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Letter from the Publisher

The month of May 2019 is here and we are happily in the midst of springtime’s weather perfection on the west coast of Florida. This month’s Natural Awakenings Tampa Bay again blooms with the latest from our thriving natural health community, both locally and nationally. It’s an exhilarating time to be alive.
      Mother’s Day on the 12th is a reminder to celebrate good mothers and motherly-others who’ve been supportive through thick and through thin. Our special focus this month is on women’s natural well-being and ways to achieve it. (Pass it on!) 
      In “Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life” (page 28), writer Marlaina Donato examines healthy outcomes possible when time for self-nourishment is a continuing and vital priority.
Randy Kambic’s interview with popular National Public Radio host Peter Sagal offers welcome insight in “Running Toward Mindfulness” (page 32). This article is sure to encourage runners and inspire runner-wannabes at all levels of experience. 
     The nutritional value of a plant-based diet is widely accepted as best for body, mind and spirit. “Plants Talk: Discover Their Secret Language” (page 42) is a friendly reminder that plants may also be pretty smart. Of course, they may just be good listeners, but writer April Thompson also examines ways plants talk to one another. This is an intriguing look at the most extraordinary ways plants communicate, defend themselves and assist one another.
As always, open your heart and mind and read on.
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