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September 2009


EDITOR'S LETTER

Still Going Strong
[DJ Carey]

Even in the midst of our current economic crisis there is room for celebration: you are holding in your hands the fifth anniversary issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens! To honor the occasion, we asked some Connecticut notables to tell us how they marked an important event in their own lives.

The milestone has led me to look back at my first job at House & Garden, when I worked for the executive editor. The access to some of the most sumptuous interiors and the most talented editors and writers bore my own aesthetic. And I still keep to it today.

Some said it couldn't be done, others said it wouldn't last. To be sure, the publishing industry has taken a hit this year. We've all watched sadly as favorite local and national magazines folded. Some blame the economy, and others blame technology.

While I believe that technology plays an important role in the future of publishing, for me there will always be sanctity of the printed word. Call me a Luddite, call me old-fashioned—I just don't see the Internet fully replacing the printed page.

Every day I am reminded of the validity of print when I look at almost five years worth of covers hanging in our office hallway. They still look as fresh and as interesting as the day they were printed. And you have told us so. One reader called to say that she had loaned some of our magazines to a friend—who actually threw them out!—and needed replacements. Another purchased more than 200 copies to send with her Christmas cards.

What makes CTC&G stand out? At the top of the list is our unique format for delivering content. Oversize pages allow readers to absorb more information than usual; they allow the work of some of world's most accomplished magazine photographers shine in never-before-seen ways. Upholstery seems hands-on; verdant gardens are rendered as the textural, vibrant plots they are in person. This—the immediate, tangible sense of place in the real-time world—is why we've continued to thrive.

Call me indulgent, but I delight in holding this magazine. It offers a sensuous escape, a refuge where you can return time and again. For me, touch the page and you touch the heart.

D.J. Carey
Editor in Chief
dj@ctcandg.com

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