There’s a lot of magic in these pages this month — but it’s not card tricks and white rabbits being pulled from top hats.

Thanks to a few of this month’s writers, I was reminded just how much magic exists in the world — and how much of it we miss because we’re too busy to notice.

For example, Robert Lopez delights us with the magic associated with seeing his photographs come to life as he develops film in the community darkroom at Sawtooth School of Visual Art. “There’s a sense of satisfaction to making nice prints in the darkroom that you can’t get from pressing a button on your screen,” he writes. Check out page 52 for more on the darkroom.

Jodi Stevenson Sarver met with Kernersville-based artist Jennifer Edwards to learn about the magic derived from creating works of art in a variety of mediums. Jennifer said to Jodi, “When we create in isolation we can die on the vine, but when we have community we’re always inspired.” Jennifer continues to explore her craft; learn more about her on page 68.

And Leah Hughes describes the joy of escaping the daily minutiae and heading to the hills of Hendersonville, where folks are encouraged to unplug — and unwind. On page 88, Michael Sullivan tells Leah, “People need to disconnect from the daily noise of life.”

He’s right.

Disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with our five senses — just as these folks remind us — can do wonders for each of us.

I recently found some magic of my own in Pfafftown. It was a beautiful Saturday morning; the sun was slowly burning off the clouds, filling the sky with blue hues we haven’t seen in quite some time. My dear friend Daisy, a 1-year-old golden retriever, was excited about our hour long walk together, and we made the best of it. Instead of our usual playlist, we opted for a more natural soundtrack — the gurgle of the creek, the dulcet tunes of the birds singing high in the trees, the beat of our feet on the pavement and in the mud. We smelled cut grass and freshly laid mulch, and we felt the gentle breeze and warm sun as we covered 3 miles of terrain.

That hour enchanted me — and gave me a new perspective. How could I have forgotten the beauty in nature and its bewitching splendor?

Fortunately, I’m often filled with wonderment at my desk. There’s something special about the power of words, and I love being able to get lost in a story written by someone on our team — a tale that can take me away and put me in another place, if only for a little while.

We’ve added something new to our magazine beginning this month, largely thanks to the resounding support of our readers and the feedback we get from you. Our new letters page, which we’re aptly calling “Words & Such,” will share your experiences with the magic within our pages. We’re excited to unveil it and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

So, what do you think? Do you believe in magic? We’d love to hear why.

Be well,


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