Thursday, July 20, 2006

I had no idea...

Since leaving the Beacon, I have received an astonishing amount of support from this community. Some of you I already knew; a great many of you I didn't. You've taken the time to write letters to the editor of the paper on my behalf (knowing full well they'll never see print). You've found a few moments to pick up the phone and call to give me moral support and encouragement. How many calls have I gotten that begin with, "Hi. You don't know me, but..." The emails I've received could fill a book. Truly, I'm overwhelmed (why is that a word? is anyone ever just "whelmed"?) with how this has all turned out.

That I've claimed one small space in your busy lives...what a terrific honor. Without a print publication, I've lost a great deal of my readership, I know. So it's up to us to spread the word that I'm still here. Please...let people know. I feel like I've disappointed those who can only read me because I was delivered to their doorstep, and that saddens me. So much of life is hard; I'm glad we can still meet here for a laugh or two...a "right on"...a brief oasis from this desert heat we've been living with.

I wouldn't be here without you, and I just can't tell you how touched (in a good way, not one of those creepy, old-man-brush-up-against-you ways) I am that the change in venues hasn't meant a cessation of publication.

So...keep on dropping by. Leave me a comment. And tell your friends I haven't disappeared.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rebecca,
I along with many others are very glad you still have a forum in which to speak your mind on things that concern you and our community. From reading your articles in past newpapers, there are some I completely agree with, some I disagree with and others that sparked my curiosity to learn more. Isn't that what community is all about? Everyone trying to better themselves and their surroundings by learning all they can about different areas and ideas each of us have. I am sorry and really upset that The Beacon has not published any of the letters in support of your controversial article. So many do want to remain annonymous because of their standing in the community and fear of any consequeses that may occur by speaking out about what really controls this town, one man and money. We can all appreciate all the time, money and land he donates, but when you (or your children) break the rules and receive special treatment then you should be ready for the firestorm of public comment and own up to the fact that money does speak.

Anonymous said...

Rebecca,
I along with many others are very glad you still have a forum in which to speak your mind on things that concern you and our community. From reading your articles in past newpapers, there are some I completely agree with, some I disagree with and others that sparked my curiosity to learn more. Isn't that what community is all about? Everyone trying to better themselves and their surroundings by learning all they can about different areas and ideas each of us have. I am sorry and really upset that The Beacon has not published any of the letters in support of your controversial article. So many do want to remain annonymous because of their standing in the community and fear of any consequeses that may occur by speaking out about what really controls this town, one man and money. We can all appreciate all the time, money and land he donates, but when you (or your children) break the rules and receive special treatment then you should be ready for the firestorm of public comment and own up to the fact that money does speak.

Judith K. Witherow said...

Keep it going woman. Sue and I support you in every way. I'll pass your blog address on to others.
Say, "Hey" to Bella and the bunch.
Till later, Judith