November 2010

Sunday Supper Club Minutes
November 14, 2010

Our November meeting, arranged and moderated by Donusia Lipinski, consisted of an enthusiastic group of holistic practitioners who explained to us the various services they provide.  Since it was also SSC’s 6th birthday, we sang “Happy Birthday” to us and enjoyed a lovely birthday cake for dessert.

Flash Reports

SSC’s 6th Birthday – Linda Swanson, SSC’s “birth mother” briefly recalled the origins of the SSC, and reminded everyone of the website for those who would like more information on our past speakers as well as current matters of interest.  She also reminded folks that the planning committee meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm at Panera.  All are welcome.  If anyone has ideas for speakers they can come to the meeting or let someone on the committee know.

Treasurers’ Report – Anne Tennant and Joe Swift are the new treasurers.  They took over a balance of $493.35 and reimbursed Linda, who had paid for our website and domain registration, leaving a balance of $227.55 .  The website and meeting space rental are our only major expenses and we appreciate any donations we receive.  Because we are not a 501(c)3, donations are not tax deductible.

Fauquier Education Farm – We received and read the following memo from Jim Hilleary of Fauquier Education Farm.
“Subject: Harvesters Needed, Cool Weather Crops, Good Agriculture Practices (GAP),
Fauquier Education Farm is ready once again for vegetable harvests.  Tim Mize of Virginia Cooperative Association (VCE) provided instruction this morning on procedures to prevent food contamination when harvesting so we’re set.
Collards, lettuce, spinach, and turnips are ready for harvest now and will be for the next few weeks.  The broccoli and cabbage is still developing.  As in the summer and fall, the farm will donate most of these vegetables to social organizations in the area.
Beginning 17 November, we’ll have staff on hand on Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 0900 to 1000 if you would like to help gather vegetables.  The Ed Farm will also provide the tools, gloves, storage bags, and hand-wash supplies for GAP compliance. “
The farm is at 8396 Meetze Road, about 1½ miles south of the by-pass, just south of the John Deere dealer, and across from the Black Horse Inn.
Santa’s Village Craft Fair – Patty Knight announced the 27th annual Santa’s Village Craft Fair in the Fauquier High School cafeteria, Saturday November 20, from 9 to 2.  This event benefits the Fauquier After-Prom Party committee.  All sorts of craft items and food will be on sale.  Patty will be there with her jewelry.

Feminist Book Club – Lisa Chapman reminded us that the new Fauquier Feminist Book Club will have its first meeting January 15 at Dondoric Farm.  Appropriately, they have chosen Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, by Laurel Ulrich, as their first selection.  For more information, email .

Pillow Toss – Donusia Lipinski announced a “pillow toss” to benefit Services to Abused Families (SAFE) which helps survivors of domestic abuse in Fauquier and surrounding counties.  Household linens as well as robes, slippers, throws, shawls and totes will be on sale with 35% of the proceeds to benefit SAFE.  This will be Thursday, December  2, 4:30 to 6:30 at Donusia’s office, 9 North Third Street, Suite 107, in Warrenton.  I’m not sure if pillows will actually be thrown, but it’s a good chance to do some holiday shopping and help a good cause.  Raffle tickets will be sold for great items such as a private wine tasting, among others.

Virginia Civic Ballet – Gomer Pyle announced that there will be a fundraiser for the Virginia Civic Ballet at Peyton’s Place in The Plains, Saturday, November 20, 5-8pm, $20 per person/$35 couple, children under 12 free.  Details can be found on the Ballet’s website under Upcoming Events.

Trash collection news – Although it was not included as a flash report during the meeting, we are passing on the following information from Trish Ethier:
The Corral Farm facility in Warrenton for residents using the collection site is open daily from 7am-3pm.  The landfill for commercial operators and bulk recycling area for the disposal of tires, yard waste, appliances and wooden pallets is open from 7am-3pm 6 days a week, being closed on Sundays.  Electronics are also not accepted on Sundays at the collection site.
Remote collection sites around the county are now open with winter hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-5pm and the rest of the days of the week, the hours are 7am-3pm.
The Remington Recycling Center that accepts recycling only is open on Mondays from 12pm-5pm, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 10am-3pm, and on Saturdays, from 7am-3pm.  The site is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Celebrating America Recycles Day (November 15), the Corral Farm bulk recycling area is accepting tires from residents through the month of November for half off everyday but Sundays.
All sites and landfill will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  Happy Holidays!

