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How many people miss the “old Yankee” trademark centerfold of a beautiful and seasonal landscape painting. Nothing you can write , nothing you can photograph can “draw” the yankee reader into New England better. By it’s sheer size alone it was a show-stopper. I was “there” upon seeing it. I was all “in” and “into” the sense of the place. I was in New England even if just for the time it took me to read the magazine. Yankee was and is a respite for me. In the larger format that is Yankee now, can you realize the wow impact it would have? I think it’s worth bringing back. I hope others agree. After reading this blog about the artist, Joel Babb, and seeing his work posted here, I had to write you. Consider restoring the centerfold to showcase this artist and others of his caliber. It would not only be a service to painters of New England, but appreciated by all of us readers who “dwell” in the pages of Yankee as soon as it arrives on our doorstep.
While I’m still thinking about the format and the rhythm of Yankee Magazine, I have this comment as well. Please consider Mary’s Farm the end piece of the magazine. It’s like a “winding down”, a gentle well wish, a reminder to stop and be aware of the moments in life. The column gives a natural and authentic ring to the reader as an enduring picture of what it is to live in New England. It’s like a “moment of grace” after reading what I would describe as a rather robust collection of stories, advertising, lists of happenings, events and travelogs. Mary’s Farm is the perfect ending and gives us readers the carrot stick of knowing that after all of Yankee is read and digested there is still to come that wonderful and pleasant commentary. I know with certainty I will have a few more rich moments to enjoy all that is New England.
Gale, Thanks so much for your thoughtful and insightful comments. I, personally, have no say in the design of Yankee, but I will certainly call your comments to the attention of my editors.
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