It Is Hard To Say Goodbye!

To all of our readers and supporters, I have always said that I would never do a “letter from the Editor” in the magazine, so I will not! I will, however, begin by saying that in the past 5 ½ years I have had much fun, collaborated with a fabulous team of people, met and made friends with some of the finest people ever. My goal for the magazine was to bring to you stories of interest, some with trials and tribulations, some to make you think. It was also important to provide great value for my clients so they could bring you our readers information about who they are and to shop local. They are some of the greatest people ever! Please support them. At the same time giving a variety of information for you, the readers and getting to know you through events that we held to help local non-profit organizations.

Growing up I was never a person who participated in cliques, I felt that they were divided and everyone was more concerned with who was doing what and who was prettier than the other. Really? I had no time for that. I saw the world as it is, large and vast and my idea of a good time was going to Hendricks Chapel to listen to a debate between G. Gordon Liddy and Daniel Ellsburg, for those who may not know; they were part of Watergate.

So who am I? I am just an ordinary person who wanted you to be entertained in every issue, and showcase women around Upstate NY. There is nothing pretentious about me. If you ask my opinion, I will give it to you with no fluff. Sometimes when we are on the inside, we do not look at things from the outside, and this is something we should always do. 

I have never hidden behind a closed door or have been unattainable. I am no different from anyone, nor do I feel that I have ever been better than anyone else. People have always told me that I am that Open Book. I say what is on my mind and stand up for those who cannot do it for themselves.  Additionally, to our couple of doryphores, Rock On! You will find something new. My belief is that we all have choices, and we should make our lives what we want it to be. We live in a world where everyone judges or passes judgment when they have no idea who you are! To me, that is the craziest thing ever. Only God can judge you! I have said in many of the stories you have read; be yourself, do not be afraid to follow your dreams, failure is not a failure; it is a learning curve and your opportunity to tweak what you are doing and do it better. Never let anyone tell you that you are less of a person in any way shape or form. 

The world continues to turn, we live on and now it is time for me to move on. I have been offered a new opportunity and if you read my story about “Legacy” , I am continuing mine and will be leaving NYS. Although Central New York will always be home, I am making a new home and will take on the task of completing my book.

This issue shows some of our favorite covers, really all of them were our favorites but there is only so much room. Inside a recap of stories from select issues for you to get a sneak peek in case you missed it. Remember you can read all of our issues online at wouny.com. Nevertheless, from the bottom of my heart, I Thank you for supporting Women of Upstate New York and love all of you. In closing, as one of my most favorite comedians used to say:

I’m so glad we had this time together, just to laugh or maybe sing a song. Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say so long!

~ Carol Burnett

All The Best..

Mary McCandless,

Publisher