The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Lara Far­rar, As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

So, hello! I am tak­ing over HER for a while for Lind­sey and am so ex­cited to get to know our read­ers! I look for­ward to hear­ing from you and please feel free to get in touch with any fab­u­lous story ideas about the many in­spir­ing women who live in our com­mu­nity!

A lit­tle bit about me. I re­cently re­turned to my na­tive Arkansas af­ter liv­ing else­where for al­most two decades (wow, I am get­ting old …). I have worked as a re­porter in Bos­ton, New York, Lon­don, and, most re­cently, China where I cov­ered Asia for about 10 years. I de­cided to re­turn to Hot Springs, where I grew up, be­cause I wanted to be closer to my fam­ily for a while and also be­cause I missed the South. How­ever con­tra­dic­tory, com­pli­cated, and (let’s ad­mit) crazy, this part of the world can be, it will for­ever be my home.

Which brings me to the theme of the is­sue you are read­ing now. For a lot of us, it is hard to fathom not ever be­ing able to re­turn to the place where we grew up. We are lucky that we can. But here, and many other places around the world, peo­ple have to leave their home­lands be­cause they have no choice. Poverty, disease, famine, wars, re­pres­sive gov­ern­ments and discrimination are all rea­sons why peo­ple make the very hard choice to move some­where else with­out the prospect of ever go­ing back to where they came from.

So with my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence in mind, and against the back­drop of what I would say is a some­what hos­tile and my­opic time in Amer­i­can his­tory, I felt that we should take some time to ac­knowl­edge the women who live in our com­mu­nity who made that dif­fi­cult choice to leave home. Hot Springs is far more di­verse than I re­mem­ber as a child. I be­lieve this is a great thing. Peo­ple from dif­fer­ent places bring fresh views, new en­ergy and in­ter­est­ing cul­tures to our com­mu­nity. It makes us stronger. It makes our chil­dren bet­ter.

So, please keep read­ing about these fas­ci­nat­ing women who live in Hot Springs who im­mi­grated to the United States. Get to know them (and there are many oth­ers, by the way) on the pages of this mag­a­zine, but most im­por­tantly, make an ef­fort to get to know them in per­son. It’s well worth it!

Thanks for read­ing, and see you all next month.

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