Publisher's Letter

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
We may not be on a first name basis with all of them, but our United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and UPS workers know a lot about our personal lives. They know where we live and what is coming in and going out of our mailboxes.” … Delivery people bring my groceries every week, my rented clothes, and the bills that need to be paid to keep my family functioning.

Publisher's Letter

This is the season of gratitude. I do not have adequate words to express my appreciation for the many people who have been an integral part of our first two years. So, Happy Birthday to us; we are officially a toddler! The infancy stage was challenging, to say the least, lacking in sleep and full of every emotion. … As I reflect on all we encountered trying to get our first ever print magazine on stands, I am struck by the village of people it took to make it happen. Facing one struggle after another, I almost lost hope we would make it on time.

Publisher's Letter

As those of us who have had children know, pregnancy can be hard! So, can you imagine putting your body through that discomfort, the risks, and the hormonal see-saw required to carry a child for a couple you do not know? That is what it means, most times, to be a surrogate. … In recent years, it has become much more common to hear of people, including celebrities, who have become parents through surrogacy.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
The design of our home sets the backdrop for our life, and how we function there writes our story. … Dorothy was on to something when she said, “There’s no place like home!” It is one of the most famous quotes from one of the most classic movies of all time. Dorothy simply needs to get back home. I find it interesting that Dorothy’s home is far from perfect, yet she still has a powerful connection to it. The movie’s entire plot revolves around Dorothy returning to her little farm in the middle of tornado alley.

Publisher's Letter

“It is so hot!” That is the only thing coming out of anyone’s mouth these days. I am counting down the hours until school starts back. We thrive in the routine, and it is too hot to keep these kids entertained any longer. My boys have attended two camps, played more holes of golf than I can count, stayed up late, and done all the summertime things. I am ready for them to return to school, reunite with friends, and get back to learning. … My oldest son will turn 12 this month and start middle school! I do not even know how this is possible. He is most excited about having a locker.

Publisher's Letter

Remember when cruising State Line was the thing, making the turn arounds at Taco Bell and the Goodwill parking lots? We had music playing and our windows rolled down, cruising up and down the road to fill our summer nights. Obviously, these were the good ole days when gas prices did not stop you in your tracks. These are some great memories from my teenage years. It is how we met up with people. … We did not have cell phones, so, back then, you just had to guess where the crowd may be, but nine times out of ten, cruising State Line was a sure bet.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
I’ve always thought of myself as someone who loves to be outside with nature and animals as long as the day can still end with a hot shower, air conditioning and a comfortable bed. So, as I was pondering the importance of our local farmers, I was a little awe-struck. I think work on a farm teaches life lessons early; it teaches lessons of the unjustness of nature, the payoff of perseverance, the redemption found in faith and hard work and the value of honesty.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
“DON'T FORGET TO PRESS RECORD!” … I tell my family that this would be the title of my book if I ever wrote a book. I always intend to record memorable moments but somehow I always seem to forget to press record. This week, I was documenting what I was sure would be a lifelong memory, only to realize too late I hadn’t pressed the record button until it was all over. Even with my below-standard videoing skills, I have managed to document much of my kids’ lives, but they will never understand the joy of watching the VHS tape recording of a dance recital made with an 80s camcorder.

Publisher's Letter

“I thrive in the chaos.” … I jokingly say this to people amid packed schedules and the constant challenges that arise. A typical day for us is running a business, working full time, household chores and all the after-school activities our three kids enjoy. While we all seem to complain about the monotony of the everyday, if we are honest, we recognize that every day comes with a certain amount of uncertainty. … For example, something I seem to be frequently holding my breath about these days is paper. A nationwide paper shortage is a very real problem when you are in the magazine business.

Publisher’s Letter

My favorite all-time entrepreneur is the one and only H. Ross Perot. Every story I’ve ever heard about him I find fascinating. I remember when I was in elementary school, he ran for president. I became intrigued when I learned he was from Texarkana, attended Texas High School and Texarkana College and was running for President of the United States! This blew my little elementary mind. That old saying “You can grow up and become president,” was actually in motion for someone from my hometown.

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