My husband Stanley and I invite you to enjoy our new publication. It is about all of “us”—the people, the businesses, and the life of our southern Georgia hometowns.
It is built with Love, Hope, and Faith, and grounded in Christian principles. Our goal for My Georgia Hometown is to connect the communities and counties of our coverage area, to promote growth in each area, and to showcase the best of what makes us “us.”
I hope you, our readers, will find more than information in its pages. I hope you will find inspiration and encouragement. Our prayers are that My Georgia Hometown will bless everyone who reads it.
I want to take the time to give thanks to my Lord and Savior for the opportunity to do this magazine. Without His help and guidance, I would not have been able to pursue my dream. My peace in this endeavor comes from Him. His grace and great mercy have been my keepers throughout the trials and delays, the false starts and detours.
His path led me to enter college late in life to pursue a career that I had never dreamed of. There I found a desire for journalism lying dormant in my heart. My Lord stirred that desire and saw me through two degrees and into a third. He placed me in jobs where each of my skills were tried and developed, all the while preparing me to step into my dream.
Now, it’s time to begin a new phase of life and step into the reality of my dream, to wade into the Deep.
Ever since Stanley and I made the decision to start something new instead of following the usual retirement plan, we have been busy putting together this magazine.
Stanley retired from Orgil Inc. after 20 years of work to help me put this magazine out. He attended ABAC and is good with numbers so that makes him a valuable asset.
As for me, I 'retired' from teaching to start My Georgia Hometown Magazine. It is the fulfillment of a dream that began in a graphic design class at Valdosta State University several years ago.
The concept of doing a hometown-based magazine quickly captured my heart. I love hearing a good story and sharing it. I also love the artists of brush, pen and paper, music, metal and wood, and camera. AND, we, Stanley and I, love my hometowns, plural. They are not just rich with history, but our towns are rich with personality and personalities_young and old. They are full of talent dressed in anything from blue-jeans, ball caps, and boots to glittering evening wear. Everyone and every town has a story to tell and a dream to fulfill. AND, we want to tell their stories.
So, what makes me qualified to run a magazine? My BA in English/Journalism, minor in Creative Writing (VSU); an AA in Journalism (ABAC); my work toward an MA in Rhet/Comp; my work on local newspapers and magazines; ten years of teaching at a technical college; and a whole lot of FAITH, imagination, and gumption.
Stanley and I live in Alapaha, have six beautiful grandchildren and four very spoiled grand-kitties.
I'm a self-proclaimed city girl, a choco-holic, a gym rat and a hopeless romantic all mixed together with a touch of Wonder Woman thrown in for good measure.
I hail from the Midwest, where the tea isn't sweet and the winters rival the South's summers. I have a degree in Graphic Design from South Dakota State University and have been a designer most of my life.
My posse consists of Chance, my handsome chef-builder-jack-of-all-trades partner in crime; my old-soul-computer-whiz-comedic teenage son Wil; Bindi, a sassy mini Australian Shepard; a haughty, diva Dalmatian named Thor; and Loki, a "ditch dog" we rescued from the Georgia wilds who we swear is part Wookie!
If I'm not behind a computer or staring at my phone, you'll find me at the gym, watching a movie, or with my nose in a book.