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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

August 2013 Publisher Letter

Jul 29, 2013 08:08PM

News Flash: Jackie Chan, the 59-year-old martial artist and action film star, is not dead, despite numerous rumors making the rounds online. He reportedly fell from 12 stories high while performing a stunt and died. Before I knew it was a hoax, I thought, “Wow! At nearly 60 years old, he’s still doing his own stunts?”

I haven’t acquired any real fame, so I’m at no risk of becoming the victim of the next celebrity death hoax. But if I were, what kind of hoax would someone invent about me? I thought perhaps the headline would read: Publisher Dies at Desk From Working Too Hard. How Boring. And then it struck me—I need more fun and adventure in my life.

It’s easy for me to get wrapped up in the humdrum of a daily routine, believing that life has to be all work and no play. Won’t you join me in resisting this rut? I’m not talking about risky, adrenaline-pumping exploits; I’m simply reminding us that summertime is for play, adventure and fun! Let’s get out and enjoy our beautiful waterways and woods, spend time in our gardens and at our local healthy restaurants and gathering places.

Part of what keeps a community thriving—economically, culturally and socially—is its ability to maintain (and celebrate!) a vibrant local identity. Here at Natural Awakenings, we couldn’t agree more! We strive to build connections and help create a stronger sense of community. Our invitation is for all of us to engage with neighbors; participate in local events; support local farmers, artisans and businesses; and develop and invigorate public spaces. Together, let’s build a community of which we can all be proud.

It’s also vital that we help create an environment where local businesses can thrive, not simply survive. Local owners are our friends and neighbors who are living out their hopes and ideas for making our community great. The majority of our advertisers are local business owners who care, like you do, about natural health and sustainable living. Take advantage of the services and products these experts have to offer; their participation in the magazine makes it possible for us to provide Natural Awakenings free to our community each month.                                           

Join me in breaking out of my work mode and spending more time seeking fun and adventure throughout our local communities and by supporting our local businesses. 

And remember to feel good, live simply and laugh more

Dave Korba, Publisher

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