Closing Time

As the first chord of Matchbox 20’s song “Closing Time” strikes my ear, I reflexively reach over and turn the radio up. I’ve always loved this song, but today, driving to work through the gray, rain-soaked morning after putting my kids on the bus for the first day of school, it somehow seems perfect--like somebody up above is tuning the radio’s playlist to my particular emotions.

It’s funny how that happens sometimes. Better than an iPod playlist or (I’m showing my age here) a carefully crafted “mix” tape, this happy coincidence of music and emotion has me bobbing my head and occasionally singing out loud.

At my favorite line, “Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” my mind veers off to ponder once again how absolutely true this is.

I can’t help but think that the door of summer is closing today and another is opening. At first, it makes me a bit melancholy. After all, my kids are one year older, quickly approaching high school and no matter how I try, I can’t seem to slow down the process. But, on the other hand, making a transition is always exciting. It’s new, it’s scary, but it’s necessary. It’s life.

Many of these same emotions are present in this month’s issue. From our feature story, “Blazing A Trail,” on page 20 to “Coming Home To The Cows” on page 36 to “It’s About Time” on page 58, the over-riding theme is change--or how to open new doors and boldly move forward.

Perhaps my favorite piece is “Life In A Fishbowl” by Randy Gaddo in which he details how he deals with the ever-present need to communicate what his department does (and why it’s relevant) to a fickle (and often uninformed) public.

As usual, we enjoyed working to create this issue for you. If you get a moment, please drop us a line and let us know what you liked (and what you didn’t) so we can make the next issue even better.

After all, as Matchbox 20 might say, the closing of this issue is really just the beginning of the next.

Till Next Month…

Rodney J. Auth