Nothing gold can stay.
Poet Robert Frost wrote those words in 1923. They were published in the Yale Review that year, and in the following year they appeared in a collection of his poems called New Hampshire. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
I remember as an eighth grader reading those four words quoted in a little novel called The Outsiders. [Insert respectful pause and nostalgic sigh accompanied by enthusiastic fist pump for the book as well as the movie adaptation, with the one and only Ralph Macchio.] With 18 letters, three spaces, and a period, Frost managed to speak volumes on life, love, beauty, loss, and grief. And now, almost a century after they were written, those words still echo with the same profound refrains.
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
This poem was first published in the fall, and as I write this post, it is fall once again. Outside my window, the kiss of the season is evident as the leaves begin their transformation from green to gold. The season of change is here.
The brand fresh style came from a love of art, life, and creativity—and of coffee and kettle chips as well, as some of the most interesting ideas often do. Armed with big dreams and a lot of paint, our team has had the honor of producing a publication that celebrates the joys of daily living, and we are still amazed that so many of you shared our enthusiasm—how very cool to connect with kindred spirits.
Though I would much prefer to meet with each subscriber personally to deliver the following news—perhaps while having tacos—alas, it is not possible. So if you could pretend we’re having tacos as I share this next bit, that would be grand. Our publisher has made the decision to discontinue fresh style after the November/December 2014 issue. CRUNCH! (That was me pretending to take a bite of a taco to help break the tension.)
If you’re a subscriber, you should be receiving more information soon from our circulation department. In general, you should still be able to find the magazine on newsstands nationwide and in select boutiques and Annie Sloan Stockists’ shops through January 2015. And here’s some good news: We’re planning to keep the website going for a while longer, so you’ll be able to find lots of new content and ideas right here at freshstylemag.com. You can also still find us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
If you’re sad, it’s okay. I am, too. But I am also grateful for the moments we had; they were lovely while they lasted. Print publishing is one of the most tangible ways to connect writer to reader and artist to viewer, and I hope that as you flip through the pages of the issues we produced, you’ll find inspiration and encouragement among them.
Nothing gold can stay. But long after they’re gone, the golden moments can still echo with a brilliant refrain.