Ahead of the Curve
Ten years ago, I started working at Vermont Life. Since then I have
had the privilege of working with dedicated, inspiring co-workers who every day
bring big-city talent, small-town kindness
and late-show wit to a state office building in Vermont. As the years have ticked
by, we have become a tightly knit family,
each with a special area of expertise that,
like puzzle pieces, fit perfectly together
to bring the issue to fruition: headline
writing, advertiser courting, photo editing, design tweaking, grammar checking.
Through it all, there has always been
a joyful sense of unified purpose, even
during times of personal or professional
strife. The Vermont Life staff believes
in what it does almost to the point of
proselytizing: We look forward to telling
the stories about what makes our state
special and packaging it all in an elegant,
tactile print magazine. We love writing
about the people who are helping to build
a sustainable forest industry (“Heating
Up,” page 46), or photographing those
who find endless ways to enjoy our gor-
geous landscape (“Active Ingredients,”
page 34). We never tire of talking about
our thriving arts scene (page 14), food
culture (page 24) and tech entrepreneurs
(page 72). It’s motivating to know that
Vermont is ahead of the curve on all the
things the next generation cherishes:
good food, a clean environment, compas-
sion for others, a work-life balance. With
technology now making it pos-
sible to have international reach
far from urban centers, in places
with room to breathe and play,
we know Vermont’s time has
come. The sound bite that best
sums up what it’s like to live
here today? Vermont is the
new American Dream.
The time has come for me
to move on to new adventures
within this wonderful state. I
leave with a deep sense of pride
and thankfulness for the oppor-
tunity to work at a magazine
with such a long and storied history:
For 71 amazing years, Vermont Life has
chronicled the evolution of Vermont.
To my staff and the dozens of freelance
writers and photographers whose talents
made my job easy, I say thank you. But
especially to the readers who faithfully
supported the magazine, my eternal grati-
tude. I read every one of your comments
over the years, and appreciated when you
told me that I did well and when I missed
the mark (I even enjoyed hearing from
the man who told me I must have a brain
tumor because I am so bad at my job).
I leave in the column to the right
some of my favorite reader comments.
I want you to know I heard you, and I
was astounded by the role the magazine
played in your lives. I am including these
here so that my co-workers will know
that their work makes a difference. Thank
you all from the bottom of my heart.
Mary Hegarty Nowlan, Editor
Vermont Life makes me feel
proud to live here.
I frequently share and reference great
articles or quotes from the magazine on
my Facebook page to spread the joy.
After my family and I read it,
I bring it to work and share with my
staff. Vermont Life always makes me
look forward to my time in Killington.
I recently purchased Vermont
property because of Vermont Life!
I love your state and try to visit often
on my motorcycle! Vermont Life
always points me toward new roads!
Vermont Life helps me feel like I know
what’s going on, and leaves me with a
sense of longing to return.
I moved to Vermont after reading an
issue in my college library. I was looking
to move out of the NYC area and was
pretty much set on Colorado. But
Vermont Life changed my mind.
Reading Vermont Life just reminds me
to start looking for a way to move back
to my beloved adopted home state.
My daughter is a freshman at UVM
and this magazine is a great guide to our
many explorations that we’ll be having
over the next four years.
Vermont inspired me enough that I
bought a small hunting camp in Chelsea.
We purchased a second home in
Vermont and love it.
When it was time for marriage, both
kids came to Vermont for their weddings.
It is such a special place for them and us.
Vermont Life brings us here.
I purchased the Fall 1976 issue
while on vacation in Vermont and
brought it home with me … 22 years
later I moved here. Yay, me!
Vermont Life makes me proud to have
an association with this state.
FAMILY PORTRAIT Taken at Mary’s
going-away party: Paul Williams,
associate publisher; Judy Thurlow,
managing editor; Tom Taylor,
editorial and publishing assistant;
Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor;
David Goodman, production manager;
Bill Anderson, managing editor.
NOT PICTURED Susan McClellan,
art director; Chris McGee, advertising