Midsummer 2007

Dear Friends

Chinaberry is celebrating its 25th birthday this summer and the experience is not unlike any parent's when her child reaches her mid-twenties. Where has the time gone and how in the world did she grow up so fast?! And how did she turn out so well-adjusted and healthy despite my foibles as a parent? And how did it happen that the right people showed up in her life at the right time to assist her in growing to be such a capable, caring person?

Just as we can't answer that first question about our children and time, I don't know how to respond as far as Chinaberry goes. Time flies and it is as simple -- and wondrous -- as that. Actually, I don't have the answer to that second question, either. Over the years, we've found out after the fact that -- at least according to ''the experts'' -- we unknowingly made numerous business mistakes that they say Chinaberry as a company should never have survived. I guess we were just being watched out for, if you know what I mean, just like our children manage to come through it all most of the time.

But that third question -- the one about the people in our lives who support us and assist us as we grow -- is an easy one. Those people are you, our customers: from that very first person who sent in an $18.72 order -- and with it a vote of confidence in what our mission was about -- to those who wrote long letters and became my friends, to those who have spread the word and helped us grow, to those who have raised their children with Chinaberry and are now turning to us with their grandchildren in mind. You have supported us, loved us, been patient with us, shown us the way, and stood by us through all of our changes and challenges.

And while so many of you have sent photos of your families and written love letters to us over the years (we've saved every single one), we want you to know that we consider you the best, most appreciative customers any company could wish for.

We couldn't have ''raised'' Chinaberry without you!

Other Issues:
From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- The Art of Imperfection

From our archives -- Saddle Up

From our archives -- Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Early Summer 2014 -- Embracing our Dormant Times

From our archives -- Taking Time to Listen

Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Midsummer 2011 - Friends Through Thick and Thin

Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

Spring 2011 - Worst Case Scenario

Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

Winter 2010 - Lessons From Feral Kitty

Holiday 2010 - The Art of Imperfection

Fall 2010 - When the Student is Ready...

Late Summer 2010 - Saddle Up

Midsummer 2010 - Hurry Up and Wait

Early Summer 2010 - Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

Late Spring 2010 - Gifts From My Mother

Spring 2010 - Taking That First Step

Early Spring 2010 - I Think it's Time

Winter 2009 - Choose Love, Not Fear

Holiday 2009 - Paying it Forward

Fall 2009 - You're Not Alone

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