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Life's a Dance

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: August 1, 2012 4:00 AM
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Starting a new career can be the most exciting and challenging part of a person's life. As a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, I am beginning a new and exciting chapter in my life as editor of Amish Heartland. Former editor, Katherine Ryder, will be moving to Quincy, Ill. with her new husband Brendan who has recently accepted the sports information director position at Quincy University. She hopes to continue her education with a masters in business administration.

I graduated from Ohio State's college of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences with a degree in agriculture communication and am returning to my home of Wayne County. If you would have told me five years ago that I would one day be editor of any magazine, I would not have believed you. But I could not be happier with the path I have chosen to follow.

After spending a year in the big city, I have come to appreciate my small town roots. I am very blessed to have a supportive family to welcome me back home. I hope to reconnect with old friends, make new friends and continue to grow my social network.

Growing up in Wayne County, I am familiar with the Amish culture but I am very interested in learning even more. Coming from an agricultural background, I am interested in learning about their farming practices and spotlighting their importance in our rural society. With that being said, I am also always interested in hearing what the readers are interested in. Your ideas are always appreciated as I am hoping this magazine will serve as a great resource for you as you navigate your way around The Heartland. As you read through this months issue you will read about harvest time in the heartland, a musical drama about a young Amish woman seeking the truth about her birth mother and discover a cozy place to stay when visitng Amish country.

The challenge I face now is to continue to bring you the best stories of the Amish heritage. I am more than ready to accept this challenge as I embark on this new journey in my life. One of my favorite country singers, John Michael Montgomery, once sang "life's a dance, you learn as you go" and I truly believe I will be learning more and more about who I am and how I can grow.

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