Letter From the Publisher

The season of giving is upon us, but let’s not forget that we are also permitted to ask for what we need. We are very excited to have asked and now received something we have been searching for. The December issue marks the beginning of a new relationship that will allow us to take Natural Awakenings of Hartford to new levels and deliver to you even more wonderful information each month. Please join us in welcoming Linda Webb to our team as the new managing editor!

As you read each new issue starting in December, you’ll know that Linda is contributing to every page. Her main focus is to manage monthly production and to plan the local editorial that we include. We’ve given her the challenge to provide more local coverage of the fantastic opportunities we have in Greater Hartford to learn, grow and live a more healthy and natural life.

We're all in good hands. As a former project manager, a current farmer, a yogi and a sustainability champion, Linda understands the importance of living in balance and harmony. We are honored to have her on our team.

We wish you all the happiest, warmest holidays.

Naturally Yours,

Shawn and Ela

Letter From the Editor

I’m honored to join Natural Awakenings of Hartford and especially at such a wonderful time of year. December. For some, the month brings joy and excitement; a desire to gift the season’s light and joy. Others seek a balance to experience both the giving and receiving as they celebrate with loved ones.

As always, I wonder where the year went. It’s a blur of the exceptional and the mundane. Yet, here I am at the end of 2014. I’m appreciative to have created a personal intention in August that brought me to the NAH team as managing editor. As a cook and small-plot farmer (my family and I grow many of the foods that we eat all year long), my personal beliefs and sensibilities are wrapped within the pages of this magazine: family, community, health and spiritual well-being.

This time of year swells with the possibility of giving and I often wonder how we can do our part to help others and save the earth. My family began a Christmas Eve tradition of each naming a charity that is important to us and immediately making a donation online or writing a check. I invite you to consider creating your own gift of charity this month. Our feature article, Sacred Activism (page 12) encourages combining your passions with causes to change the world. We’ve included a few wonderful organizations right here in Greater Hartford that desperately need your support.

I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.

Happy Holidays,






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