Around the Bend

There’s a rumbling from the printer as it whirs and vibrates and spits out another page of this October issue for me to proof. Proofing is actually my favorite part of birthing each issue. Not that I don’t know what’s on the pages. In fact, I probably read each article at least three times before I even proof the final layout. Even then I am likely to find a typo or revise some writing that doesn’t flow quite right.

Making each issue of Tidewater Women as close to perfect as I can each month is my goal. Because I know how precious your time is, and I want to bring you content that’s relevant, interesting, and fun to read. My ideas for stories are rooted in the things I find compelling, but I also try to appeal to a broad swath of readers. So topics we present in each issue are meant to be thought provoking and perhaps even inspire you to try something new, shake up your routine, step out of your comfort zone.

This doesn’t mean you have to hop on a plane and fly to Tahiti in order to experience new things. There are many opportunities to discover, learn, and grow right here in our own backyard. Take cemeteries, for example. This month’s cover story is an enlightening look at what we can learn from local graveyards and how we can keep alive the memories of those who have gone before us.

Food can be another adventure. This month we include a story about eating a plant-based diet. Peter and I actually decided to go meat-free recently, mainly because we’ve been reading about how much fat is in the typical American diet and how it contributes to heart disease. I can’t believe how easy it’s been to give up meat and how much better I feel. Best of all, I’ve shed a few pounds without really trying.

Peter’s going all the way—no dairy or seafood—but I’m still eating seafood and an occasional egg. Actually, the hardest thing for me to give up is cheese. Did you know it contains a substance called casein that triggers an addictive reaction in the brain? No wonder people flock to the cheese counter in the grocery stores. We’re addicted!

When I tell people about this new pathway, they have different reactions. Most people say they could NEVER give up meat. To be honest, I thought it would be more difficult than it was. My point in sharing this with you is that you can shake up your status quo in many ways, including your food choices.

Seeking adventure in life—whether in the grocery store or as a volunteer—helps make us feel more alive. I know I sound like a broken record when I say step outside and commune with nature, but truly October is one of the best months of the year for enjoying this beautiful region we call home. As you walk in the woods, think about veering off the path—literally and figuratively—because you never know what might be waiting around the bend.

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Peggy Sijswerda

Tidewater Women Magazine, Editor & Co-Publisher.

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