“The past three years, I have grown in my confidence in myself … [For my senior] year, I am looking for it to be a year of enjoyment, simply [being] happy with where I am and who I am.” —Samantha Steensland, senior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School

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“People [in Edina] are … genuinely good people, and I think we need that in the world. We see all the events happening in the world, and it’s still good to know that we have a strong community that believes in children and will take the time to support the children’s initiative.” —Feroza Mehta, Edina resident and mother of Ava Mehta.

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“Never underestimate the impact that your mere existence can have on another human being.” —Fred Rogers

“I think [the cycles of nature] are deeply embedded in humans, but we often forget about it because we work in indoor environments and ... don’t have as much time for nature as we should.”
—Mary Yee, member of the Edina Garden Council (page 16)

Read about community volunteers and local boutiques. Learn about the clean beauty movement and vegan fast-food. Celebrate music and storytelling, and indulge in the beauty of an incredible kitchen renovation and the delight of a tea party. Take some time to enjoy the lighthearted and joy-filled and revel in the fun and good things happening in our community in the midst of the difficult.

“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” —Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation, on prioritizing the people (and food) you love