Kati Wilkins is back on US soil, and the fact that we know that and can report it speaks volumes about how close knit the Outer Banks community is. Kati, a gifted photographer, was in Paris last week—had gone there with a friend for a one week girls only vacation. 

We heard from her through Facebook on Friday and her words left little doubt that she was terrified, writing that all she wanted to do was to come home and hug her little girl. That is a very human and rational feeling, and it brings home the horror of what happened.

Author Joseph Terrell is in the City of Lights as well, creating his next novel. Older, more experienced in the ways of the world and a yearly visitor to Paris, he seems to be taking it all in stride.

Living, working and writing on the Outer Banks we prefer to cover topics and happenings that make this such wonderful place to live. We should be talking about beach nourishment, or Almost Maine—the superb production that the First Flight High School theatre department put on this year; South Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores will close for six months this Monday to fix a bridge; we should be talking about fishing, surfing and kiteboarding.

We live in a vacation paradise, yet the world does encroach upon us from time to time, and although we are thankful that the people we care about in our community are safe, there is still the feeling that, “The world is too much with us; late and soon . . . “