Edit Letter & TOC: Driven to Make Our Own Spaces

The stories that emerged as we began to pull ideas together for this issue, however, paint a picture of the ways that women are incorporating movement, fitness, and team camaraderie into their day-to-day lives.

What Are Hometown Values?

The people we talked with for this issue are strong examples of neighbors living out values in communion with others.

What Is Mental Health?: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“Self-love cannot flourish in isolation.” —bell hooks

The Power of Storytelling: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“The songs, the dances, the culture and traditions surrounding planting and harvests; the prayers that are sent upward for healing and peace; and the welcoming of children into our families, are all reasons for us to keep moving forward with optimism.” —Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Being With Plants: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” — Wangari Maathai, Kenyan political, social, and environmental activist

The Foundation of Housing: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“Women are the real architects of society.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe

Living the Creative Life: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“When I refer to ‘creative living,’ I am speaking more broadly. I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Resiliency, Energy, and Hope in 2023: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“No matter what you do you are part of history. If you buy an orange or ride in a car or decide to have a baby, you are making history. Don’t tell yourself that it is not up to you to write the true history. Who is to write it if not you? You live it. You make it. You write it.” — Meridel Le Sueur

Problems Into Action: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“If the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” — Madeleine L’Engle

Land Remembers: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“I was struck by how our understanding of the place we live is shaped as much by what we do know about its history as what we don’t know."

What’s in a River: Editor’s Letter and TOC

"All water has a perfect memory." – Toni Morrison

What Is Melanated Main Street: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“We cannot have a healed society, we cannot have change, we cannot have justice, if we do not reclaim and repair the human spirit.” — Rev. angel Kyodo williams