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Letter from the Editor, September/October 2010
By John Moody

Dick Durbin is connected. Yeah, sure, in just the way you think, no doubt about it, but that's not the right context here. We're not talking power or access to it. Nah, we're talking about attachment to a place, a connection to home and having an abiding affection for same. Durbin could live in Chicago or Washington and still do his job as U.S. Senator, but he made a decision long ago, along with his family, that they would make their stand right here in Springfield. So, for 28 years now, he's been a commuter most every week of the year. Ask him where home is, and he speaks about Springfield straight from his heart. Chances are some of his favorite things about home match yours. We hope you enjoy reading about a guy who lives just down the road.

Mangia! is Italian for Eat! SO Magazine takes that as a command in a big way. We go to the finest Italian restaurants in town and take you along for the ride. While you're reading the piece, have your phone ready to call for reservations. All things Italian have a prominent place in this edition of SO. We take two weeks to travel from the Italian countryside to the cityscapes of Rome and Venice with contributor Shannon O'Brien, who graces our pages with her writing and elegant photographs. Enjoy our little slice of Italy.  

To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, local writer Tara McClellan McAndrew brings us a dramatic piece about the Ground Zero Museum Workshop in Manhattan. It's a small place making a big impact on those who visit, including a group from the Springfield area.

Perhaps you need an affordable, new hobby, something like geocaching, the high-tech worldwide treasure hunt. Grab your GPS and head out the door; there's likely a cache to be found just down the road from where you're sitting right now. First thing you should do is read staff writer Kathleen Ostrander's piece about this increasingly popular and challenging pastime.

If you're into hot wheels, we got 'em. Check out what Gary Bryan's got in his garage. Sure, you're thinking he's a cabinet guy, a kitchen-design guy, and you're right about that, but he's also something of a car collector. Ostrander writes about his sweet '51 Chevy.

SJ-R Outdoors Editor Chris Young marks the 150th birthday of Jens Jensen, the renowned landscape architect who designed Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center, with a story and photo essay made up of both historical and original photography. It's worth your while to see and read.

Don't forget to check us out online at www.springfieldsown.com. We're always grateful to have you spend some of your time with us.


John Moody

Publications Editor



Story published Friday, September 3, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 5 )

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