This is late—embarrassingly late. As fall is just three days away, the Summer Issue is an opportunity to reflect on the last three months and appreciate the adventures, warm nights, and wisdom gained.
This summer brought sad news that a friend passed away in a small plane accident in June. As I continue to try to understand how such a bright soul could leave this world so young, I find myself never wanting to waste an opportunity to tell the people in my life how much I love them. This magazine, albeit humble, is just one avenue by which I am able to share my love of the world and life with all of you. Thank you so much for reading and supporting me in this venture. And thank you to all of you who contributed to a very heartfelt issue.
An unplanned theme of women's issues seems to have emerged organically in the features, "Women Here" and "When Will We Reclaim Our Voices?" (Please be warned that both essays discuss potentially triggering information). Similarly, the two essays in the "Story" section are both about finding self-reliance and a sense of belonging in a foreign country. Be sure to view the gorgeous photo essay about the inhabitants of an abandoned navy ship at Seacliff State Beach, "Until the Ocean Reclaims It." And last but not least, you will surely be inspired by the rawness of "Summiting Acceptance of a Canvas in Progress," and five beautiful new poems.
~ Erin, this is for you. One of your greatest legacies is to live life to the fullest every moment and to live fearlessly. I know that wherever you are now, you are undoubtedly on some great adventure, laughing and loving every moment. Although our experiences together were numbered, I will always hold them dear to my heart. You've inspired us all to keep chasing after our dreams. ~