Recently I decided to try to take time out every day to reflect on the things that I’m grateful for, particularly the things that happened on that given day. When I remember to take a moment for reflection, I’m overwhelmed with all the blessings in my life and it makes it easier for me to accept the things I’m not so grateful for!

Now that it’s full-tilt Fall, we can all be thankful that summer’s forest fire season is behind us. This issue spotlights the hard-working volunteers and staff of the USDA Fire Service who work to protect the Deschutes National Forest and most importantly, to keep us safe when forest fires ensue. Read more in our “(Fire) Safe with Gratitude” story.  

This issue also shines a light on Saving Grace, the local nonprofit that provides refuge for victims of violence. When we recognize how domestic violence and intimate partner violence affects women, children and families, we can all learn to be a saving grace and create safer communities.

Be sure to see this issue’s Open House feature, a story of how a craftsman set out to revive a nearly 100-year-old farmhouse on land that tells the story of Bend’s early history.

The following pages also offer you delicious recipes for autumn food and fun refreshments. Here’s to Fall and giving thanks!

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Jane Rial, Publisher