We may never travel to Tir na nÓg, the land of eternal youth and joy in Irish mythology, but a similar magic exists in our world. In this issue, we see it in a couple, just a decade shy of a century, who decides to start a new adventure, in a woman returning to a special place from her grandmother’s past, in three men connected by road trips decades apart, and in a beautiful garden kept alive by the love and hardwork of volunteers, along with two short stories inspired by Irish fairy tales. We invite you to make yourself a cup of tea, sink into a comfortable couch, and settle into the magic.
One of the many pleasures of being part of ARV is hearing the stories of staff, clients, and community members as they travel, dream and hope. We wanted to create this magazine as a platform for these stories to be shared, without advertisements, in a way that provides an enjoyable reading and visual experience, while building on our deeply curious and inspiring community.
In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, “Not all tears are an evil.” Commuovere is an Italian word which means to be moved to tears, in a heartwarming way, by someone or something. Join us in our second issue and read the stories of a husband and wife who moved to the United States from Italy to create a better life for their family, how the implementation of the 4-day work week has impacted and shaped the lives of the ARV team, and the touching experience of rescuing baby sea turtles. We hope this issue reminds you of your own moments when the tears you shed were from more than sadness.
In this issue, we explore new beginnings and drastic life changes in the stories of two people who united through their grief and set out on a sprawling adventure, a former homeless man/cocaine addict who turned his life around with some help, and a new employee as she starts her journey at ARV.