Spring 2015

Happy Spring!

I hope 2015 has been good to you so far. May is always a very busy time for Faye’s Light (and all of you, I know!). We host two of our annual fundraising events; our 9th Annual Plant Sale and our 10th Annual Walk For Faye’s Light. The plant sale is Mother’s Day weekend; Friday and Saturday, May 8th & 9th. The Walk is the Sunday after Mother’s Day, May 17th. Thank you to our sponsors, Ingalls Hospital and Homewood Disposal. We hope you’ll join us this year. We are funded by donations, so our existence depends on the success of our fundraising events. If you believe in what we do and want to see our services continue to be available in the community, please, help support these events.

Once again the plants are from Zeldenrust Farm Market in Chicago Heights. I visited the farm a few days ago and the plants are beautiful. As always, we will also carry an assortment of vegetable plants and herbs. Art 4 Soul will also have a smaller selection of the plants for sale. Thank you, Jen, for your continued support to Faye’s Light, and the community.

You can help support the Walk many ways: Walk. Form a team. Ask your spouse, kids, neighbors, and friends. You can collect pledges if you’d like. That’s an easy way for those who can’t walk to still offer their support.  My sister forms a team in Arizona every year. They walk the same morning we do, and last year they raised $1400.00! The team that raises the most money will be treated to a private appetizer and beverage party at Faye’s Light. I promise it will be a good time! Click here to sign up. 

Another easy way to support Faye’s Light is by doing something you already do! Faye’s Light has teamed up with Amazon Smile and Dubli. AmazonSmile and Dubli offer simple and automatic ways to support Faye's Light every time you shop, at no cost to you. Learn more and sign up.

I want to extend a huge thank you to Jim Chenevey and EarthLite. Jim is the CEO of this amazing company that is the world’s #1 brand of professional massage tables in the world. I had the privilege of meeting Jim last October at the Green Spa Network Summit. He heard about the work we do at Faye’s Light and immediately told me that he wanted to be involved. A lot of people say that, but Jim meant it! Besides the wonderful contacts he has provided for us, EarthLite donated a hydraulic massage table and a massage chair! Both have been wonderful blessings for our recipients. Thank you, Jim Chenevey and EarthLite!

Another thank you to the Professional Women’s Network (PWN) group. PWN is a wonderful networking organization I belong to and Faye’s Light hosted a Business After Hours for them this month. It was a pleasure showing off our beautiful space (thank you Duane and Nancy) to the members, giving them an opportunity to see what Faye’s Light is really all about. The bonus: three new teams were created for our Walk! Thank you, ladies!

We’ve got some great articles in this newsletter, so grab a cup of tea (or a glass of wine ) and get comfy. As always, your feedback is appreciated.

Spring blessings…Vicky

Recipe Corner

By Vicky Weis

Crunchy Cashew Thai Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

I found this recipe on the Ambitious Kitchen website. It is sooo delicious and to me is the perfect salad. Its vegan and gluten-free. It stays great in the fridge for about three days. It’s filled with crunchy, healthy, veggies… and the dressing is to die for. Every time I make it I get asked for the recipe. Last time I had the girls over I served it with Barefoot Contessa’s Asian Grilled Salmon and her Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame, both of which we have included in past newsletters. You can make the salad the night before and the salmon and sugar snap peas come together in minutes. It truly is a delicious meal. Let me know how you like it.


  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1-2 cups shredded red cabbage, depending on how much crunch you like
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • ½ cup cashew halves or peanuts (honey-roasted is good)
  • Optional: 1 cup edamame or chickpeas
  • Fresh lime, for a bit of tang
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup all natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (I use more!)
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten-free if desired
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use agave if vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Water to thin, if necessary (or a little more olive oil, which is what I used)


  1. To cook quinoa: Rinse quinoa with cold water in mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil. Add in quinoa and bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large bowl and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. You should have a little over 2 cups of quinoa.
  2. To make dressing: Add peanut butter and honey or agave to a medium microwave safe bowl; heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and both sesame and olive oil and stir until mixture is smooth and creamy. If you want a thinner dressing, simply stir in a teaspoon or two of water or olive oil.
  3. Add as much or as little dressing as you’d like to the quinoa. (I use the whole amount.)
  4. Next fold in red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro into the quinoa. Garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges if desired.

