Letter From The Publisher
Hello everyone! I am very excited to bring you our April & May Issue. Spring is the time of renewal, new growth and fresh starts. With the beautiful spring flowers we are seeing in our neighborhoods and the fresh smell of orange blossoms our agriculture farmers are providing, we all need to take time to enjoy the outside. Take time to enjoy nature and appreciate the many precious moments that fly by us in an instant.
With each issue of Heartland LIVING that is published, my team and I enjoy learning about the stories and topics we cover in and around the Heartland area, and we’re pleased to be able to share them with you. Whether we’re covering arts and culture, local businesses, food, fashion, fitness and health or supporting our agriculture, we hope you enjoy what we bring to you. We create Heartland LIVING for you, our readers, and especially our dedicated advertisers, and we appreciate every one of you for your support.
Among the highlights in this issue we are honored to share with you the performance of Cinderella at the Performing Arts Center at South Florida State College. I want to thank local dance instructor Nancy McDuffee who approached Artistic Executive Director William Starrett to offer the children of Highlands County the same opportunity he provides in South Carolina.
While out meeting with businesses, enjoying lunch and shopping in Lakeland I couldn’t help but notice all the beautiful displays of art. Gorgeous murals by Gillian Fazio, new sculptures on Lemon Street and local artists who have their art displayed for purchase in coffee shops and unique stores. Thank you, Gillian, for sharing your art and gracing our cover. We welcome student writer, Grace Jicha, attending Southern University for Journalism, who wrote for us how Lakeland is making the city more colorful by supporting local artists.
Intellectually, most of us know or have a good idea, about what we should do when it comes to nutrition, exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle. Where the trouble comes in is actually knowing what is best for us. I have seen so many choices on social media for Vegan, Paleo, Keto and Plant Based lifestyles, that it can be so confusing which might be best for you. I asked one of our writers and owner of Haka Fitness, Rebecca Wroten, who I trust for nutrition and fitness, to share her thoughts with us.
I hope you all enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it for you. As always, we thank you, our readers for supporting Heartland LIVING. I encourage you to dine, shop and explore local to support small businesses and the economy in your community because when we support and love each other, it creates a better place for all of us.
We hope you hope you have a Blessed Easter with family & friends.