March 2019 Publisher Letter

Spring. It’s glory touches us in so many ways. Our most perfect weather days are here to savor for a short season. Windows fly open to welcome in sunshine and fresh air. Nights are crisp, yet balmy. Mornings welcome us with the sights and sounds of new life. All of nature is beckoning us outside. Trees and shrubs have tender sprouts and baby leaves. Unseen miracles are happening everywhere; eggs are hatching, forest animals are nursing their young, and insects are buzzing happily about. I’ve started practicing morning gratitude outdoors with my coffee to immerse in the splendor of this magical season.

Things that looked barely alive just weeks ago have rejuvenated on their own. Perhaps it’s a reminder that we need not interfere. I’m working on this in my life, having the tendency to helicopter in when a friend or family member has a problem. I’m a recovering fixer, practicing quietly supporting others so they can experience growth and renewal in their own time. I’ve learned that even the defeated and hopeless will overcome and emerge stronger than before, in their own time. What a relief to practice loving kindness at a distance and trust the universe.

We can’t always control what happens to those around us, but we can demonstrate living in grace and trust, and taking sanctuary within. It reminds me of a quote by The
Buddha. “If you search the whole world over, you will find no one more worthy of loving kindness than yourself.”

Being flexible like the new growth of spring is a key to happiness and contentment. Changing courses gracefully is a key to finding peace in any circumstance. We all make new year’s resolutions. Why not resolve to spring forth with renewed trust in every situation? Live one moment at a time, fully and without worry about the future. Also, resolve not to get upset with yourself when you forget, as we all will. The new growth of spring also turns our thoughts inward due to eyes that itch and noses
that twitch from air born allergens. Three stories in this issue are designed to help you cope, with strategies for kids and pets—plus All the Right Moves for adults who can use
exercise to significantly reduce allergy symptoms.

Did you know that 70 percent of the immune system resides in the lining of the gut? That’s just one critical issue writer Melinda Hemmelgarn addresses in Nutrition Upgrades: Five Strategies for Better Health. Ditch the diet, eat for yourself and the planet, and learn about the care and feeding of that all-important micro biome.
You can also learn how to heal from GMOs in our food chain and read some incredibly Wise Words from Phillipe Cousteau who continues the family legacy of conservation
established by his famous explorer grandfather.

Don’t forget to check out the many ways to enjoy the outdoors in our March calendar. Enjoy your March edition, and I’ll see you out and about this month.