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It has been said that an optimist is the human personification of spring. Certainly, spring is a bright, happy, joyful time of year. It’s a time when we literally — to borrow a phrase from Fleetwood Mac — don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.
In spring, we plant gardens that bloom in summer, and fields for harvest in fall. Seedlings poke out of the ground and stretch toward the sun. Slumbering wildlife comes out to play. Birds return from the south and fill the air with burbles, chirps and honks. Spring is a wonderful time to be alive, and I hope it finds you well.
In this issue of Grey-Bruce Boomers, we bring you several stories about enjoying life while planning for tomorrow. Gardening expert Brian Folmer teaches us how acting locally, with sustainable practices, can make a positive impact on the entire planet (Page 26). Contributor Doug Archer brings us the story of a retired teacher’s daring bicycle journey from Vancouver to the Mexico border (Page 16).
John Towler, an avid traveller, brings us an engaging story about a European tour with stops in Ireland, France, England, Belgium and Amsterdam (Page 6), and financial experts Michele Mannerow and Devin Morrison take a serious look at farm succession planning, an important, difficult and sometimes overlooked part of retirement for many Canadian producers (Page 32).
Stephen Musehl, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce, also gives us a primer on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, which require a forward-looking approach for both patients and caregivers (Page 22).
No matter how you feel today, please be encouraged by the hope we find in spring. Yes, there is plenty of rain this time of year — probably more than we’d like — but rain is a source of life, and sunny skies lie ahead.
Publisher, Grey-Bruce Boomers