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As I reviewed the features for this issue, I was captivated. Molly Carrillo, our outstanding intern, did a fantastic job with our Coastal Illustrated feature. Local residents, who are recent college graduates share, in their own words, the wisdom they gained on the journey toward their bachelors’ degrees. Reading their words was reassuring; the world is in good hands. I can’t wait to see what these young people accomplish.

Our cover model for Coastal Illustrated is Sarah Elizabeth Bishop, a lifelong resident of St. Simons Island. Like many of you, I had the pleasure of watching Sarah Elizabeth grow from infancy to adulthood in what seems like the blink of an eye. I know her parents, Mary Moore and Jimmy Bishop, and her grandparents, Mary and Jim Bishop, along with her extended family and friends, are so proud of the young woman she has become.

Adrian Cate and Bethany Vann will greet you on the cover of Coastal Home. The feature, written by the dynamic Cheri Leavy, allows us to get to know this well-known design duo a little better. They gave Cheri the scoop on their favorite beauty products, boutiques and what drives their design philosophy. I’m obsessed with their recs, and hope you will be too! In his real estate story, reporter Gordon Jackson talks with Realtors about amenities that help homes sell.

While we’re talking obsessions, Jim Henderson’s column includes some tasty cocktails for summer sippin’, including a strawberry basil margarita. Like Jim, I often find fruity drinks too sweet, but the basil lends some depth to the flavor profile, and only adds to its refreshing capabilities. And in Shore Things, Cheri Leavy is raising a glass to “cocktailing.” She’s found an abundance of good things from home bar supplies to snacks and recipes for those with discerning tastes.

The weather is heating up, and reading a great book in a shady spot is a relief from our somewhat soupy summer weather. Literary columnist Cary Knapp has the perfect, albeit bittersweet, tome. She reviews “World Travel: An Irreverent Guide” (Ecco) by the late Anthony Bourdain and his long-time friend and former assistant, Laurie Woolover. With people beginning to travel again, this provides inspiration, while those who aren’t quite ready can kick back and read about destinations Bourdain visited, from Argentina to Vietnam.

In Blooming Issues, horticulturist Anne Ditmer discusses the viability of hostas in our coastal environment as she listens to the cicadas at her dad’s farmhouse in Northern Ohio. Thank goodness we don’t have to contend with the invasion of those insects. I mean, haven’t we all been through enough?

The folks featured in our Q&As are fascinating. In our Local Q&A, get acquainted with Fred Rowe, the owner of Gentlemen’s and Lady Outfitters, formerly owned by his father-in-law, Frank Still, and his aunt, Elizabeth Jordan. In the Realtor Q&A, we feature Hans Trupp, now affiliated with EXP Realty. Hans talks about his military service, his favorite St. Simons Island restaurant and walking the beach in his spare time. And, in our Affiliate Q&A, you’ll meet William Ligon, a former state senator who practices primarily real estate law. William tells us about his childhood in Spain, his love for the law, and his family, which includes his wife and five children.

Finally, we highlight three recent events in our Captured pages. We dropped in on the recent Terry Thomas Foundation Luncheon at Ocean Forest on Sea Island, and the Junior League of the Golden Isles and Communities in Schools, both at Village Creek Landing. There are pictures of tons of people you know!

This issue made me a bit wistful those long ago days when I preparing to plunge into life. I didn’t have a big college graduation celebration because I was the married mother of a toddler. Would I do it all over again? Absolutely. But, perhaps I wouldn’t have been in such a rush to settle down and be a grown-up. My advice to this year’s grads is to follow your passion, learn to support yourselves and don’t be in a hurry to do all the adult things. There is plenty of time for all that. Travel. Seek adventure. Continue your education. Be a participant rather than an observer. And above all, be kind to yourself and to others.

Enjoy the issue.