Thankful for the Experiences
This magazine has always been a gateway to new experiences for me. Every month as we embark on filling 132 blank pages, I learn things about what is happening in our neighborhoods and towns. While our team comes up with most of the article ideas, we are always open to suggestions from our friends and readers. This month we had three such suggestions that led to articles in our November issue.
Erin Lentz messaged me on Instagram last month, alerting me to how great a story on Whippoorwill Farms and Marissa Paykos would be. Less than 10 days later, Hunter and I were standing in Ridgeland, watching over 200 hungry pigs run towards us from the woods, feeling the earth shaking as they approached. Now that was an experience I will not soon forget.
Right before Marissa threw down the corn, she warned us not to scream … or fall over. As always, be sure to follow us on social media for some behind-the-scenes videos of our day on the farm; check out the story on page 52.
Local jewelry designer Selina King Daly has this thing she does called the Empowerment Project. She chooses women who are doing nice things for others and surprise gifts them with some of her beautiful jewelry. It was this project that led Daly to send me a message about Pockets Full of Sunshine and how this organization is helping adults with developmental disabilities lead more fulfilling lives. A few weeks later, I was snapping photos of local Realtor David Carroll leading “the Rays,” in a sing-along, and Mollie Kinard teaching the members of this organization about sea snails on the beach at Fish Haul Park. Writer Linda Hopkins did a beautiful deep dive on this organization on page 73. Be sure to check it out!
Lastly, one of our advertisers, Cedric Gray (Stretch Zone) mentioned to me that it might be cool to do a feature on local veterans who had become successful business owners after their service to our country. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate thing to do in celebration of Veteran’s Day, so head over to page 66 for that story.
Do you have an idea for a story? Please let us know – by messaging us on Facebook, Instagram, or just a good old-fashioned email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m thankful we can share inspiring stories and educate new members of our community about the area through this monthly publication.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!