Main Speakers
The first of our speakers, Alice Maher, is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Her business is Looking Glass Natural Health in Warrenton.  She helps people to improve their health and lifestyle, not just through nutrition and physical movement, but also by exploring holistic remedies. People need to eat well and understand food, but also to realize a distinction between “secondary food” which is the food we actually ingest, and “primary food” which nourishes the spirit, i.e., doing something we love.  Food related mood swings can be explained by the Chinese concept of yin and yang. Drugs, alcohol and sugar are on the extreme end of yin, the expansive side, while red meat, eggs, and salt are on the extreme end of yang, the contractive side.  Our bodies naturally seek balance, so the healthiest foods are those nearest the middle, grains and vegetables.
Alice’s contact information:
Alice Maher
The Looking Glass Natural Health
58 Winchester Street, #301
Warrenton, VA  20186

Our second speaker was Linda Dulicai of The Healthy Zone, Inc.  Linda in a specialist in digestive health and explained that digestion is really a three part process:  taking in food, digesting it, and assimilating it.  Enzymes are important because they are the workhorses of the body, digesting and assimilating our food.  She demonstrated the effect of an enzyme on a cup of lumpy oatmeal, breaking it down into an almost liquid form.  She also explained the 5 stages of nutritional deficiency:  depletion of nutrient reserves from body, depletion of nutrients from body tissues, biochemical changes, functional changes, and finally anatomical changes.  The third stage, biochemical changes is where the medical profession usually gets involved.  While doctors deal with management of symptoms, Linda deals with causality.  Her goal is to make people well naturally with food education and appropriate enzyme supplements if necessary.

Linda’s contact information:
Linda Dulicai
The Healthy Zone
PO Box 1129
Warrenton, VA  20188

Sarah Steed is a licensed Acupuncture practitioner.  Acupuncture is a branch of ancient Chinese medicine, and I have tried to list its main principles from The Acupuncture Answer Book, which Sarah passed out:
Fourteen major energy channels called meridians course through the human body.  An energy called Chi circulates through the meridians to all parts of the body.  Chi is a vital force, the difference between living and death, and its balanced flow is critical to sound health.  Misdirection or blockage of the amount or balance of Chi may result in ill health.  With hairlike acupuncture needles the practitioner stimulates certain points along the meridians to restore normal flow and balance of Chi.  This allows the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.
Sarah made the point that acupuncture may be preventative, and that some people have a treatment four times a year with the change of seasons. It can be used to treat lifestyle issues, such as smoking, as well as physical symptoms.  A diagnosis is made by examination of the tongue and taking of the pulse.  Pulses in the right and left wrists relate to different organs of the body.  Some of the more common problems which may be treated by acupuncture are pain, smoking, digestive tract problems, arthritis and infertility. There is a reported 50% life birthrate increase in patients who are being treated for infertility.

Sarah’s contact information:
Sarah Steed
9 North Third Street, Suite 207 – 208
Warrenton, VA  20186

Rev. Beth Chadsey of the Inner Truth Center for Healing practices Reiki and Healing Touch therapy.  Reiki is a complement to traditional medicine. The theory is that there is a universal life force energy that enables us to be healthy.  The practitioner becomes an agent of that energy and passes it on through a “laying on of hands” to treat body, mind, and spirit by rebalancing the body’s energy force.

Beth’s contact information:
Rev. Beth Chadsey
Inner Truth Center for Healing
9 North 3rd Street
Warrenton, VA  20186

Annette Vanderzon spoke about meditation as a way of getting in touch with our own energy and the energy which underlies everything in life.  It quiets the mind and helps us get in touch with our “primary food”, whatever gives us joy in life.  Meditation allows us to become calm and centered in our minds and accomplish tasks much faster.

As a footnote to her presentation, Annette sent this message:

“Was diagnosed and completely cured, simply by going into that meditative space where we touch base with our inner self.  That inner self that is always in perfect health, that always wants what is best for us; that always knows what is best for us.  Much better than anyone else on the planet.  And, that is why meditation is so essential.  We are our own best teachers.  No one else can know our path, what is best for our lives than ourselves.  It is why self-responsibility is so crucial.  You are love, you always have been and will always be.”

From the Q & A period:

Government regulations require that nutritional supplements contain only 8% of what they are labeled.  Therefore people need to become educated in reading labels or get professional advice.

Nutritional supplement are useful while people are learning to eat healthily to compensate for deficiencies.

Dehydration is the cause of many digestive problems.  We should drink one half our body weight in ounces of water daily.  For example, a person weighing 110 pounds should drink 55 ounces of water daily.

Migraines are caused by a tear in the energy field which needs to be mended.  They can be helped by either Reiki or acupuncture.

***Thanks to all the presenters for taking the time to speak to us.***

Holistic Entrepreneurs Alliance- at the end of the presentations, Donusia Lipinski reminded us about the HEA which meets at 7:30 PM on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Donusia’s Blue Ridge Immigration Law Center, 9 N Third St., Suite 107 in Warrenton.

December Meeting – Our December speaker will be Steve Montfort, Director of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) located in Front Royal, VA. SCBI’s mission is to “conduct research to aid in the survival or recovery of species and their habitats, and to ensure the health and well-being of animals in zoos and in the wild”.  This should be a fascinating program.