Whole Life Magazine

August / September 2016

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N ot long ago, in the process of cleaning out my garage, I came across all the back issues of Whole Life Times I've edited and spread them on the driveway in the sunshine to sort. It was an extremely gratifying process! Looking at all the covers and their headlines reminded me of how much truly extraordinary work we've done over the years. Whole Life Times started in the late 1970s when I was still living in Greenwich Village doing TV com- mercials and Off-Broadway theatre, and at that time the magazine was already in the forefront of new thought. Until I read Shirley MacLaine's Out on a Limb in 1984, I might not even have picked up an issue of WLT, even though I was eating healthy food (often at a 9th Street restaurant called Whole Wheat & Wild Berries, where another then-New Yorker worked: Ann Gentry—now owner of L.A.'s Real Food Daily). I practiced yoga, meditated and took seminars (one of my first was with Jack Can- field), so you might say I was already living the L.A. lifestyle. I came west in 1985, planning to stay only three months. But as we know, life happens while we're busy making plans. I met someone special and got back to my career, which was fine until we brought a new life into the world—our precious daughter. Suddenly I didn't want to be at evening rehears- als, and in casting about for other options, went back to the publishing world, where I'd been in my early 20s working at Billboard. My first piece for WLT was published in 1988 or '89, and in late '89 I be- came Associate Editor, earning just enough money to cover part-time childcare. In early 1990 I took over as editor and gradually became publisher and then owner. Many, many hours and ideas have gone into cre- ating the magazine since then, but none of it would have been possible without a multitude of creative, intelligent, motivated and inspired staffers, freelancers, interns, advertisers and vendors. I'm proud to still be connected with so many of them and to see the marvelous things they are doing with their lives. There were several years along the way when I was gone en- tirely and editing books and a lifestyle magazine, but after WLT cycled through several owners, the opportunity came along in 2009 to step back in. At that point I made a lifestyle choice to keep it small and manageable. We started publishing bimonth- ly, working out of our homes, and this has been fabulous for me. However, it hasn't allowed WLT to grow and fulfill its true potential. Now that is about to change. Recently I started working with Gina Salvati, whom many of you may already know. She's one of those notorious "triple threats," a well-connected writer/ editor/producer who's worked in the media for more than two decades. In addition to producing Lisa Garr's esteemed Aware show on KPFK, she is a producer for Premiere Radio Networks on Coast to Coast AM, as well as various other shows on the network. Her background includes Forbes, HarperCollins and Random House, as well as Conscious Living, a regional Califor- nia publication. And like me, Gina seriously loves telling, writing and editing stories. As if that weren't enough, she's passionate about alternative health and natural healing, consciousness, sustainability and transformation. In other words, I think she's going to be a fabulous editor/ publisher for Whole Life Times. I don't plan on disappearing. I've convinced Gina to allow me to continue to write for the magazine on occasion, so you're likely to still see my byline. To all of you, our loyal readers for 38 years thus far, thank you so very much for allowing me/us to be part of your journey. To our wonderful advertisers who have supported the magazine over the years and will continue to do so, thank you so very much for making it all possible. I am leaving you all in exceed- ingly capable hands. I look forward to an exciting new era of Whole Life Times. From my heart, from the editor Dear Readers, 6 wholelifetimes.com Photo: Lynn Tejade/Green Galactic

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