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SPRING 2017

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E ight years ago when I became a mother, my mom wrote me a handwritten letter. In it she expressed her hopes and dreams for me as I entered this new chapter of my life. "May you know what it means to love unconditionally and with all your heart, and may all this love you have to give be returned to you tenfold," she wrote. Unfortunately, my mom passed away three years ago from breast cancer. Therefore, when my sister became a mother this winter, my mom wasn't here to write her a letter. Luckily, my mom was a believer in equal parenting. I knew, if she were alive, she would have written a similar letter to my sister. So, with a little Photoshop help from an amazing person in our office (that's you, Kat Carter!), I was able to transform my letter into one that had been "writ- ten" for my sister. When I presented it to her the first time I met my new niece, the letter brought us both to tears. It was as if our mom had communicated with her from beyond the living. Ashley Davis discusses this tran- scendent power of letter writing in our new Creative Spark feature on page 96. In his new book, "A Life through Letters" (which he penned here in Ballantyne), Davis shares his father's story by curating his dad's letters. Each issue in Creative Spark we will highlight innovators, entrepreneurs and artists who enrich the Ballantyne community and beyond. Want to share your creative projects with our readers? Send an email to me at jgreenwald@ ballantynemagazine.com so that we may consider them for the magazine. As we enter the spring season, I am excited to share with you the magazine's newly refreshed design. Our goal was to give the text and imagery more breath- ability, and we think SPARK Publications nailed it. Throughout this issue, you will notice increased margin sizes and white space and other small changes to empha- size the magazine's most significant ele- ments. May this new design serve as a sub- tle reminder to us all to make ample room in our lives for what's most important. While my mom is no longer here in person to continue sharing this parenting journey with me and my sister, her letter and many of her other legacies remain. Perhaps, taking a cue from my mom and Ashley Davis, you will pick up a pen today and write a special message to someone you love. It doesn't have to be fancy. A simple, sweet message will do. Trust me, it will be cherished. Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief E D I T O R ' S L E T T E R Letter-Perfect Messages from the Heart Transcend "May you know what it means to love unconditionally and with all your heart, and may all this love you have to give be returned to you tenfold." – Lynn Werner (Jodi's mom) BALLANTYNE SPRING 2017 12 Editor's Letter

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