Letter From Your Editors
Hello Scented Candles!
Well, what have we here? We have the month of March. For a small set of geographical locations including many of ours, this means spring has sprung, and we're ready to think about flowers and/or hold them in pictures!
1st row: Laneia, Djuan, Riese, Alaina, Carmen2nd row: Cee, Kayla, Nikki, Isabel, Stef3rd row: Raquel, Maree, Rachel, Aisha, Alex4th row: Erin, Maddie, Mey, Audrey, KaeLyn
What a magical month it's been for (this dog who follows me everywhere) our website! We've been voting and spring cleaning and passion planning and writing and gearing up for camp. Laneia survived a 2.5-week spring break by the skin of her teeth and worked on A+ content plans and finalized some podcast plans. Yvonne has had one of the hardest months of her life, personally, but when she has been able to be here she has been editing some very fine posts and writing some very fine news fixes. Rachel has been trying to protect her fragile mental he...
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