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Letter From Publisher: Let's manifest a cleaner planet!

Sep 30, 2011 02:12AM ● By Nancy Caniff


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When I was a teenager, I listened to a lot of REO Speedwagon! I can still clearly recall the day when I was about 13 years old and decided I wanted to meet the band. I especially wanted to tell Kevin Cronin that his songs resonated in my soul. It was of great importance that I be able to express my gratitude.  

Many months ago, I posted those desires to Facebook adding that I wanted to have my picture taken with the band.  I privately asked the Universe to “make it so.” To my surprise, REO Speedwagon performed in Indianapolis early September. I nearly backed out of my date with this cosmic connection. I cited nerves and general anxiety regarding crowds as the excuse, but my ever faithful partner remained steady, gently took my hand and my camera and told me to get in the car. On the surface, I had no idea that my path would cross with Kevin Cronin’s that night. And when this actually occurred, it seemed so happenstance. We leisurely stopped outside the back gate near the tour buses and joined a handful of groupies and fans. Then, suddenly, I was thanking and hugging Kevin Cronin--and being photographed with him!  

I have to wonder if I intuitively created this moment and if it was brought about because I spoke aloud my sincerest wishes. I like to think my manifestation was borne out of gratitude. I would love to hear what you have manifested in your life. Share your story or post your celebrity pictures on our Facebook Fan page at

This month spotlights a topic dear to our hearts, and one critical to life on this planet – the availability of fresh water. And our cover story is on environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill. She is deeply concerned about what she calls the “Disease of Disconnect” in our consciousness. “Every problem happening in the external landscape is a direct result of the problems in our internal landscapes,” she said when I interviewed her. “When you say you are going to throw something away, where is ‘away’? Because no choice happens in a vacuum, every single time we make a choice we are changing the world. It is not only spiritually impossible to make no difference, it is also literally, scientifically, absolutely impossible to make no difference.” I was deeply moved and inspired by her thought-provoking call to action. I invite you to ask yourself “What kind of difference do I want to make?”. Together, let’s manifest a cleaner planet!  

We are building the bridge
      One small stone at a time...


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