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1983- NEW AGE gainesville - Premiere Issue




Instead of waiting for someone else to publish a new age newspaper for Gainesville, I finally realized I could do it myself. In fact, I felt Divinely inspired to do it. As I mentioned previously, since hardly anyone had a computer yet, I typed all the articles myself on an electric typewriter. It was truly a hand-crafted publication. Unless people had their own graphic, logo, or business card, all the ads had to be made from scratch by hand as well. The whole process was exhilarating for me.

When Gordon and I picked up the first edition from the printer in Maxville, I felt overwhelming amazement that I had just created what I had been searching for for years and it gave me the greatest joy. Gordon memorialized the day with a photo of me holding bundles of the papers, hot off the press. It was a moment to remember.

A project like this couldn't be done alone and I was blessed with fabulous friends and relatives who were willing to share my new venture with me. The original group included Dottie Zavada, Associate Editor; my husband Gordon Greenwood, Copy Editor; son Richard Greenwood, Art Director; Mary Masidonski, Advertising Manager; Lonnie Lockett, Distribution Manager; and Ronni Gardner, Consultant and Columnist who had a column called “Dear Dolly Dass.”

I'd like to share the editorial I wrote for the Premiere Issue, May, 1983. It reminds me of where I was at at that time in my spiritual growth. In the midst of the frenzy of working full time and teaching myself how to publish a homemade newspaper, Gordon and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary and planned a belated honeymoon in Italy as soon as he got his sabbatical. I was blissful on so many levels. I still called myself Patti Normandy then, but that would change soon to Patti Greenwood. Here’s my very first editorial for New Age Gainesville:



There is a new age and it is here and now. You live in it even if you have never heard of it. It is a transformation of consciousness happening all over the planet at once, driven by centers like Gainesville, Florida. An underground of sorts is coming out of the closet into the Light.
“Because it is continually being formed as it is being informed, the new age resists definition," wrote Paul Hoffman, the Gainesville networker and publisher of Light Streams, a new age directory. It is a state of mind, a transformed attitude toward life as we experience a cultural and personal awakening. Some of us know about the new age because of experiences we have had that have changed our perception of what life is all about. Some of us are asking, "What do you mean when you say New Age?" For those of us who know, no answer is necessary. For those of us who are asking the question, no definition is satisfactory.

As the consciousness changes, thousands of networks have formed to facilitate the shifting paradigms. "Transformative ideas also appear in the guise of health books and sports manuals, in advice on diet, business management, self-assertion, stress, relationships, and self-improvement," wrote Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy. These networks create mountains of magazines, directories, newsletters, and even directories of all these publications, such as Networking: The First Report and Directory, by Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps. As we grow to feel the connection within ourselves, with each other, and with our planet, we reach out and link up in these boundless structures we call networks.

There is a NEW AGE gainesville and it is peopled by consciousness revolutionaries sharing a positive attitude toward life. More of a parallel culture than a counterculture, the new age speaks to our uniqueness as evolving beings and allows that the search for truth is an intensely personal quest. There is nothing to join and we represent no organization. This publication is a love offering, a means of sharing our Selves with each other, to offer possibilities outside the mainstream for linking up with people and ideas, to share the new awareness of collective goals and planetary consciousness.

We share a common vision of a positive future and a dream that if we somehow mobilize our energies for the good of our human family and our planet, we can reverse the trend toward adding humankind to the list of endangered species. We suggest alternatives. The choices are yours. We are one.

In Love and Light,
Patti Normandy

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