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Natural Awakenings Tampa Florida

Letter From the Publisher

Welcome to Natural Awakenings, Tampa Bay, February 2015. This winter is offering perfectly respectable, tropical, sweater-wearing weather, blessedly accompanied by lots of the healing sunlight our shoreline is famous for.

Though its timing was unexpected, my recent visit with family in Minnesota and Wisconsin was an incredible experience all around. Returning home, I was reminded of the comforting feel of Florida, weather-wise. I can meet the challenge of sub-zero temperatures in brief intervals, but admit to a strong preference to winter days here on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The drive to and from the Great Lakes region was awesome. I went over the Ohio River and through Amish countryside, enjoying a change in perspective from the "usual". So many farms and farming communities are working and growing there. It’s a vast and picturesque landscape dotted with silos and blessedly many solar powered windmills. Rather like a look at the heart of America.

A wonderfully coincidental surprise occurred while at my grandmother’s house. I learned of a nearby family offering a four-and-a-half month old female Schipperke for sale. While it has taken time to heal from the loss of my beloved Schipperke Chi, this little pup popped into my life at a beautiful moment. Lexi and I bonded on the three-day drive back to Tampa Bay. It’s like it is all meant to be.

As always, open your mind and read on.