from the editors

44th Anniversary

What then shall I do this morning? How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.
— Annie Dillard

Dear Ornament Reader,

It’s another busy springtime, passing quickly, with the initial scents in the air beckoning us to embrace new growth and the infinite possibilities that later will characterize the entirety of 2018. Each season will be distinct; spring passing to summer, summer to autumn, autumn to winter—pressing their memory into our soul’s album. Spring is special for Ornament. It is an annual reminder of our beginning in the spring of 1974 and how over the decades we have nurtured and nourished this particular garden made of paper. We have willingly paid our due diligence—planting seeds of inspiration and encouraging their growth so that Ornament would blossom and bloom into something very special and enduring as a cultural resource.

      We have cast our net far and wide over forty-four years of publishing; for this is how we chose to spend the days of our lives. This has been our chance to make a difference in the world in a welcoming holistic way, drawing from our past, evaluating the present and looking to the future. While ensuring that each issue of Ornament has its unique identity, through many diverse articles, we have looked to and focused on the commonality that the creative encounter offers us all.

We are constantly reassured by what we find when we participate in the lives of the artists Ornament features and are able to view the power that resides in the creative experience; it is infinite and limitless. For a brief time, we have the fortunate opportunity to look into their own imaginative territories as they go in search of new forms and discover new modes of expression. Coursing through its pages has always been a positive energy, an appreciation for others, the choices made, the lives led. 

Like you, we very much value how artists can influence, change and add to our personal perspective, helping us to make connections not only to them but with our essential selves. The dividends have been immeasurable and personal, enabling us to be larger and more expansive than we could have ever imagined, and to take life as a meaningful opportunity to explore the known and risk the unknown.


With our best wishes,