And, tho’ it’s cold, it seems sublime
To start all over one more time.
It is hard to believe that our crew has been presenting a holiday edition of Murray Life Magazine since the year 2000. We were reminded of that recently when someone asked for a back issue that carried a favorite story. I can from 2003, and it was the 14h or 15th issue of the magazine. We’re about to begin our 15th year of celebrating Murray, Calloway County and our neighbors and friends.
We will do it, of course, in the usual way. We like to salute all the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, for it will be late February before we see you again. Our region is blessed by active newspapers that keep us well informed about the day-to-day events: The “Ledger,” “The P-I,” “The Trib,” “The Sun” and “The Messenger” and. as Thanksgiving approaches, we’re thankful for that.
A magazine is not a newspaper; it stays on the coffee table longer, but it’s content is not “the news of the day.” A magazine may take months to create a story, free from the 24-hour deadline cycle, but it won’t give you the obituaries, the ball scores, or the church directory. And newspapers still carry comic strips, the last vestige of a civilized society.
Still, we’ve had great fun and met many remarkable people, and we look forward to another 15 years of the same interesting, surprise-filled routine. We cannot sufficiently thank our many friends for their support, from Alice Rouse and her staff at the Ledger who are generous in their sharing of photos and information, to the folks at Copy Plus who produce the magazines, to the many advertisers who use our pages to communicate to their customers and prospects, and to our subscribers and Facebook friends who keep us informed and inspire us to do it all again.
We won’t mention Justin Kimbro and Amanda Newman at K2DS, or Erin Carrico at the CVB, or Ron Arant, Kathy Hodge, John Pasco, Jamie Helton and our irregular contributors, such as John Pollpeter and all the naturalists at LBL’s Nature Station. After all, you don’t have to thank family, do you?
In so saying, we welcome a new writer in this issue: Kate Burnham has written a reflection on her Sunday afternoon with the Murray DAR and the Henson Family that will touch your heart. Larry Ray offers yet another look at Calloway’s only Civil War site, Fort Heiman, and we’ll deliver the usual dose of dining guides, calendars, jokes, facts, fun and fancy. ‘Tis the season, as they say.
So, from Paige and Caina and Amy and Vicki and Bob, thanks for a good year of living in the Friendliest Town. May you and yours enjoy the happiest of holidays as you prepare to write another chapter in your own Murray Life.