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In This Issue: November 2019

Nov 03, 2019 04:00PM ● By Cat Carrel

Thanks for Giving

When we gather around the table and share that for which we are thankful, we sometimes find ourselves giving thanks for material things and people. Often, we forget about organizations that exist to make our world better. This holiday season, remember the local nonprofits who work hard all year long to improve the health and well-being of Central Texans and consider a donation to one that speaks to your heart in the spirit of thanking—and giving.

This month, in keeping with the theme of thanks and gratitude, Ronica O’Hara offers parental tips for instilling thankfulness—one of the most teachable, grow-able strengths—in our children. “Kids With Gratitude: Making Thankfulness Second Nature” is based on emerging research that shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kick-start happiness and well-being—at any age. And, Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, a leading fi gure in a worldwide gratitude movement, puts it all in perspective in this month’s Inspiration piece: “Enough For All: In Pursuit of Grateful Living.”

We’re also very excited to share with you some new twists to old traditions. In “Antiques Rising: Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture,” Green Living writer Yvette Hammett explains how Millennials (aka The Ikea Generation) are beginning to discover that Grandma’s old China cabinet might be pretty cool after all—and sturdy, well-made, eco-friendly and oh-so-upcyclable.

And last, but not least, hens with benefits take center stage in “Urban Chickens: Coming Home to Roost.” Locavores with a hankering for fresh, organic eggs produced close to home have sparked a resurgence in backyard chicken keeping; even people that don’t like omelets are getting in on the trend. These chic chicks make great pets for vegans, too. But before you take the plunge, see our sidebar, "City of Austin Offers Class, Rebates for Chicken Keepers" for chicken keeping guidelines in the Austin city limits.

The news at press time of the passing of Michael Abedin, owner, publisher and editor of Austin All Natural magazine reminds us to treasure our short and precious lives on this planet. Our thoughts are with the AAN family through this difficult time.


Cat Carrel, Publisher

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