I could never have dreamed when Allison Potter shot this
photo in courtroom 317 at the New Hanover Courthouse
what the weeks to follow would hold.
IKE many of you, the up-and-down events of a four-week block of time before, during, and after Hurricane Florence left me
with something akin to jet lag, but with
a renewed appreciation of each blessing,
no matter how small.
Back in August we arranged to shoot this
hilarious pose in a courtroom to highlight the oh-so-important
November election and need for voters to be informed about
the judicial candidates on the ballot. Go to the Republican and
Democratic party web pages and read about each candidate, and
be ready to pick which man or woman you’d feel best about if
you or your loved one was the defendant or victim in a trial.
In addition, there are six very important North Carolina
constitutional amendments on the ballot. Read about them
on page 14. We strongly urge you to exercise your right to vote.
Our cover will touch your heart with Brownie Harris’
stunning photograph of an about-to-be deployed service
member and child. The nonprofit founded by Harris and
Brett Martin photographs servicemen and women with their
loved ones (for free), creating memories to bind families across
great distances. What an enduring act of service this is.
Flotilla and Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Learn how
some of our friends and neighbors will be enjoying their
Thursday meal with Marines from Camp Lejeune who might
otherwise eat alone.
Our features on Bradley Carter’s art, Steve Matthews’
Carolina Beach canal-front home, and charcuterie are strong
and yet encouraging, as is the story of the immigrant family
that built Kure Beach’s fishing pier.
As we enter into this time of thanksgiving and celebration,
I am believing that you, like me, look forward to these kinds
of stories that we do best — ones that show the kinder side
of our society, and promote the timeless values of love, joy and
grace in spite of circumstances.
We as a community, a region, and state have so very much
to be thankful for. The storm hit us hard, but I cannot quite get over how very blessed we are. Things could be so much worse.
With this issue we say a fond farewell to editorial director Simon Gonzalez and his wife, Christine, who are headed off to Europe for
a year of itinerant writing and living. We wish for them happy travels, graced by all the wonders life has to hold.
Please welcome back to our pages Marimar McNaughton.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and Flotilla weekend!
Be the judge and write a caption for Pat’s fun pose for this month’s photo!
Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair styled by Rob Asp, Bangz. Makeup by Caty Perakis, Bangz. Glasses styled by Linwood Potter,