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September, 2017

Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary

For the best example a person could have of aging with grace I don’t need to look any further than my parents. They pretty much do just about everything Debora Shouse recommends in our feature editorial, “Aging with Passion and Purpose”.  My profile picture above this month of us in Montreal a few weeks ago, having gone for a few days just because they thought it would be a fun thing to do. They golf in the summer and march in parades, go skiing in the winter and frequently care for their three great grandchildren ages 2, 4 and 8. As Shouse recommends, they have their funnel full of friends, some from childhood. They often attend musical and theater events as they explore the arts, read the newspaper daily complete with crossword puzzle’s and word jumbles and are always open to new experiences. How could I not grow old with grace?

I looked in the mirror after another birthday back in May, and realized that I should start taking better care of my skin.  It is after all, as my grandmother was apt to say, the only skin we will ever have. I started using a wet skin brush when I shower, seen here on page 27 as OctoVie.  I’ve incorporated a nice self care routine with it using skin cream from Renaissance Clinque (page 7) and daily stretching routines from BodSpir (page 12), and have become much more conscious of taking care of myself.  I have to say the results have been great, my skin feels smoother and I appreciate the time I am putting into it.  

We have several articles this month on “Healthy Aging with Food” and “Eat to Look and Feel Younger”, highlighting how what we put in our body is just as important as a positive mindset.  Chrysanthi Kazantzis reminds us of some foods to avoid, watching out for sugar and inflammatory foods while reminding us of the importance of keeping hydrated. Anna Golub lets us know about how changes in our diet can radically change the way we look and feel.

Everything we read about in Natural Awakenings is accessible when we shoulder responsibility for our own state of well being. Our advertisers and other members of our natural health community can get us started from wherever we are, in our life journey whenever we’re ready to ask them to help us make gentle and joyful progress.

In health and happiness,


Maureen Cary
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