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Despite what some people thought (including some of us), the River Journal returns with the sun

Anyone who owns a business can tell you it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be. There are nights when you work until the wee hours of the morning, and days that begin in those same wee hours. The concept of “weekends” or “vacations” often remains just that —a concept. And if you’re a small business, especially in North Idaho, then it’s likely you’re never going to get particularly rich. There are compensations, of course, but in those wee hours of the morning, or when money is tight, or when you’ve gone way too long without a break, they can be hard to see.

In December, in response to just those types of pressures, I announced The River Journal was going on vacation, and would take a break from printing for the remainder of the winter. There were many who wondered if we’d ever come back, including those of us who write in these pages. But for the past 20 years, in all its incarnations, The River Journal has been, first and foremost, a labor of love, and that hasn’t changed, even on days when the love is felt more in hindsight.

So here we are, back again with you the reader, back again with advertisers who like what we do and believe in it enough to part with their hard-earned money in order to make it happen, back again with writers who are somewhat refreshed (or not), and ready to get back to sharing with you the stories of this beautiful watershed in which we live. Winter is in the rear-view mirror—despite the snow that fell this week—gardens are being refurbished, maps are poured over and new hikes plotted, and we are joining in with all the rest of you to work on, and enjoy, all that makes this place such a great place to live.

That vacation, however, was nice, even if I didn’t get the time off I had hoped I would, so I’m thinking there’s a good chance you’ll see The River Journal taking a break early next year as well. There is value in taking breaks, a value we too often overlook, consumed as we are with getting on in our lives. We all need a little downtime in order to appreciate exactly what it is we’re living for—to enjoy children or grandchildren, to hunker by the fire, to dream our dreams, or just to catch our breath so we can wake up and do it all again.

Thanks for waiting patiently for us. Thanks for your phone calls and emails, letting us know that you really wanted us to come back. Thanks for picking up this issue and finding out if it really is worth wading through. And thanks for helping to make our communities what they are, for making this a place we want to share.

Trish Gannon

Clark Fork, Idaho

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