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Publishers Letter May 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Dear Life Bites News Readers,

Well, it's time again to say thank you to that wonderful woman who gave you life and is always there to listen or lend a hand when you have a problem. I am certain my mom is in the beautiful place where special moms go to on the other side, 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; as well as 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 love I feel for my great grandson Nolan, who is one constant source of smiles. He is such a little 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 Joyce Stein), my mother, daughters & granddaughter Natasha who have shown me so much. Thank you to great women who have inspired me including HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Mother Theresa, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Queen of Austria "Sissy" and Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D. 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 with courage 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 so much and feel so grateful God put you in my life!

Pope: Focus on Peace - Pope Francis has added his voice to the serious condition of international relations, and on Easter spoke of a need to pray for  peace in the world. His determinaton to be among his flock for the Vatican Mass is touching. With the danger in crowded areas the Vatican is a target, but Papa always show up and offers peace and love to his sheep.

In this issue we vist a beautiful Four Seasons George V in Paris to celebrate all three restaurants honored with Michelin Stars. This is my favorite hotel in Paris, have loved it since 1970. So happy for the so talented chefs at this French icon hotel. We also have great tips in the travel section, BookBites and I put my Easter Brunch recipe in Culinary Coup for your use. Bon Appetit! Enjoy coverage of the SB Food &Wine Festival in Culinary Coup; a taste sensation event at the Bacara Resort & Spa to benefit the Julia Child Foundation. Don't forget about the wonderful trains in the US and Europe that provide speed and comfort for vacationers.

Don't miss my latest story up in GettingOnTravel.com, an exciting new luxury travel pub for people over 50; boomers and beyond. So many wonderful premiere stories by great travel writers from around the world. My dear friend Lauren's latest story in Tastes of Italia, the best food magazine on everything wonderful that's Italian. Her Cooking Vacations site is filled with Italian Cooking Vacation ideas for spring & summer. www.cookingvacations.com.

Our "Health Minded" section offers some delightful and informative health news on Arthritis Foundation Santa Barbara Walk to Cure Arthritis event at Santa Barbara City College that included local area residents, supporters of Arthritis Association, and sponsor teams for Central Coast Home Health, Inc., Muller & Webber Physical Therapy, Inc., Dr. William R. Gallivan, Jr. Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara, Sansum Clinic, AMGEN, Cottage Center for Orthopedics and more. For information or to make a donation visit, www.ArthritisFoundationSB.com.

Don't forget chocolates; Chocolate du CaliBressan in Santa Barbara has beautiful presentation boxes for mom, and they deliver. www.chococalibressan.com. We hope your Mother's Day is peaceful and happy. Great gift ideas that can be delivered before mother's day are here in our Gift Guide. 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 your wonderful mother.
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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