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Letter from the Publisher

May 01, 2016 11:46AM
Dear Friends,

It is the month to honor our mothers and all women who have made a difference in our lives. I am so blessed to have an amazing role model in my mother, Jan Rodefer Kostan. Even though she had me and my two brothers at a young age, she graduated college after the birth of my younger brother and went on to have a career as a beloved educator (and had to be replaced with three separate people when she retired), then to run, with the precision of a Swiss watch, a community choral arts society in Ohio. When she retired from that “gig”, she served as the church secretary, while also volunteering at the local courthouse. At the moment, she is looking for the next great thing to do. There is no doubt that I get my drive, as well as my capacity to care, from my mother.

Our May issue highlights some important issues for women, such as maintaining a healthy sex life, understanding the complexities of the thyroid, learning some natural ways to maintain facial fitness, and lots of great information on aging—something that all of us (not just the women) have to face. Dr. Gant provides new life-changing research on dementia and Alzheimer’s, including a free workshop on the topic in May. Dr. Craig Sanford has ground-breaking treatments on instant pain relief and will be sharing that information as a webinar in May.

This month, we have the opportunity to introduce you to one of the most amazing women in our area, if not the world. Perhaps you have already seen her on the Today Show or Oprah Prime. At nearly 80-years-young, Ernestine Shepherd rocks bulging biceps and six-pack abs, and still works as a personal trainer. Only a few years ago, this Baltimore-native was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest female bodybuilder. Our highlight shares her inspirational story and her first book, The “Ageless Journey” of Ernestine Shepherd, which is now being released.

There are some exciting things happening in May and June. We start the month at the Green Festival. With the code NADC16, get a 20 percent discount on tickets, although mothers attend free throughout the weekend. The second annual Peace Love Yoga Festival will be invading the Arts Walk in Brookland in D.C. on May 15 ( DC Meditates ( is happening again this year, with Dr. Debbie Norris and Angela BlueSkies. Natural Awakenings is partnering with The Mindfulness Center and BuddhaFest to bring meditation to the National Mall on May 21. We will be gathering for a few hours at the Sylvan Theatre, at the foot of the Washington Monument. The theme this year is “serving those who served,” in honor of Armed Forces Day.

Finally, mark your calendar for our next Healthy Living Day ( on June 4 in Rockville Town Square. We are working again with the amazing team at Dawson’s Market to bring a day for our readers and everyone in the community to meet some of the area’s best health practitioners and producers of green, healthy products.

What a perfect opportunity to learn about your health and to find balance. Call your mother and bring her along. Have a beautiful May!



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