A Good Start

Red Magazine - - Editor's Note -

We spent New Year’s Eve in the middle of the ocean, watch­ing fire­works and eat­ing 12 pieces of grapes to rep­re­sent the 12 months of the new year that sym­bol­ize how sweet we hope 2016 will be. And even if my hus­band pre­ferred that our kids stay at home be­cause they’re still tod­dlers and mid­night is way past their bed­time, I in­sisted we should all be to­gether. As they say, how you spend the first day of New Year is a sign of how the rest of your year is in­clined to be. In our Jan­uary is­sue, we fea­ture Nanette Medved-Po on the cover, the woman and the brains be­hind Hope In A Bot­tle. There are many ini­tia­tives to choose from and sup­port, but this one gives one hun­dred per­cent of its pro­ceeds to the build­ing of class­rooms in the provinces. I per­son­ally think it’s such a noble cause for our coun­try’s fu­ture. How else can we ed­u­cate our youth if they don’t have proper class­rooms to stay in, if there’s no suf­fi­cient in­fra­struc­ture in place? Nanette’s ini­tia­tive seems so sim­ple and yet it is so ef­fec­tive, and it brings sig­nif­i­cant changes to many stu­dents’ lives.

It’s 2016. The new year has be­gun. I hope you all were able to do the lit­tle mean­ing­ful things you be­lieve will do you and your loved ones good at the stroke of mid­night. Be­sides, most of the time, even a lit­tle hope goes a long way.

@ri­a­pri­eto

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