“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful
committed individuals can change the world. In fact,
it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
As I write this letter, today 10/29 is my birthday. What is my wish? I wish by the time you read this, the mass-media political ads and hype will be over, and the Presidential election results will be calculated accurately. Wishful thinking, for sure!
In times of stress, I always remember the best advice from my father Rod Jones, former Publisher: “If there is a Will, there is a Way.” And, “Keep the faith!” Margaret Mead’s famous quote above is forever in my mind, too.
During the 2020 lock-down, many memories resurfaced mostly in my sleep/dream state: Good and bad memories. For example: In 1983 I was determined to study at a Japanese university as a college abroad student (Kansai University/Osaka). I could only afford a one-way ticket—and I took that chance… great memories, I stayed five years to 1988!
Within that time period, I volunteered for the Japan/American Field Service which took me to Bangladesh. It was during the 1985 President Ershad riots, even cannibalism was in the Chitagong Hill Tracts. Yes, a scary time! However, I arrived safely to the orphanage. I have wonderful memories. The orphans had perfect white teeth, with no toothbrush use, just a stick! And, they did not consume white sugary/processed foods. Hmmm, keep that in mind! I also helped at a Bangladesh Leprosy hospital with belief for a cure.
Just as challenging (but on safer Florida ground), I also took a chance in 2000 to publish this free magazine. Thank you all for your loyal support for over 20 years!
Coming in the December edition, we will share favorite local ways to support our community. Do you have something to promote for our December Shopping Guide? We LOVE local products!
Basically and repeatedly, I encourage all of our friends / readers: No matter your circumstances, “If there is a Will, there IS a Way!”
Let’s Go Forward Together,