Just turn on the television, pick-up a newspaper or visit an online news source and you will quickly be reminded what a crazy world it is in which we live.

It can be downright scary. We are often overwhelmed when we are inundated with political squabbles, social strife, endless controversy and senseless violence.

You won’t find any of that in Winchester Living.

We want to offer an escape from the harshness of day-to-day life and just celebrate things that make our community special.

Even if only for a few minutes.

When you are eating great food, talking to interesting people or visiting unique shops and locations, it is impossible to be weighed down by the real world. You simply live in the moment and enjoy life’s amazing experiences for what they are.

Everything else becomes background noise.

That’s what we hope we can do with Winchester Living, provide an escape for a little bit and be a safe place.

We also hope you walk away, not only feeling good, but also more informed about the community you call home.

At least once a month or so someone tells me, “I read the newest issue of the magazine. I had no idea that XYZ was right here,” or “I’ve lived here my whole life and this is the first time I have heard of that.”

Those are the best compliments.

This issue should build on that concept.

From the origins of the tasty treats of The Banery, the story of a local filmmaker who has been to Hollywood and back to a seventh-generation Clark Countian who shares her history in a memoir, this issue is about blending the familiar and the new together.

And, of course, we have our standing features that showcase a “Difference Maker” who makes our community a better place, a collection of photographs of those who have been “Spotted” out on the town and a look at some of the unique businesses in Clark County, just to name a few.

It is a fast-paced, crazy world. Nothing is wrong with slowing down to enjoy life a little bit and celebrate the great community we call home. §