Shak­ing off win­ter, em­brac­ing new jour­neys

Grand Magazine - - CONTENTS - JIM POLING

It’s time to shake off win­ter’s slum­ber, to re­group, breathe deeply and take in this new sea­son of prom­ise. It’s a time of new colour – pur­ple, in fact, and it’s a new sea­son of jour­ney and con­nec­tions.

This is the Out­doors edi­tion of Grand magazine, and the ed­i­to­rial team of Brian Williams and Diane Shantz has worked hard to make those con­nec­tions for you.

Ded­i­cated read­ers will also note the re­tire­ment of Melinda Marks as ed­i­tor-inchief. She is no longer in the of­fice but her influence runs through the en­tire is­sue.

The con­nec­tions made in this is­sue are ones we don’t au­to­mat­i­cally see. Who would ever think love and tor­na­does go to­gether?

Or a truck and gourmet food? A base­ball bat and an axe?

There’s more: the mer­cu­rial and fluid na­ture of wa­ter and how its prop­er­ties are per­fect for bal­ance; and the joy of walk­ing and the spirit of a race.

Jour­neys take many forms and each of the sto­ries and pho­tos and spe­cial fea­tures in this is­sue take us in­side and out­side the re­gion. This is­sue takes you along and above the wind­ing Nith River, ex­plor­ing its his­toric and lit­er­ary curves. It takes you in­side the pas­sion of a mu­sic maker who counts ghosts as his friends and is fu­elled by Tai Chi and sto­ry­telling.

We ex­plore the heart of the re­gion and then go wide from east coast to west. There are pages of finds in this Grand is­sue: shop­ping trea­sures, ar­chi­tec­tural won­ders, bil­low­ing sails, bears and sil­ver-hued fish.

What’s a lit­tle travel with­out food, though? Bi­son and rab­bit and veg­eta­bles come to­gether in­side an unas­sum­ing and less than tra­di­tional din­ing venue.

In our sen­sory jour­ney we of­fer burg­ers with a twist, a menu full of new wines and a craft and crafty cock­tail called Knock on Wood. There’s a lot of spirit in this is­sue: like the food and drink, the sto­ry­telling and pho­to­graphs are a sa­lute and a sig­na­ture.

Our senses are awak­ened. Pause, breathe deep, re­flect and en­joy.

Life is truly a jour­ney.

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