By Kathleen Swift The 11th Annual Nature Photo Cover Contest drew 100 entries. The contest showcases the wide variety of nature found in our area as well as the talent of so many area photographers. If you like lovely scenery, birds, flowers, insects and reptiles, you...
By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Mandy Edmonson Mark Metsker worked as an EMT when he first applied for a position with the Webb City Fire Department 40 years ago. Now, as battalion chief, Metsker has seen it all in his career. “There’s always variety as a fire fighter,”...
By Don Lowe • Photos Courtesy of MLF • Photographer, Justin Onslow Once again, top-notch professional fishermen will converge on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees at Wolf Creek Park in Grove, Oklahoma, as they get set to compete in the prestigious 2021 Toyota Series Plains...
By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Patrick Tuttle "This is an amazing time to celebrate our heritage,” said Patrick Tuttle, co-chair of the Joplin Celebration Commission. “Over the next six years, we will be celebrating four major events: the bi-centennial anniversary of...
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The Power of Perspective
Someone once said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Those words seem so easy. They literally roll off your tongue. However, walking that perspective is hard. But, if we have learned anything from the last year of our lives, our perspective changes everything.
Every month, we get to bring our readers our perspective. We get to highlight locally owned businesses, local leaders, area non-profits and best places to see and things to do in our region. From our perspective, we have an easy job. We are surrounded by great individuals, a beautiful landscape and work with the most talented photographers, writers and designers. Each month, we get to capture our perspective – we highlight the culture and lifestyle of our region.
Over a year ago, we faced a pandemic. We were met with health, financial and social risks beyond imaginable. Our day-to-day activities changed. Our world was put on hold and we had to find new ways to do, to be and to connect with others. It was our perspective that got us through. It was our perspective that allowed us to learn, to grow and to find new ideas, solutions and adventures. It was our perspective that created the light that became the new focus of our future.
This month, we feature articles reflecting on an event that also challenged our perspective. Ten years ago, a tornado ripped through our city and impacted our lives forever. The loss our community felt cannot be eloquently put into words. I will not even attempt to try. We lost family, friends, homes, parks, our hospital, businesses and so much more. That day will forever live in our memory.
However, once again, perspective made the difference. We paused, we remembered and we grieved. Then, we went to work. We decided not only to rebuild and restore, but to come back stronger. We were met with a challenge, but we would not accept defeat. The unified perspective of our town created a vision that now 10 years in the future we can be proud of.
I have always been proud to call Joplin home. Over the last 30 years, I watched as Joplin and our surrounding communities united and grew. I witnessed great challenges and even bigger successes. I saw a small, tight-knit community grow to be a larger, tighter community.
A community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. In this edition, we feature our community coming together with a shared mission to come back stronger than ever, and we did.
I hope as you read the feature articles, you look back and remember those we lost and the challenges of that day. I also hope you are inspired by the resiliency and perseverance of our community. I will forever be proud to call this region home.
Perspective changes everything.