Letter from The Publisher
Scientists have been predicting global warming, animal extinction, water shortages, housing shortages and related human health issues for quite some time. The beat goes on and yet most of us dance to the beat of another drummer or we choose to not dance at all. We show up when we have to. Hurricane Michael was ranked one of the top four strongest hurricanes to hit the U.S., becoming the most intense since 1898. A record toxic red tide just consumed the entire bottom half of Florida.
I’m definitely a NatGeo junkie and I’ve exhausted the Blue Planet series. I am also a movie and Netflix junkie, including not only documentaries but also series that discuss topics that used to be taboo in public. Recently I watched Atypical. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this show, it’s about a teen on the autism spectrum. The main character, Sam, has an all-consuming interest in Antarctica and the Arctic, and all the habitats, especially penguins. The show has so many meanings. I, too, am consumed with the animal world and how it relates to humans. Perhaps I am on the spectrum. Perhaps many of us are to some degree. The show has many pros and cons. We can safely say that it does not accurately portray all the symptoms and scenarios of autism. Producing a movie is much like publishing this magazine. We have to make it entertaining (add humor and pretty faces) to reach our audience and yet include truth, too. In lieu of picking apart the cons, let’s look at the pros. The show depicts all kinds of relationship issues like enabling, entitlement, bullying and parenting. It’s free therapy! I personally find Sam’s monotone honest delivery a breath of fresh air. I am a truth seeker, a visionary and alternative anything comes easy to me.
A slice of pie is better than no pie at all. I urge us all to prepare a pie of gratefulness and kindness and share it with the world this holiday season.
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