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In The Spring - 2020 Issue

Dear Readers,

Recently, I made a conscious decision to change my perspective. I got the idea from a television commercial. I know, but read on. 

I don’t even remember what was being advertised. But I recollect the ad ended with the phrase, displayed on the screen for emphasis: Live each day as if it was your last. 

I decided to take the advice. 

It was the middle of winter. And I was struggling with what might have been seasonal affective disorder. SAD causes many of us to feel, well, sad, as a result of less sunshine and colder temperatures. Getting outdoors to do the things we love becomes more difficult and less inviting. And maybe even less possible. I needed a strategy. I needed a frame of mind with which to move forward. 

Imagine how precious everything would seem, I thought, if I perceived I was experiencing it for the last time.  Not in a morbid way, but in a manner that would allow me to fully appreciate all that happened to me—the good, the bad and the mundane. 

This perspective allowed me to bring a new attitude to everything I did—whether it was a spinning class or the simple act of purchasing a salad for lunch. Everything and everyone I encountered presented me with an opportunity to be cheerful, friendly and welcoming. The sunshine made me happy. Hearing a song I liked filled my heart with gladness. Everything prompted me to smile. 

I was in a much better frame of mind. I felt lighthearted. Everything seemed fresh and new. And the little stuff that normally bugs me? I simply chose to ignore. I stopped negative thoughts or feelings in their tracks.  

The bottom line: I highly recommend adopting this perspective for a day, and then moving forward with what you learn. Imagine what a wonderful world it would be if we behaved as though each day of life is precious. If we acted more agreeably more of the time. If we only paid attention to the important stuff. And took more time to smile. To exchange pleasantries. To help each other. 

I’m going to hang on to this attitude long-term. I’m expecting the best. 

As we begin our 27th year publishing Susquehanna Life magazine, I encourage you to enjoy spring and the sunshine and warmer temperatures it brings. Inside this issue you’ll find lots of ideas to help make the most of this regenerative season. Try them and let me know how it goes.  

Erica L. Shames
Founder & Publisher

Articles from our Spring 2020 Issue:

The Secret is Out Business Life

The Secret is Out: Business Life

Slowly, but steadily, the world is realizing that Central Pennsylvania is a great place to ride a bike, leading to an opportunity for increased economic development in the region. Read More » 

By The Book Spring 2020

By The Book [Spring 2020]

Browse these book recommendations in a variety of genres. Read More » 

Harnessing the Power of Creative Expression Body and Soul

Harnessing the Power of Creative Expression: Body and Soul

Suicide statistics are sobering. The work of the Jana Marie Foundation has never been more important. Read More » 

Cooking at Home Cold Sesame Noodles with Raw Vegetables

Cooking at Home: Cold Sesame Noodles with Raw Vegetables

Nothing says spring like the crunch of fresh vegetables in pasta drenched with a cozy, creamy sesame/peanut/ginger sauce. For extra flavor, add more ginger or vinegar and splash on some h... Read More » 

 Susquehanna Lifes Spring 2020 Dining Guide

Susquehanna Life's Spring 2020 Dining Guide

Best Farm to Table Restaurants, as chosen by our readers Read More » 

Garden Shed 8 Must-See Gardens

Garden Shed: 8 Must-See Gardens

There’s no better way to emerge from a long, dreary winter than to place yourself outdoors on a beautiful spring day, in the midst of colorful plant and greening tree life. We’ve collecte... Read More » 

West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Hyner View State Park Photo credit Nicholas A Tonelli

Spring Illumination 2020: The Environmental Rights Amendment

"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment..." Read More » 

The Joy of Reading Outdoors with Your Family

The Joy of Reading Outdoors with Your Family

The idea is quite simple: take the pages from a children’s picture book, attach each one to a stake and line them up along a path for folks to read and enjoy. Read More » 

Huge Carving of an Elk by Sculptor Dennis Beech which won the Peoples Choice Award

Watching the Sawdust Fly: Out and About

In 1998, what started off as a small informal family get-together has become one of the biggest gatherings of chainsaw carvers in the nation. Read More » 

5 of the Best Susquehanna Greenway Hikes

5 of the Best Susquehanna Greenway Hikes

With warm weather on the way, now is a perfect time to grab a friend and enjoy the beauty of the Susquehanna Greenway. These trails showcase scenic ridges, verdant valleys, wooded hills a... Read More » 

TEDxWilliamsport Revisited Regional Buzz

TEDxWilliamsport Revisited: Regional Buzz

A two-month application and audition process has resulted in the selection of 16 speakers who will give TEDx Talks in Williamsport on April 4 at the Pajama Factory, in Williamsport. The e... Read More » 

Make it Count for Pennsylvania

Make it Count for Pennsylvania

Many people consider the U.S. decennial census simply a count of all of the people in the United States, which is what the U.S. Constitution calls for as a minimum. Read More » 

Letters To The Editor [Spring 2020]

Readers share their thoughts on previous issues.


Web Extras

Upcoming Bald Eagle Mountain Bike Association Rides

Upcoming Bald Eagle Mountain Bike Association Rides

The WNR has been happening at R.B. Winter years before BEMBA ever existed. Read More » 

The History of the Clinic for Special Children

The History of the Clinic for Special Children

In the late 1980s Dr. Holmes Morton, a Harvard trained pediatrician, was pursuing a biochemical fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia...Now three decades later, the clinic... Read More » 

Susquehannock State Park Trails

Susquehannock State Park Trails

Information about specific Susquehannock State Park trails.


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