Telling stories that matter to our readers
is an enjoyable thing.
FROM Allison Potter’s
spectacular photos of
the Black River’s ancient
cypresses in Among the
Trees, to visiting artist Pam Toll in
her studio to see her trees, we have
had a blast.
Photography for myself this issue
found me high up in an incredible,
vast live oak in the Airlie area, thrilled
to be there on a hot afternoon.
You’ll enjoy meeting David Reeser
and Stan Trofimchuk, who are work-ing
on a device to help in the fight
against opioid addiction. We first
met these two at tekMountain where
we collaborate on each issue of the
Learning about and photograph-ing
e-bikes, the rules that govern
the ocean wave lineups, and the
sunscreen danger issue, watching
the chicks and their parents on
Wrightsville’s south end bird-nesting
area were exciting too.
If you didn’t already know, we
have a lot to thank President Thomas Jefferson for as we sit down to holiday meals this month. I have read a great deal about
him, and President Jefferson was far, far from perfect, but the man did love his food and was not only the first to bring ice
cream back to America from France, but french fries and mac and cheese — all personal favs.
In this issue just in time for the nation’s 243rd birthday, we have the second chapter of Robert Rehder’s Vietnam War hero
series: Wayne Lanier. In all the years we’ve been telling stories, I can’t remember one that has so captured the attention of
readers like the first installment in May on Whit Moore. It is such an honor for us to be able to share these stories of valor
Don’t miss the New American Farmhouse in our monthly Home of Distinction — clean lines, cool shades with a saltwater
pool, perfect for this sizzling month of July.
As always, we love hearing from you with what you like and what you’d like to see us do in the future.
Happy Red, White and Blue, y’all, God Bless America, Land that We Love!
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair styled by Rob Asp, Bangz. Makeup by Sarah Harris, Bangz.
Pat Bradford high up in a very old live oak tree off Airlie Road in June 2019.