Welcome to our May edition, emphasizing women’s health, self-care and mindfulness. My wish for all of you, dear readers, is to develop a self-care routine that honors your mind, body and spirit. Both women and men will benefit from our feature article “Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life.” Start each day with a small dose of me-time, take short me-breaks during your day, and feel the return to balance between caring for others and yourself.

Our annual women’s health issue also spotlights a timely and critical development in “Toxic Legacy: Breast Implant Warriors Unite.” The power of many voices, united as one, demand answers and federal action. With record numbers of women and teenagers undergoing implant surgery, the health risks are too well-documented to ignore.

Both women and men will be encouraged by Randy Kambic’s interview titled “Peter Sagal on Running Toward Mindfulness.” The popular National Public Radio host talks about healing a wounded psyche by unplugging and embracing the natural world. This concept is especially powerful to me, as embracing the natural world is where I’ve always felt centered and grounded. Whether taking in a gorgeous landscape or working in the garden, the wonders of nature never cease to amaze me. Did you know that plants talk to each other? Read about their extraordinary   secret language, documented by science, on page 18. You’ll come away with renewed reverence for the natural world.

Speaking of the natural world, this is the month to get your garden growing. Whether you have a patio garden or a large plot, plunge your hands into the earth and be rewarded with gifts of fresh vegetables and fruit. What better time of year to get the little ones out of the house and help them learn to grow and harvest garden treats? In “Gardening for Kids: The Fun of Growing Their Own,” you’ll learn how gardening helps grow healthy, veggie-loving kids as well.

Enjoy this edition, lovingly prepared for you. May your spirit bloom this month!