Empty Nest Magazine
The idea for Empty Nest came in 2004, during a Rosemont College magazine publishing class taught by Frank Quattrone. I was a student in the MA in English and Publishing program there—and an empty nester unable to let the idea die. I hadn't come across a magazine that appealed to me and really addressed issues faced by couples with "older" families. And, even more enticing, the subject matter was just what I wanted to write about. (After years of managing book publishing projects, I wanted to create my own content.) There was no way to get such a project off the ground, though, without a real nest egg to finance it.
Fast forward a year, to Elizabeth Replogle’s web-writing class, also at Rosemont. Again, I was the student, inspired now to do an online magazine, which would eliminate the need for the nest egg. The following year, when I searched for a thesis topic, I put two and two together, enlisted the help of some friends (and two very supportive advisors—you guessed it, Elizabeth and Frank), and worked hard to get the first issue of Empty Nest out in the spring of 2007.
More than a thesis, the first issue was a springboard to the real thing. My writers, editors, and I know the magazine has been an evolution, with more and better things in store...
I would like to thank Rosemont College, Elizabeth Repogle, Frank Quattrone, and the following people who either wrote articles or contributed in some other way, for their help and support in getting issues in the first three volumes launched: Marian Bellus, Donna Blinebury, Bonnie Boehme, Amie Bonner, Anaise Asousa Bonner, Gary Bonner, Sarah Bonner, Marian Buckner, Carol Dorey, Louise Doskow, Donna Faria, Sharla Feldscher, Adele Fine, Clare Gassler Frey, Ellen Britz Gerber, Janette Gerber (pseudonym), Dr. Burt Ginsberg, Dr. Dan Gottlieb, Leslie Hawke, Carol Holst, Jeremy Lifsey, Sandra Long, Lauren McKinney, Juilene Osborne McKnight, Patricia McLaughlin, Tammy Jo Meier, Liz Milner, Helene Moccia, Dana Murray-Resénté, Jim Porterfield, Frank Quattrone, Joan Sartor, Chris Slawecki, Maryanne Soper, the Van Anglen family, Connie Wesley, Linda Wisniewski, Alicia Wright, and Dr. Daniel Young.
Special thanks go to Bonnie Boehme, Empty Nest's Associate Editor, who usually (lovingly) copyedits each issue. Her gift for the written word is amazing. I also thank my husband, Gary (IT Guy), who much of the time does the photo prep and html—in a true spirit of empty-nesting togetherness—which frees my time for developing, managing, and writing.
A Little About Me
Robin C. Bonner
Empty Nest: A Magazine for Mature Families
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