On location at Paradox Farm in West End

April and a Carolina spring are finally here, and since this is our “Careers & Volunteers” issue, we shine a little sunlight on some of the many good works that go on every day in our region.

From tasks, such as serving plates, knitting, loading boxes, organizing donations and teaching a skill, all of the volunteers here in the Sandhills and Southern Piedmont never cease to amaze and inspire this editor. We hope they will inspire you, too. To every volunteer, your efforts-no matter how small-bring smiles, joy, compassion and more to those on the receiving end and never go unappreciated. We thank you all for the valuable time you shared to let us tell your stories.

On the longtime careers side of our theme, we head out to the renowned Pinehurst No. 2 to meet two of the kindest gentlemen who have made the hospitality of welcoming guests to the course their profession, side by side, for the past 31 years.

Following their successful professional lives, we meet some of our neighbors who are kicking their second careers into high gear by following their hearts and finding passion in consulting, walking for breast cancer, coin collecting and a goat farm. Who can resist adorable baby goats? Not me, I can assure you, and the goat cheese is pretty amazing, too. Check out the Cooking Simple recipe for Goat Cheese Spinach Pasta on Page 18.

It is not every day either that one has the honor of speaking with someone whose career you’ve watched with admiration. If there is a standard for journalism, it lies in the work of Lesley Stahl. Her latest book, “Becoming Grandma,” examines this new age of grandparenthood, which boomers are embracing in unique ways and changing the role for the better. She was so kind and generous with her time, and this editor is still smiling!

Enjoy all of the blossoms of this beautiful season, and may all of the April showers wash the pollen away quickly. Thank you for turning these pages again with us. Co-editor Jeeves is readily lending a paw to clear off the editor’s desk for his after-supper nap. Until next month…

 

Check out the April OutreachNC Careers & Volunteers issue: https://issuu.com/outreachnc/docs/outreachnc0417?e=12582426%2F46620679

 

-Carrie Frye, Editor