Here in the Mid­west, when oth­ers need a hand, we pitch in.

Midwest Living - - Note -

In the last few months, as a global pan­demic has raged, we’ve seen so many self­less acts of kind­ness and re­mark­able mo­ments of in­no­va­tion. Mid­west­ern­ers are ris­ing up to sup­port one an­other and to keep shops open, restau­rants afloat and dreams of small­busi­ness own­ers alive. Front-line work­ers are risk­ing their health and safety every day as they an­swer calls to as­sist in their com­mu­ni­ties. Ev­ery­one at Mid­west Liv­ing has been moved by such an out­pour­ing of gen­eros­ity. So in our Life sec­tion, we’ve ex­panded our Good Neigh­bors fea­ture (page 16) to cel­e­brate just a few of our fa­vorite sto­ries. If you en­joy good news (and let’s be hon­est, who doesn’t these days?), fol­low #mwl­go­od­neigh­bors on so­cial for reg­u­lar hits of pos­i­tiv­ity in your feed. Here in Des Moines, Mid­west Liv­ing’s home­town, I am proud to serve as a board mem­ber for sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions that have stepped up to meet these times. For ex­am­ple, as COVID-19 prompted post­pone­ments and can­cel­la­tions of pop­u­lar fes­ti­vals, Wine­fest Des Moines piv­oted from event plan­ning to find­ing new ways to en­gage peo­ple with the city’s din­ing scene. We took our ef­forts on­line, invit­ing guests to pick up bot­tles and spe­cially cu­rated menu items from lo­cal restau­rants for an evening of vir­tual wine flights, plus re­mote vine­yard tours and dis­cus­sions with wine­mak­ers. The re­sult: an in­fu­sion of over $75,000 in di­rect sales for restau­rants in Des Moines and an in­cred­i­bly fun night that re­minded us, how­ever obliquely, of nor­malcy. Ev­ery­one is talk­ing about the new nor­mal, what­ever that ends up mean­ing. Time will tell. For now, I am writ­ing my sec­ond let­ter from my work-from-home post with my kids, our new Frenchie (Mar­got, such a snug­gle­bug!), and my hus­band, Nick, who has honed his skills as our house­hold’s pri­mary chef with each pass­ing meal. Our fam­ily, like yours, is learn­ing to bal­ance the grief and un­cer­tainty that cur­rently shades our lives with dreams of the great times that most cer­tainly lie ahead. We look for­ward to the day when sports re­sume, when we can safely gather with friends and when we can hit the road to one of the Mid­west’s many lake­side re­treats. A sum­mer here just isn’t com­plete with­out a visit to the re­gion’s re­fresh­ing wa­ters, which we’re cel­e­brat­ing in a Mid­west Liv­ing first: The Wa­ter Is­sue. We’ve been hard at work for the past year dream­ing up this mag­a­zine for you. I hope you find in its pages a vir­tual sense of wa­ter’s restora­tive prop­er­ties and some ideas for wel­com­ing re­newal into your lives and homes. As we em­bark on the first phases of re­open­ing, the magic of trav­el­ing around our re­gion again hangs tan­ta­liz­ingly close. For now, re­lax and en­joy.

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