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For Everything There Is a Season
In the past thirteen years of publishing CT Kids & Family, I have been careful not to make any religious references in my writing. However, some of the most quoted words of the Bible, from the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, are words that resonate deeply with me now and are ones that I want to share with you.
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven..."
We all know how it continues. This familiar list represents all the seasons and the important matters of our lives. Some are happy times, others sad; some are productive while others seem wasteful; some inspire peace and others bring pain. Yet all of them are necessary for us to learn, grow, and evolve as individuals.
Each major transition in our lives requires our undivided time and attention for successful passage. Each one also presents a gift—if we're open to receiving it. CT Kids & Family has been a tremendous gift in my life but the season for me is coming to a close and other doors have opened.
I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to create this resource from its inception way back in 2001. I have learned so much and met so many wonderful people. I have raised my children while growing this publication and I am grateful for the friendships I have enjoyed with my advertisers and my readers as we have grown our businesses and raised our families together.
I have decided to return to my healthcare roots. With a background in Occupational Therapy and Hospital Administration, I have come full circle and am back in the corporate world of healthcare. As Vice President of Associated Medical, a healthcare partner company, I am truly inspired by the challenge of making a difference in post-cancer care, women's health care, post-orthopedic surgery care and the deployment of high-technology healthcare recovery devices. With my own children grown and leaving the nest, it is time for me to spread my wings once again as well.
As of the October issue, I am thrilled to announce that I will be passing the reins to my trusted colleague and friend, Kathy Barnett. Kathy is now the proud new owner and publisher of CT Kids & Family and I can think of no one who I would trust more to carry on the legacy and continue to grow this business. A dedicated wife and mother of four and a smart, witty, dedicated professional woman, Kathy will continue to serve all of you with the highest integrity and full commitment to the needs of our advertisers and our readers alike. Please join me in congratulating and supporting Kathy as she moves from Associate Publisher to Owner and Publisher and takes over at the helm.
So with some sadness, wonderful memories and tremendous gratitude, I bid you farewell. Thank you for allowing me into your homes each month and for sharing this journey with me.
Barb Doyle ~ Publisher
As you're waiting patiently for the kids to get out of school, dance class or skating lessons be sure to carry a copy of CT Kids & Family with you or log on with your mobile device so you can take a few minutes while the kids are busy. Visit our Fall Family Fun Guide this month filled with Halloween events, fall fairs and upcoming holiday shows. It's all here at your finger tips.
Our Out & About Community Calendar is updated daily so there are loads of family-friendly activities there for you - have you checked it out recently? Have you signed up for our weekly e-newsletter? We highlight the best of the best activities each week and send them right to your inbox for really easy access. Make sure to sign-up so you're not only in the know about activities and events but also get the word on all of our contests and give-aways! We love to give stuff away!
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Kathy Barnett ~ Associate Publisher
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