My very first editorial, in the January 1999 issue of Masonry Construction magazine, started like this: “The first vital truth of Buddhism is that everything in life is impermanent, rising with a set of particular causes and conditions then passing away as new circumstances emerge.” Now, 21 years later, new circumstances have again emerged and I am retiring as editor of Concrete Construction.

It’s been an incredible journey and while I’m looking forward to spending more time doing all the things that I’ve put off for all these years, I will miss the great privilege of bringing you tales from the concrete industry. It’s a sprawling, messy beast this business of ours but it attracts people who are genuine and willing to work hard and provide a quality product. I never grew tired of telling your stories—maybe I will continue with that. I’ve always wanted to write a book about some of the giants of our industry.

In the meantime, I wish you all great success in life and in business. It’s a wonderful world and concrete is literally the foundation of our civilization. Be proud of what you do and keep learning.