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Feb 21, 2017 12:20PM

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Radish editor Laura Anderson Shaw
Sometimes, it can feel like the world just won't let up.

Maybe you had a rough morning at work, and lunchtime rolls around just in time for you to remember you left yours sitting at home on the counter. Maybe you had a long day at the office, and you get to the parking lot only to see that you've got a flat tire, and it's freezing cold and dark, as one of my co-workers recently experienced.

And then, no matter what side of the political aisle you're on, there's the storm cloud of fear and anger hanging over us all, coming to life in our news feeds, in our conversations, in our newspapers and on our TVs.

No matter what got us into our funk, there is plenty in this month's Radish to help us find that silver lining. On page 34, Julie Stamper writes a charming Food for Thought that at its heart says that it's OK to ask for help, even if what you need is help cleaning your house (and then, just don't tell her dad!).

Similarly, on page 24, Annie Scholl writes about how she has rid herself of clutter in her house and office by tossing out what no longer served her needs or made her happy.

If some time for yourself is what you need, learn more about Float Quad Cities on page 12, a business that recently opened in Moline, or whip up a quick and warm meal for yourself, your friends or family. (We're partial to the Steak and teriyaki broth bowl you'll find on page 20.)

Sometimes getting out and about might do the trick — away from responsibilities, your cellphone, your TV. Check out Helium Trampoline Park in Eldridge, and the story we've written about it on page 16. Or, get out and reconnect with nature by staying in an area cabin. See some of what our region has to offer on page 18.

No matter where you find yourself this month, be it cloud nine or at the end of your rope, take solace in the fact that we're all in this together. And we've got this!

— Laura Anderson Shaw

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