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Mary Lodge captures the warmth and joy of the Christmas holiday in our cover photo. She is a member of Paris Photography Club.


Community Blessings

OK, I admit it. This is my favorite time of year. Sure the parties and presents are great, but this is the season to adopt an attitude of gratitude, and I love that.

Gratitude is pretty trendy these days. There are Gratitude Challenges online, as well as a host of books about gratitude. My favorite is Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. Really?

Here in Henry County some things may still be a mystery, but gratitude is not one of them. In fact, our entire holiday edition is filled with community blessings. Many are things that other towns take for granted or perhaps don’t even have access to. For example, Arts and Entertainment features many of the fun, free children’s events in Downtown Paris. For a beautiful, historic, safe downtown where our children can enjoy Christmas activities in a community setting, I am truly thankful.

For Paris Cuisine’s Editor Cindy Snyder’s delicious take on a holiday brunch, for access to fresh food and water, and for all of those loved ones who will gather together this season, I am truly thankful.

The older I get, the more thankful I become for the history of our community and for people like Larry Ray (When Bullets Flew, page 35), Shannon McFarlin (Reminiscence, page 7) and others who have and are preserving our stories.

And for folks like Randall Perry and Jonathan Lodge who have formed PerryLodgic Brewing Company. These entrepreneurs are gutsy, energetic and passionate about what they do. I’m thankful that they live here and are willing to share their talents.

We can never be grateful enough. But reading through these pages made me realize that when giving thanks, our community, our people, our heritage and the ties that bind us to one another are blessings that should never be taken for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, 

Smantha Parker
Editor and Publisher of PARIS! Magazine

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