We live in a time noted for its social isolation, in a time when loneliness is considered an epidemic. Although our day to day experiences may try to tell us otherwise, no person is truly an island. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important to stop and take a moment to explore the connections we share.
This issue focuses on just a few of those varied connections, their beginnings and endings and everything in between these milestones, on their sorrows and joys. Some of these connections are more obvious than others: relationships with our parents, children, spouses, or pets, for example. Other connections are more subtle, often intangible, such as our links to our ancestors, to strangers who walked the paths before us, to nature and the seasons, to God, to ourselves and our past.
Our hope is that maybe, just maybe, we will all start to focus more on the connections in our own lives after reading the work of our 15 contributors.
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