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Scintillating September

Aug 27, 2019 06:00AM

Words can be put together in so many ways. Syllables can be combined to create a rhythm, words can be put together to evoke an emotion and feelings recalled to tell a story. When preparing for the Letter from the Publishers a word will often come to mind for the month. Since words can have many different meanings, the word du jour often sends us to dictionaries to assure our understanding.

Scintillate is a verb which was derived in the early 17th century from the latin scintillat, meaning sparkled. Scintillating is an adjective used to describe something that is sparkling or shining brightly. It can also mean something that is brilliantly and excitingly clever or skillful, such as having a scintillating conversation. Synonyms are brilliant, dazzling, exciting, exhilarating, stimulating, and invigorating. Use of the word grew slowly until the early 1900s when there was a sharp increase in its use until it peaked about 1940. Use of the word has had a gradual decline through present times.

Let’s bring it back! We need more dazzle in our days. We each have the ability to make life more scintillating by letting our personalities shine, looking for the sparkle in others, getting excited about little things, and stopping to look at shiny stuff that attracts our attention. Make this a Scintillating September, then drop us a note to tell us how you did it.

As we breeze into fall, vitality is the watchword for recharging batteries. Writer Marlaina Donato offers a comprehensive guide to ward off inflammation and premature cell death in “Age-Defying Bodywork: How to Turn Back the Clock.” She explains how fortifying the nervous system through massage, acupuncture and reflexology is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol—and has been embraced by the medical mainstream.

We also celebrate National Yoga Month with Donato’s take on “The Power of Yoga: Tapping into the Life Force.” Another potent stress-buster, yoga’s contribution to mind-body fitness is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression.

The mind-body connection is at the forefront of writer April Thompson’s “Ayurvedic Cooking: Ancient System Restores Balance.” Here, in one of the world’s oldest systems, food is medicine; the menu is seasonal and local, and timing and preparation are critical to rebalancing health. While the health of the planet and its inhabitants is at the core of writer Yvette Hammett’s article “The Re-Use Revolution: Plastics Peril Drives New Strategies.” The growing plastics crisis has some people yearning for the days when soft drinks and beer all came in reusable containers that required a deposit, or when milk and cream were delivered to the front porch in quaint, glass bottles. Some states, municipalities and private companies are taking us back to the future in innovative ways.

With kids back in school, parents will find insights from Ronica O’Hara to help with managing “Digital Kids: How to Click with Young Techies.” Kids and adults may all benefit from this month’s pet department where writer Julie Peterson offers alternatives to rehoming the family dog or cat if allergies are an issue in “Pet Peeve: Natural Remedies for Allergies to Furry Friends.”

Please enjoy these articles and the rest of the September edition.


With our heartfelt gratitude,



Beckie and Bud Kowalski, Publishers


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