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Editor's Note

A Belated New Year's Resolution

By Amanda Huber

I realize it is a month into the new year, but I think there is still time to make a New Year's resolution. Really, it is not the passing of time that has me resolving to make changes, instead it is the passing of a friend.

You will find, on the page opposite, a tribute to Cathy Andrews Kvien who passed away on January 6, 2001. Cathy started The Peanut Grower magazine in 1989 and served as editor for 10 years before stepping down to spend more time with her family.

I always try to find meaning in the death of a friend or loved one. It is not always easy to look beyond the grief, but it is possible if, instead of focusing on the loss, you focus on the life.

Cathy was a shining example of life. Although I did not know her as well as many others, I will be forever indebted to her for starting this magazine. To me, her life was an example of courage and passion. It took great courage for Cathy to start this magazine and it became her passion, which showed in every issue, published with great care and detail. Eventually her passion changed, and Cathy had the strength to leave the magazine she had worked so hard to build. I hope that, in leaving, Cathy was comforted in the fact that I love this industry as much as she did. Her new passion was bettering the educational experience of all children in Tift County and spending more time with her husband and two girls.

For this year and those to come, I resolve to have the courage to try new endeavors and to be passionate about those things for which I care deeply. Finally, we should all resolve to live in such a way as to make a positive difference in the lives of others, just as Cathy did.