Letter From The Publisher
Here at Heartland LIVING, stories and photos are assigned in advance of the publication date. But we have to be flexible, depending on what’s going on in our Heartland Communities. It is my job as publisher to find the most interesting and unique stories for you, our readers. After the recent big scare of Dorian and us all scrambling to make sure we had everything we needed to be prepared, check on our families and neighbors, we were blessed Dorian took a turn in his path and Florida was safe. I love how our communities have joined together to do everything they can to help the Bahamas. We will continue much needed prayers for them.
This is where we had to be flexible when I came across the information on the NOAA Hurricane Hunters. One of the most fascinating things about scientific research is its unpredictable nature and this story sure caught my attention. It is so interesting what is in your community and you never even heard about it. These specially equipped NOAA aircrafts play an integral role in hurricane forecasting and are based at the Lakeland’s Linder International Airport. Data collected during hurricanes by these high-flying meteorological stations help forecasters make accurate predictions during a hurricane. I hope you enjoy the science and technology when you read about the Hurricane Hunters.
Another hidden gem in our communities is Archbold Biological Station nestled out of town in Venus, FL. Thirty years ago, a partnership between Archbold Station and Buck Island Ranch inspired a mission: cowboys and scientists working together on a ten thousand acre working cattle ranch. You will read in their story how Archbold has taken advantage of a tremendous opportunity to purchase Buck Island Ranch making the Ranch part of Archbold forever. This will preserve and protect this important piece of Florida’s heritage of science and conservation in Florida and beyond.
Now far away from science and technology we bring you a cool hippie-chic surf town in Sayulita, Mexico. Who doesn’t like to travel? I believe it is good for the soul… I first had to get through all Jenny’s gorgeous photos of this village before reading her story. This is definitely on my bucket list now. How could it not be with accommodations called Casa Love, and their motto being “Live what you Love”.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness and I can’t thank these five women enough for coming together and sharing their stories with you. I’m blessed to have the honor to personally know each one of them and be able to call these strong women my friends. You never know whose life you might touch by sharing your journey, what ever it might be. My heart was touched with this Pink Sisterhood story.
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