Dear Tulip Talk Readers,
And…it’s a wrap: my last issue as the editor of Tulip Talk. I’ll be repatriating to Boston in mid-January (brrr). Thank you all for your support and input this past year as Tulip Talk evolved with us. Your positive comments and generous contributions mean more than you know. I have truly enjoyed this role and will miss it — and all of you — terribly.
I’m leaving Tulip Talk in the capable hands of Katie Thisdell. Katie is a journalist, writer, and editor with experience in WordPress and InDesign. Katie will be supported by two copy editors, veteran Catie Mohin and our newest team member, Marcie Asplin. I am grateful for their hard work and expertise, but even so, I will be heavily involved in the next two issues to make sure the transition goes smoothly.
This issue’s theme, giving thanks and giving back, sums up my thoughts perfectly. I’m thankful that I found this club, which has been a godsend. Like so many of you, I gave up my job to trail my husband here. When I arrived, I knew no one. I joined the AWCA, and as I attended coffees, lunches, meetings, and outings, I found a whole community of kindred spirits. In no time, I had some wonderful friends. They made all the difference.
Still, I needed a purpose. I volunteered as book group leader and copy editor for the printed Tulip Talk. About a year ago, I took on the role of editor for the new digital Tulip Talk. Both roles — in my book group and as editor —have satisfied my desire to work within a team, to use and improve my skills, to be challenged, to be creative, and to be needed. Yes, I’ve put a lot of work into these roles, but I’ve received so much more than I’ve given.
My three years here have gone faster than pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day. But it’s been absolutely delicious, and I’ve savored every bite. I encourage you to do the same. Get involved. Socialize. Volunteer. Take advantage of this amazing community in this amazing place. It really is something special.