Surviving and Thriving
This year has been a doozy and many folks are feeling a sense of loss – for loved ones who succumbed to COVID-19, for homes destroyed by hurricanes and fires, and for jobs and businesses that have disappeared. Life has changed for all of us. Yet, we still can be thankful, especially for the angels among us who have found creative ways to give back and make life better for others.
DeSoto’s annual giving back issue focuses on several businesses and individuals that have stepped up to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nashville writer Tom Adkinson looks at some well-known companies in the area that shifted gears to produce much needed products – from face masks to hand sanitizers and more.
Look closely at Karon Warren’s feature story, “A Snapshot of Quarantine,” and you may see someone you know. Photographers in Corinth and Memphis used their talents to support local businesses and cheer up folks who were quarantining at home.
The holidays are special times for family get togethers, and writer Pamela Keene looks at “Homes for the Holidays,” featuring vacation rentals where generations can gather for fun and relaxation. She offers tips for finding safe rentals that best suit everyone’s needs.
I am especially thankful for all the talented writers who bring us interesting and informative stories every month. I am also grateful and extremely proud of the recognition that DeSoto Magazine received last month when three of our stories took awards from prestigious organizations. Jackie Sheckler Finch’s story, “Dolly’s Loving Legacy,” about the legendary Dolly Parton received a third-place award during the Midwest Travel Journalists Association’s Mark Twain Awards ceremony. The Society of American Travel Writers Association (SATW) recognized both Debi Lander for her “Road Tripping on the Natchez Trace” story and me for my “Food Walking Tours” story. Debi won second place in the magazine category while I won second place in the food and travel category. Congratulations to everyone, and next year we’re going for first-place wins.
In the meantime, we’ll be bringing you lots more great stories.