August 2019 Publisher Letter

The arrival of August is a countdown to summer’s end, and a return to a more scheduled life for many families. If you haven’t taken a summer vacation yet, now’s the time to squeeze one in. I much prefer our natural ‘theme parks’, andNorth Florida has many within a short drive. Beach vacations or freshwater springs are my personal favorites. Family-friendly state park facilities make it easy to enjoy our area’s natural beauty with the entire family. Rediscover the joy of riding a bike again; it really is something you never forget. I find it impossible to be anything but joyous when coasting on my bike. No surprise that biking has positive effects on the brain… Read More

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July 2019 Publisher Letter

Agriculture takes center stage this month with fresh perspectives on where and how we produce our food and why it matters. Are you ready to consider growing your own food? With tainted crops making headlines regularly there’s an urgent need to explore self-sufficiency. There’s growing concern about the standards for certified organic produce, as demand for it has spiked beyond the capacity of inspectors to ensure the organic label is deserved. Enterprising entrepreneurs are capitalizing on our appetite for organics and have developed niche businesses serving urbanites and suburbanites alike. Learn how organic city farming is made easy in “Crops in the City: Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground.” From rooftops and vertical tower gardens to abandoned warehouses, growing… Read More

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June 2019 Publisher Letter

Can you believe this year is at the halfway point? It seems like only a few weeks ago we were raising glasses to the start of 2019. Time flies when you’re having fun; and I must admit I’m having the time of my life this year. Spring was exceptional, with cool mornings and balmy nights. While it’s still too cool for a dip in the ocean, the ocean breezes make horseback riding on Flagler Beach divine. Taking time for self-care has expanded from eating well and working out, to doing things that bring me bliss. I hope you’re also making time to do things that bring joy into your life.… Read More

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May 2019 Publisher Letter

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… Read More

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April 2019 Publisher Letter

Welcome to April and our annual celebration of Earth Day, a rite of spring that marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement on April 22, 1970. Much of this edition will remind us that sustainability isn’t a vague, esoteric concept, but a critical factor in our very survival. The Earth Day Network has chosen to focus this year’s campaign on protection of species to raise awareness of the crucial roles that plants and animals play in the ecosystem and the current threats faced by many of them. This web of life is inextricably woven into the habitats that form our planet’s life support system. Each link in the chain… Read More

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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… Read More

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February 2019 Publisher Letter

February is in the air! Just thinking about the season of love gives my spirit a lift. Delectable chocolates, fresh flowers, and loving kindness will be spread throughout the land on Valentine’s Day, and I look forward to relishing in all the good juju that’s being generated in honor of this holiday. Even in this digital era, February 14 is still the biggest day for greeting card sales. Spreading Valentine love extends way beyond family and intimate partnerships. Could it be we all truly love expressing feelings of affection? I think so. Connecting with another through a mutual exchange of affection sparks all kinds of brain chemicals. This season of… Read More

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January 2019 Publisher Letter

Every brand-new year is like a 12-chapter book of blank pages, a continuation of our life’s story waiting to unfold. The newness of each year beckons us to make resolutions, decisions and changes in our life’s path. How will we make decisions with confidence and then manifest the things we intend for this year? Pushing past our natural resistance to change is hard. No doubt we’ve all looked back at our resolutions in past years with a sigh. This past year I began studying coherence of mind, heart and gut and have recently experienced a higher level of intuition which has helped with key decisions. Of course, it’s easier to… Read More

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December 2018 Publisher Letter

It’s the season for peace and joy, but sometimes it feels like the season of frantic and frazzled. It’s so easy to get swept into the constantly turning holiday wheel, with events several nights each week, making plans and lists, entertaining family and friends, shopping, cooking and taking care of everyone except yourself. Perhaps your holiday plans require traveling to faraway places, through busy airports or on crowded highways, luggage bulging with gifts. The expectations upon us can be overwhelming. It’s possible that by turning inward and setting our intention for a peaceful and joyous December, that’s exactly what we’ll manifest. It’s simple, really. Be the architect of your environment. … Read More

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November 2018 Publisher Letter

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. ~Ralph H. Blum Let’s all make it our chief mission to get through this holiday season feeling blissful and energized instead of stressed and frazzled. It’s simple, really. Immerse yourself in gratitude. I love setting aside November to practice gratitude. What better way to prepare for the season of giving than to focus attention on the countless ways we’ve been blessed. Practicing mindful gratitude will open your heart and infuse it with joy. With intention, notice all the beauty and goodness in your life. Learning to slow down and savor the goodness in all areas of your… Read More

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