By Sandy . . . When Will Mingus, editor-in-chief and publisher of LifeTimes magazine, first decided to begin a publication celebrating the good and positive in the lives of those required to register as sexual offenders, he wondered if he would have enough contributions to fill the editions with material.
Now that the sleek and relevant magazine completed its first year of successful publication in January, Will realizes that those concerns were groundless. “We continue to find meaningful and interesting stories for each issue,” he reports.
Stories abound of registrants who face what seem like insurmountable odds in claiming a rightful place in society. In that landscape, LifeTimes is a breath of fresh air. Published quarterly, each edition contains at least one story of a registered person who has found success in his business, his employment, or his personal life. NARSOL was honored when Robin, our vice-chair, was selected to be featured in the fall edition.
Other features in every edition are registry-related editorials, suggestions, reviews, and legal summaries of pertinent cases.
Each edition also contains relevant and timely tips, advice, and resources for registrants and their family members. These include topics such as arts and entertainment, technology, culinary, higher education, intimacy, and religion. Also included in each edition is information about local and state support organizations and events. Everyone doesn’t like every feature, according to its editor-in-chief, but there will be something for everyone in every edition.
“One thing I do want to stress,” says Mingus, “is that the thrust of the magazine is NOT about acquiescing to the registry. Our intent is not to ask people to just roll over and make the best of the registry. Rather,” he continues, “we believe advocacy is a great way to give back and find some meaning in life, and we always encourage people to fight for justice and fairness. That being said, we also believe that along the way, there is no reason not to find joy and happiness in life. That is what we try to highlight.”
Starting with a subscription base of 100, now grown to over 250 in one year, LifeTimes has earned its place in both the advocacy and the publishing communities. There is, simply put, no other publication like it. LifeTimes is a print-only magazine with each issue featuring, for now, 32 pages of full color and professionally designed articles and photos. It includes some advertising but operates primarily on subscription fees, which go exclusively to print, publication, and mailing costs as its staff is fully volunteer.
For subscription information, to see a sample edition, to submit a story or photograph, or for advertising information, go to https://www.lifetimesmagazine.org/.
You may also contact LifeTimes at 877.848.5141 or P.O. Box 453, DeKalb, IL 60115.
Sandy, a NARSOL board member, is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.