You might have noticed that I end each Editor’s Note with “Amazing Peace” as my salutation. The phrase is actually the title of a poem by Maya Angelou that captures the spirit of the holiday season so perfectly that I want to savor it year round.
So by using it as my salutation in letters, emails and publications, I’m called back to the peace of Angelou’s poem.
Angelou read “Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem” for the first time at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. in 2005.
George W. Bush was president; Hurricane Katrina wiped out lives and livelihoods. Terry Schiavo’s life became a heart-wrenching battle in Congress. And the United States was on alert for terrorist attacks.
Our lives then, as they are now, unfolded in what Angelou’s poem describes as a “climate of fear and apprehension.”
And yet “Christmas enters….ringing bells of hope.”
As we reported for this issue of Hanover Magazine, evidence of ringing bells of hope in the borough remained abundant. Hanover is a community of givers (Q&A, About it All, and Service Blooms from Family) who constantly ring bells of hope.
The trick is slowing down long enough to hear their ring.
I hope each of you will be able to completely turn off your fears and apprehensions and enjoy the host of holiday traditions that unfold in Hanover. The parade, Santa’s Cabin, family gatherings, laughs with friends.
If time allows, sink into Maya Angelou’s poem. Share it with a friend, or hand it to a complete stranger.
The Hanover Magazine team joins me in wishing each of you, our awesome readers, amazing peace this season. Thank you for welcoming us into your homes and businesses so we can share your stories.
We love sharing those stories and taking pictures that capture as many faces and places as possible. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did creating it.
Allow me to let Maya Angelou‘s words offer this column’s last echoing ring:
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.
Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.
Lisa Moody Breslin, Editor, Hanover Magazine