Tears & Challenges

Mike Teegarden

When selecting what feature stories to run in Ruralite, we strive for a mix of interesting and entertaining topics that appeal to a broad range of readers. As a general rule, our stories are lighthearted and cheerful.

However, this month we take on a story that may be tough to read.

It was for me.

Writer Drew Woolley tenderly tells the story of a program called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, which connects volunteer photographers with parents who have lost a child at birth. In the midst of their worst nightmare, parents can have a free photo session with their child, preserving that moment of joy and sorrow.

As a parent and a photographer, I was drawn to this organization’s mission. I have also felt the gut-wrenching anguish of losing a child and know the sadness of not having quality photos to remember the precious moments I had with my daughter.

I wish none of you ever needs the services of this group of kind people, but if you do, I hope you find a bit of comfort from their generosity and warmth.

On a lighter note, our Up Close story on page 10 by Drew Myron chronicles the adventures of Laurie Case Wilhite, who kayaked the Columbia River in noncontiguous segments over a 2 year period from the John Day Dam to Astoria, Oregon.

Laurie shared her journey with family and friends, enriching the time she spent on the water. Her experience has her urging others to slow down and savor each journey, while being sure not to avoid challenges.

I hope all fathers out there enjoy a wonderful Father’s Day. Perhaps our story on grilled-in-foil recipes will come in handy at your celebration this year.

And, of course, I have to mention that June 15 is National Electricity Day, when we celebrate Benjamin Franklin flying a kite to prove his theory of lightning being caused by a sudden discharge of electricity.

Mike Teegarden
Editorial Director