After a fascinating five years at Watershed Magazine – first as a feature writer, then as an editor – I am turning the page and starting a new chapter...again! This is the predicament of a restless soul.
Moving to Northumberland County from Toronto brought a complete change of pace and offered a rural perspective that stretched my mind in new ways. My neighbour and now good friend, Roger Thomas, is an avid hunter and taught me that marinated squirrel is a damn fine dish. The sound of gun shot from up the road no longer rattles me; I know it's Roger, picking off squirrels or crows, keeping them away from his beloved bird feeders and the National Geo display of avians outside his picture window. Roger is mad about birds, including wild turkeys, which he entices to his front lawn with hundreds of pounds of corn. Last year he had 160 one morning!
Roger is also part of the intimate Watershed circle, a handful of dedicated people who produce and deliver this beautiful magazine four times a year. Founder Jane Kelly and Art Director Meg Botha are the duo at the heart of it all, exploding with stories, visual ideas and energy to go the distance with every issue. Case in point, the cover you see above: Meg had narrowed the cover options to two images, and the three of us went back and forth with no clear consensus. We were on press in two days, but Jane said, "What else have you got that we haven't seen?" We huddled around Meg's computer and scrolled through tens of possibilities, and then, bam, this one came up. "Wow!" we exclaimed in unison. And that's how it works at Watershed.
It's been a privilege to be a member of this unique team and explore the four corners of the region as part of my job. I've met phenomenal people along the way, and discovered innovative projects east, west, north and south – the Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield, Venture 13 in Cobourg, Ah! in Warkworth, Belleville DocFest, Cultivate in Port Hope.... Passion, commitment and a strong sense of community are what make these initiatives possible. Same with the magazine.
I will miss it, but life is taking me in new directions: to Kingston, Sydenham Lake and Cobourg. Change is exciting, and my eyes and ears are alive to all the adventures that await.