Editor’s Note: Health and Wellness

“I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers” is a quote from the book “Anne of Green Gables.” I was reminded of it last fall and I find that lovely sentiment coming back to me as the evenings grow cooler.

Our October issue is dedicated to health and wellness. After the long march to the end of summer, we’re ready to pull out the plaid and go biking, hiking, camping, hunting and pumpkin patching—we’ll see if my copy editor allows that one to pass. But it’s true—we’re ready to go walking and hiking, and to build campfires and eat s’mores.

October marks the start of the holiday season and the start of fall fitness. Hugely popular in Central Arkansas are bicycling, mountain biking and gravel road riding. During this month, communities also highlight breast cancer awareness; to honor this effort, we share an informative and inspiring article about a yoga program that is available via Zoom for anyone who is battling or is a survivor of cancer.

All of us face anxiety at different times, but for some, the emotion takes up too much of the day. Counselors tell us that people of all ages are struggling with stress and anxiety, so we asked a psychologist for guidance. 

Another feature is presented by photographer/writer Linda Henderson. She coped with grief by traveling to Colorado where she photographed yellow Aspens in the fall. Linda said the beauty lifted her spirits and restored her physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. We share many photos with you.

And did someone say FOOTBALL? I’m so excited to enjoy Friday night lights and Saturday afternoon tailgating with my husband! Our favorite chef has recipes that will set your tailgate party apart. 

I anticipate yellow, orange and red leaves in Arkansas this month and can’t wait to enjoy the fireplace, apple cider and hot chocolate. I’m so thankful for the kindness of October. Aren’t you?

Stefanie Brazile