Editorial Thoughts


Michele Pesula Kuegler is the founder of PeKu Publications and chief foodie at Think Tasty. She runs this one-woman show focusing on creating new recipes to delight her family, friends, and herself.

Putting It All in Perspective

by Michele Pesula Kuegler on July 11th, 2016

hospital-834152_640PeKu Publications turned eight on July 1st. Ten days later I haven’t written my annual post describing what we’ve accomplished and how we’ve changed over the past year. I’m also not writing that column today; I’m saving it for next week. Today there are more pressing topics to cover.

It’s been a challenging time for me, personally and professionally, over the last six weeks. When I published my last Editorially Yours, I didn’t realize all of the change that was about to come. At that point I was preparing for a high school graduation, PeKu’s birthday, and the beginning of summer. All of those events have occurred, but an even larger event took precedence.

Six weeks ago, I wrote that Editorially Yours column while I sat in a hospital room with my little brother. Diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in February 2015, he had been through 15 months of fairly successful chemo treatments. But on Sunday, June 6th he was admitted to the hospital with some difficulty breathing and pain in his midsection. Although I knew that the prognosis wasn’t good, I didn’t realize that the next three weeks would be spent with him in a hospital, hoping for the best but knowing that time was getting shorter every day.

Thankfully because of the nature of my roles as Editor-in-Chief at PeKu and Dean of Content and Instruction at WV Academy, I was able to be with my brother almost daily. I would work while he slept or late at night when I got home. Of course, this meant that I wasn’t working a full schedule, and work items were prioritized. Articles were published; student assignments were reviewed; payments were sent; projects were assigned; courses were launched. However, nothing new or innovative was rolled out.

I kept my boards and advisors abreast of these work decisions, and they were supportive. I made sure that everything kept moving forward on the work front, but creative projects were tabled temporarily. Two weeks ago I eulogized my little brother; it was a challenging task, but one that I embraced heartily. I couldn’t have him back, but I certainly could help to reinforce memories of him.

In the past two weeks I have endeavored to return to the normal pace of work and home, while at the same time remaining a support to my sister-in-law and nephews. I can honestly say that I’m not back to 100% work form, but I am close. There are a few creative projects on the list for this week; I have moved from treading water to actually swimming.

These last six weeks have shown me that there are more hours in the day than we fully use, that it is possible to do more than you think you can. Most importantly it has validated my belief that the importance of human contact is immeasurable. Although the month of June was devoid of creativity, it was filled with connectivity. And I wouldn’t change that for the world.



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