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December Letter from the Publisher

Nov 30, 2021 11:17PM ● By Shanna Warner

Talk about yin and yang. 

Mark loves summer. He loves to sweat in the heat and bask in the long days of bright sunshine, kind of like a lizard. To him, nothing is better than a boat on the lake and a sun-warmed swimming hole. Me? I love the winter. When autumn comes around with blazing colors and the crunch of leaves underfoot—ah, I just get happy! I dream, not of sugarplums dancing in my head, but of steaming cups of tea, coffee and hot cocoa to warm my hands.  

I know, I know—so many people dislike winter, even dread it. And there are documented cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), when people become depressed due to the cooler temperatures, shorter days and the lack of sunlight. When I asked Mark about HIS best strategies for dealing with winter woes, he said, “How about hibernation?” Did I mention that the cooler temperatures make him grumpy, too?

If you are one of those people who dread the winter months, here are a few helpful ideas to get you through it. (And if you also dream of chocolate, check out my recipe for hot cocoa mix on page 21 of the December issue.) 

  • Boost your exercise at home. Endorphins, those feel-good hormones, are released when you get moving. So turn up the radio and move it, move it.   

  • Stay connected. We all learned the importance of checking in on each other during the pandemic shutdowns. Keep it up during the winter months. 

  • Get out of the house every day, even if it is just to sweep the porch or refill your bird feeders. You might be tempted to binge watch TV until April, but all those crummy shows just lead to a crumby sofa.

  • On those rare sunshiny days in the middle of winter, bundle up and soak up the rays. Take a winter walk with your family or doggies. Your body and mood will thank you. (And just try to harness up the family cat! If you do, please send pictures.) 

Now, it’s time for me to grab another cuppa. Coffee or tea? Green, black or herbal? Almond milk? Stevia? Ah, the possibilities are endless. Bundle up and try to enjoy the winter. Or at least remember that the sun WILL come out again; it’s always just a day away.

With love and veggies,


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