Magazine article Insight on the News

Always Hope for the Best; There's a Silver Lining to Adversity, Says a New Magazine Devoted to the Human Spirit

Magazine article Insight on the News

Always Hope for the Best; There's a Silver Lining to Adversity, Says a New Magazine Devoted to the Human Spirit

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There's a silver lining to adversity, says a new magazine devoted to the human spirit.

At 4 p.m. on May 27, 1992, a bomb blast near the home of cellist Vedran Smailovic killed 22 people standing in line at one of the few working bakeries in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Anguished and outraged, Smailovic decided to act. Every day thereafter, at 4 p.m. precisely, he dressed in formal attire, set up his cello in the crater the bomb had left and performed a concert.

"He played to the abandoned streets, to the smashed trucks and burning buildings and to the terrified people who hid in the cellars while dropped and the bullets flew," composer and writer Paul Sullivan recounts in the premier issue of Hope magazine. Although the shellings went on unabated and death and destruction stalked the streets, he was never hurt; he seemed to be protected by a divine shield, even during his darkest hour when his beloved cello was itself destroyed

According to Jon Wilson, a veteran publisher who launched the bimonthly in Brooklin, Maine, "Hope is a magazine whose mission is to gently alter the ways in which its readers see the world by honoring values worth pursuing, traditions worth preserving and futures worth changing for the better" The magazine won't be just "happy news," he notes, and it will avoid any religious, political or New-Age affiliations. Instead, Hope will celebrate "ordinary and unsung" people and groups whose acts of courage, generosity and goodness often are overlooked.

"We don't live without hope, plain and simple," says Peter Anderheggen of New Hartford, Conn., Wilson's longtime friend and Hope's first subscriber. "Jon's not peddling good news in a Pollyanna way. The magazine will be successful because it demands us to look at things that do not naturally come to mind as hopeful."

Wilson was founding editor of Woodenboat, a publication with a circulation of 100,000 devoted to the building and sailing of wooden boats. …

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