It’s a real honor to partner with Darlene Mazzone and the talented crew at Paducah Life magazine.

This year, as an associate writer, I (vicariously) visited the Himalayas on a mountain climbing expedition, went behind the scenes at the hugely successful St. Mary holiday auction, met the new Mercy Health CEO, Mike Yungmann, got the backstory on local feminist icon, Merryman Kemp, visited France for the Rallye de Princesses, learned what it’s like to be a budding starlet on the eve of your big Broadway debut via McKynleigh Abraham, picked the brains of young local creative entrepreneurs, Erileigh Conwell, Landee Bryant, Jennifer Dickson, and Adam Moyers, got excited about all the outside the box tech possibilities at Sprocket Makerspace and was incredibly moved and honored to hear the often heart wrenching stories of many local heroes who served in Vietnam.

And that’s just to name a few.

If we are our stories–and to be clear I think we are–Paducah Life is turning up the volume on the identity of one small UNESCO creative city in a most important way.

And I couldn’t be happier to play a role in that endeavor.