There’s something strangely satisfying about entering the home of a perfect stranger and asking them to tell you their life story. For the past decade, I’ve done it pretty consistently. It’s an awesome experience.
You walk into the most unassuming house and find the most unexpected things: rooms filled with handmade guitars, gardens filled with enormous metal sculptures, studios filled with the most beautiful artwork you’ve ever seen. And you’re standing next to the person responsible for it. They tell you why they did it and then, as a writer, you tell everybody else why they did it.
Since September of 2014, I’ve met a lot of people in Door County doing incredible things: luthiers, artists, actors, musicians, farmers…the list goes on. After so many of the interviews, I leave inspired and thinking, “I want to do that someday.”
But “someday,” I’ve discovered, is less about wanting and more about doing. It won’t magically arrive on your doorstep and arrange your life to suit your dreams. So I’ve made the decision that it’s time to put a little more ink into my own story.
The Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living are my journals. I can turn a page and in an instant, be transported back to the day I heard that story and it became part of my own. My bucket list exists in newspaper and magazine form, and that’s pretty rad.
To the strangers who became friends, thank you for trusting me with your stories and inspiring me. To our loyal readers, thank you for giving us a reason to turn strangers into friends. And to my beloved coworkers, thank you for being my friends and teachers. I’ll cherish these memories always.