You may or may not have noticed the new symbol we are using in our tagline on the cover:  good people, good places and good things happening. It’s the infinity symbol, and it’s about time I shared the significance of this symbol with our readers, so its meaning – as it pertains to the Northeast Journal – may be spread far and wide.

The infinity symbol represents, well, infinity! But what about infinity? For me and for its relevance to the Northeast Journal, the visual symbol and the message it sends is “what goes around, comes around.” On every page, we reveal to our readers the good work that people do on a daily basis, whether they know they are doing it or not. Even the People and Pets page shows us how important the loving relationship is between pets and their owners. This is a fine example of “what goes around, comes around.” The infinite loop of kindness exchanged between these two species is forever a reminder of what the real meaning and purpose of life on Earth is all about.

The main cover story about Zoe’s Garden clearly reveals how one baby girl and her family are literally starting from ground zero (the soil) and growing good-for-you goodies at Bayfront Medical Center’s All Children’s Hospital for children and their families. The infinite loop of goodness impacts the minds, bodies and spirits of all who reap the benefits – hopefully for generations to come.

Less obvious, but true nonetheless, is the impact that the founding developers – or should I say preservationists – of downtown St. Pete continue to have on the intentions and actions of those presently shaping Beach Drive. Chuck and Kathy Prather are the new owners of the Birchwood Inn. After reading the cover article by Livia Zien, we are left realizing how important it is to connect, spread the wealth, and leave something better for those who remain. And you just thought it was a story about the Birchwood renovations!

Incredibly, Will Michael’s article about the equestrian city of St. Petersburg also reveals the notion of giving back and the lasting positive results that sentiment and those acts have for generations to come.

“Jay Starkey was not just a very successful cowboy. He was also a civic leader, serving the public in many capacities including county tax collector. He effectively donated the Starkey Wilderness Park for purposes of water conservation. When asked about this gift to the public, he stated, “Sure, I could have sold it for two or three times more than I got for it if I had been willing to sell it to the fast-buck boys. They would have chopped it up, dredged it, drained it, and bulldozed it under. They don’t care what they do to the land and to our natural resources as long as they can get their money and get out.” Starkey was also an advocate of history. “It is hard for me to understand why some people… do not appreciate their heritage more.” He was a founder of Pioneer Park on the downtown water-front in St. Petersburg.

Read the article about horses in St. Pete’s history and come away with the good feeling we all get from Jay Starkey living the “what goes around, comes around” lifestyle.

Ultimately, the infinity symbol represents my calling in life. Many years ago, I had a vision over the course of a few nights when I couldn’t sleep. One key ingredient in this vision is my good-news-only publications. The more papers I can launch in communities across the country, the greater the infinite loop of goodness will become. OCHO is the acronym for “one can help others, others can help one.” The number 8 in spanish is ocho. The number 8 is also the infinity symbol.

What goes around, comes around. Thank you for that!