Freeze Frame

The chair was comfortable, the picture window huge and the conversation pleasant. Across the desk from me, Mayor Jane Leaver seemingly had all the time in the world to sit and discuss her favorite subject – her city, Medina, Ohio.

The scene and conversation were warming and, somehow, they gently reassured me that all was right in my hometown. We were in good hands. The Mayor had everything under control.

As I left the city offices, my interview for the October issue complete, I found myself looking at my city and my government differently. It was almost as if stepping out of the Mayor’s office had thrust me into a vintage Normal Rockwell painting of classic small-town America. Only the painting was alive, all around me.

Everywhere I looked, small-town scenes jumped out in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of daily life.

I passed the library construction project just off the main square and there, perched on the edge of the second story, legs swinging off a metal beam, a construction worker was pausing to eat his lunch.

Click. Small-town snapshot.

Later, I noticed a mom and her son waiting patiently to use the crosswalk in the town square, ice cream cones drip, drip, dripping down their hands.


On and on it went. Everywhere I looked, I saw these touching scenes, poignant reminders that life is what you make it, the view of daily events colored only by your attitude at that particular moment.

It was in this frame of mind that the staff toiled to create this issue of your favorite magazine. Inside you’ll find the next installment of the IPM debate we started in the July issue (coverage starts on page 26), an excellent article on evolving dog-park designstandards (page 8) and even a discussion of the Not In My Backyard syndrome we’re seeing across the country (page 14).

And, of course, we’ve included a few surprises – some whimsical, some hard-hitting. So take a moment, give us a read and then let us know what you think. We’re always looking for feedback.

Till Next Month…

Rodney J. Auth