This is that time of year when all sorts of things converge for me, personally and professionally. Time to pull together all those last-minute photo shoots before summer stops looking like summer, time to plan the fall shoots and conference travel (the United States Green Building Council’s Greenbuild in Atlanta is just around the corner.) We’ve just put the November/December issue to bed, and it’s time to get serious about moving the January/February issue—our first ever with a focus on healthy homes—into the production process.
At home, I’m always hit at this time of year with the urge to clean closets and the garage after a summer of negligence. The weekends are still way too nice to get too far with this inclination, but there’s talk of it in my house (much to my family’s chagrin). There are all sorts of back-to-school activity and a camping trip this weekend with my son’s class (on top of a gymnastics meet and a hockey game). And tomorrow night (September 22), there’s the Fall Equinox, time to celebrate the day of equal light and darkness, a time to be thinking about balance.
It’s always funny to me that the equinox brings this reminder about balance right about now—when I’m feeling perhaps my most harried. It’s just so easy to fall into the “I-have-way-too-much-to-do” mentality and turn all this stuff of a fruitful life into drudgery and work. But that would be silly.
I’m reminded every day, as I read about the evacuees (many of whom are today evacuating yet again) how lucky I am to have closets and a garage to clean, a dining table on which to serve our Fall Equinox feast. Professionally, all the news of late reminds me of how our mission at Natural Home & Garden is more important than ever. The New York Times ran an article on September 11 about solar systems’ surge in popularity as Americans face skyrocketing energy prices. Experts predict the solar market will grow 35 percent per year for the next three to five years.
And as our nation experiences the largest diaspora since the Civil War, we’re suddenly all poignantly aware of the value of home. That people will be looking toward making those homes healthy, natural, non-polluting, and energy efficient—for their own health as well as the planet’s—seems to me a no-brainer. NH&G readers, our time is now.