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Letter from Publisher - APRIL 2020

Dave Korba

I’ve worked from home for most of the last decade. Working from home today is different. Everything is different. As I write this letter, the world is changing, literally moment by moment.

Yet with all the change, upheaval, anxiety and uncertainty in the air, my two cats, KJ and Jasmine, rest peacefully in the sun, alternating their attention between what’s outside the window and their meticulous self-grooming. They are completely absorbed in the present moment. As I observe them, I too, snap back to the present moment, letting the fog of future uncertainties clear, if only for a few moments.

Life as we know it has been turned upside-down and the uncertainty of what lies ahead feels a bit overwhelming. I keep reminding myself to breathe and stay focused on what’s in front of me. Keep taking action. Keep moving forward. I remember that the best way through challenging times is with the support of my community—my network of family and friends, along with the social and business connections that are woven into the fabric of my life.

The natural health and wellness community of South Central Pennsylvania is part of that fabric. We are strong, connected and resilient—creative, passionate and caring—resourceful, generous and determined. It is our nature to pull together and support each other, especially our local businesses and those in need.

Our amazing community of advertisers has adapted their services to meet your needs under the current circumstances, and they appreciate your continued support, whether it is via online shopping, live streaming, phone, remote access, pick-up orders or special delivery. Please continue reaching out to them in whatever way feels best for you to continue your journey of self-care and personal health and wellness.

Natural Awakenings brings you fresh content every month to support a healthy and natural lifestyle. This issue is no different, as the theme celebrates Earth Day with articles about climate action initiatives, healthy home tips, acupuncture for pets, edible flowers and more. The events listed throughout this issue were still scheduled as of our print deadline, however, please be sure to confirm with the host to see if a class or event has been moved to an online venue, postponed to a later date or cancelled.

We look forward to staying connected and we hold each of you within this community's ever-growing embrace of wellness. May you and yours remain healthy and happy as together, we set positive intentions and envision a time of more certainty and stability arriving soon—all the while staying in the moment and enjoying the sunshine, as we discover ways to feel good, live simply and laugh more.