Gift-Giving Goes Local at GreenStar

By Kristie Snyder,

GreenLeaf Editor

gifts 300Ithaca has become the kind of town where you can put an entirely local meal on the table with ease, year-round. For those who wish to extend their locavore lifestyle beyond the kitchen, and share its bounty with others, GreenStar offers a great collection of local gift items. Whether you're looking for gifts as part of a Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holiday celebration or simply to show appreciation for the host of that terrific party you just got invited to, we have an abundance of offerings that keep your dollars in the local community.

Though you can find local treasures in almost every aisle, our Wellness Department anchors the gift selection at the West-End store. Along with the fantastic array of Fair Trade gifts from around the world (profiled in this month's Gift Guide insert), local mainstays such as cards, pottery, soap, and candles abound.

For the bodycare lovers on your gift-giving list, look for soaps from Avital's Apiaries, 17th Century Suds' new Ithaca Soap line, Aromatic Traditions (based in Elmira), and Syracuse Soapworks. Soap is something everyone can use, but for bodycare that goes beyond simply getting clean, Avital's offers bath fizzies, winter balms (especially welcome for those who suffer from the dreaded winter dry-skin itchies), and even a men's wet-shaving set, packed with everything a guy needs for an old-fashioned shave, including a hand-made shaving mug.

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2013 Gift Guide

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The Great Life

By Priscilla Timberlake

the-great-lifeWhat constitutes a great life? Having named our recently self-published book The Great Life Cookbook makes this question a particularly engaging inquiry for me. Let us explore this together.

May I be happy. May I be peaceful. May I be healthy. May I be free.

These blessings, offered to oneself and then to others, are one expression of a Buddhist loving-kindness meditation practiced for thousands of years. I believe these simple good wishes illuminate the essential components of a great life.

The first wish is for happiness. Community, family, friends, human-to-human contact — all can be a gratifying source of happiness. For eons people have gathered to share meals together. For this reason, and the contentment that comes from serving others, Lewis and I began cooking healthful community meals in our home many years ago. How healing it is to be in the presence of others, reminding us of our essential wholeness, while eating nutritious, delicious, environmentally friendly food!

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  • By Priscilla Timberlake

    the-great-lifeWhat constitutes a great life? Having named our recently self-published book The Great Life Cookbook makes this question a particularly engaging inquiry for me. Let us explore this together.

    May I be happy. May I be peaceful. May I be healthy. May I be free.

    These blessings, offered to oneself and then to others, are one expression of a Buddhist loving-kindness meditation practiced for...

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