Aromatherapy Corner

By Vicky Weis

Check out this website! It provides 50 aromatherapy recipes to use in your diffuser… many red for Spring. Let me know your favorite!

Happy blending….Vicky


By Joan Clark

The Benefit of Coconut Oil for Pets

 Lately we have been reading so much about the benefits of coconut oil and many of us have added it to our daily regime.

Oil pulling has been around for years, but recently it has become the major trend for helping to boost the immune system, as well as assist with oral hygiene and health.

We have begun to see the benefits of it for pets here at the Pet*Alchemist and wanted to pass along some of its superior healing benefits, which you may want to check out and incorporate in to your pets daily routine. 

Coconut oil has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties associated with it. It can be an immediate source of fuel and energy, as well as being supportive in balancing the thyroid, which in turn can help overweight dogs to lose weight and assist sedentary dogs to feel more energetic.

Coconut oil, according to certified nutritionist and naturopathic Dr. Bruce Fife, gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness and speeds healing. And as a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s coat, digestion and reduces allergic reactions.

Coconut Oil has so many wonderful benefits for nurturing, pampering and supporting your pet’s health as well as your own and we have listed them below.

Skin Conditions

  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
  • Assists the coat to become sleek and glossy
  • Deodorizes doggy odor
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
  • Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin


  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Reduces and helps eliminate bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in elimination of hair balls and coughing

In Addition:

  • Assists the immune system, metabolic function and bone health
  • Regulates and balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid functions
  • Helps prevents diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  • Aids arthritis or ligament problems

Integrative and Naturopathic Veterinarian, Dr.  Karen Becker, recommends ¼ teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.

Recently we began giving our dog Sabrina coconut oil infused with lavender spa treatments, as well as incorporating it into her food daily to help boost her immune system and assist with her digestion. We are seeing positive results. Her coat is shiny and the lavender helps keep her calm and feeling supported.

We encourage you to try incorporating coconut oil into your pet’s daily routine and also - why not add a scoop or two for yourself?

Only the best for our Pets!

Sweet Serenity

By Patricia Fares- O'Malley, Ph.D     

It's Spring!  It's a beautiful time of awakening and renewal!  And not only are the daffodils and tulips, the buds on the trees bursting forth - most of us feel that same kind of 'stirring' within ourselves.  It's a feeling of revival - of kindling hope and a renewed sense of energy!  This kind of enlivening of our sense of life, comes with the cycle of Spring; longer days, warmer weather,  smell of warm Earth in the sunshine, and so forth.  It awakens our body, our mind and our spirit, too.   And it causes us to want to reinstate or perhaps just revisit some of the New Years resolutions we made in January - when snow was still on the ground and Spring was still a long way off.

The New Year is another time of resetting our intentions for our selves. A fresh start - a new beginning; that's the feeling of possibility we have,  to bring ourselves a deeper sense of satisfaction and happiness with our life.  And that's why we make resolutions!

But - woe to us all - by the end of January most of  our New Years resolutions have  begun to wilt and life returns to its old patterns and beliefs!  So, why does this happen so often to so many? 

I was reading something by the author Alan Cohen, his recent book is called Enough Already: The Power of Radical Contentment. He suggested that perhaps the reason many resolutions fail is because a resolution amounts to a "self-imposed obligation!" (As if we don't have enough obligations!) 

Resolutions carry a kind of "authoritarian" energy - and include the idea of SHOULD that I talked about last time! (SHOULD implies that I'm inadequate and doing something wrong.  It is blaming and it is criticism -  It makes us feel badly about ourselves.)   We say "I SHOULD lose weight," "I SHOULD eat healthy," "I SHOULD go to the gym three times a week."  And these SHOULDS become our resolutions!  Our life becomes one big "I Have To!"   Wow!  Resolutions made from our feelings of self blame and inadequacy?  How crazy is that?  Have we ever found blame or criticism to be inspirational?  

