I’m happy to let you all know that Tricycle was awarded first prize in the Historical Travel category by the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) for “Fearsome Roots in a Quiet Forest” by David Taylor. The article covered David’s trip to North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in search of the elusive ginseng plant. It ran in the summer 2006 issue. Sharing first prize was Travel + Leisure; National Geographic Travel was runner up. Tricycle‘s managing editor, Ian Collins, did a great job editing the piece. Congratulations to him and David both! And while we’re beating our chests, I can’t forget to mention that this year, Tricycle received the Folio Silver Award for best spiritual title. Last year, we won the Gold, which went this year to the very deserving Spirituality & Health. Look for future posts from me on Mondays. Philip Ryan, our able webmaster, will post on Wednesdays; and associate editor Andrew Merz will post on Fridays. You may also hear from time to time from associate editor Alex Kaloyanides and Ian, mentioned above. It’s a new year and we’ve decided to stick to a schedule, so you’ll know when to be sure of finding new posts. But don’t let that stop you from checking every day; when the workload is lighter, we’ll post more often. James Shaheen, Editor