As students return to the classroom, they're poised for all kinds of growth: getting to know new teachers, making new friends and learning about the world — and themselves — in all kinds of ways. But if you haven't officially gone back to school in, well, quite some time, and even if you're not about to commit to spending the next nine months studying, what's to stop you from experiencing all those benefits — meeting new people, trying something totally unfamiliar, gathering up your courage and taking a risk? In short, there's no reason to be content with the status quo. That's why we explore four fun ways to step out of your comfort zone in our cover story, "Taking the Plunge." Maybe you'll pick one of our suggestions, or at least be inspired to find your own path out of your routine.
We've also enlisted local experts' to share their go-to guides for parents — both new and experienced. One of their book suggestions is sure to find its way to your nightstand.
And if you just can't quite let summer go, there's a way to savor those fresh flavors during the cold winter months ahead. It's both an art and science, and it requires a little learning: home canning. Discover how to achieve safe and tasty results in this issue's cooking feature.
To your health!