Editorial to edition 008Image: Sharon McCutcheon | Unsplash"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone…"
Joni Mitchell, in her song Big Yellow Taxi, might have been making more of a point about the loss of environmental amenity, but this sentiment has always come up for me when faced with a sudden loss of relationship – be it romantic or otherwise. Things might be running along merrily and then all of a sudden, bang, there’s that catastrophic loss – and perhaps with it a regret that opportunities for greater connection will now no longer be realised.

The COVID pandemic has seen the loss of ability to properly connect with family, friends, lovers, and even workmates. If there’s one thing that this has highlighted, it’s how important relationships are, and how intrinsic relationships are to our existence – in all manner of ways.

In our lead article, Martin Oliver – one of our regular contributors – reminds us of the famous quote ‘No man is an island’. The English poet John Donne was born way back in 1572; if we can forgive his lack of gender-inclusive language, we can surely get the universality and timelessness of his perception.

Throughout its 30+ years of publishing, LivingNow has been bringing knowledge and insight to you, our readers, on the topic of relationships. In this edition we have chosen to emphasise the primacy of relationships in our lives, by publishing under a new masthead, LovingNow: Relationship to others, to community, to self, to work, and to the ground which we inhabit.
  
We are all connected in one way or another, and we hope that LovingNow will play a part in strengthening those vital connections.

Our new digital platformThis edition also sees the launch of our new digital content platform. This has been designed to allow better access to all the wonderful LivingNow articles, and to provide a better reading experience, across all devices – desktops, tablets and phones.

To mark this exciting development in our publishing history, we’ve got a short-time introductory offer – free access to e whole collection, instead of the full price of US$2.99. All it needs is an email address and your name to help us connect properly. We hope you’ll pass on this news to others, not just because of this special deal, but because the edition is full of informative, insightful and life-affirming articles.

While space here doesn’t allow us to give all of our wonderful everyone a deserved mention, I‘d like to give a shout out to @stephanie.rose.freeman for her amazing paintings, and to Craig Fallshaw, @wickhamlane, a regular contributor, for his  stunning Central Australian photography.

We actually had so many submissions of on the topic of relationships, that our next publication will again be a LovingNow relationships edition, so be sure to keep an eye out for it. If you signed up for this one, you‘ll be automatically notified – otherwise just go here and put your name on the list. And if you’d like to contribute something in the future, you’ll find details here.
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We're looking forward to growing relationships everywhere,

In love and gratitude –
especially for the support and encouragement from my dear partner, Emma,

David Durance
Editor and MD
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