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pengwen's purlieu: Cha-cha-cha-changes!
10-02-2005, 06:04 PM
I know, I know, we “always” put a seasonally theme picture on our cover but…Now, as I’m preparing this October and November issue for print, it is the height of the harvest season in New Mexico.
It’s well after Labor Day; the smell of roasting green chile still wafts thru the air; the temperatures are still reaching the 90s during the day and this morning, as I gaze around my little world, the morning glories are stretching their fragile mouths from the just barely chilly morning to the rising sun.
(Besides it’s a favorite painting both of Karyn DeBont and me.)
September and the coming of autumn is a particularly poignant time of year for pengwen. It’s also an anniversary of Steppin’ Out, first published with a lot of help and advice from Thames Wedgewood, designer extraordinaire, in September. 1998. Since then, Steppin’ Out and pengwen have undergone many cha-cha-cha-changes. As we look back over the changes, we also look forward to change – that which is most inevitable in life.
From 10 issues a year to six–and one year when I was so sick we only put out five–but none of you seemed to mind too much, you just kept snatching up the copies, “Steppin’ Out” where we suggested and calling me up to say, “hey, can I get an advertisement in this next issue?”
Which is good because good sales people are really hard to find. In fact, the only real salesman I’ve ever known, Ken McFall, went on to the great marketing environs in August – one of several people who have ventured to “the other side” this year and whom I miss – foremost of whom was Steppin’s biggest fan and supporter, my Mom.
Those are big changes for me and there are big changes ahead for Steppin’ Out, the most exciting of which is the magical appearance of a new and greatly expanded website
Developing a website is anything but magical, of course, since it has taken an incredible amount of work by the webwitch I mean webmaster of WebWitchcraft. We urge to you visit the site and see what you think – please let us know what you like and what you don’t.
It’s a big step, not just in the development of the site itself, but in the concept. It’s a stretch for me to think “virtually” being an ol’ print person; and I know it’s a stretch for some of you to think about using the web as a main information source. Still, with the rocketing costs of transportation, a physical product gets exponentially more, while online is virtually free.
The other great thing about the web is that it can be updated as appropriate and you don’t have to wait two months to find out what’s new in art and events in the Steppin’ Out region.
And remember: practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty. Thanks!
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