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HI! I'm back from my writing retreat! Did you miss me? I missed you!
You know how sometimes you get a mental image of how something is going to be, but you're dead wrong? That's what happened to me this weekend.
I grew up with Highlights magazine. They were in every doctors office and school. Now that I'm an adult, Highlights is still going strong and is known as the Creme-de la Creme of Children's magazines. I've always thought that if I could have an article published in Highlights, then it means I've made it! If I'm good enough for them, I can write anything!
I suppose that's why I had a mental image of the Highlights editorial offices to be New Yorkish; A hustle and bustle of editors rushing around in black suits and uncomfortable shoes among offices that are furnished in a way that would make James Bond jealous.
So, imagine my surprise when we arrive in Honesdale PA, (a quaint town with beautiful churches and an old-time feel) and I arrived at the building below. I didn't really know where I was. At first I thought I was at the retreat center. But then again, that couldn't be right because I was under the impression that the retreat was out in the middle of nowhere.
Eventually (because I'm quick witted and all) I realized that this beautiful old home was the Highlights Editorial offices.
I wasn't disappointed in the least to find that my imagined stream-lined, pseudo New York office wasn't a reality. This down-home, small town feel was a breath of fresh air.
Before heading out to the retreat center, they gave us a tour of the Highlights Editorial office.
This is the foyer. I felt so cozy and right at home. :0)
This is one of the editorial offices. We got to hear from several of the editors. They were all so nice.
Speaking of feeling at home . . . I was giddy when the tour included visuals of how the Highlights covers have changed over the years. One of the covers they used as their modern example was illustrated by my friend and critique buddy, Karen Lee. How fun to go so far away and see things that are so near and dear to me. :0)
They also had Karen's cover framed and hung on the wall. (I know such cool people!)
I just thought it was interesting to see one of the first (and this may be the very first) covers of Highlights.
And then they took us out into the woods, in the middle of nowhere . . . more to come.