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Letter from Publisher

Jul 02, 2015 01:17PM

Torrey Pines Glideport

Taking the day of to hike down to Black’s Beach was my personal journey back to my grassroots. The last time I made that trek was more than 20 years ago. Most of us know that clothing is optional at Black’s Beach–or is nudity a requirement? I’m not quite sure. Other than the added steps down to the beach and newer amenities and equipment at the glider port, it really hasn't changed much since my last visit. One day on the beach recharged me and gave me the needed energy to sustain a hefty work load. It was as simple as making a date with nature.

I watched the film PlantPure Nation for the second time at the ArcLight Theatre in La Jolla. This is the second time I mention this film in my publisher’s letter because I feel it is just so important that the message this movie shares makes it out into the world. It is imperative that our local community understands the dynamics of the small family farmer, the integration of modern medicine and, most of all, the political process. It is of equal importance on a global scale. The American diet has to change so that we can turn around the increase of medical diseases that burden our society.

We have to start somewhere and our own backyard is a great place to start. Lately I’ve been seeing more and more succulent gardens popping up, artificial turf replacing lawns, more solar panels catching the sun and rain barrels on roofs to catch every precious drop of nature’s tears. I’ve taken such a huge interest in sustainable communities. It is this passion that inspired me to visit the Desert Cactus Theatre in Escondido. I was amazed by the vast beauty of the magnificent spread of cacti that surrounded me and the little water that was required to maintain it.

I also recently visited the Del Mar Fair for one purpose–to check out the cabins because I want to learn all that I can about sustainable living. The simple study cabins were amazing. Composting toilets and edible gardens surrounded the cabins and pallets were being used as gardens and fences. It gave me so many ideas and helped open up my mind in a multitude of ways on how to live simply.

May this month’s issue help us all to live by the Natural Awakenings motto.

Feel Good - Live Simple - Laugh More

Elaine Publisher

Elaine

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