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April 2018

Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary

This month in my crazy life, I’m writing this while riding in a car with my family on the way back from a great weekend celebrating St Patrick’s Day. While I have spent most of my life watching parades thanks to my father’s involvement with the Colonial Navy of Massachusetts, I haven’t participated, preferring to watch on the side and cheer the marchers on. This past St Patrick’s day, my mother, our friend Bobbsie, and I carried a banner announcing the Colonial Navy of Massachusetts in the Delray Beach parade letting the parade goers know who we were. What a great experience! People were lined up on the parade route sometimes 25 deep in every shade of green possible. They were hugely responsive. The cheering, thanks, and appreciation were overwhelming. The noise from people when they saw Massachusetts was crazy. With my father, husband, brother, and two cousins all marching along with 25 friends from the Navy, it was quite the family affair. Safe to say a good time was had by all!

With the month of March as turbulent as it has been, it’s hard not to be ready for spring by now. After a winter’s hibernation, we rejoice to be more active outdoors. April feels almost like a new year, representative of feelings of optimism, rebirth and growth. It’s a perfect month to celebrate Earth Day and this month, our special Green Living issue is focused on nourishing our community and our planet. Every April since I first started publishing, I have my eyes open and scour the Internet for Earth Day celebrations to share. All I would typically find was clean ups, which while an important part of keeping our planet beautiful didn’t seem to have the same feeling as celebrating it. I was heartened this year to see more of an emphasis on the celebration aspect. From Earth Day Festival in Fall River to Earth Day Healing Ceremony there are lots of reason to celebrate.

In the words of Winnie the Pooh, “If people were Superior to Animals, they’d take better care of the world”. Each of us can do our part and collectively we can make a difference.

Spring is here and I feel a renewed optimism that we, as a civilization, will continue



Maureen Cary
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