This week’s stories point to the importance of navigating the unknown with curiosity, bravery and an open mind – and to realizing we can choose to consider every life step, joyous or challenging, as teeming with purpose.
Consider a few Virginians of the great southwest region. Jack Kennedy asserts that we can encounter innovation right where we are and brings blockchain technology to Wise County. Duane Miller and Will Payne see fresh opportunity in the embrace of remote work and deploying it wisely, making it the latest in a stream of projects designed to diversify the regional economy. Bill Kanto encourages scientific thinking about everyday vaccination and reminds us of the wonder of accessible medicine. Dwayne Yancey and Luanne Rife decide to do something with their reporting chops and wind up elevating journalism.
And then there’s the angel’s share. It’s a phrase new to me, about the aging of brandy. A certain amount of liquid in barrels evaporates during the process, so a wise soul somewhere chose to categorize it not as lost but as an angel’s share of the brew. In the same way, our accomplishments can linger as a sort of energy – especially if they’re made with good intentions and good will. By folks like the protagonists in these stories.