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The Power of Creativity: Letter From Shannon

Aug 01, 2016 09:22PM ● By Shannon Knight

Cathy and I are thrilled to bring you this issue of Natural Awakenings North Central Florida. We love the way it allows us to share the valuable articles and information from our national editorial team and the knowledge of our local practitioners. It has helped me spread the word about things I’m passionate about and also help spread the word about the passions of others. 


This month, our focus is on the power of creativity. While I don’t think of myself as a creative person in what one might call the traditional sense of being a good artist or musician, I have always found my life steering toward creative people and experiences. In my early career in the restaurant business, I managed the administration while being surrounded by world-class chefs and restaurateurs. I eventually opened our family’s restaurant, handling all of the interior design of the dining room.


My favorite of them all is my husband Dean, who grew up an Iowa farm boy and found his creative outlet in theater in college. His theater and musical days were before our time together, although he sang James Taylor’s Something in The Way She Moves to me at our wedding. His current passion is building and restoring wooden boats.


I think it’s safe to say that creativity is a state of mind. Building a barbecue pit in the yard, doing yard work, cooking in the kitchen or writing a poem—or maybe even just thinking about those things—always summons our resources to express the intrinsic impulse to make something that wasn’t there before. April Thompson’s story “Yay for Play,” advises us how to nourish that creative spirit in our children and teach them to nurture it throughout life.


On the local scene, learn about the role the thyroid plays in infertility, discover how Grub Hub is connecting people with farmers and read about the ecological significance of Amendment 4 in the upcoming election.


It gives us great joy that this magazine means so much to so many of you and love hearing about it. A lovely reader recently left a message thanking us for the publication and said that it has provided exactly what she needed when she needed it. This and similar stories from many of you make us very proud! We thank you for bringing us into your lives every month by enjoying our free, community-supported publication.


Be well in love and peace,

Shannon Knight



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