Welcome to November

Erik Flesch & Sara Lomasz Flesch

As we prepared the pages of this month’s magazine, we pondered the many things we have to be grateful for during this month of thanksgiving. 

We’re grateful to Mary Friedel-Hunt and Bill Hunt for founding Voice of the River Valley in 2006 as a means to connect the rich and varied communities of our nook of the Driftless Area. And we’re grateful that Mary continues to share her voice with us in “Living Well, Dying Well.”

We’re grateful to Steve Fuller, the newest voice to be heard in these pages, for sharing his veteran’s journey home, a new column. And as we mark Veterans Day this month, we thank Steve and all veterans for their service.

We’re grateful to Erin Crooks Lynch for once again sharing her voice in “Driftless Terroir,” for refocusing our attention on the first inhabitants of our nook of the Driftless Area, and for sharing resources we can use to learn and re-learn our region’s rich culture and history.

We’re grateful to Kathy Steffen for her insight into discovering and recovering creative balance in “Between the Lines”; to Jennifer Moore-Kerr for introducing us to Stef Morrill in this month’s “Building Bridges” column; to Ainsley Anderson for tips on how to encourage children to engage their imaginations in preparation for the upcoming holidays in “Raising Driftless Kids;” to Doris Green for a new month of genealogy tools and resources in “Tracking Your Past;” to Patrice Peltier for teaching us about remontance and for sharing her personal experience with the blitz of reblooming in “Garden Blitz;” to Etienne White for her nurturing nudge toward creatively weathering another Wisconsin winter in “Where the Land Meets the Sky;” and to John Heasley for charting our way of seeing November’s “Driftless Dark Skies.”

We grateful to Don Greenwood and the many photographers and artists who have contributed to our covers and pages this year.

We’re grateful to the advertisers and subscribers whose support helps us bring you these pages and ideas, and to our volunteers who literally help bring the print magazine to readers. 

Thank you, dear reader, for sharing in this celebration of life in the Lower Wisconsin and Sugar-Pecatonica River Valleys. To subscribe, sponsor, advertise or Adopt a Business, or to share your ideas, email us at info@voiceoftherivervalley.com or call (608) 588-6251.

Happy reading,