Letter from Publisher – March 2014

By March 2, 2014Local

Albert Einstein is a guest contributor to my letter this month. His essay on life provided me an inspiring lift when I needed it and is worth sharing.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people; first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Only a life lived for others is worth living. ~Albert Einstein

Spring is a superb time to pause often to witness the miracles taking place around us. Nature births itself once again. We feel renewed gratitude for the wonder of life on Earth, all the living plants and creatures that sustain us. Thankfully, we are also witnesses to a vital collective shift in awareness and understanding of the practical reasons for each of us to live more sustainable, environmentally responsible lives. This month’s Food & Garden issue is packed with ideas, from fresh food trends and surprising benefits of herbs to safe eating strategies and an update on hydroponics, called aquaponics, that can feed the world. We are blessed to live in a city that embraces the “Go Local” concept. With it, we support our local businesses and farmers, community gardens, co-op grocers and many other valuable resources. Thinking globally and acting locally is good for people and the planet.

May you live healthy, compassionately and well,


Shelly Searle, Publisher