Letter from the Editor:
Wow. This summer was tremendous. (Thankfully, the word tremendous took an etymological detour (apparently in 1812 - from the War of?) and now, no longer meaning dreaded or terrible, means only that which is immense or extraordinarily great!) On the personal level, it was mind-expanding due to travel to two key European cities - London and Amsterdam - but on the professional level, it was truly life-changing:
Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism offers a final program for grad students called the Innovation Incubator - a summer capstone project (their final, definitive effort before graduating.) 20 students choose 4 projects to focus upon and Realize was one of them. For 10 weeks, we had 5 dedicated journalism students hitting every nerve and priming us for the next level. What will emerge is a relaunch of sorts, that we’ll roll out over the next few months.
And now, instead of my previous Oz-like operation behind an emerald curtain, Realize will be hiring a Managing Editor (to be paid out of my own shrinking pocket) and will be run like a real company. We’ll have a production schedule and a steady stream of content to prove it!
But first we've got some catch up to do with some of our favorite contributors: Haig Hovaness on Kerouac's Original Scroll of 'On the Road', Pat Hitchens on coming out of the closet as a storyteller, and Susanne Houfek on the wild intellectual peregrinations of her '21st Century Salon.' Yours truly explores the deeper meanings of Home and the fascinating new film 'Calvary.' And our food editor Peggy Wolff reveals an Amish secret...
And before you finalize your bucket list, check out our video doc on a New York artist who gets her kicks on the flying trapeze - and she's over 50!
Please stay tuned and spread the word that Realize, the un-AARP, is on a tear into the hearts and minds of that generation that I would like to see renamed Generation B. Aren’t you tired of that Boomer title, as well? Anyone with a better moniker, please send it along.
Become part of a new cadre of steely-eyed 'elders' and let's rock the joint!!!