|The Edge Outer
In Praise of Ticks
Lyme disease may be one of
the best things that has ever
happened to me.
Granted, that’s not what one would expect to
hear, but it’s true. This illness not only had the
power to incapacitate me, but it also changed my life
– for the better. Prior to June of 2005 I was a
workaholic. Lunch at my desk if I didn’t have a
noon meeting. Weekend off? Ah, rarely. Marriage?
Nope, too busy. Glued to the computer after
dinner? You bet, and usually until after midnight.
And then, while attending Publishing University in New York, the symptoms settled in: sore throat, blurred vision, aching everything, fever, chills, disorientation, unbearable weariness,
an inability to sleep. Most unsettling was an abrupt diminishment of cognitive abilities. For the next
few months, I’d forget my telephone number, call
people by the wrong name, not know which road
to take to my house, confuse words that once
peppered my vocabulary. My book-a-week reading
habit came to a sudden halt when I couldn’t
concentrate on a single sentence.
Thankfully, my staff jumped in and took over. No friends could be
dearer, more helpful, more supportive or more caring. While I spent the
next six months recovering, they proved that they could pretty much run
the company without me. While I kept dropping the ball, they kept
picking it up. When once I might have been resentful to hand over
responsibilities, I was now incredibly grateful.
In conjunction with my third intensive bout of antibiotics and a
doctor’s admonition to slow down, I took an extended vacation,
attending the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California,
touring Sonoma and Napa valleys, and exploring the Grand Canyon
and Sedona, Arizona. At the Bioneers Conference, I made a
commitment to take the company in a more environmentally aware direction; in
wine country, I rediscovered my agricultural background;
in Arizona, I decided to relinquish some of my
responsibilities and hire more staff. The trip was a
and best of all, I began to
Since our last issue, we’ve
added Molly Harrison as an
editorial assistant and Amy
Huggins as a part-time
consultant. We’ve also
partnered with Independent
Publishers Group (IPG), an amazing company that is now distributing
our books to a worldwide market. Long-time Outer Banks Press staff
members Greg Bailey, Sara Birkemeier, George Scott, John Gaw, Steve
Alterman and Gayle Tiller have remained as invaluable as ever, along
with honorary staffers Madeline Bailey and Lynne Alterman.
Great challenges often come with great gifts. Remember to work less
and create more – whether it be music, art, food, poetry or paper
airplanes – and tell your friends how much you love them.
Linda Lauby EDITOR AND PUBLISHER