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Seriously, this is no time to stop imagining

By on June 22, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Mike Cassidy

By Mike Cassidy


Yes, we know there is some serious stuff going on in the world.

Even though many people are so “past it” when it comes to the coronavirus, the death toll worldwide keeps rising.

In our own family, we have had a son laid off and a daughter furloughed then laid off due to the shutdown of businesses. Thankfully, neither are losing the roofs over their heads, or suffering food shortages, but we know many, many people are.

And the Black Lives Matter movement has become so much more real with local marches.

So, are we tone-deaf here at The Good Life by publishing stories of individual adventures of sailing or counting wildflowers or playing pickleball?

In these all-so-serious times, can’t we be more serious, too?

Well, we are not totally in la-la land. 

We have a full page ad on the inside back cover this issue from the Chelan-Douglas Health District about basic rules to follow as we reopen safely, and on page 11, Associate Administrator Carol McCormick of the CDHD writes about how that agency sprang into action when COVID-19 became real locally.

Former Orondo apple grower Sharon Podlich writes this month about how sailing plans were detoured during a time of COVID-19 and Jim Brigleb has a humorous take on a situation many of us find ourselves in — spending a lot of time with our spouses.

Still, our mission here at The Good Life is to take readers out of their ordinary world — to show them what “could be” if they would just get off their couches.

During this time when we are being actively encouraged to  stay home in order to stay safe, we love to feed the imaginations of our readers.

This is the serious business of The Good Life.

I think it’s clever to have a whimsical theme to add pizazz to a trip.

I once read a story from a traveler who visited every pie-speciality restaurant along her route. She spent months on the road, eating at one pie restaurant, talking to fellow diners to get recommendations for her next stop, and then traveling on.

In one, she found an elderly bachelor farmer who claimed he had eaten a piece of pie for breakfast every day of his life.

(Perhaps he took seriously the advice of: “You never know what the future holds, eat dessert first.”)

Abiding by a theme allows the traveler to gain insights he wouldn’t get just by passing through.

That’s exactly what happened with Andy Dappen, who is writing this month about a hike he and his wife took at Mount Rainier last August.

Noticing the guidebook description of carpets of wildflowers, Andy saw a challenge — a theme — that could add to their enjoyment of putting one foot in front of another.

Writes Andy, “For people like me who often walk as far or as fast as possible, this hike might be a lesson in slowing down to smell the flowers.” 

And so, just like that, Andy turned a hike into a journey of discovery.

Find a theme to see differently the glories around you — and grab a piece of pie. Enjoy The Good Life.

— Mike

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