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Moving Through Changes

May 01, 2020 12:19PM ● By Joe Dunne

To our readers, advertisers, families, employees and friends, we wish you only the best through these challenging and unpredictable times. As always “if you have your health, you have everything” seems to ring true. All of us at Natural Awakenings wish you good health.

        “In patience there is wisdom, and in wisdom there is the need for patience.” This is one of my favorite quotes and has echoed in my mind for years, yet never has it felt so true as now. Although I write about change constantly and how little we truly can control, this pandemic makes the point in a way no written word could describe. Change is upon us and our new reality is forming in real time.   

While you are reading this message in our Digital Only Special Edition, our intention is to resume printing in June. Like so many businesses, we will remain flexible as we adjust to changing circumstances. In the meantime, I hope you will help spread the word, and let everyone know they can visit our website to read the latest issue. Most of our advertisers are local and have a presence on our website. Many are open and sharing in some capacity with online courses, training, virtual consultations, livestreaming and so much more. Please support them, since using local services and businesses will help our communities to recover and thrive again.

Yes, this is a time of change, but with change and disruption comes opportunities. Aside from business concerns, I have also been thinking about what I have been taught by life. In times like these, the opportunity to grow is epic. It has also been a time to reflect on my life as a husband since today my wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. 


What else has been good?


I have flossed more in five weeks than in five years.

My exercise program has increased, improved and changed.

My garden looks amazing.

Our house has eliminated the junk drawer.

We have cleaned out all the 20-year-old shirts, jackets, etc., and the closet now has room.

We have eliminated all the unnecessary monthly charges, and now have one music source.

My computer is much more organized.

We are happy that we are healthy.

We pray as a family with a little more sincerity.

I appreciate more and take less for granted.

We have supported each other like never before.

I believe we have brought much more love back into our family.


What has been good for you? E-mail us or leave a comment on our website.


Thank you for all your support.


In peace, love and laughter,

Joe Dunne, Publisher



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