December 2012 Publisher Letter
You probably don’t hear from magazine publishers very often, as we are usually juggling a million things while trying to be in five places at once. However, this year, I wanted to give you my wish list and share some holiday tips as well.
Although an iPad would be really cool, that can wait. Instead, I’ll share with you my heartfelt wishes and dreams for true and real gifts. They may be grandiose, but I believe they are part of the spirit that can be carried within us all as we move into 2013.
• That as human beings, we may begin to truly value all people on Earth, honor everyone daily with simple dignity, respect and hope for the future, and teach our children these ways by example.
• That as citizens of this country and the world, we can put our political and ideological differences aside and work toward lasting economic, spiritual and social healing.
• That as keepers of the Earth, we may awaken to the realization that every action or inaction has an effect on seven generations ahead, and consciously work toward a healthier and sustainable environment for all creatures.
• And that as part of the grand web of life, we may more fully honor and respect the beauty in all things and give thanks daily for this wonderful planet Earth that we call our home.
Imagine the snowball effect if everyone were to make a small daily effort in these areas! As these wishes start to manifest, the possibilities are endless.
Santa, I’ve also left you a few copies of December’s issue of Natural Awakenings to enjoy with your almond milk and gluten-free cookies. Please give a copy to Mrs. Claus, as we know she’ll enjoy our Conscious Eating section, which includes lots of yummy recipes for healthy holiday home-baked treats. Pass your copy along to the elves in your North Pole workshop. We think they’ll want to read our feature article about co-creation, cooperation and collaboration, and the reasons that
we’re better when we work together.
One final thought for you, Santa. If while making your rounds this year, you find you’re missing a few gifts for all the good girls and boys, please be sure to visit our Natural Awakenings advertisers and distributors. They’ll help you find the kind of Earth-friendly, love-touched gifts that good dreams are made of.
Wishing you a peaceful, magical holiday season and a world of happiness in 2013,
Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher
Edit ModuleShow Tags
More from Natural Awakenings
As we wrap up another year, many of us find ourselves again asking, “Where did this year go?” Myriad articles have tried to explain why we often perceive time—and life—moving by too quickly, especially as we age.
Through awareness, education and action, we can all form healthy habits to protect our most vital, life-sustaining resource: water.
“Game Changers,” one of Natural Awakenings’ themes for October, focuses on the youth of our nation taking the reins to make a difference in social and environmental areas.
Natural Awakenings is just one of many publications delivering cutting-edge information about natural, noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical health remedies presented by health and wellness advocates, scientists and researchers.
As we strive to stay true to our values and ensure that our children feel loved, we need to model this behavior by applying those values in our interactions with others.
Wisconsinites are fortunate to have an abundance of local, organically grown choices. In its 2017 organic agriculture status report, the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems reported that, nationally, Wisconsin is second only to California in the overall number of organic farms and in the number of farms adding organic acres.
While Milwaukee has had its share of unraveling over the years, today activism abounds as community leaders strive for healthy, livable communities that include safe, friendly neighborhoods; public access to green space; thriving, locally owned businesses; and transportation alternatives such as mass transit, cycling and walkability.
A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that extraordinary health benefits may be achieved through fasting, a practice long revered throughout the world for its spiritual benefits.
For years, scientists and climatologists have been warning that the world will face severe water shortages resulting from a combination of climate change and the irresponsible overuse of precious water.
Today Milwaukee has a diverse, sophisticated palate that includes vegetarian and vegan restaurants and a range of international cuisines that were difficult to find in the area a decade ago.
We may expand and grow by giving, practicing gratitude and forgiveness, taking responsibility for our own lives, creating strong social networks, and having a sense of purpose.
Read this issue to become inspired about reducing plastic waste, walking to improve physical and mental health, and keeping pets healthy and happy through responsible feeding.