Having just wrapped up Bend Lifestyle’s final issue of 2019, I realized once more how our fast pace makes it hard to slow down and really be in the present. The deadline-driven nature of the publishing industry has us always looking toward the future. Because we’re in production and planning story ideas months in advance, our mindset is always fast forwarded months ahead before the current month has begun. 

With the holidays upon us, I hope that we can all slow down a bit to truly enjoy our time with family and friends and celebrate this season! This issue offers unique ideas for gifts perfect to bring to those holiday gatherings, as well as festive punch recipes for all ages.

 For truly personal gift giving, read about the good work that local company Good Prints is doing. Their mission: “To help others tell their stories with printed photos and to help nonprofits build a better world.” Read on to learn about one of the nonprofits they partner with — Capes & Crowns Foundation empowers children with serious illness and special needs through the gift of imaginative photography.

The story “Winter of Days Gone By” gives us a glimpse of what winters in Bend were like in the 1950s. Local author Sue A. Fountain shares her childhood memories of winters with heavy snowfall and days spent ice skating on downtown’s Troy Field.

Looking back on the past year, I am so grateful for all who contribute to make Bend Lifestyle possible. Here’s wishing you the very best this holiday season!   

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Jane Rial, Publisher



Cover Photo: Annie Spratt