While I was at college I had friends who, during their courtship, would give each other the oddest thing they found that day. It could be a flattened Barbie doll head they found on the road or bacon flavored breath mints from the candy shelf of a gas station in the middle of Pennsylvania. It was a game – a game that turned into an approach to life. Spot the oddities that make you smile and laugh; seek out the fun and interesting, and sometimes, yes, the strangely appealing. You just had to train your mind to look for them.  And have fun!

At Vieques Insider, finding “fun and interesting” is what we play at. Delivering it to you is what we work at. We are constantly seeking the interesting, the unusual and, with the benefit of time, the things that teach us something. The odd things we find now urge us, with that same sense of quirky pleasure, to follow and question them.  And the things become stories, and the stories become adventures, and the adventures become our gifts to share, to connect us. Like a message in a bottle or pieces of tile, washed up on the shore.

I am lucky to have such a great core team of seekers here. Their enthusiasm for this fun game equals mine, and I couldn’t ask for a better group with whom to work. They love Vieques as much as I do and want to share it with you. We hope you enjoy the magazine and continue to follow us. There are great things to come!

About The Author

Kelly Thompson
editor • publisher • designer

Kelly’s background in graphic design and photography led her to creative jobs all over the U.S., Australia and Europe. She moved to Vieques in 2003 and started publishing the Vieques Insider magazine in 2014 allowing her to share her love of the island through photos and stories.

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