letter from the editor
& A Wonderful New Year America’s middle class has the most awesome buying power on earth and no one knows this better than Martha Stewart!
o what does America buy? We buy what is cool (like iPhones), what is affordable, what is practical, functional and eminently useful, as well as what is designer named or a really good look-alike. We want a lot of bang for our buck and Martha Stewart delivers. I was just thrilled to meet with Martha in person as Home Depot hosted her for an amazing event in October. I found her charming, engaging and fascinating, as will you when you read our feature on this iconic American mogul. This issue continues to focus on strong and remarkable women as we get to know the radiant Dr. Karin Smithson, a psychologist who lives her life with passion and purpose. She is one of those super women who balances her life between her family and her professional practice. Mother of three small children and a loving wife, Karin has learned how to do it all! In her new interactive column she answers your questions about why people do what they do! Be sure to write to Dr. Karin – your question and the all-important answer may appear in future issues! Valery Voyles has shattered the glass ceiling of one of the most male-dominated industries in America. And, she has made it seem effortless, as this graceful southern beauty is Georgia’s TIME Dealer of the Year. Valery’s remarkable family legacy was inspired by her father, the late Ed Voyles, who certainly set the bar for integrity in the automobile sales industry. Along with her brothers, they are the stewards of Ed Voyles Automotive Group with over a half dozen locations across Atlanta. There is not another city in the country that offers a wider variety of educational options than Greater Atlanta. Independent schools are available for every child in every level of achievement to enhance the level of education and bring them to their greatest potential. If you are parents of
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school-age kids, our feature will be of great value to you. There is so much more excitement in this issue, not the least of which is our society coverage, styles of the season and exciting gift ideas, plus the best dining guide in the city! And my personal favorite, Monica Pearson’s thoughts on the true spirit of giving throughout the year. Snuggle up and enjoy our Holiday-Winter issue!
Wishing you the best of everything,
Eileen Gordon Publisher & Editor 12
First cover of Southern Seasons Magazine Holiday/Winter 2012-13 issue on newsstands December 2012.