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Community Happenings – July 2016

Memorial Service for Walter Perschke – June 26 6:00 PM 1939-2016 – Walter "Bud" Perschke passed away on May 20, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 77 years old. Walter was born on February 25th, 1939 in McHenry, Illinois to Walter and Marie Perschke. He attended high school at Lane Tech, in Chicago, ...

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Letter From The Publisher – July 2016

Welcome, beloved Conscious Community! I am glad that you are joining me this month, as this is a special memorial issue in honor of the late publisher of Conscious Community Magazine, Walter Perschke. Walter passed away quietly and peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, May 20th. Within ...

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Where You End and I Begin

By Lara Perschke My father was a true enigma, beyond compare, paramount to who I have been, and want to become. I want to talk about his life. My Dad was fascinated with the idea of salvation. It was the last word I watched him write, painstaking and deliberate, standing ...

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Celebrating the Dance of Life

By Theresa Puskar R.I.P Walter Perschke – May 20th, 2016 Life is a dance. The question remains, “Are you willing to get on the dance floor and move to the music of the divine, or will you choose to sit passively at the sidelines, and watch others as they allow the ...

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A Chapter

By Jim Kaminecki       On a sunny Chicago summer afternoon about 9 years ago, I left my office on Jackson Boulevard and went to Kramer's for lunch. Kramer’s Health Foods on South Wabash Avenue is a health and wellness store with a small upstairs restaurant, where I picked up ...

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So Long for Now, My Friend

By Deborah Zagorski It is with great honor and respect that I reflect on my friend and mentor, the former publisher of Conscious Community Magazine, formerly The Monthly Aspectarian, Walter Perschke. I am one of many who attended Walter’s weekly meditations held on Thursday evenings at his home. I would ...

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A Tribute to Walter

By Anita Wojcik   "The Light of God surrounds us." It all started with a class: Meditation 101. Walter was teaching us how to meditate. His messages were simple: "Focus; Be free of distractions; Say a prayer; Create a Sacred Space; Don't dwell on negative things; Communicate with your Higher ...

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Millenials: Embracing the Rising Phoenix

By Kasia Szumal Image courtesy of Laura Milnor Iverson, Rising Phoenix, zenbreeze.com Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” ~Rumi When I hear the word phoenix, the first thought that comes to me is a new beginning, starting something fresh, a shift, and a big change. ...

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The Grace Factor

By Alan Cohen A woman phoned my radio show and reported that years ago when she became pregnant, her doctors told her that the baby would not survive. She and her husband prayed fervently for the child’s well-being, and the baby was born healthy and went on to live a ...

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Angels on the Road

Angels on the Road

By Joyce and Barry Vissell Barry: If we only knew how many times we are rescued by divine intervention, we would completely trust this higher power. There would then be nothing to worry about – ever! Joyce and I had yet another powerful reminder of this truth – and divine ...

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JULY …. Rest, Relax, Vacation

By Elizabeth Summers Even though the month of July starts out with picnics, fireworks and parades, this seventh month of the calendar year is just the opposite energetically.  Chill out, kick back, go on vacations in July should become the norm.  Statistically, more people go on vacation in July than ...

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Sensory Searching VS Spiritual Searching

Sensory Searching VS Spiritual Searching

By Stephanie Van De Ven How many times have we tried searching outside of ourselves for happiness, love, and acceptance? We choose to spend countless hours at the mall, or countless hours trying to find the perfect new outfit, piece of jewelry, or whatever our guilty pleasure is– and it’s ...

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Cooking up Summer Goodness

By Sue Odland As thoughts of lazy days at the beach and picnics under shady trees fill gardeners’ heads, how can they take a needed rest with the abundance of berries and herbs appearing in gardens, at farm stands and in local markets? Can summer sloth and blue ribbon goodness ...

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Exploring Grief through Horses

By Blair McKissock, MSEd, RYT As I write this column, I can’t help but think of the words transition, grief, change, loss, and sorrow. My heart breaks. When my fingers touch the keyboard, they don’t want to move, and after every period, they hesitate again. When I first started my ...

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