by David Leestma

Following our cover theme, “One Day at a Time”, it simply makes sense to pace ourselves during this extraordinary time. Pacing ourselves means patience, and patience is always a challenge for me. I strive for it but want most things to happen right now! 

Erin and Ethan Whitlock with daughter Everly at the annual Trick or Treat in Chimney Rock.  Photo by Alice Garrard

We are all anxious for this “Covid” to be over. It causes stress in many areas of our lives both mental and physical. We long to be with family and friends, hugging, laughing, just being together. 

So while you are waiting, maybe not so patiently, enjoy these Breeze stories and ideas.

Lake Lure’s Flowering Bridge is a great place to begin a fall color exploration through the Gorge, page 29. Check out what’s going on at Chimney Rock State Park, page 15. Try Barn Yoga and support local charities, page 21. When working on a business plan, focus on the positive, p 26. It’s not just a season of color but a season of hope, p 31. Don’t forget that the library is open for business, p 25. And go fishin’, page 28, before it’s ‘wine o’clock, page 16.

Don’t worry – I won’t mention every story or news item here. No patience for that.

I do want to mention the retirement of the Rev. Everette Chapman, founding pastor of Fairfield Mountains Chapel. Everette’s column, “From the Pastor’s Desk” has appeared in The Mountain Breeze since our beginning 33 years ago.  Everette and his wife, Jenny have served the Hickory Nut Gorge community with distinction and integrity. They leave a legacy of thoughtful leadership and care.  With heart felt gratitude we wish them all the best. 

As Shriner Hospital Poster Boy, Alec says, “If it’s a bad day, you can make it a better one.” Let’s continue helping each other get through these uncertain times. Be careful, be safe, be encouraging, be sharing, be patient. Pace yourself.