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Natural Awakenings San Diego

June 2011 Publisher Letter

Each month, as I gather local articles and briefs that complement and augment Natural Awakenings’ monthly editorial themes, I’m struck by how they usually correlate to something or someone in my life at the time. I hope that each of you, as you’re reading, enjoys and shares the same kind of reflections.

June’s Men’s Wellness issue, of course, brings the subject of men to mind. My husband Jack is nursing me back to health after some recent surgery, and this is the first time since we’ve been a couple that I have been 100 percent dependent upon him for my needs.

Jack has become my personal “Community Spotlight” for June. I could not have asked for a better caretaker—even if he did dress me in comfortable clothes that my girlfriend teasingly referred to as “boy’s clothes.” He saved me from possible injuries—and saved my life, too—when he caught me as I was fainting in the shower. He protected me, massaged my pain away and made me feel safe.

We are accustomed to hearing about how women are caretakers by nature, but men also have a gentle, nurturing side. I’d like to take the time to express my gratitude and respect for their strength of spirit and practical nature by sharing my personal experience. It has reminded me not to judge, but to respect.

After my surgery, I woke up in the hospital to see Dave, co-owner of The Greenasium Sustainable Fitness Studio, standing at the foot of my bed and introducing himself as my caregiver. A little groggy at first, I wondered why he was dressed as a nurse, and then realized—he was my nurse! This was my first experience having a male nurse, and Dave made a difficult situation so much easier, with his professional, caring and comforting ways.

The Greenasium studio, in Encinitas, is run the same way, with helpful, professional and compassionate staff. After all, an owner’s business is a reflection of themselves.

Ken Foster would agree with that. Another man who is making a difference for people in our community, this remarkable author and business strategist is creating his own ideal life by empowering other business owners and individuals to define their vision, values and purpose and become the best they can be.

We all know special men in our lives that are reaching out to others and making a difference. This is the month to honor them. The San Diego Children’s Coalition and American Festivals are holding a Father’s Day Festival Walk and Talk-a-Thon on June 18, at Coronado Tidelands Park. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Children’s Coalition to assist local, single dads in need of assistance. I hope to see you there.

Smiles and joy to all the wonderful men in our lives,

Elaine