Splash of Color

Chris Faulknor
Chris Faulknor, Publisher
Publisher Chris Faulknor shares his views and thoughts based on "The Giver," a novel by Lois Lowry.

By: Chris Faulknor, Editor
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Chris Faulknor, Editor

When I was in school, I had the chance to read what became one of my favorite books, “The Giver.”  Lois Lowry put this masterpiece together, and to a seventh grader as I was, it was a story of a boy named Jonas, and his fight for the right to be different.

Throughout the book, he found himself with the ability to, as it was put, “see beyond.”

It began with his ability to catch a glimpse of color in an apple despite living in a world that had since become black and white in a state of “sameness.”

As I reflect on that book today, I look out into our town and see so many people who see beyond.

We are blessed in Boyne City to have many tremendous visionaries who see the color and potential when many in the world around them focuses on the gray.

These people put together events from scratch, start businsses from the ground up, and volunteer to help build our youth.

These are the citizens who start with the phrase, “What if we…” and made it happen rather than daydreaming with friends around a picnic table in the backyard.

To those people who see beyond, I admire you for it.  Your vision keeps Boyne City fresh, and your work ethic ensures that nothing dies in the daydreaming stage.

To the rest of us, I ask this, “What can we do?”  What can each of us contribute to make Boyne City a better place?  Is someone in need of a helping hand?  Is there a service they would benefit from?

I will be out there week after week, and I hope that each of you will join me in trying to be a splash of color in a world of gray.

 

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