So, you can see why we usually don't succeed with a New Year's resolution that has no joy, no intention or true choice in it! It becomes a matter of self-discipline.  But!  What if we shift from self-discipline to self - blissipline?  We most always succeed at things we like to do and make us happy.  So, instead of focusing on disciplining our diet, what if we resolve to eat vegetables that taste really good?  How about noticing how good we feel, how much more energy we have, when we walk a few times a week?  Allowing ourselves to be happy in our choices. Bliss!   EnJOYment!   Self-nurturing!  

Our SHOULDS imply that we impose our WILL over our JOY; Forcing ourselves to do something over Allowing ourselves to do something; demanding over flowing!  How many more obligations can we take in our lives?  How much more time do we have for more obligations, especially self imposed ones?  And more importantly, how do you feel when you impose these self-obligations?  Does it make you feel lighter? Happier?  More joyful?  Then why do we do it?

Of course, there are things we have to do whether we like to do them or not, but we also have things that we LOVE to do - and we don't do them!  Am I right?  So, imagine this year 2015 - taking the time to bring some bliss, joy, love of something into your life!  Taking time to do what brings us joy is self-honoring, it fills our soul and the other obligations we have become easier, lighter and less distasteful.   "You can create a tipping point in favor of joyful activities by engaging from the heart rather than the head," says Dr. Cohen.

We are all on a journey to grow and become the best we can be.  This is achieved  by simply allowing life to be lived THROUGH you rather than continuing to push ourselves in SHOULD patterns and obligations that are undesirable, to say the least!  To follow our bliss requires that we take a leap of faith, follow our heart instead of our head, trust our inner voice and then act on it!  What is your bliss?  Can you reset your intention for this beautiful Spring, instead?

To make the point Joseph Campbell, the famous American author and mythologist,  once said "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living."

Journaling to Better Health

By Jessie Jury

Clearing the Mental Clutter

In the spirit of doing something special for myself this year, I joined an Artist’s Way group. We hail from different creative and professional backgrounds and live in different places in the midwest, but we are able to join together online every other week via Skype and work through Julia Cameron’s classic book The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity.  

I recommend this book to everyone. Cameron explains exercises meant to help individuals become inspired and harness their own creativity. Incidentally, if you choose to purchase your own copy of this book, you can do it through Amazon Smile and select Faye’s Light to receive 0.5% of the price of the purchase!

The Morning Pages are one of the basic tools of The Artist’s Way and they consist of doing three pages of handwritten stream-of-consciousness writing when you wake up in the morning. This “brain dump” is meant to clear your mind of clutter so you can leave the past on the page and start fresh. Consider it one long, cleansing exhalation breath.

Because I remember most of my dreams, my Morning Pages are often an exercise in recording, and later, analyzing them. I give my dreams a Seinfeld-like title so that I can easily remember them. This is helpful if I’m not clear on all of the details at the moment or if my writing time is interrupted by life (my children, my work deadlines). It’s also fun to look back and see titles like, “The One Where Everyone Was Wearing My Jacket” and see how certain dream “episodes” fit together (or not).

There is no right or wrong way to do the Morning Pages. Like any other exercise, practice forms ritual. And regular journaling is an important part of self-care and better health. 

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” - Leo Tolstoy


Ingalls Lungs for Life Screening Could Be a Lifesaver

By Debra Robbins, Ingalls Memorial Hospital

Ingalls Health System is pleased to offer its lifesaving Lungs for Life early lung cancer screening for just $99. 

Lungs for Life uses sophisticated spiral CT scanning to detect cancerous lung tumors as small as a grain of rice – when the tumor is still highly responsive to treatment.

