Letter from Publisher
August reminds us that it’s time head back to school. When my daughter was little, every year at this time I found myself hoping that she felt she’d had memorable summer experiences; something meaningful she’d be excited to write about when asked to share her obligatory talk or essay on, “What I did this summer.”
I now realize that children’s God-given sense of trust and innate unpretentiousness opens their hearts to experience wonder and enthusiasm over what adults might consider small or insignificant. It’s why they’re the most creative beings on Earth.
This month Natural Awakenings explores the role that creativity plays in nurturing children and stellar ways to empower them as they grow. In “Growing Up Empowered: Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves,” Judith Fertig uncovers how to teach our children to dream big, learn to take healthy risks, be of service to others, foster leadership skills and help create a sustainable world. Local Creativity Coach Jill Allison Bryan extends this idea in “Simple Ways to Practice Creative Self-Care,” where she urges adults to rediscover and maintain our own creativity at any stage of life.
We also highlight the Trinity Environmental Academy, a unique Metroplex asset that’s teaching young people ways to protect and respect this wonderful planet upon which their future depends. Its campus comes complete with a former football field garden and Dallas’ 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest as a canvas. We pray that they and succeeding generations will do a better job of stewarding Earth’s integrity those preceding.
Continuing with this eco-theme, we tackle the issue of food waste diversion, checking in with local major league sports teams coping with the fact that a single game generates more food waste in one day than most families do in a year. We learn that the commitment to green such facilities must be just as intentional and committed as it is at home.
As always, we hope you will find something in this issue that inspires and motivates you to become a better steward of your own health, as well as the health of our dear planet. Please let us know how we doing.
Bernice Butler, Publisher