For me, this Midwestern summer is rolling up into a whirlwind of change, splendid weather and occasionally bad traffic. In recent years I have been living a dream come true in one of the most beautiful small cities in America, working as a resource for the community in Canton, Ohio as the media industry moves into the digital age. My wife Laura and I are happy and dedicated.
Our three kids Savannah, Cassidy and Thomas are thriving and our extended family ties are strong. Our Midwestern values are so ingrained in the fabric of our lives that we almost take things for granted. But we know time is precious as well as the difficulty of change—in every facet of life.
So the decision to move to the Lake Michigan area is not something we take lightly, but we are just at the beginning of learning about this area. From an outsider's perspective I'm as awestruck by the charm and elegance of the historic neighborhoods as I am by the smooth architecture and efficiency of the planned communities. The friendliness of the people—the optimism, the independence and the resilience of this region—is legendary, and those things remind us of home.
There is a magical quality to the lakefront. Though our family is athletic and always looking for opportunities to get outdoors, Lake Michigan is more than just a place to play. In a short time it has become obvious to me that after years of work by people who care deeply about the next generation that the time has come for this area.
I have heard about the downside: Cell phone signals pretty much follow you everywhere into the wooded glades of Chesterton as well as the appellations of southwestern Michigan. (I do love my phone as much as I hate it.) I realize that the re-building in the northern communities continues to be matched by the growth at the southern end of the tri-state area. If the attraction of this part of the world ever was a secret, it's not anymore.
We want to keep Shore relevant and useful, without taking ourselves too seriously. My goal is to help this brand, and all of the publications in our group, move into the digital age without losing sight of what we're all about: great ideas and inspiration. Shore is the discussion board on who we are and how we live—what we're doing to guard and preserve the important stuff and eliminate the noise.
Our magazine is going into its eighth year. We have a terrific staff working hard and hopefully learning to have fun at the same time. As a part of the Shore community, our Times publications family and my wife and children, we are excited about the future and appreciate the warm welcome you have extended already.