Publisher’s Letter: Winter 2010
By Jamie Lamonde | Photo By Jim Klousia 0
Welcome to the season of abundance, to the time of cozy evenings, hearty meals with family and friends, bundling up—welcome to winter. It’s time to stoke the fire. It’s time to reflect on the year past and plan the year ahead. It’s time to hunker down, surrendering to the shorter days until we finally meet the winter solstice and begin our ascent back into spring.
During a conversation about personal reflection during the winter months, a friend said to me, “But how do we reflect as a community?” What a beautiful question and a perfect question for the contemplative nature of winter. How do we get the rest and reflection we need as individuals and, at the same time, use winter as an opportunity to retreat and reflect on our collective year—our sum-total actions—and create a plan for making progress toward our collective vision for a better world?
Part of the answer is for each of us to think about contributing to our community and culture through our actions. Maybe your contribution is through volunteering or recycling or shopping with a conscience. Maybe it’s through making a donation to a local non-profit that you believe in, starting up your own community project, or simply cooking a meal with love for family and friends.
And as simple as it seems, a lot can happen over food. While you’re sharing a meal this holiday season and beyond, take the time to reflect together about your vision for our region. Who knows what might happen. Maybe you’ll spark something new or figure out a way to further leverage work that is already underway. Or perhaps you’ll gain a new, inspiring perspective. Or maybe—just maybe—you’ll find yourself making plans to change the world.
The stories in these pages are about people in Southern Wisconsin who are changing the world through their personal actions and the way they do business. They are living proof that things can be done differently and with great success. Striving to operate with care, fairness to all involved, and mindfulness of how their actions impact the earth and future generations, they are reflecting on how things have been done, building upon the past and working for a better tomorrow.
Whether it’s teaching children how to nourish themselves (p. 38), sourcing fairly traded coffee (p. 24), or raising beef while restoring wetlands and connecting with community (p. 34)—these folks are living proof that we can all live our values at work and play. And while we’re at it, enjoy some delicious food!
Celebrate. Eat. Love. Reflect. And most of all—be warm.
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief