Photographed by dKol Photography
We know that life is unpredictable, and we do the best we can to deal with its circumstances.
Recently, the Hudson Valley had a major storm that caused a lot of damage. Many people were without power for days and, sadly, even some lives were lost.
As the storm hit, I was in the tail end of production of this issue. This was my “crunch” time to meet the printer deadline, just a few days away, and anyone in publishing knows this time is already stressful to begin with. With the internet service down in our entire area, I could not access my emails or the advertisements from my clients.
I am extremely grateful to have a generator for my home, which services our furnace, hot-water heater, freezer, refrigerators, living room, bathrooms, our master bedroom and some kitchen outlets. A long extension cord from the living room (connected to a surge protector) fortunately allowed me to work on my desktop, at least, despite not being able to get online.
I share this with you to illustrate the age-old point that sometimes shit just happens in life, and we have to make the most of it! In this situation I needed a backup plan to meet my deadlines—no excuses.
This is also true of my personal life and how I live it. I always try to have a plan A and plan B, so I always have choices. I was reminded of this as I did the best I could to complete the first Organic Hudson Valley issue of 2018 that you now hold in your hands.
I hope you enjoy this issue, and that while you are flipping through the pages you will think about all the hard work and time it takes (especially this time!) to make OHV the quality magazine that it is today. █