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Editors Note

Last year, after almost 30 years of living in Wisconsin, I realized it was time to come home. I now reside in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with the Blue Ridge Mountains floating along the skyline like a backdrop to a movie.

There’s nothing quite like holding a magazine in your hands.

Summertime, according to Gershwin, the living is easy, and summer in Wisconsin is indeed a golden time, a brief season that evokes leisure, cold beer, boats, lakes, and beaches, all of which we touch on in this, our summer issue.

The days are getting longer, the sun is shining on the thick drifts of snow we got last weekend, and my old dog, Clio, my companion for the past fifteen years, sleeps beside my desk as I think about winter, and spring.

About the time I started thinking about the editor’s note for this issue, my wife and I went up north for a weekend with my cousin and her husband who have a place in Sawyer County, near Exeland where my grandparents lived during Prohibition.

Summer means different things in different places.

I’ve been thinking about spring lately like most of us, I imagine, in anticipation of sunshine, longer warmer days, and rebirth. I’ve been thinking too about war, and the damage it does to individuals and to us collectively.

Chris Chambers

An opportunity like this only comes around once in a blue moon.

Photo of Jason A. Smith

You might have noticed something different about our cover.

Photo of Jason A. Smith

Do our rural communities have a say in the decisions that affect them?

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