June 2020 “From the Heart”

This will mark the third “From the Heart” I have written since COVID-19 shut down our local community and continues to wreak havoc on our lives. For the most part, I have looked for the ways it has brought folks together and I continue to do so, but I’m not blind to all the negative it has brought as well.  As with all the political rhetoric, I just wish folks could respect each other’s feelings and viewpoints.  “We’re all in this together!” is a phrase we constantly hear, but it’s not really quite true.  We may ALL be in this together but we are NOT in the same boat.  Some folks are in a nice yacht while others are in a canoe with a hole in it.  We are not all in the same financial situation to withstand this.  Whether you are of the mindset to shelter-in-place till a cure is found, or ready to get back to normal, we just need to understand that we aren’t all coming from the same place.  Having varying viewpoints and ideas is what makes this crazy world we live in such a great place.  So please try to respect that and be kind!

Our June issue features Kristin Henry, owner of Club Pilates.  Her beautiful studio is set up perfectly to social distance and they are ready to welcome you back as soon as they can!  While everyone has been affected by the crisis, I would say our local small businesses are some of the most affected.  Please support them as much as possible as things open back up!

I want to congratulate our 2020 high school and college graduates!  I am so sorry this has happened to you and your families.  It is heartbreaking to me that you won’t get that special moment you’ve worked for. I’m not going to try and sugarcoat it, it stinks and it’s certainly not fair!  But I have no doubt you will emerge a stronger group of young adults that will make our world a better place for future generations to come.  I want to give a special shout-out to my niece Maggie who graduates from high school this year.  Oh, the places you will go!  We love you!

Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful dads out there!  You make our world a better place!




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