Editor's Note: Grateful in Seattle

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What a beautiful month October was! Many days of blue skies served as a backdrop for the palette of vibrant colors that burst from the trees when fall arrived in the Pacific Northwest. Soon we’ll be taking the kids up to the passes to sled the first snowfalls of the season and rid-ing the weekend ferry over to the surrounding islands, breathing in the crisp new air.

November marks the beginning of the holiday season and we look forward to gathering with family for the annual feast of love and gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. We can almost smell the pecan pumpkin custard pie fresh from the oven. That’s just one of “Our Pick of Plant Pie Recipes” in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings. All are crowd-pleasers, but the no-bake vegan chocolate pie will make every taste bud weep with joy!

Despite the happiness of the holiday season, it is not without stress and a strong immune system is crucial to maintaining our daily life juggling work, kids and outdoor activities. That’s why we’re excited about this month’s focus on natural ways to “Super-charge Your Immune System.” Drinking fresh, clean water—and lots of it—is also a key to good health and this issue’s Healing Ways section shows how to ensure that what’s coming out of your tap is safe and pure.

We hope you bask in all the healthful news and inspiration this issue has to offer and that you are able to share some of these insights with your loved ones. As we give thanks this year, we feel a deep sense of gratitude to you, dear readers. Stay warm, stay dry and enjoy everything Seattle!

With Love and Light,

Scott and Lauren Dillon-Merrill, Publishers