Welcome to the November Issues of Haymarket and Gainesville Lifestyles

Letter from the Editor: Susan McCorkindale

I think I’m like a lot of people when it comes to Thanksgiving; happy that there’s no shopping and wrapping and running around to do, and grateful for the opportunity to see my family, all together around the table, eating, relaxing, and being thankful for each other and all we’ve been blessed with. I’m particularly looking forward to this Thanksgiving, as it will be the first time ever my mom’s seven grandchildren will be there to celebrate with her. All of them under one roof. I can only hope my sister-in-law stocks up on enough wine!

A friend once told me that there are blessings and miracles around us every day, we just need to look for them. I believe that and I see them everywhere. One of them is 19-year-old Devin Hutchesen of Haymarket. Devin fought cancer for several years and in May was declared cancer-free. A talented artist whose works are on display at Novant Medical Center in Haymarket, you can read about him and his show in our Inside Nova News feature at the end of this issue. He and his family have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and I know I’ll be thinking of him that day. 

Speaking of blessings, and despite how frequently we tell our children to take their faces out of their phones, technology is also a blessing. Check out Stella Veraduccia’s heartwarming feature, “Staying Connected Across the Miles,” for a look at how innumerable advances in technology are helping military and non-military families alike visit with each other and celebrate the holidays “together” like never before. 

May your holiday be blessed and delicious, healthy and happy. And if any of you run into my new pen pal, Christine Huse, please let her know I received her letter and I’m on it. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Susan McCorkindale
About Susan McCorkindale 17 Articles
Susan McCorkindale is a mom, autism and mental health advocate, and the editor of Haymarket Lifestyle and Gainesville Lifestyle magazines. She is also the author of two books, "Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl" and "500 Acres and No Place to Hide, More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl". When not editing, writing, or reading, she enjoys painting furniture and sampling new Chardonnays. Just not at the same time.

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