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05/06/2014 08:25AM ● Published by Nancy Babin

My faithful readers know that I am a wife and mother first, magazine publisher second. And like every great mother, I love to brag about my kids every chance I get – sometimes on these pages. This edition is no different, especially because as I prepare our Summer Activity Guide, the sadness that this is my daughter’s last summer before high school becomes very real as she ages out of many of the camps she has participated in that have been featured in this guide the past 11 years. 
I realize as well that I am not alone. So many of you, my dear ones, are having to embrace the future, whether you want to or not, as your own children prepare to graduate from college, high school, middle school or even kindergarten. These milestones matter. And entering the “real world” can be frightening . . . as much as they are exciting. This is life! Ever-changing life.
And this is the season of life. After what seemed like the longest, coldest, craziest winter ever – especially for this usually mild area -  it is a welcomed and overdue sign of warmer weather ahead! There are woodpeckers building a nest in the corbel of our home. That means some early wake-up calls for us, but we are enjoying watching the tireless efforts of the mom and dad working away on their new home. Life. Nurturing life.
My family and I also recently spotted the biggest pond turtle we have ever seen. The shell was at least one foot across. That long winter near its nest was productive for that one! As the Fairs, Festivals and Fun section of this edition takes shape, spring is unfolding outside my home office. There have been bunnies in the yard, ducks swimming in the bush where the water has over-reached into the yard and activities all around. Life. Beautiful life.
In our last edition we shed some light on the “Blood Moons” – the first of four lunar eclipses in a row. It was storming in this area that night and we were not able to see it. We can dwell on what we missed or look forward to the ones ahead. As Graham Greene wrote in The End of the Affair, “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” I choose those moments ahead. There will be more lunar eclipses on October 8 in 2014 and on April 4 and September 28 in 2015. Life. Phenomenal life.
Spring is in full swing. Our On the Coast Magazine Spring Fest is just days away on May 17 at HarborWalk Village - I hope you'll join us. Summer is drawing near. School will be getting out soon and our days will be long and hot and full of life. It is time to get out, shake off the dust from being shut in all winter and enjoy this beautiful area we are blessed to live, work, play in and be a part of! 
For my daughter it is the end of middle school. I will do my best to make this last summer before high school full of sweet memories, full of life. I can’t stop life from happening. But I can do my best to help her embrace every sweet, sour, sad, joyful moment of it. American poet T. S. Eliot wrote, “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” I pray your beginnings, endings and all the moments in between are blessed, dear Readers.
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