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Welcome to October


Mary Ellen Caldwell, RD, LD, CLT



ell, as I write this, we are here at our headquarters, still in the month of September, and in the final stages for getting the October issues ready for print. We are so thankful for our local businesses that advertise with us. It’s a pleasure to work with them to meet their marketing needs. They have the services and we have their audience! There is a great partnership in this business. I also want to respond to our readers who so graciously let us know how much they enjoy Suburban Parent magazines, and even more importantly, how the publication has helped them in some way. Thank you for that, readers! I was fascinated with the comment that our publications have “a talent” for knowing what our readers need to know. It made me consider where talent comes from. I was taught that talent is God’s gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift back to God. Nothing can be better than that, right? Keep in mind that talent cannot be earned or faked; it’s a gift, not to be confused with passion or skill. These two are different. Skill is a learned behavior and passion is the enthusiasm or excitement we have for something. Now, I can agree that we are passionate about our work, and many who work here have talent, like art, writing, photography, and skills abound too. “Hey, whose turn is it to put together that researched based analysis to determine our audience’s wants and needs?” If you haven’t read the Gospel of St. Matthew 25:14-30, you would learn that if you believe you have gifts from God (and we all do), you should seize them. Use them for His glory. Present the results back to Him through prayer and thanksgiving. Then you will hear those blessed words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” echoing from your heart.

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!” — Rainbow Rowell follow Suburban Parent Mag @mecrd

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