Be the Light 1

I don’t know if you feel the same, but lately it feels like there’s been a lot of darkness in the world. It seems like whenever I turn on the TV or scroll through Facebook, it’s grim news. Hurricanes and wildfires and mass shootings and abused dogs. It makes my heart hurt (not to mention it makes me want to turn off the TV and disable Facebook on my phone).

We all know the world and its inhabitants aren’t perfect, but most of us wake up every morning and do the best we can. Day in and day out, we love each other and give to others and try to be good humans.

At least I think so, anyway.

When things start getting too heavy, I try to think about the light—and not just happy, upbeat thoughts but also the things that shine through the darkness.

There is so much light in this issue that I promise you’ll read it cover to cover and put it down with a smile on your face. I have so much goodness to share with you!

Our main feature profiles some amazing and selfless Chandler kids who are doing incredible things to give back to their communities. Their magnanimous gestures are touching the lives of people right here in our city as well as across the globe. They will not only impress you, but warm your heart.

We’re also featuring a local nonprofit that is harnessing the power of the security blankie and sewing them for children all over the world. My girls love their blankies and carry them everywhere. It helps them relax and provides comfort and a sense of familiarity in unsure situations.

We’re also highlighting a new-ish restaurant in Downtown Chandler that’s not only making crazy-delicious sandwiches, but giving back to local charities with every purchase. I call that a win-win.

And with Thanksgiving around the corner, we thought it would be fun to chat with a few local sommeliers and get their picks on the best wines to pair with your feast, as well as the best wines to gift to your holiday host.

Let us take this time to be with our family, friends and loved ones and be thankful for the goodness in the world, and in our lives.