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Letter from Publisher

Donna Kirk

Dear Readers,

There’s a lot to be thankful for in November’s issue of Natural Awakenings Indy. Foodie April Thompson brings joy to the season’s table with her take on “Zenful Eating: Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude.” Three of the nation’s top Zen chefs share their wisdom about being grateful, present and peaceful at mealtime— just in time for Thanksgiving!

Meantime, Ronica O’Hara offers parental tips for instilling thankfulness—one of the most teachable, grow-able strengths—in our children. “Kids With Gratitude: Making Thankfulness Second Nature” is based on emerging research that shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kick-start happiness and well-being—at any age. Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, a leading figure in a world- wide gratitude movement, puts it all in perspective in this month’s Inspiration piece: “Enough for All: In Pursuit of Grateful Living.”

This month’s feature, “Chasing ZZZZZs: How to Put Insomnia to Rest,” examines the many contributors and adverse health effects of compromised sleep, along with natural pathways to a good night’s rest. One of those considerations—optimizing thyroid function—is covered in-depth in our Healing Ways article, “The Happy Thyroid: Seven Ways to Keep It Humming.” And Wendell Fowler examines the effect of diet on sleep in his article “We Don’t Take Sleep Seriously Enough: As Ye Eat, So Shall Ye Sleep.”

We’re also very excited to share with you some new twists to old traditions. In “Antiques Rising: Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture,” Green Living writer Yvette Hammett explains how Millennials (aka The Ikea Generation) are beginning to discover that Grandma’s old China cabinet might be pretty cool after all—and sturdy, well-made, eco-friendly and oh-so-upcyclable.
Locally, in “How We Hoosiers Can Help Prevent Climate Breakdown,” Daniel Poynter shares with us about Indiana Drawdown, which serves to educate Hoosiers about actionable steps to take regarding climate change. And Gail Thomas contributes “A Home Should Be a Haven” about the potential impact of 5G wireless in our Indiana homes and communities.

Calling all vegan cookie bakers! In honor of the holiday season, for December’s issue we’ll be featuring readers’ best plant-based cookie recipes. Submit your favorite recipes in a Word document to [email protected] with “Holiday Cookies” in the subject line for consideration. Deadline is November 10.

Thank you and onward to November!

Donna, Publisher
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