-than-life kind of person, she had that level of impact in everything she did—within the writer community, yoga community, artist community.

Even though she had such a far reach, Helen still made me feel like that reach went directly to me specifically. I think she had that effect on many people.”

Her biggest impact on me was with my music through her encouragement and sometimes outright loving pressure to make something of what I was doing. Most of my music is just in my house for me. Helen would say, ‘Kerry, so when are you coming to Out Loud to play music next? Here’s the calendar, pick a day when you’re going to have your show at Joy Center.’ I’d be like, ‘I don’t know, Helen. Nobody needs to hear that.’ Next time I’d see her, she’d say ‘Okay it’s January; what day do you want to do that?’ and I’d turn her down again. This went on for a solid three months.

Helen could have kept what she built for herself, but instead she used her resources and energy to build Joy Center for others to utilize. She was also like, ‘And it’s for me too!’ I love that she was so real about it, unabashedly so! She took her dream and made that same dream accessible to others and encouraged them to do it because she had the privilege to do that for herself.

I remember going to Joy Center and hearing Christine Saari read excerpts of her work and being completely entranced by the stories of her childhood. I got to hear Keith Glendon play ukulele in front of people for the first time. She created space for people both physically and in a very deeply spiritual way.

Helen really did see and want to help people where she could.

She invited me to be the Joy Center gardener, even though I knew nothing about doing that, back when I was a broke part-time social worker, part-time musician. I always felt very cared for by Helen. She’s so special to me, and everyone, for good reason.”

Keith Glendon recalls, “I found Joy Center when there was a lot of chaos in my life. And in finding it, I also found the heartful community that I didn’t have here even though I’d moved back to my hometown—people like Kerry Yost, Matt Maki, Christine Saari, and all these folks that would turn up at Out Loud and nourish a part of me that had been put away for a long time. That really began the rebirth of my creative self, my authentic self, my healing self, my musical self. Joy Center was a great place of friendship, safety, respite, and renewal.

“I’d been about to go back to school for my MBA, but I didn’t really want to. I was just searching for something. I went to a grueling three-hour session of a 12-week GMAT prep course and thought, ‘What am I doing?’ I went to Out Loud that Thursday and discovered Matt Maki was starting an Artist’s Way class. I thought, ‘I could do this thing I don’t bleeping care about, or I could do this class with this weird dude who’s a poet. Why would I condemn myself to a future in what I don’t want to be doing?’”

“My experiences at Joy Center also began to influence my children with both poetry and music. Now I have a teenage daughter who’s very adept at busking and singing and art-making.”

“Helen even inspired a big project of mine.

During one of her monologues at Out Loud, she said, ‘It feels so much gooder when I’m able to step into my bigness.’ I said, ‘Hold on—can I use that?’ And that became the title of Gooder with Bigness, a Shel-Silverstein-meets-Dr.-Seuss kind of book I’m creating with Hancock artist Katie Jo Cudie.”

“Joy Center literally changed the course of my life. It resuscitated an essential me that had not had nearly enough nourishment and exposure and attention.”

Ishpeming resident Cece Korpi’s time with Helen at Joy Center led to a turning point in her life too. She explains, “A friend recommended her yoga class. When I found out it was an hour-and-a-half, I said, ‘I cannot do a class that long, but I’ll give it a try.’ Helen welcomed me with open arms. When the first class was finished, I felt like—“What?! I don’t’ want to go home. I just want to stay here!”’

Helen loved life and people, and shared her joy every day.

At the end of yoga class she would say, ‘All is well,’ and I would think ‘You do not know my life!’ But I took more classes and I learned all is well in this moment.

Helen was so accepting of everybody. By spending time with her and going to a lot of Joy Center offerings, I became more accepting of myself and others. Her joy and compassion were contagious. I came out of my shell and became more confident.”

Like Helen herself, though Joy Center is no longer with us physically, its spirit continues to inspire. Keith Glendon describes a “Joy Center Junior” shed in his backyard where the adults can do art and music. In the spirit of Out Loud, Keith is working with Marquette’s Unitarian Universalist Church leaders to offer Music & Myth Monday, where youth can play music live, or music they like, or read mythology they’ve enjoyed that has spiritual meaning.

UP Poet Laureate Marty Achatz continues the Out Loud tradition each third Thursday on Zoom. All are welcome to join in, whether as listeners or by taking a turn on the Zoom “stage.” You can email him at for info.

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You can also dip into Helen and Joy Center’s creativity and beauty through Undone with Wonder, a poetry collection Helen had been working on now painstakingly published by poet friends Gala Malherbe, Marty Achatz, and Ron Ferguson, with an inviting cover photo of Joy Center’s entryway by wellness consultant and former Joy Center manager Pam Roose, and a warm introduction to Helen by local  author B.G. Bradley. Copies are available at the Marquette Regional History Center gift shop and Blackbird Boutique in Marquette. All profits go to the Peter White Public Library.

Ideas are also percolating for a Joy Festival later this year. See the Summer 2023 issue of Health & Happiness UP Magazine for more info.

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Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. Copyright 2023, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Natural Wellness: Creating Your Best Me in 2023 Dr. Linzi Saigh-Larsen, ND, MSAc, CNS

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How is your New Year going so far? Are you keeping the resolutions you set? If not, you are not alone. Every New Year, 87% of adults create new goals and resolutions. There is about a 54% chance you will be unsuccessful and give up by the end of January. Research shows that 95% of New Year’s resolutions are health and fitness related, but after just three months, only 10% of people think their resolution will last.

Why do I share this? Because most of us want to be healthier, happier, more fit, and truly feel our best, but the data shows a New Year’s resolution is not the solution. What I have found to be the best approach is focusing on small habits and creating accountability in your life. It is the healthy habits that will continue to bring success and the accountability that will inch you forward to achieving your goals.

