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Hello, winter. Goodbye, 2007.

I love winter. It's easy for me to say that, since, as i I'm typing this, it can't quite be categorized as a freeze-your-behind-off temperature outside. It's more like a beautiful fall day with temperatures lingering somewhere in the 50's. I also grew up in the Florida Panhandle, and, despite living in Boston for a few years, snow is still a novelty to me. In fact, I think growing up in "The Sunshine State" gave me Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. The blazing summer sun makes me want to stay inside and complain while fanning myself with a magazine, notebook, or pillow (you name it!), but the winter makes me want to take my dog, Einstein, outside for snow mustaches and then settle back inside with a nice cup of peppermint tea.

Even if you've lived in a cold climate your whole life and are just point-blank tired of the winter, there's nothing like that warming cup of tea, coffee or cocoa to help you beat the winter blues. Besides the soothing comfort these drinks provide as they go down, they have health benefits, too. So, be sure to check out our feature "Coffee and Tea and Cocoa ... Oh My!" on page eight, to learn the upsides, as well as downsides, of these seasonal favorites and to get some pointers when shopping for and making your own drink concoctions.

But, beverages alone can't warm up an entire season, and sometimes the sun just doesn't want to show itself this time of the year. Read up on Bioheat, an eco-friendly heating option, in "A Bio of Bioheat" on page 14. And, get some information on sustainable materials for blankets, hats and scarves in our Healthy Home Q and A on page 42.

The winter months don't just bring with them colder temperatures, they also bring the end of the year: a time for needed rest and rejuvenation to get ready to stick to those resolutions. For some ideas on how to revamp the energy level in your home with Feng Shui for the New Year, check out "Rearrange and Rejuvenate" on page 12. Learn to give yourself the gift of movement in our Breathe In department, and check out our Herbal Healing department to stimulate your senses with revitalizing aromatherapy blends.

We've also got you covered on ways to weather the winter: how to keep eating local through the darker months (page 29) and ideas for planning ahead and starting transplants for your next garden (page 24). And, don't miss out on great holiday deserts you can feel warm inside about--they're 100 percent vegan!

On behalf of everyone at New Life Journal, we thank you for your support in 2007. Our roots in the community have grown deeper because of you. Look out for even more to Come from us, in print and on the web, in 2008. We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Maggie Cramer, Managing Editor
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Title Annotation:the roots of the matter
Author:Cramer, Maggie
Publication:New Life Journal
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Date:Dec 1, 2007
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