I’m writing this Publisher’s Letter as rain pelts my office windows. I had one of those quick head turn, multi-emotions experiences just now: thinking about how much I adore a rainy day then quickly having the images and accounts of the suffering of our southern neighbors, mostly attributed to unprecedented rainfall from Hurricane Florence, fill my head. As an Outer Banks community, it’s clear how much their plight is in all of our hearts by how abundantly so many from here have given to help storm survivors. We all know that a 3-degree northward shift could have meant that we would have been the ones digging and drying out from Hurricane Florence. It wasn’t our turn this time. But it feels so significant the degree to which Outer Bankers have responded that I wanted to take some space here to recognize the effort and compassion. This obviously caring community is one of the things I appreciate the most about living here, and I’m sure it’s what many of our visitors feel when they come for their vacations. As my friend Jenn used to say, “Good On All Of You!” It’s officially fall now, and the seasons of spooky, thankfulness and cheer are quickly approaching. May you all – both readers and the fabulous businesses that are a part of this, our 18th, issue – rest easy as the leaves change color and drift and (maybe!) the snow falls on this lovely and generous place we call home.
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