You, our readers, have spoken. And we have listened.
As you all evidently noticed, we printed only one calendar for both our magazines this year in an effort to conserve resources. Boy, was that a bad idea! We were deluged with e-mails, letters, and phone calls that took us to task.
Our Oregon Coast readers, we have learned, don't want to see pictures of the rest of the Northwest in their beloved calendar. Here's what a couple of you had to say:
If I wanted pictures of farms, cities, and flowers, I'd buy an Arizona Highways calendar. This old Arizona desert dweller needs his Oregon Coast fix every so often.
I subscribe to the Oregon Coast magazine because I love the Oregon Coast. The calendar is a daily reminder of how wonderful it is .… If I wanted pictures of the Skagit Valley or Seattle, I would have bought a calendar for those areas.
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Oregon Coast is indeed famous for its beautiful pictures of the coast, and we have included extra full-page photos in this issue to make up for the ones you didn't get in the annual calendar. Some of them are even horizontal, so if you would like to cut them out and paste them over the non-coastal photos, feel free.
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In this issue, we also bring you a fine assortment of stories, including one on sea squirts. These marine creatures have the most interesting hearts. After a minute or so of beating, the heart stops briefly; when it resumes, it has reversed itself, which means that the flow of blood is also reversed. Scientists don't know why, but it's something to contemplate for Valentine's Day. If things aren't going the way you'd like them to, just reverse the flow and see what happens.
Editor LeeAnn Dakers and her husband Alec spent the night at Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B, and ate a breakfast fit for royalty while enjoying the amazing view. JC Santos writes with honesty and enthusiasm about the Sylvia Beach Hotel, where you can rub shoulders with famous and not-so-famous writers, a cat, and the ocean mist.
On the history side, Laurel Gerkman fills us in on the many uses for Sisters Rock over the years, and Paul Pintarich covers the military history of the three forts on either side of the mouth of the Columbia River.
Deeda Schroeder takes a look at Salishan Resort's wonderful cuisine, and Dominique Rossi interviews the directors of Black, a short film made on the Oregon Coast that is enjoying a great reception at film festivals around the country.
Don't forget, January is one of the best months on the coast. We bask in some amazingly sunny, wind-free days. We hope to see you here!
- Rosemary Camozzi
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