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Letter From Publisher:
Our National Editor, Jan Hollingsworth, passed away on March 23rd. She passed away from a stroke so likely wasn’t aware of the pandemic that has gripped our world. I really liked Jan. She and I joined the Natural Awakenings family around the same time and I got to know her over lunch one day during training. Have you ever had an immediate connection with someone and share more than you typically do? That was my lunch with Jan, easily one of the most memorable conversations I’ve ever had that led to great email exchanges. I will miss Jan.
The content of this issue was prepared well in advance under Jan’s leadership. I hope you’ll treat it as a respite from the onslaught of COVID-19 information. We’ve included updates on COVID-19 from two local resources but make sure you stay informed and choose your sources thoughtfully.
You will also note that this issue is only available digitally. If you are around town looking for a print copy – stop, please go home and wash your hands. We decided with so many distribution points closed and out of concern for drivers and readers that we’re just pushing this out digitally. This may disappoint some of you looking for that toilet paper alternative, apologies (smile).
We are playing it by ear here at the magazine, several of our advertisers have paused their marketing to save funds and regroup. We get it. You might say many of us are on “COVID-iatus”. I can’t even commit to a May issue while writing this. Personally, I go from moments of near panic to moments of extreme peace. I’ve run the gamut. The panic comes on the health and finance side for everyone while the peace comes from the forced isolation and reading H. Emilie Cady and Dana Gatlin. Have I mentioned their work before?
My prayer (call it a wish if that word wigs you out) for everyone, every single person on this planet is that they find and hold peace during this, that they have an opportunity to find spirituality and whatever that looks like for them. That spirituality brings them to their center, fills them with light and feels like a hug from their grandmother. My “praywish” isn’t to make it go away because I think that’s naïve, I believe we could have something like this yearly just like flu season until we change our ways related to wildlife. We could have a COVID-20 and a COVID-21 so let’s use this life altering event as a reset, as an opportunity to filter out the junk in our lives, live within our means and live more meaningfully.