Anchoring our cover is a photo that draws the
viewer to its idyllic solitude and peace
Pat Bradford seen at Wilmington’s amazing Transplanted Garden.
DESPITE its beauty, our cover choice was
hard again this month. The selection we
had was fabulous, including the drone shot
of the paddle out in honor of Wrightsville
Beach Ocean Rescue hero Jeremy Owens page 28.
The photo perfectly conveys the love of the community
for Owens, who succumbed to suicide last year.
My family lost my closest brother to suicide two
decades ago. Mental illness is very real. Before things
spiral out of control and end in a tragedy that affects
everyone in a family, circle of friends, and business
associates — the ripple is endless — we must identify
and provide help for those who are suffering. In many
cases, it can start with a gentle conversation, how’s
your head today?
Right now, anything peaceful and calm is uber
attractive to me. One of the ways besides cooking
that I can enjoy peace in a world swirling out of
control is planting and tending my greenery, alas
mostly succulents these last few years. Both activities
allow my mind to check out and be totally absorbed
in a healthy task.
This issue shares the tale of invasive plants we may
have planted in our yards, with suggestions on how
to uproot these harmful plants and replace them
with friendly plants.
We have an off-the-chain Home of Distinction
at Wrightsville Beach, and the story of Wilming-ton’s
Erika Edwards and Kristi Ray, cofounders of
Honey Head Films, who produce commercials,
videos, documentaries and films all in-house.
This is followed by the story of NCAA champion
Coach Kim Crabbe, whose soccer outreach is
making a difference for children in our community.
Thank you for all the messages and calls of support for my recovery from the injury to my wing assembly.
I am progressing in PT (physical therapy) and am quite encouraged, I am about to fly high again.
Do enjoy this last official month of summer, while being a blessing to all!
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, styled by Rob Asp, makeup by Regan Daughtry all of Bangz Hair Salon and Spa.