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Shore Secrets is proud and honored to be entering our third year in print, and as we move forward, I suppose it's only natural to look back and remember just how we got here. I have to admit, each publication still brings a new and surprising combination of goose bumps, nerve wracking fear, as well as excitement. Honestly, I know without a doubt that those feelings will never grow old, as each issue still leaves me with that sinking feeling of "Who on earth is going to want to read anything I write?" And that's a good thing I believe, for as a former employer once told
me: "Anything worth doing, is worth being nervous
I remember so well hitting the road with my idea for the magazine, trying to sell the idea to the many businesses along the Shore. As I was sitting down talking to a prospective advertiser, They were browsing through the information I had put together, commenting on this idea or another, and when they were done, they handed me back the notebook, and said "It's a good idea, but, why now? The economy is horrible, I honestly can't think of a worse time to start a new business?" I thought for a moment, the truth is, I honestly hadn't even considered that aspect of the magazine. Looking at the man in front of me, I said simply "Why not? If we put things off that we want in life, we'll never get them. You can't be afraid to take the risk, you just have to do it and move forward, and hope for the best." And isn't that really true about everything in life? If we wait until we have enough money, or the right job, or are where we want to be - then would we ever really feel "comfortable" enough to make that jump? I don't think so, I think sometimes you just have to close your eyes and leap, knowing that wherever you land is exactly where you're meant to be.
My love affair with the Eastern Shore began way back in 1980, when I first discovered this amazing area that I now call home. We had literally been here less than a day before I confidently said "This is where I want to live. I don't care about a job, I don't care about a house. I am moving here, this is home." I had been here oh maybe five years, before I received what I have come to consider to be the very best compliment one could ever receive in life. I was sitting down at the local drug store, enjoying a cup of cherished coffee, when an elderly gentleman, born and bred right here on the Shore, looked at me and said "You ain't a come here .. you're a belong here." I still swell with pride every time I recall those words. For the Eastern Shore is more than a 70 mile stretch of land. It is more than the ocean, and the bay and the salty marshes. The Shore is more than the little towns that dot it's landscape, it's more than sunsets and the crisp salty breezes. The Eastern Shore is a lifestyle, a way of life not found in the hustle and bustle of the cities. It's tranquility and beauty, a sense of community and friendships that run deep and true. It's history and heritage and ties and bonds that have withstood the test of time and not just survived, but thrived. It's home, and in my heart, it always has been.
The stories you will read in Shore Secrets are written from our hearts. They are not intended to promote a business nor a person, they are our personal perceptions of places and people that we meet in our travels. The goal of the magazine is as it has always been - to share our love of the Shore with those who are interested in the hopes that they too, will come to appreciate this little area that we call home. We are a small publication, and we intend to stay that way, with each member of our staff dedicated to the goals and ideals of the magazine, seeking to provide an intimate and personal portrayal of the Shore. Despite that, the magazine itself has grown much more rapidly than any of us ever envisioned. Moving forward, we are excited and eager to see where the next year will take us. We are not afraid to express our opinions, and we welcome feedback, both positive as well as critical. If you agree with us, we are always happy to know we've found a kindred spirit. If you think we're way off base, then by all means let us know. Your compliments give us encouragement, your criticism helps us grow and improve.
The beauty of the Shore truly lies in it's people, the communities and neighbors, all of which are just stories, waiting to be told. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to share them with you.
Shore Secrets is published 4 times a year, in April, June, September and December covering Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter on the Shore. For subscription information, please visit our subscription page.
*Shore Secrets makes every effort to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate. However, we will not be responsible for omissions, errors or deletions. All opinions expressed within Shore Secrets are the personal opinions of its editors, writers and owners and are not intended to convey fact or public opinion unless otherwise noted.