The idea for Empty Nest came to me 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, as well. I just couldn’t 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 had gotten the bug for writing my own stuff.) 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, to eliminate the need for the nest egg. The following year, when the time came to do my thesis, 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 expect the magazine to be 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 two volumes launched: Marian Bellus, Bonnie Boehme, Amie Bonner, Gary Bonner, Sarah Bonner, Marian Buckner, Carol Dorey, Louise Doskow, Clare Gassler Frey, Janette Gerber (pseudonym), Dr. Burt Ginsberg, Carol Holst, Lauren McKinney, Patricia McLaughlin, Juilene Osborne McKnight, Liz Milner, Helene Moccia, Jim Porterfield, Frank Quattrone, Joan Sartor, Maryanne Soper, Alicia Wright, and Dr. Daniel Young.
Special thanks go to Bonnie Boehme, Empty Nest's Associate Editor, who copyedits the articles in each issue. I also thank my husband, Gary, who has pretty much taken over the html coding, freeing my time for developing, managing, and writing. He's a saint!
A Little About Me
Robin C. Bonner
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