Editor’s Note: What Scares You? Baltimore STYLE, October 2015

Relaxing at the Four Seasons spa before my next “Beauty Explorer” adventure.
Relaxing at the Four Seasons spa before my next “Beauty Explorer” adventure.

IN JANUARY, I WENT TO a spiritual advisor (read medium), Cyndi Tryon, at the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. The reading was beautiful and cathartic, helping me to reconnect (literally or metaphorically, I still haven’t decided) with my father, who died when I was 21. When I left the hotel that day, I felt lighter—as if a strong man from the circus had walked up to me and said, “Hey, do you need help with that?” (Taking the giant weight I’d been carrying for nearly 20 years off my hands.)

I’ll admit it: For a few months afterwards, I went a little nutty. I started obsessively looking for signs from the universe—and went to two more psychics and a shaman.

This summer, though, reality hit. My sweet mom ended up in the hospital in Philly for a week. While she’s much better now, it was a wake-up call. A big, blinking neon sign that reads: “Being the baby isn’t for babies.” Turns out, I’ve spent so many years chasing ghosts, I forgot how important it is to really live.

So I did something crazy: I took a few days off from work. That may sound like a no-brainer. But for a “control freak” like me, it was tough to hand over the reins of the magazine—even to people I love and trust. Special thanks to all my colleagues (including our darling new writer, Kay Wicker) who stepped up to help finish this issue!

For STYLE’s annual focus on private school trends, we investigated what’s become of sex education in the new millennium.  Plus, we looked at how some local institutions are getting creative to help kids with learning challenges.

Fashionistas, check out “What’s in Store” for fall at 10 top indie boutiques. Remember, there are many more places to shop local, such as Kenilworth in Towson (my favorite Cloud 9 location) and Green Spring Station, where I’m wild over the new Clare V. “Jaguar” clutch at Becket Hitch. And get ready for the next big thing: 24-year-old fashion phenom Bishme Cromartie.

There’s also some spooky stuff, from an interview with a ghostbuster to The Contemporary’s GhostFood truck. Go to the dark side with our sophisticated take on Halloween cuisine. And I dare you to walk into Mi & Yu Noodle Bar and order a crabcake. (Edward Kim’s grumpy “Chef Talk” interview is the best!) Wash it all down with a Maryland craft beer, courtesy of the sudsy sextet featured in “What’s Brewing?”.

Oh, and thanks in advance to food editor Martha Thomas, who’s helping to cook up the November issue. (This editor-in-chief is over her fear of work separation and going on vacation!) Stay tuned for my “Beauty Explorer” column about a new spa treatment that fights turkey neck—just in time for Thanksgiving.

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