Karen and I are very excited to be in our new home in New Athens. We have been here for almost 3 months and have met many wonderful neighbors. We have created this website to share in exploring the Metro East area. We’re curious about the people, towns, events, and local businesses. We believe that community is essential and that sharing what we learn will be one way of building our community in our new lives. By sharing ourselves with everyone we learn more about the world. So encourage you to join us as we get started and hope you’ll check in often to see what we are up to. If you have any suggestions on places or events let’s know. Bruce & Karen

We’re Bruce and Karen Carlson. We recently moved to the Metro East area of Illinois. This area is east of St. Louis from the Mississippi River north to Alton, east to Carlyle, back south to Waterloo and the Mississippi River, finally north to Columbia. The center is Fairview Heights, Swansea, Belleville, Shiloh, and O'Fallon. Not to be forgotten is Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Edwardsville. It’s a whole new world out there. Our goal with this website is to share our exploration of the Metro East area. As we find businesses and services we use in our daily lives, we’ll share how these businesses and services have helped make our lives better and easier to live.

We’re calling our move to the Metro East area retirement, but we’re not quite sure what that means. By sharing our story with you, we hope you too will gain a better sense of what the Metro East area has to offer and how their businesses and services can improve your lives and build a better community.