Winter Issue Out Now
Waiting. Tis the season: waiting for parties, waiting for Santa, waiting for bowl games, waiting for Longleaf!
Now that you’re holding Longleaf in your hand, you need wait no longer for multiple versions of this issue’s theme — “Transformation.” Each story brings a realization that some of the things we take for granted have evolved from quite different origins.
You will find that much of our food and plant life took human imagination to grow into what we have today. But the transformation has happened in a partnership between people and such pesky critters as bees! They may sting, but Pat Kettles shows how bees are crucial to our food supply. From Hayes Jackson’s story on the Southern favorite Camellia, we can see the remarkable transformation resulting from creative hybridizing.
More on our insect friends comes from our first editor, Geni Certain, who has sheperded butterflies into the world from their protective coverings! She wrote about the Monarch butterfly migration in the second issue of Longleaf; now it seems that butterflies find a home with her! Geni is not only a writer and butterfly Mom — she is a gifted photographer, as you can see on our cover and in her story.
Changing gears, we welcome a new writer to Longleaf. Lee Roop brings us the story of the transformation of Huntsville from small town to the thriving metropolis of today. This is a very different kind of change caused entirely by people and their creation of NASA.
Skipping around again, the fascinating story of the painter Georgia O’Keeffe and the photographer Alfred Stieglitz is told by our favorite art critic, Mary Eloise H. Leake.
And we have the privilege of bringing the first look at local artist Pat Potter’s remarkable work in imagining a new dimension in Alabama’s terrain between the Little River Canyon and Mount Cheaha. The beautiful photography is by an equally beautiful Frenchwoman, Claire Boscher who collaborated with Pat on this project. Called “Isomorphic Maps,” Pat’s newest work challenges the viewer to use the artist’s eye to look at the land around us.
Finally, as Longleaf continues to examine critical issues in our society, we come to an important moment in 20th century history: defending the defensless among us. Most readers will recall Harper Lee’s book and the subsequent movie To Kill a Mockingbird. Though Atticus Finch was not a public defender, he took on the case for no charge because he believed in the right of all those who face trial to a competent defense. This principle was the basis of the seminal Supreme Court ruling on this subject: Gideon v. Wainwright. We include in our special section an explanation of this decision by H. Brandt Ayers, a story by Tim Lockette about the organization Gideon’s Promise, which trains public defenders from around the country, and as a bonus, a terrific piece of fiction by our friend Beth Duke.
So I hope you find that the waiting was worthwhile, and that “Transformation” takes you into a blessed and prosperous New Year with more amusing and thought-provoking stories to come!
Josephine E. Ayers
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