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Letter from Publisher - Pearls of Wisdom

Jun 05, 2018 10:23AM
One of the most powerfully symbolic gemstones comes from the byproduct of an irritated oyster. The pearl takes irritation and turns it into a magnificent symbol of purity and peace. Its lesson for the world is to turn sadness into joy and darkness into light. It takes time, but when complete, brings peace to the oyster and to the planet.

~ Pamela Barclay, Owner of Wonders of the World

Every month, Pamela Barclay from Wonders of the World highlights the symbolism of a precious gemstone in the Community Resource Guide section of the magazine. For June, she sent this pearl of a description (have I mentioned I love puns to an annoying degree?). I absolutely loved the symbolism she describes here, and since June is my birth month and I’ve been feeling some irritation lately, I thought I’d flow with it.

So yeah, I’ve been feeling like an irritated oyster lately. And I know I’m not alone. As a white woman in this society, I am afforded many privileges and opportunities that are often invisible to me. I take them for granted, yet when I am conscious of them, I feel irritated at the implicit and explicit bias that exists based solely on how a person looks, their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, etc., and I want to do something. Argh. I’ve also been acutely aware of subtle and not-so-subtle sexism that plays out daily in seemingly innocent ways. Men in powerful positions promoting other men to powerful positions, while equally qualified women and people of color remain in low-power places. Or the business-to-business networking events that headline mostly male presenters even when the audience is half female. The lack of representation can be glaring, and, quite frankly, painful.

Don’t get me wrong, I love men. I especially love men who are allies and ‘get it’. The more men in power positions that are willing to hear the voices of the marginalized, and give them a chance, the better for all of us. Which leads me back to my irritation, that now, thanks to Pamela, I have decided is becoming a pearl of purity and peace. I’m not there yet; but given time, this irritation will produce joy, light and opportunities for me, you, my daughters, your sons and daughters, and everyone. Yep, that’s the plan. Who’s with me?

Now that I’m off my soapbox, let’s talk June issue! We are highlighting natural beauty this month with some fabulous articles from local experts, including Dr. Julie George and Malina Yeager, on the hidden toxins and artificial ingredients in common health and beauty products. Four words: get rid of ‘em. Lucky for you, we’re also including a guide to natural beauty services and products in the Inland Northwest. How livable are our Spokane/Coeur d’Alene communities? Find out within these pages. And you do not want to miss our Reader Awakenings article featuring Pastor Tim Remington who was shot six times back in 2016, and who is doing great thanks to physical therapist, Kevin Sgroi, and his miracle in a bottle, Chazael Lotion. What else? Ann Brueggemann shares the amazing benefits of Nia for exercise, Jenny Wiglesworth discusses the benefits of collagen, and Cat Carrell gives us the skinny on Greenstone Homes and the super cool Kendall Yards neighborhood.

Here’s to a fabulous June, people! And remember: No grit, no pearl. Amber

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