From the Editor: New Year, New Perspective

Is this thing on?

Oh, good. Hello there! On behalf of everyone at Lavender Media, a very Happy New Year to you and yours! With 2017 in the rearview mirror, it’s important to reflect on the opportunities and potential for change every new year brings.

So I find it apropos to formally introduce myself: my name is Chris Tarbox, and I am the new managing editor of Lavender Magazine. As my predecessor Andy Lien pointed out in our Year-End issue, I’ve been brought on to oversee the print side of Lavender’s presence while Andy moves on to focus more on its digital frontier.

A little about me: I was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota, and recently came to Lavender after several years in the newspaper world. With plenty of experience in print media and a genuine love for this community at my disposal, I’m ready to help write the latest chapter in Lavender’s illustrious history.

And thus far, it’s been a blast! Whether it’s getting to know our team and how we operate, to attending my first event as a Lavender representative—a smashing opening performance of Miss Richfield 1981’s holiday revue at Illusion Theater— I’ve been having a swell time getting my feet wet around these parts.

I can’t properly put into words how honored and thrilled I am to be part of the Lavender family. I’m excited to work with Andy and the rest of the team putting this amazing publication together, but most importantly, I’m excited to be here for you. I’m excited to continue providing a voice for our community within these pages.

And what a way to kick off 2018! If you’re hoping to avoid cabin fever during the winter months, we’ve got one fine Winter What To Do guide to illustrate the amazing activities and events happening in the Twin Cities and even Greater Minnesota. Winter skating? We got it. A sci-fi drag brunch? All over it. A Valentine’s Day 5K? Better dust off those running shoes!

We also look at the wintry wonders of the vast Mesabi Iron Range, and all the fun stuff couples and/or families can enjoy up there, be it snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, or museum visits. And this issue’s Senior Living feature illustrates the best strategies for how GLBT seniors can stay fit and active during those cold winter months.

Personally, as someone who needs all the advice he can get on enjoying winter—since, you know, my body can’t regulate its temperature to save my life—I can say without hesitation that this Winter What To Do issue can’t be missed. I always welcome a chance to have a fresh start, and hopefully with my arrival as your managing editor, that fresh start will come with a fresh and welcome perspective.

So let’s get 2018 off to a great start and break out that hot chocolate. But I’ll probably hog all of the marshmallows.

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