In This Issue: March / April 2013
Mar 11, 2013 12:43PM ● Published by Erik Dittmann
It is almost exactly two years since the moment I knew this is what I wanted to do. I remember every detail. The moment has been a constant reminder for what is really important - especially with this business venture. It was hard to write about and I have only
shared it with one person, until now. My girlfriend Karyssa and I were visiting our friends in Houston, TX during our Spring Break. When we were in line to board our plane back to Chicago, I noticed an elderly man in a wheelchair with a World War II Veteran’s hat. Behind him was his son pushing the wheelchair. His son had no bags and no boarding pass. As I watched them for a few minutes neither said a word. It was obvious it would be too hard; both of them were holding back tears - they had not seen each other for quite some time. When it came time to board, the son hurrying to keep it to- gether hugged his father and said, “We’ll come to visit soon.” Neither looked at each other but both had tears in their eyes, as they were about to be 1000 miles apart again. Now that was the story I created in my head from that short observation. It could have been different.
Now that I have written it down it seems downright silly that I had not shared it until now. These are the connections that our lives should focus on. We should openly talk about it and show how much we care about our family, friends and neighbors. We are lucky to be in a community small enough where we can look after each other. We should take advantage of that.
I am sure that every small business owner has a similar moment. There is something giving them a unique motivation to do what they do. You can tell when you go into a well-run local business. I can guarantee you will get a great experience. If for any reason you don’t - tell them - they will have more motivation to remedy any problem. It is their livelihood.
Now in this issue we begin the wonderful story of Lena. She was mentioned briefly in our last issue in Parting Thoughts. You can read the first 4 pages of her 369-page autobiography on page 7 of this issue. Look for her story in every issue. It is truly inspiring!
Remember we are looking for passionate young journalists, business people and designers who want to learn about publishing. We are passionate about helping young people learn this trade. Please contact me if you are interested.
In This Issue
Feature: Shame and a Railroad - A Wisconsin Journey
There never was a fugitive slave returned from the Territory or State of Wisconsin. Read more
Waterworks Park Project: For All Kids - For All Abilities
A community-built themed playground that includes kids of all abilities. Read more
For My Children: Everything in Due Time
55 is looking better and better. Read more
When you start to be present and focused, the snow becomes more beautiful and the blue sky more blue. Read moreThe Wandering Man: Spring is an Easter Egg
"No need to hurry, where we are right now is also good." Read more
His limitations turned his life into a living work of art - dynamic, vivid, and colorful. Read more
A good time was had by all. Read more
Digital Edition: March / April 2013