July 2017

July 2017 Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Every month, as we work on the upcoming issue, we get a peek into people’s lives. The inherent nature of being a writer or photographer lends itself to voyeurism (not necessarily in a creepy way…just in an observing kind of way). We are invited to watch and report—with words or pictures—on a variety of topics.

What we take away from the event varies widely, based on our own life experience and world view…which makes unbiased reporting virtually impossible. Most people with cognitive thinking capabilities are aware of such and take everything they read with a grain of salt, as well they should.

This month’s issue has me reflecting on the various stages of life. It’s not what I thought I would be taking away from a July issue full of fluff and patriotism, and yet there it is.

Perhaps it was the juxtaposition of meeting six elderly people for Linda Hopkins’ article on the key to longevity (see “What’s Their Secret?” on page 105) and photographing little ones just starting out in life for an article on Alliance Dance Academy (page 130) and toddler fashion (“Red, White and Blue Baby” on page 49). To go from spending time with a 92-year-old to a one-year-old in the same day was sort of eye-opening to me: one life full of history and adventures, another about to begin.

Coincidentally, in preparation for another story (“Two Guys and a Podcast,” page 120), I listened to said podcast, Conviction Strong Radio, for a few hours and happened upon #49, “The Illusion of Time.” This episode started with the news flash that we are all going to die, therefore it would behoove us to get out and start living. This, again, had me thinking about life stages. I’ve known the host of the podcast, Craig Hysell, for many years—first, as a bartender in our younger days, then as a frequent contributor to this magazine and finally as a husband, father, successful business owner and podcaster who just happens to be in training to be a firefighter as well, because, you know, he somehow has more time than the rest of us. It got me thinking about people in that middle stage of life, busy raising children, working to make their businesses successful and trying to do a little bit of good for the universe in their somewhat limited time. For two more profiles of people in that super busy stage of life, check out Kim Block and Ivy Burdick’s stories (Urban Fashion in the Heart of Old Town Bluffton, page 70 and Porter & Pig, page 74).

All of this is not to say that I came away with a dread that the end is coming; more that I need to soak up every minute of time afforded to go on as many adventures as possible. I went to see the fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina on June 13, and I have plans to go again with a friend and her daughter on June 27. I went to the Village at Wexford Farmers Market on a Wednesday and supported my friends Heather (Louette) and Janet (Tailwiggles) by shopping locally. I went to the beach last Sunday and took time out to appreciate what so many of our visitors wait all year to enjoy.

Get out and LIVE my friends—no matter what stage of life you’re in.

Until next month!

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