12.17.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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Billy Manes

Yes, it’s that time of year when everything is filtered through its appropriate way-back machine and Vaseline and all things are bright and beautiful and all that, and if you read one more retrospective account of how life happens and why it matters, you’ll be coughing up eggnog clichés with your spilt milk. Oh, we’ve all been there – wiry and wrought at the family gatherings, wishing sentimentality would find its deserved end at the ledge of the wet bar. But we’re also prone to appreciation of those who might have helped us and those who are helping others. We have to be buoyed by something other than gravity (which is really a downer, though), so it might as well be a brightly wrapped package of benevolence, right? Oh, come on. Put on your holiday pants and play along.

As we have in the past, Watermark has assembled a gaggle of deserving folk from across Central Florida to highlight in their best lights. Our tributes aren’t eulogies, though. Quite the contrary: They are celebrations of lives that make our own lives better. This is one of my favorite issues of Watermark, actually. If you’ll forgive the seeming senility, stories about people who are improving lives and adding to our culture are things of beauty to this guy. Remarkable? Maybe, but that term doesn’t seem to do any of our subjects justice. Incredible? That suggests that these folks are things of fiction. Wonderful? Yeah, I’ll go with that for now.

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Watermark tradition: Boycotting the bell-ringers

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottIt’s that time of year again, when the incessant ringing of a bell greets every Publix shopper, accompanied by the sight of a Salvation Army bell-ringer. For the third year running, Watermark readers will quietly take a stand against the charitable organization’s anti-gay history, practices and attitude.

We are once again offering a mini-flyer stating your opposition to The Salvation Army’s anti-gay practices. If you are participating in the boycott but would like to let The Salvation Army know why, please download and print the “money” graphics on this page and when you encounter a bell-ringer, slip a flyer into their shiny red bucket in lieu of cash.

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