Aren’t we grateful for days of lower humidity and cooler breezes?
GROWING up on the (then) wild oceanfront of
North Florida, opposite the untamed Guana River
Preserve, my siblings and I amused ourselves playing
for hours on end in the high sand dunes, and on the
wide, flat beach strand and ocean sloughs, body surfing, climb-ing
the bent live oak trees, and trying to reach magnolia flowers
high up in the tall trees of the preserve. It was a simpler time.
My father also kept a pool table in the large garage, and he
taught me to play at night. This was a favorite pastime for my
closest brother and me. I took it up again during college, then
have not really played since. I am so appreciative of Bobby
and Cindy Lewis, our Home of Distinction homeowners,
for allowing me to be photographed at their pool table. I am
wearing a touch of October pink to honor all breast cancer
victims and survivors, including my sister Diana.
The increasing chaos of our times is nudging me back to
refocus on simpler things: family, friends, faith, helping
others, good meals and conversation. We as a magazine team
are going to strive in the months to come to focus on these in
We want each issue to be a breath of fresh air, more
than ever before, and an island of peace for our readers.
We hope these pages are a place to find joy and point all
of us back to the Golden Rule: loving one another.
The stories we tell in this issue, including the lost
Carolina panther, the Wilmington Symphony celebrating
a major milestone, and the best places to ride a mountain
bike, among others, do just that. We hope you enjoy them
as much as we did in creating them just for you.
In Life, Liberty and Love.
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, styled by Lola Lazarus, makeup by Regan Daughtry.
Pat Bradford enjoying a nostalgic moment at the home of Bobby
and Cindy Lewis on Wrightsville’s Lollipop Bay.