With former editor Eric Lyttle now well on his way to at least a year full of travel in an RV, I am honored to serve as interim editor of this magazine. Columbus Monthly has been among my journalistic priorities since I wrote my first freelance piece for it back in 1987.

Recently, my attention here has been specifically on the Home & Style section, and also as editor for Columbus Monthly Health, as well as Home & Garden. It’s from this perch that I’ve been watching Central Ohio boom—in everything from real estate to fashion to medicine and more.

Columbus’ rapidly changing creative pace and the interesting people involved with it make this a robust city. That fact is exemplified in this issue as senior editor Suzanne Goldsmith explores this creative community with an eye toward our inner conversation: 10 years of TEDx and the local residents who have talked.

As you read Suzanne’s story it will remind you that Central Ohio benefits from being highly diverse. Here, you’ll also read a piece by freelance writer Sandra Gurvis as she introduces you to Dr. Scott Leibowitz, a leader on the medical frontier of psychiatrists around the world who work with transgender youth.

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Regarding this month’s cover story, if you’re in Downtown Columbus with any regularity, you’re likely to witness a protest or two. Most recently, the clean water folks were shouting just outside our offices at 62 E. Broad St.

Participating in—or organizing—a protest isn’t for the faint of heart. In her story, writer Laura Arenschield talks with a variety of activists and others who address the current climate of protest. 

This is a new era, indeed. When I started at Ohio State University in the late ’70s, it was a half-dozen years after four students were killed at Kent State University. The strong protest movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s was over. Activism seemed to be nearly dead. 

In the spring quarter of 1980, I can’t recall a single day that the Statehouse was overtaken with protests when I traveled from OSU to Downtown, reporting on the legislature for Ohio State’s newspaper, The Lantern—or for the following few years as I covered legislative news for Rick Thomas’ Ohio/Washington News Service. This was a relatively calm era in our democracy. (By the way, Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown were cutting their teeth as a state senator and representative, respectively, in the Ohio legislature at the same time.)

Recently, though, everything has changed. Capitol Square in Downtown Columbus is a busy place. Kasich is nearly out there himself, some days, protesting whatever the mood of the day seems to be. In this new period of protest, we thought you might benefit from lessons taught by those who are actively engaged.

Meanwhile, it’s time to celebrate. As we look ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday, I wish you, your friends and family all of the best as we truly appreciate the gifts brought forth by each individual whose path we cross.