Letter from the Editor
Spring cleaning, budding flowers and baby animals. This time of year seems more sharply focused for me. The fuzzy edges of the grey winter drabness make way for the vibrant colors of growth and the greater intensity of the sun as we circle back around it. The greens are a little brighter, the water is a little more glittery and life is just a little more comfortable during those first days of sun dresses and sandals. Generally, I associate this part of the cycle with regrowth and renewal as we shake off the dead and enjoy the fresh.
However, this year, during these divisive and uncertain times, I’m challenging myself to improve differently. I want to use this time of year not for regrowth but for new growth. I’m hoping to make myself and my world a little better by growing a little more, like a tree that adds a ring each year, instead of just restoring what was. I want to be a better human because the world isn’t getting better without us. I want to allow myself to expand my mindfulness and earn a deeper commitment to my personal wellbeing without forsaking any past growth.
In this issue, we’re exploring what this season offers us – outdoor events, gardening projects and self-improvement opportunities – and celebrating our Sustainer of the Year. While a group of women in a small city like New Orleans may not regularly make a national impact, we certainly can influence our community in huge ways, and Margo Phelps is our own example of that.
We always rally after tragedy and turn decay into new growth, never just rebuilding but making it even better. The future is uncertain, but there will always be a constant force of women under the hot New Orleans sun who seek improvement for themselves and their community. I can find comfort in that strength, and I hope that this season turns into new growth for us all.
Lagniappe Editor 2016-2017