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This July, We Celebrate Change

Jul 05, 2022 07:13PM ● By Scott Chase

Here we are in July, month seven of 2022—it’s summer, it's hot, and it's steamy, but the sun's lengthy days are shortening, by approximately two minutes each day after the Summer Solstice—we'll be saying Merry Christmas before you know it.  

Of course, July is the month we, as a nation, celebrate its independence. I am so grateful to have been born and raised in this country. For the many issues we all currently face, there is no other country that has given its citizens the same freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as the United States.  


While that is a notion worthy of celebration, it hasn't always been true for all of our citizens, historically speaking. While some things have improved, we need to keep pressing for equality for ALL. Change is the way forward. Inclusion, not exclusion wins the day, as we are a diverse nation and have many more strengths than we do weaknesses because of that diversity. Kindness, love, empathy, and compassion should guide us and deliver to us a nation that is the envy of the world. So let's celebrate our country, with all of its faults and fruits. 


In this issue, we’re celebrating change with the addition of two new teammates. Joining us is local writer and editor Kyla Stevens, who’s receiving the baton from our exceptional editor for the last eight years, Allison Gorman. While she cannot be replaced and will be greatly missed, Allison has decided to serve her community in Chattanooga. We wish her all the best! 


Also coming aboard is local collegiate student Hailey Bethke, founder and host of the Sunshine Signal Podcast, who will begin guest writing for our “Healthy Kids” section. Read more about how Bethke is filling the gap in local wellness resources for teens in our community spotlight “Tune In, Shine Out,” beginning on page 22. 


I noticed especially how change is sometimes necessary for growth in “The Healthy Food Movement,” page 26, which addresses the ways our nation’s food production has changed due to global conflicts and Covid-19. Writer Bob Benenson explains how product supply problems have added to the increasing demand for more sustainable means of growing food, and that innovative solutions are providing new ways to get organic, healthier food to more people. 


As you’re making your July Fourth plans this year, be sure to take the time to prepare. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays with “That Natural Glow,” page 40, which provides invaluable information on natural alternatives for chemical sunscreen ingredients. Chill in style with “Cool Treats for Hot Days,” page 36, which offers fun and easy frozen treat recipes even kids can create. Finally, celebrate safely by fending off fireworks-anxiety for your furry friends in “Canine Calm,” on page 24. Above all, have a safe and fun Fourth of July. 

-Scott and Darlyn 

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