March Should Have Been Named after a Roman Goddess

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By Kim Howard, CAE

The name March comes from Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named after Mars, the Roman God of War, who was also regarded as the guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. It’s kind of a strange month. We start thinking about lawns and gardens in the month of March. Sometimes, Easter arrives early and is hosted in this month, which makes for a cold spring break. St. Patrick’s Day is always celebrated on March 17.
The weather in March is random. A couple of years ago it rained, was overcast or drizzly the entire month of March. I was never so happy to see the sun after 30 days of grey. In our area, we might
get snow, sleet or freezing rain as well. Or, it may be a warmer month. March is an interesting month for many reasons, but for Prince William Living, it’s the month that we profile our picks, for influential women.

Four years ago, we launched the first Influential Women Awards. Each year, we are floored by the efforts of women within our community who do amazing work. Too bad March wasn’t named after a Roman goddess. This year, we received more nominations than ever before and are proud to showcase the five
winners in this issue. Read writer Marianne Weaver’s cover story, “Prince William Living’s Most Influential Women of 2018” to find out who made this year’s list.

If you are always on the hunt for amazing coffee, this month’s Local Flavor writer Helena Tavares Kennedy profiles a location that serves Bulletproof Coffee. Have I got your attention now? Read about “Hidden Julles—A Hidden Jewel in Haymarket.”

It’s no secret that Prince William County is home to a growing Latino population. In our Giving Back story, “HOLA: Not Just a Spanish Greeting” by writer Olivia Overman, we showcase how one local organization empowers the Latino community in areas of civic engagement, education and leadership.

Art and design lovers rejoice. This month’s On a High Note is perfect for you. “McCall Studio Gallery: Years in the Making” by Delia Engstrom visits Denise McCall, a visual communicator. Learn more about her story and art at her Downtown Historic Manassas location.

We hope that you enjoy this latest issue.

Kim Howard, CAE
Editor in Chief

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