“From all that I saw,
and everywhere I wandered,
I learned that time cannot be spent,
It only can be squandered.”
– Roman Payne
Welcome to the 10th Anniversary edition of EXPLORE. Wow, what a sentence to read. What began as little more than a silly and crazy idea, has consumed the past 10 years of my life, and has been something that I never imagined would reach as many people as it has.
I’ve told the story of EXPLORE and how it came to be a few times in my Publisher’s letters, so I’ll spare you another re-telling. If you haven’t heard the story, we’ll just say that EXPLORE was born of necessity and has grown to something with a life of its own. And for that, I am quite proud.
I have too many memories of working on this publication to share, but I can confidently say that when I think about EXPLORE, I just smile. It has its own personality, its own heart, and it truly does beat. Thank you to each and every one of you that have allowed us to produce this publication, and I sincerely pray that you smile when you think of EXPLORE as well.
For this issue, we reached out to several of the people that have worked on it over the years with us, and asked them to share a few memories. As their submissions came in, the quote above came to mind as I recognized that while working on EXPLORE was a “job” for each of these people…it was also an adventure. It involved a lot of laughs, some great memories, and in looking back on their time here, each person seemed to do so with a large smile.
So I smile, too.
It’s been hard at times. It’s been stressful. It’s been a lot of late nights. But it’s also simply been an exploration of every emotion imaginable, and an appreciation for virtually every person that has crossed my path. And really, we should all be so lucky to call such an adventure their “JOB”.
Welcome to October. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for 10 years of reading, 10 years of laughter, and for 10 years of EXPLORATION. Here’s to 10 more as I hope that we all continue to EXPLORE.
Benjamin D. Schooley