February marks the 9th anniversary of OutreachNC Magazine. It is the perfect opportunity to share a little bit about our original vision and ongoing mission as it has evolved over the years. OutreachNC started as a way for our parent company, Aging Outreach Services, to give back to the community and offer educational resources to adults in their second 50. The publication reaches a 9-county region of south-central North Carolina, purposefully targeting more rural regions that may not have access to the same resources as larger counties. Those who advertise with us help support that mission.
One of the unexpected perks we discovered is the opportunity to meet some amazing people and share their stories. The magazine profiles services and programs that may be helpful to our readers and features life experiences by those who hope to inspire others. Despite the joys, the struggles and the challenges we all face, the magazine has helped people realize we are not alone on our journey.
Age 50+ consumers are not done living. Active adults are now redefining how to get more out of life. OutreachNC provides them with the lifestyle resources, ideas, solutions and education to do just this! Our publication appeals to the older adult, the adult child, the grandchild and the professional who shares our passion to embrace The Second 50! Reader feedback comes from people of all ages and we could not be more thrilled to continue to share it all with our readers as we enter our 9th year.
Happy Birthday OutreachNC and thank you to all who have helped make it possible over the years.
Greetings from the OutreachNC editor’s cottage. As we hunker down for a few more weeks of winter, I’ve got love on the brain. This month’s theme is love & marriage and the many ways love is manifest in our lives throughout the decades.
We explore love and marriage from the perspective of couples who’ve managed to keep that love alive through decades of life: jobs, homes, children, moves, more jobs, more kids, etc. We see how they used life’s high peaks to help them endure through the inevitable lower valleys. And we explore love from the lens of people searching for it, trying to foster it and leaning into it when it seems as if it may be long gone.
In our Carolina Conversation with North Carolina poet and musician David Childers, we explore not only his career and post-retirement life but how that life flows together with his wife’s passions and pleasures (page 38).
We look at the love of Hank and Diane Parfitt of City Center Gallery & Books in Fayetteville, who have both retired and now share their dream of championing the arts and bolstering books in the community they love (page 58).
We listen to widowed and single people who, even after the age of 70, are still looking for love as much as the rest of us, asking themselves who will touch them, care for them and love them as they chart new territory as speed-dating singles (page 48).
As I think of my own loves, I am reminded of Aristotle’s famous words: Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.
I don’t know if there is any more hopeful sentiment than that.