I may be a bit biased, but having a naturopathic doctor in your corner to help set these habits in motion and offer you accountability can make all the difference in working to optimize your health.

Naturopathic medicine has so much to offer.

It provides individualized care and focuses on creating the conditions for health to support the body in healing itself. This is one of the things I love most about this medicine.

When someone comes to Upper Peninsula Natural Wellness for guidance on their health journey, more often than not they have many challenges taking place. My goal is to implement the most gentle intervention to make the biggest shift in their health. One way I do this is through the SHAPE ReClaimed program.

It’s a health restoration and lifestyle modification program that combines a patented homeopathic supplement with the nutrition protocol for a simple, effective and safe way to achieve optimal health. The goal is to teach you new skills and help you embrace a healthy lifestyle. We work on creating those small HABITS that will be a part of your life well after you complete the program.

I find this program simple and effective. It is organized into three phases: cleanse, stabilize, and live. These three phases are designed to first balance your brain chemistry, strengthen your immune system, and cleanse your body of excess weight and toxins. Then you reincorporate new foods and begin to stabilize your weight and brain health, and lastly, learn to maintain this healthy lifestyle.

This program is customized to your bio-individual needs,

meaning I use your health history, symptoms, and urinalysis results to adjust this protocol specifically for you. This will ensure you feel satiated and achieve optimum results. You receive your own program guidebook, nutrition guide, dietary supplement, and any other recommendations I have found beneficial for your healing journey. A urinalysis is used to measure your improvements, and we meet weekly to answer questions, hold you accountable, establish positive health habits, and learn how to take control of your health.

Individuals have experienced a decrease in inflammation, fewer joint problems, better digestion, normalized blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, balanced blood sugar, cognitive improvements, reduced dependence on prescription medications, optimal weight, and better overall health.

I look forward to the opportunity to help you on your health journey and would love to be a part of “Creating Your Best Me in 2023.” I work with individuals locally in my office, and remotely via phone or Zoom. Call, text or email the office to schedule a free twenty-minute consultation to see if you are a good fit and ready to take control of your health.

Dr. Linzi Saigh is a naturopathic doctor (ND) and a certified nutrition specialist (CNS) with a Masters in acupuncture (MSAc). Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies and therapies along with lifestyle changes to help the body heal itself.

Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. Copyright 2023, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Green Living: Electric Cars in the UP Winter, Steve Waller

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The Fall 2022 issue of Health & Happiness UP Magazine included my article “Order Your Electric Car NOW” covering the basics of electric vehicles (EVs) after my 6,000 miles of experience, but didn’t answer questions many Yoopers have about winter driving. Now, after 16,000 electric miles, including winter miles and new tax credits, I have answers.

A critical detail is that 80% of EVs are charged while you sleep, at home, overnight, from an ordinary 240-volt clothes dryer-type circuit in a garage or outside fixture. Having a home or apartment/condo complex charger (30% tax credit to install) is a big winter advantage. A plugged-in EV is ready every morning to remote start, warm up, and drive all winter long. With home charging, you spend less time charging than you formerly spent pumping gas! Just plug in at night, unplug in the morning, and go.

Unlike many gas or diesel cars, EVs will start even in the coldest weather and are still very powerful. In all EVs, as the temperature drops, battery chemistry slows somewhat, but the power remains. Many EVs can be started remotely and are toasty-warm whenever you get in. Batteries heat the car interior. EVs with heat pumps warm the interior and passengers efficiently, faster than gas cars.

EV winter capabilities vary by model.

Some are absolutely ready for U.P. winters; others have some limits. Below freezing, the EPA range per charge in miles is reduced by about 25%. A daily 250-mile EPA summer charge range is reduced to 180 winter miles. Very few people regularly drive 180 miles per day so that’s rarely a problem. When road-tripping more than 180 miles from home, recharge at a fast-charger. Go to to find medium and fast chargers on your route. Many EVs know where the chargers are and will route right to them.

Some people are tempted to think they need 400 – 600 miles of range and massive power. That’s usually a mistake unless you tow heavy loads long distances. If most of your driving is less than 180 miles per day, excessive range beyond 300 miles just means you paid extra for excess battery capacity which rarely gets used, which adds excessive battery weight, which drags down the EV truck’s already lower efficiency (MPGe – miles per gallon equivalent), which means you’ll spend much more time charging more energy into the truck than charging a speedy 250-300 EPA mile passenger EV on the same trip.

EV batteries on long winter road trips fast-charge fastest when warm. Cars best suited to long winter road tripping have a feature called “preconditioning” that automatically heats the battery to an ideal temperature as you drive to a fast charger. EVs without preconditioning usually charge much slower in the cold. Slow charging at home is essentially unaffected.

Most EVs are all-wheel drive. Snow and slush eat energy. Snow tires eat some energy too, but AWD EVs often handle winter road conditions better than gas cars. EVs are among the highest safety-rated vehicles on the road.

EV car shopping is fun.

For town/commuter EVs, add a 240-volt charger in your garage, then get almost any EV. For winter road tripping, consider sleek, beautiful, and sexy EVs with an EPA summer range over 250 miles, all-wheel drive, preconditioning, a CCS or Tesla charger connector, and a max charge rate over 150 kW. Tax credits are available for almost everybody—$7,500 for qualifying EVs, 30% credits for installing chargers. Go to

Buying another gas car? You’ll be locked into gasoline for five more years. Yuck! Order or lease your electric car NOW!

Steve Waller’s family lives in a wind- and solar-powered home. He has been involved with conservation and energy issues since the 1970s and frequently teaches about energy. Steve can be reached at

Excerpted from the Spring 2023 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine. Copyright 2023, Empowering Lightworks, LLC. All rights reserved.