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 Publishers Letter May 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Dear Life Bites News Readers,

Well, it's time again to say thanks to that wonderful woman who gave you life and is always there to listen or lend a hand when you have a problem. My mom is in the place where special moms go, but I want to thank my three daughters who have all turned out to be such fantastic women, with mothering skills that they share with everyone around them. Also, my dear son Michael. I am lucky to have them to learn from, and thank God for giving me my time with them. I think being a grandmother is really the best hat I've ever worn. Cody, Leo Maxime and Natasha have brought me more joy than I can ever express, and I have no words to describe the amazing joy my great grandson Nolan has brought into my world since he was born in July. He is such a character and so adorable. There is an unspoken connection with grandchildren that no one can explain, but it's there and it's the best! A special May 30th happy birthday wish to my #1 daughter Kathleen . . . you're the best Kat, and I love you!

I wish to honor all the great teaching nuns, and women in my family who have helped me grow and become the person I am today, especially my Aunt Dolores (Marcella) Stein who had a PhD in unconditional love, and shared so much to help me along my life journey.  I thank all the great spirit driven women in history who have inspired me so much to never give up and always try to do my best, including Golda Meir, Mother Theresa & Eleanor Roosevelt. I won't bore you with my list of who all these women are, but we all have a collection of great women whose books we have read, paintings we have admired, designs we wish we could afford, recipes we wish we could duplicate, and exceptional political women who continue to fight for our rights as women. But, most of all I thank my dear women friends who have been there for me through the really tough times and the joyous moments over many years. I love you all!

Pope: Equal pay for equal work - Pope Francis has added his voice to the feminist anthem of equal pay for equal work, saying it's "scandalous" that women earn less than men for doing the same job. Francis also lambasted the attitude of some who blame the crisis in families on women getting out of the house to work. He says such attitudes are a form of "machismo" that shows how men "want to dominate women."

In this issue we vist Belmond Resort & Spa for highlights on this exquisite hotel and renowned chef. On our links page you will find contact information of the airlines, and Amtrak.

 Don't miss my friend Lauren's latest story in Tastes of Italia, the best food magazine on everything wonderful that's Italian. 

Our "Health Minded" section offers some delightful and informative health news.

We hope your Mother's Day is peaceful and happy. Great gift ideas that can be delivered before mother's day are here in Culinary Coup. God Bless and we thank you for joining us this month. Look for our Father's Day issue in June, which will be devoted to men who make a real difference in our world.
If you have any questions regarding editorial or advertising rates please email us at: tolifebites@aol.com or writebc@aol.com. Don't forget a perfect gift for mom is a box of beautiful chocolates from Calle de Bressan Chocolates in Santa Barbara.
My love to my wonderful children,  grandchildren and my new little great grandson Nolan always.
Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
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