Saturday, September 3, 2011
From Me To You
So much has happened since the last time I wrote to you, and unfortunately not all of it has been good.
Two authors that I not only had the pleasure of interviewing on the radio but also considered friends passed away during the month of August. One was New York Times bestselling author L. A. Banks and the other was 26 year old rising star author Nathaniel "Nati" Holmes. Both will be missed and given a tribute in this issue, but they also inspired the message of this letter to you.
All of us are building on our legacy each day that we are here on this earth. I have come to understand more and more, however, that what is really important is how much we have been able to affect others and the world after we are gone. Not all of us will be elected officials or run Fortune 500 companies. This doesn't mean that we can't still make a difference and affect people in a way that will leave them better than how we found them.
In this issue of Conversations I thought it was important to speak to you in a more personal way through issues that matter to you. In the United States much of the summer has been spent looking at the political theatre that has been going on and the inability of our elected officials to focus on that which matters the most to us.
I also wanted to discuss the importance of love in our lives and how we can begin to feel better not just about ourselves but those around us. For those who have never felt worthy of love I think you will even find something for yourself that will hopefully make you feel a little better about yourself.
As you can tell from the cover story I also wanted to address the very real problem that is affecting brick and mortar stores, specifically music and book stores. I turned to you, the reader, for your insight, and I think you will find quite a bit that will contribute to the debate and discussion.
Finally there is a fitting tribute to what I consider to be one of the best learning programs on television: Reading Rainbow. We are using this issue to give you the thoughts of other fans and even talk with one of the producers of the popular show.
In all I want the sense of urgency that I feel to be something that you are able to relate to as well. I want you to close this magazine and be ready to see how you can began to make changes today, no matter where you are int he world and where you feel like you are in life. Life is short, and I would like to believe that none of us want to waste the precious time that we have been so generously given.
As always, I welcome your feedback as well as your suggestions for future issues and interviews. Is there a topic you would like to see us cover or do you have a comment on something we have addressed in the past. Feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.896.5616.
Until next time, happy reading!
Cyrus Webb, Editor-In-Chief