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Letter from Publisher

Sep 30, 2016 04:22PM

Larry Levine

Take a moment right now to think of all the people who make a difference in your life—from that ever chipper cashier at your favorite grocery store to your beloved best friend or soul mate. There are so many people that help make our worlds go ‘round. Without them, life would be less colorful, less meaningful.

                This month’s article on “Change Makers” made me think of the influence people have made in my life and in our community. Our beloved president of Natural Awakenings, Larry Levine, just passed away. He was a devoted and loving father to his son, and an inspiration and dear colleague to the entire Natural Awakenings staff, including all 92 publishers. Larry was a changer maker. He was a kind, generous man who took the time to get to know his staff and each of the publishers while helping to make Natural Awakenings one of the largest national natural health and sustainable publications available.

                When I first joined the Natural Awakenings family, I discovered that Larry was from the same hometown as me—Levittown, New York. Not only did we attend the same school from kindergarten through 12th grade, but we also realized our childhood homes were only a couple miles apart from one another. I affectionately referred to him as Levittown Larry. Speaking of change makers, Mr. Levitt, whom our hometown was named after, developed the first affordable tract homes.

                Larry helped me gracefully make changes in both a business and personal level. He made my life easier as a publisher with his infinite wisdom and reminded me to be a kinder and more patient person through his gentle spirit. While grieving his loss, I’ve debated whether or not to share this in my letter. I decided to share because Larry’s impact on me had a trickle-down effect to all of you through this magazine. Thank you, readers, for helping my grieving process and taking a moment to recognize yet another great soul who has left the light shining upon us to remind us of what is important—it’s Love!

                I have been blessed with being the publisher for the San Diego edition of Natural Awakenings. Sure, there are some long hours and gruesome deadlines that I might gripe about at times, but with all of that comes this beautiful, amazing network of exceptional people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet. San Diego is swimming with talented entrepreneurs and professionals.  I am grateful for all the healing and teachings I have received through my community partners and practitioners. I aim to add more and more local talent to my publication so I can continue to spread the word of better health for ourselves, our loved ones and our planet.

Stay healthy, be kind, love and be loved.

Elaine Russo



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