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.