“Ingalls was the first in the area to introduce the low-dose CT screenings to reduce death from lung cancer through early detection back in 2007,” explains Mark Kozloff, M.D., hematologist/oncologist and medical director of Ingalls Cancer Care.

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States today, killing more than 150,000 people a year.  A five-year survival rate of less than 16 percent continues to be substantially lower than that seen for other major cancers, such as breast, colon and prostate cancer, each at 90 percent or greater.

Candidates for the Lungs for Life screening include current or former smokers who:

  • Are 55 to 74 years of age
  • Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (this means one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.)

If you or someone you know fit these criteria, talk to your doctor about getting a CT scan to screen for lung cancer; it could save your life.

In fact, in 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that all heavy smokers at least 55 years of age and who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years should have an annual CT scan to check for lung cancer.

After years of research, the task force concluded that about 20 percent of lung cancer deaths might be avoided through early detection and treatment.

Experts say the CT scan screenings are comparable in their effectiveness to mammography for breast cancer and colonoscopy for colorectal cancer.

Spiral CT can pick up tumors that are just a few millimeters in size, while chest X-rays can only detect tumors between 1 to 2 centimeters (0.4 to 0.8 inches) in size.

And earlier detection means a much better chance for a cure.

The Lungs for Life screening at Ingalls is a painless procedure that uses low-dose radiation to scan the entire chest in about 15 seconds, during a single, large breath-hold. All CT scans are reviewed by state-of-the-art computer-aided detection software that is designed to detect small nodules.

Completed scans are interpreted by an Ingalls board-certified radiologist. If a screening participant’s scan is normal, results are sent both to the participant and to his/her primary care doctor, and an annual CT screening will be recommended.

For individuals with “positive” screening results — meaning that the scan reveals an abnormality — Ingalls immediately notifies the participant and the primary care doctor, and encourages a consultation with a specialist regarding further evaluation.

A physician referral is not required to schedule a lung CT scan, although a physician’s name is listed to receive results.

“The good news is that the five-year survival rate for individuals diagnosed with early lung cancer (Stage 1) is 70 percent,” Dr. Kozloff added.

The key to surviving lung cancer is early detection and treatment. Spiral CT scanning is helping to make that possible.

The scans can also help detect other noncancerous lung conditions, including emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis.

For more information about participating in Ingalls’ Lungs for Life screening, call (708) 915-LUNG (5864).

Get Involved: How You Can Help Faye's Light

A note from Vicky Weis...

I was extremely blessed to have a mother who gave me unconditional love and acceptance on all levels. During my mom’s 13 month journey with cancer, I witnessed firsthand how the power of unconditional love and the human touch could transform someone’s belief in themselves and allow them to remember that they are worthy of love and being loved.  Faye’s Light provides a space for others to experience the power of what I was given so freely, and what I believe everyone deserves to experience. Since our inception in 2005 we have provided almost 15,000 free treatments to area cancer patients.

We can’t do it alone. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Donate. We are funded entirely by donations; they are most appreciated and crucial for our existence. Reoccurring donations are an easy way to help; even $10.00 a month makes a difference.
  • Refer corporate sponsors.
  • Attend our fundraising events
    • Plant Sale - May 8th and 9th
    • Annual Walk for Faye’s Light – May 17th
    • Golf Outing & Shrimp Boil – September 19th
  • Volunteer to help at our fundraising events.
  • Host a fundraising event for us.
  • “Like” our Facebook page.
  • Tell your nail tech, massage therapist and esthetician about our wonderful organization and let them know that we are always looking for good therapists to join our Faye’s Light team. I only ask for one four-hour time period per month.
  • Shop on Amazon Smiles and/or Dubli. Find information for both on our website under “Fundraising”.
  • Share your talents…volunteer office time, marketing/PR skills, or grant writing skills.
  • Donate gift certificates to Costco, Target, Office Max, Heritage Health Food Store, and any craft store.
  • Do you knit or crotchet? We always need prayer shawls, slippers, hats, etc. to gift to our recipients.