Every column I write I save in a digital file. I'm not sure why. Maybe its to come up with some ideas when my head is empty or maybe because from the very first column I wrote, Mom has cut and saved in a scrapbook or file of her own.
Mom makes me smile when I think of her reading our paper every single week. She lives 150 miles away, doesn't really know people in Sleepy Eye, but yet she follows our community faithfully. Mom, you are a dedicated follower of Sleepy Eye and the Herald-Dispatch - thanks!
While looking back at my columns for this time of year, the column for the same week in 2011, had me dancing on the ceiling. You know the 80s song by Lionel Richie.
My dancin' then was caused by my delight in introducing you to four new writers the Herald-Dispatch had just hired.
Terri, Josh, Leo and Ben, made their debut a year ago. It has been a year that has flown my like little seeds getting caught in the wind. The four have brought many changes to stories and events covered each week in the pages of your hometown paper.
As we begin yet another school year, you will see on a more regular basis, writing by Josh and Leo. While this is just a part time thing for the pair, they both have hats outside the office they wear on a regular basis.
While Josh was off for the summer, he managed to get himself engaged to a wonderful lady. Some day you may just be introduced to Kristen. Josh will pick up with Sleepy Eye Public School sports again and you can follow Josh on Twitter @SEPSSports2.
Terri, if you have followed her column, also was married during the summer. Follow Terri on Twitter @TerriNews2.
Leo has many hats, one here, as the sports writer for St. Mary's school and he will pick up the Knights' sports again. Leo is not on Twitter but you can follow St. Mary's sports @SleepyEyeNews.
Ben is still with us as well. You should have seen his byline on coverage of the Brown County Fair and other special sections.
Thus the cast and crew of the editorial staff at the Herald-Dispatch. Thanks to all four of them for making it through the first year of everything new and welcome to your second year when experiences from the first will make the future easier!
Thought for the week: Two-thirds of help is to give courage. – author unknown.