Letter from Publisher: Celebrating Summer
June officially kicks off our long-anticipated summer with its many delights, like time outdoors, carefree kids’ voices, nourishing farmers’ markets and the simple joy of extended daylight hours. Our June edition is filled with ideas and activities that help us make the most of it.
Camps, picnics, sports and nature activities are at their peak starting now. Summer’s lineup of music includes fun family gatherings for free concerts at the Nickle Plate Amphitheater, in Fishers, and the Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indy. The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s annual Summer Night’s Film Series presents an eclectic variety of movies under the stars in their outdoor amphitheater near downtown.
The pull of the great outdoors offers spectacular opportunities to unplug and leave electronics behind. April Thompson explores practical solutions to setting healthy limits for everyone in “Family Screen Time: How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era.” It’s up to us to set an example, to engage with kids sans screens when we’re with them. The catchphrase “look out, not down” reminds us to experience our surroundings and be in the moment.
Monumental Yoga, taking place on Monument Circle downtown on June 21 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. provides a great opportunity to be in the moment and find balance, all while celebrating the longest day of the year. This free family-friendly event includes a variety of yoga classes, live music and a Yoga Village with local artisans and vendors.
We recognize that millions of Americans suffer chronic pain that would hinder their summer enjoyment. June’s feature article by Kathleen Barnes, “Break Free of Chronic Pain: Natural Ways to Feel Much Better,” describes a variety of gentle, effective drug-free options that offer encouraging relief.
I can personally attest to the power of using natural methods to restore and maintain wellness. Some, like acupuncture and chiropractic care, require the assistance of a skilled practitioner. Others, with a bit of instruction, can be self-administered, such as breathing exercises, yoga, tapping, meditation and lifestyle changes highlighting exercise and nutrition. (Of course, skilled practitioners are available for guidance in these, as well.) All can make a significant difference in how we feel, physically and mentally.
Other articles and resources throughout this edition offer actionable information, naturally healthy recipes, practitioners and generally helpful information proven to support well-being. This month’s full-page Farmers’ Market list of 30 markets spans every day of the week, including 16 on Saturdays. It makes healthy food shopping especially satisfying. Enjoy!
Summertime, and living is good,
Teona Wright, Publisher