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The middle is a great place to be

By Billie Criswell | Aug 28, 2014

They say that beginnings are rough, and endings are sad. That’s why it’s the middle that really counts. That sums up being a local. The start of the season with the influx of visitors is a little rough, the end of summer when kids go back to school is always a bit sad, but the middle is pure enjoyment.

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And here we are...Labor Day weekend. It’s bittersweet. Everyone will be busy getting in the last hurrah.  There’s lots to love about fall, including great festivals, pumpkin-flavored beer and days with idyllic temperatures.

Savor each moment this weekend. I was reminded of the need for living consciously - yet again - when I heard of famed local chef Matt Haley’s passing last week.

It’s a sad ending to a spectacular life. He was benefactor to our community, as well as having opened successful restaurants and employing hundreds of people.

Even if you never met Matt, it’s likely you dined in one of his restaurants, or have a connection to someone who knew him. Losing him is a reminder of the fragile ebb and flow of life. We each have a season.

This weekend, whether you're a local or a visitor, take time to appreciate that in a tight-knit community we are united in our happiness and our grief.

As you make your way back to life outside the summer season, remember to care for yourself and each other. Be joyful because the middle is a great place to be, and endings can be sad.

Beach Paper ColumnistBillie Criswell is a local writer specializing in lifestyle and public relations. Read her blog at or contact her at



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