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Letter from the Publisher

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I must confess, August is my favorite month. I love the extra sunshine and warmth August brings. It’s also my birth month so I have a birthday to celebrate! I also look forward to August with anticipation for that last summer vacation squeezed in before the kids return to school. For my family, that usually means an annual visit to my extended family in Central Texas. Yep, I was born and raised in the Great State of Texas and I just realized this August is my 21st anniversary for relocating to New England.

August also brings all that delicious fresh, healthy food available at local farms here in Connecticut. The produce at our local farmers’ markets or from the neighborhood farm carts just tastes better than what we can get at our local grocer! Some of my summer favorites are strawberries, raspberries and peaches. But I also love corn, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, kale and fresh peppers equally! We’re very fortunate that we still have so many local farms and farmers’ markets near us.

This month’s issue is dedicated to food and how real food, food grown without toxins, in nutrient rich soil can help us detox and prevent diseases like cancer. There are many local resources that can teach you about growing or preparing your own healthy food. This month, we’re featuring the Institute of Sustainable Nutrition with a special article, “Food & Gardening for Cancer Prevention.” If you’ve been considering improving your diet or learning more about nutrition and sustainable gardening, give Joan at Institute of Sustainable Nutrition a call to learn about their certification program starting in September. And don’t miss their next Open House on September 5th!

Solair Recreation League, one of our other special partners located in Woodstock, has also submitted a wonderful article on Nudism and how it changes and strengthens ones’ self-image. I know many of you may not be ready to go au natural, but in reading the article I was struck by the author’s explanation of the changes he and his family experienced in their perceptions of the world and others after becoming nudists.

However you spend your August, I wish you a wonderful end to the summer and look forward to seeing you with the fall colors.

Naturally yours,

Shawn

 

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