It was Abraham Lincoln who, in the midst of America’s Civil War, thought it might be a good idea for Americans to set aside a holiday centered around the notion of collectively lifting a spirit of Thanksgiving.
And so it is from within that spirit that I’d like to give thanks this month for good neighbors. Way back in the early 1980’s when I initially opened my dental practice in the Landen Square Shopping Center, I had a number of terrific business neighbors within the plaza. Two of those entrepreneurs were Marti Hines and Cindy Martz who hatched a new business a couple of doors up from my office called Landen Desktop Publishing. With time their business and mine both outgrew the space we had within the shopping center and we each geographically went in new directions.
In the years that have followed Cindy, Marti and I have managed to remain “neighbors” in spite of the fact that we no longer do business next door to each other. In many ways that neighborly connection was supported through the “Living” magazines that Marti and Cindy had conceived and spread throughout our local communities. It was clear from the beginning that “Living” had a different appeal than most of the print advertising that ends up in our mail box or at the end of our driveways. “Living” kept us in touch with the people and businesses we encountered on a routine basis.
A couple of months back, news circulated that Marti had new health-related challenges, and that Cindy and Marti were selling their Landen Digital business. I can’t tell you how many people raised the issues during their visits in my dental office. Not only were we all prayerfully concerned about Marti’s health, but we also were worried about the potential disappearance of the monthly “Living” updates we had all come to take for granted.
And then came the news that there was hope for “Living”! A pair of gentlemen, Rob Pearson and Patrick Aselage, was considering the notion of picking up the torch and keeping the tradition alive. In time the rumors proved to be fact and here during this month of Thanksgiving we'll each have an opportunity to find and page through the first edition of the new “Living Local Life”! You'll notice some productive changes. There will be more color. Like me you can check it out and see if it maintains that vital spirit of the neighborhood that has been alive throughout all the years past.
In closing I’d like to say thanks to Cindy and Marti for being terrific neighbors these past 30 years! I’m delighted that our connection will remain. I hope you know that all of us are in your corner!
I’d also like to say thanks to Patrick and Rob who have embraced a new risk in picking up our old “Living” traditions, making some healthy new tweaks, and offering each of us their presence as our new neighbors. I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you better in the coming months and years.