A Celebration of the Artists, the Makers, and . . . LOVE!

We’re so excited about our February issue! We’re celebrating the artists and makers in our community, each of whom pours their heart into their creation. In this issue we take you on a journey that embraces the visual arts, the fine arts, the art of brewing craft beer and making kombucha, and even the art of making hand soap!

This month we’re also celebrating Valentine’s Day. I love Valentine’s Day. Not the commercial holiday—but the fact we’re encouraged to LOVE one another. We’re constantly inundated with stories that foster divisiveness, anger, and a general disdain towards others. Friendships fall apart over the meaning of a social media post. Folks comment they’re considering a break from social media to escape the negativity. I get it. It surrounds us, working incessantly to drag us down and bring us to the edge of despair. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if we respond to the negativity by making a simple choice to LOVE. I don’t mean to love only those with whom we agree, or those who look like us or think like us. What if we decide to love one another in spite of the fact we don’t agree with one another, look like one another, think like one another, or vote like one another. What if we simply love one another? Love EACH other. Love others. Love. It really is that simple.

What will you do this Valentine’s Day—and every day—to show your love to a friend, a neighbor, a stranger? Send us a message and let us know!

With gratitude,

Jane Preuss

P.S. I love you.