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Welcome | From the Publisher
At a Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Women in Business event last October, Wilma Melville took the podium and spoke about how fate led her to launch the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, a facility where dogs are trained to locate survivors of major disasters alongside first responders. Because of this woman we have the first and only facility in the U.S. designed specifically for canine disaster search teams. And, because of our chance encounter, you can read about her fascinating story on page 37.
Tara Brundrett was steadily working a desk job. But, when she couldn’t find just the right chocolate sauce for her ice cream sundae party, she created her own. Encouraged by the positive feedback of family and friends, Tara made a drastic change, launching her company, Tatter’s Treats, and following her dream. You can catch this sweet story on page 20.
A casual comment from Paula Cornell’s husband about his days serving in Vietnam revealed the stark reality of everyday life for our troops. Paula’s compassionate response has grown into a full-time mission to send a little taste of home to our deployed soldiers through her organization, For The Troops. Her story is on page 14.
These women didn’t start their lives knowing they would be where they are today. Fate presented a moment which these women seized. And that igniting spark set them on a new and exciting path. So, no matter if you’re a man or a woman, there could be some event, comment or experience that will call you to action. If you listen when that opportunity knocks and open your heart, you could be an influence to others as well as fulfill a need in your own soul.
What will be the moment that will change your life?
Welcome | From the Editor
That’s why we’ve included in this sring issue a roundup of summer camps in the area. No, it’s not too soon to get the kids signed up. Either that, or wait for their long faces to greet you in June with cries of: “So, what’r we doin’ today, Mom?” There are so many options right here in our community—some great classic summer camps with activities like archery and relay races, and specialty camps that invite kids to try out movie making, dance, robotics, surfing and, well, it makes me want to sign up myself.
And while you’re planning for summer, don’t forget to check out the latest travel gadgets in Acornucopia this spring issue. Yeah, the kids get to play but so do the rest of us. And these innovative travel aids definitely bring wandering the globe smack into the 21st century. Noise-blocking earbuds? Portable workout kit? Palm-size selfie cam? Pull out the old knapsack (or rather, put it away for good and grab your self-charging smart suitcase), it’s time to travel.
On a more serious note, we meet a fascinating woman who is spending her retirement years changing the face of disaster search and rescue. Wilma Melville launched the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation 20 years ago and now the dogs and rescue teams trained in her 125-acre facility are deployed to disaster sites all over the globe. An inspirational story.
We were also invited inside the home of the House Whisperer who shows how a modest home can be transformed into an artful and unique family retreat. A piano repurposed into a garden fountain? Just take a look. It’s really something.
There is so much more to talk about in this spring issue of Beyond. I hope you take time out of your spring garden projects to read with us—in the sunshine, of course.
Until next time,
Leslie Gregory Haukoos
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