Editor’s Notebook – January 2020

It’s official: 2019 is behind us. Some of us are looking back in the rearview mirror, nostalgic and a little weepy the year is over. Some of us are looking straight ahead, barreling into 2020 with what can only be described as conviction.

I am firmly in the conviction camp.

In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston wrote,
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” 

Here’s to 2020 bringing some answers. 

Over in the ONC cottage, we’ve got plans for the new year that include examining aging from a global perspective in our series Aging Around the World, delving into how we survive and thrive with chronic health conditions, and hitting the road to explore historic buildings throughout the Sandhills region. We’ve settled on our ONC Book Club list with a combination of fiction and non-fiction, and Jeeves is eating carrots on the regular to prepare his eyes. Speaking of Jeeves, we’re including him each month in the magazine, hidden in secret spots, waiting for readers to discover into which corner he may be nestled. It’s like a dignified, feline Where’s Waldo. Let us know when you spot him. He thinks of himself as quite the chameleon. 

We’re also thrilled to have Brady Beck’s photography highlighted throughout the year in features as well as a monthly, single image to inspire reflection or simply remind us of the beauty of the world around us. Finally, we are continuing our coverage of local Hometown Heroes, interviewing and sharing stories of people who are working for the good of our communities without pomp or circumstance, just good, old-fashioned big hearts. 

If that wasn’t enough, we’re also celebrating OutreachNC’s 10th anniversary, which warms our hearts and makes us all proud. We love having a spot in the community, telling stories and providing content focused on healthier, safer, happier second acts. 

This month, join us as we explore Aging Around the World: China (p. 48),
delve into the origins and benefits of the much-touted Mediterranean Diet (p. 40) and serve up hot toddies and hot buttered rums (p. 22) as well as soups and stews (p. 26) for cozy winter supper and sipping.  

Finally, for full-on inspiration, Brady Beck lights the way with a photography series of sunrises and sunsets as the sun sets on 2019 and rises on 2020 (p. 56). 

As we embark on another year, let us be grateful for the chance to live with intention, enjoy small moments and embrace the community and people around us. With strong coffee, heaps of water and a cocktail in the evening, we can do just about anything. 

Cheers, Amy