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Letter from the Publisher

August 2019

With summer in full swing, I hope you are savoring each day and continuing to seek out the plentiful joys of the season. At least once per summer, I look forward to making a trek into a wooded site for tent camping among the trees and stars. It is a quiet time for reflection and wonder, complete with the campfire glow. I’ll be off for one such weekend coming up in a few days, and I was very happy to see that our eco-tip on page 9 has some great tips to make this year’s outdoor adventure more sustainable and Earth-friendly.

How refreshing to think that even little choices made during a summer camping trip can help to contribute to a healthier planet and experience. I hope whatever journey you’re on this year that it will leave you feeling equally as good about the path and your contribution to healthy living and a healthier planet, too.

As the kids are getting ready to head back school soon, it’s an ideal time for parents to hit the reset button, taking stock of the many challenges today’s children face. Part of that equation is nourishing young bodies as well as minds, and “food sleuth” Melinda Hemmelgarn tackles that component in our Healthy Kids department this month with “Feeding Healthy Habits: A 10-Step Guide.” Supporting school gardens, teaching kids cooking as a life skill and bonding with them in the process are steps on the road to opening their eyes to media manipulation and helping them overcome this “invisible parent” that tricks them into buying foods that are not good for their bodies or the Earth.

I believe adults and kids will find plenty of inspiration in this month’s edition and Scott Stabile, author of Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart brings us some important self-love reminders on page 18 that I hope everyone will truly embrace. Imagine starting youg with these ideals?
Our August edition also shines a spotlight on animals. Julie Peterson interviews neurologist Aysha Akhtar, author of Our Symphony With Animals: On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies, who weighs in on the biology of the human/animal bond. Peterson also presents a helpful overview of the natural approach used by holistic veterinarians.

Yes, I think we’ve got the whole family covered! Let’s celebrate these remaining days of summer together as the gifts that they are. And may each day be filled with soul-nourishing experiences that will continue to carry us through on our unfolding paths.

To Happy Summering,




Carolyn Coogan, Publisher