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Letter from Publisher

Elaine Russo

Elaine Russo

These past few months have been rough on a lot of people I know. So many of us are dealing with schedule overwhelm, health issues, all kinds of things. My editor, Erin, recently felt she had a case of “too-much-itis”.  Much of what she had going on was really good things, just too much of them. This just goes to show you that there really can be too much of a good thing.

            When we do anything to the extreme, we can easily set ourselves up for physical, emotional and mental overload. I’m making a concerted effort to avoid dealing with this aftermath. My goal is to spend more time unplugging, detoxing and getting back to nature. As I write this, I’m currently downsizing my living arrangement and working on ways to slow my pace down so I can spend more time enjoying the moments of my day. It’s  much healthier in the long run as the alternative really can lead to health issues—including PTSD.

            Many people believe that PTSD is limited to war veterans, but it’s really trauma resulting from any overwhelming life experience. When we’re overwhelmed and traumatized from events in our lives, self-medication can easily emerge and develop into substance abuse. It can easily turn into a dual diagnosis.

            Triggers can be places, people and events that are associated with the trauma.Once we realize what the source of our triggers are, we can learn how to avoid them in order to overcome their effects on our well-being.

            One powerful thing we can all do is learn how to detox with food, people, places and events. Changing your diet is a wonderful jump start. So is changing what you allow into your mind space. Personally, I had to shut down the constant barrage of media.  Bombing, war, exploitation of Mother Earth, political injustices, global change, and trying to keep up with it all became too much. Rather than succumb to too-much-itis, I made a conscious effort to reduce my exposure to this negativity. It’s been so helpful! In addition, I continue my quest for alternative modalities that can help me achieve inner peace.

            I recently twice saw the film Beatrix at Dinner (see page 10). I believe the message conveys a good example of human bombardment and the effect it has on us all as a whole and individually.

            While a constant barrage of information has become a way of life for younger generations, I see many older folks striving to return to simpler times.

            I am grateful for the years I had in nature with my family growing up. I know our camping trips will be deeply rooted in my children and me forever. We all need our feet planted firmly on the ground.  Please continue to share your suggestions on healing ourselves and our environment by sending your ideas to

            Meanwhile enjoy your summer and have a happy Fourth of July celebration.



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