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Letter from the editor: March 2018

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Spring sprung early in New Orleans this year. Despite what the calendar said, the weather turned warm and stayed that way for much of February, and it got us thinking pleasant thoughts. Our attention turned to preparing for the season change (inasmuch as we have "seasons" here), and we started seeing "green."

 In this issue, we bring you stories to make your life more serene and green. January's freezing temperatures left many gardens brown, so we talked to horticulturalist Madeleine Perino about what to do after we pull up all those decimated plants. She also gives tips about using your green thumb to start an indoor garden.

 We went shopping for goods in every shade of green, and talked to Dr. Deanna Elsea to bring you the scoop on plant-based diets and nutrition. Don't miss Poppy Tooker's take on chef Leah Chase's gumbo z'herbes, especially if you're looking for a way to use extra leafy green vegetables.

 Our real estate story features tips on making your home more energy efficient, whether it's new construction or a historical landmark. There are even DIY fixes, such as sealing doors and windows with weather stripping and regularly changing air filters in ventilation systems. Kermit the Frog was wrong — sometimes it is easy being green.

 And finally, our #Following column features a profile on J'Wan Boudreaux, lead singer of the band Cha Wa and Spy Boy of Uptown's Golden Eagles Indian tribe. He gives us a glimpse into the tribe's history and future, which includes a 2-year-old wielding a tambourine. The future sure looks bright.

 Yours in peace, love and serene green dreams,

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