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The Month of Predictions

Growing up in an area where February is full of cold, snow and bluster, March has always been greeted with an eye towards spring. School bulletin boards would herald the images of lions and lambs to depict the folk-wisdom proverb of how if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb, but on the other hand, if it comes in like a lamb, the lion of winter will come again at the end of the month.

We all look for predictors of what will be next. Will there be fortune or calamity, love or loss? Predictions may appear to be in signs around us. While these signs can provide validation for our plans or even help to direct us to take a different path, learning to trust ourselves and the route we are on is an important aspect of emotional well-being. The symbols that appear in dreams and meditation can be a profound indication of something we may need to explore in our lives. Being aware of signs in nature can also provide tools of transformation. However, when it’s time to make a decision, sit quietly for a while, look at the entire situation, get practical advice and then decide. Trust yourself.

This month’s edition focuses on the role that nutrition plays in our health. In the article, Nutrition Upgrades: Five Strategies for Better Health, Melinda Hemmelgarn describes how 70 percent of the immune system resides in the lining of the gut. By learning how to care for this all-important microbiome, overall health can improve. Our article by April Thompson shows how creative cooks are using peels, rinds, stems and more in Delicious Discards: Making Meals from Mainly Scraps—complete with tasty recipes. Two stories in this issue are designed to help readers cope with seasonal allergies, with strategies for kids and pets that can help significantly reduce allergy symptoms.

In honor of World Water Day on March 22, you may want to pay attention to water scarcity, the top long-term global risk for the next decade. Writer Jim Motavalli looks at how we can reduce our water footprint in Saving a Drop to Drink: Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis.

The article Healing from GMOs describes how to heal from genetically modified foods in our food chain and Wise Words from Phillipe Cousteau, who continues the family legacy of conservation established by his famous explorer grandfather, talks about his continuing focus on environmental education.

Please enjoy these and the rest of the March edition.

 

With our heartfelt gratitude,

Beckie and Bud Kowalski, Publishers

 

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