From the Publisher - Betsy Judge, The Island Reporter

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By Betsy Judge

We are off to Northern Virginia for a niece’s wedding after I put this issue of the paper to bed. A great occasion made even better by spending time with my husband’s family. We are also going to spend a couple of days with dear friends in Annapolis. That is going to be marvelous too.

Family and friends are so very important to most people, but Ruthie Buxbaum's recent experience with her daughter’s cancer battle, taught her that strangers can also make a big difference in someone’s life. Just knowing there are people who care even if they don’t know you, can be a big help when things are tough; a word, a gesture, a touch, an offer of assistance–she calls those the Sweet spots of Life.

When you read about Peppy Emmons, you get a sense that he was someone who truly cared about his family, his friends, his work and his community. He must have touched a lot of folks.

Watching the seemingly endless coverage of people being gunned down in the streets of our country or killed by a deranged individual somewhere else, is a poignant reminder of how quickly we can lose someone we love. If anything good can come out of it, it would be that we all spend more time appreciating those around us–family, friends and strangers.

I caught a stanza of Barbara Streisand singing, “People,” when I was channel surfing over the weekend. I love the refrain, “People who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.” That song really hits the nail on the head.

Happy August.