Inside the December/January issue
From the desk of the editor
ZIP code envy? Christmas is the cure.
There’s nothing like the holiday season to kick-start our thankfulness and to reflect on whom rather than what we have inside of the structure or region we call home.
So much more than bricks and mortar, homes absorb our laughter and hide our tears from the world. They shelter our friends and family in times of togetherness and, in solitary moments, retreat into a healing sanctuary whenever the elements, both temperatures and temperaments, seem harsh and uninviting.
It’s fair to say this holiday issue of WVS is packed with homes exuding their influence. Historic homes like the Craik-Patton house in Charleston and the President’s Cottage at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs will have you wishing their walls could talk, and their preservationists have done outstanding jobs helping the spaces to do just that. There are locations considered home, beloved by the generations, now in need of a little TLC and an economic boost, like Blue Sulphur Springs and the Hinton township. And there are homes with special callings for many, like the Bowers Hospice House, whose dog Grace, our cover model, lives up to her name through her service to the hurting.
No matter where you live, or which threshold you cross, if you regularly experience the feeling of being home, then you are truly rich beyond measure. Get there as fast as you can and promise to linger a while.
From the WVS family — Happy holidays, and a very Merry Christmas and New Year to you and yours!