Hello September!? I question it because the time seems to have passed by at an unbelievable rate. Are we already saying adieu to summer and hello to fall? Pinch me.. My summer was quite an exciting one, although a different kind of excitement than yours probably, full of pregnancy complications, hospital stays, a medevac, and finally birthing a beautiful, healthy wonderful baby. As I sit here, wearing my baby in a wrap exhilarated because I am typing with two hands, I can’t help but peer out my window at the view of Thunder Mountain and wonder what it’s like up top. It will be a while before I get back to “thunder” shape and I’m ok with that, I’m always up for a challenge and I’m excited to get back to it eventually and see what my new mommy strength has to offer. Speaking of exciting, we have some delightful news on the editorial front. The magazine has a new writer! I’m sure you saw her editorial in the August edition; The Stains of Summer, but I didn’t get a chance to formally welcome Courtney Wendel to the Southeast Living Magazine crew! Courtney Wendel has lived in Juneau since she was a year old, her parents being farmers from Iowa. She has a twin brother and an older brother, and learned to enjoy the outdoors at a young age by following the boys into mischief. Graduating from JDHS in 2006, she attended UAS to receive her Literature of the Environment, BA English degree in the spring of 2011. She is proud to call Juneau home, with her beloved cat and dog. When not at work for the Department of Transportation, she spends most of her time on the diverse trail system hiking, running, or camping with her spotted pooch and adventure buddies. I am so excited to add an outdoors/nature section to the magazine and Courtney is the perfect fit! Check out her editorial this month And the Rain Falls Down on page 6, speaking on the climate we live in and the role the rain plays in our ecosystem. And on that note, stay dry, adventure as much as you can within reason and safety of course, winter will be here before we know it and soon I will be complaining about the lack of rainless/snowless activities that Southeast has to offer.

Anna Hoke is the graphic designer and owner of Southeast Living Magazine. She can be reached at anna@seakliving.com.