photograph by Jeff Silkstone & Sara Brennan

Dear friends,

Each day, more than 300,000 readers and followers of Our State magazine look forward to our social media posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, in which we showcase the beauty of North Carolina’s landscape, favorite foods, town tours, and more.

Today, however, as we continue to monitor the reports of the devastating flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence, we recognize that now is not the time to share our favorite cornbread recipe.

This week, we are suspending all activity on our social media feeds so that we do not distract from the relief and recovery organizations that need our help, including:

North Carolina is known for many things, but nothing more important this week than the qualities of endurance, resilience, and hope. For proof, just look toward our symbols of strength in eastern North Carolina: Seven mighty lighthouses that have weathered countless storms; a 2,633-ton armored battleship designed to withstand torpedoes; wild horses that have survived for centuries; ancient oaks that know how to bend, then rebound; generations of farming families who continue their legacies; hundred-year-old churches and congregations that hold tight to one another.

North Carolinians pull together. And we pull through. This week, we’re pausing, in order to prepare for the fight ahead.

Elizabeth Hudson
Editor in Chief

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Hudson is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief of the 80-year-old publication in 2009. For her work with the magazine, Hudson is also the 2014 recipient of the Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina.