Publishers Letter

An Upset in Timing

Editor's Letter

Baseball great Warren Spahn said that hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing. That certainly stood true when Society’s Chairman and Publisher, Craig Moon, called me and asked if I wanted to step up to bat. I was seven months pregnant, happily balancing the raising of my two-year-old daughter while taking freelance writing assignments as they came. My husband and I were just about to put our house on the market, and as many wives will understand, the tasks associated with said project would ultimately fall on my shoulders.

So when Craig pitched me the idea of taking over as editor for Society Charlotte, the timing could not have been worse. Everything in me wanted to say no, but the equation was too right.

I love magazines. I have for as long as I could turn a page. Now as someone with an MFA in Creative Writing I know I should have these warm sentiments towards upper crust works of literature, and I do. But magazines have always been my little hour long vacations from life, and I love them for that. I have fond memories of sitting in my kid’s size brown lacquered rocking chair curiously reading Scholastic magazine as a tyke. In my pre-teen years, it was Tiger Beat. At one point as a teenager I actually wallpapered an entire wall in my room with covers from Seventeen and Teen magazine. I even cut out my favorite headlines and pasted them up and down the sides of my bookshelf. As I crept into early adulthood, I had Cosmo and Glamour to show me the way. Today, there is nothing more joyful than getting to recline in the sun with the latest version of People, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, or if I’m very lucky, US Weekly. With a two year old, you know how few and far between these opportunities present themselves. Like I said, a vacation indeed.

As a mom who has been afforded the incredible luxury of being able to stay home to raise my children, I made the decision early on that I would never leave that vocation unless what I was going to do would make a contribution to the community or greater good. (Though when my daughter hit about 18 months and began to assert her independent personality, the definition of contribution temporarily became rather broad.)

So I was pitched a ball that entailed something I loved that was doing good for the community. It was an upset in timing, but one that seemed worth the swing. I’m happy to carry on the great work that Society Charlotte has brought to the community – showcasing non-profits, their fundraising efforts, their tireless employees, and their loyal donors. I also hope to bring you more features on arts, culture, and lifestyle, and a closer look at some of the people who make this community better. This month you can see that in our new column, Last Word, with community leader, Jill Dinwiddie.

Please email me and let me know how I can help make Society Charlotte your little hour-long vacation from life.

Amanda Pagliarini Howard
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