I am not what most of you would consider an “outdoor” kind of gal. But, two activities I do enjoy are horseback riding and fishing. When I was a Girl Scout leader (yeah, can you believe that?), our troop spent the day at a friend’s horse farm in Nokesville earning Junior Horseback Riding badges. And, the last time I went fishing in Florida, I caught a baby shark. That’s right, a baby shark, folks. It just goes to show you that you don’t need fancy equipment or expert skill to enjoy the outdoors during the dog days of summer. Our cover story “Saddle Up! It’s Time to Ride,” by Emma Young, and our Destinations story, “Go Fish!” by Peter Lineberry, show us two fun outdoor activities that you can enjoy with a date, friends or family.
Who among us cannot appreciate a good photograph? World Photography Day is August 19, and we are happy to showcase the magazine’s photographers and their favorite photos. Delia Engstrom, one of our photographers and writers, lets our photography team talk about why they chose their favorite photo
for our spread.
Our Lifelong Learning story, by Helena Tavares Kennedy, shows us how Northern Virginia Community College serves the community well beyond college credits. Find out about the WISE and MAN UP programs.
Among other articles this month, we share information on how to correctly retire your American flag in Home & Hearth, and our Health & Wellness column focuses on prostate cancer awareness—which is slated for this month.
Keep cool. School is starting soon, and we will see cooler temperatures before we know it.
Kim Howard, CAE, Editor-in-Chief