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arents aren’t supposed to
have more affection for one
child over the other, and
many say they don’t.
But I’m not one of those.
I have to admit that, after all
these years, I do have a favorite:
the Cannon Beach Gazette.
edited, but it (probably) will be
nitely tugs at my heartstrings.
The Seaside Signal is always
brimming over with news and
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posited my suitcases in my little
house on the north side of town.
It was with John Newman, chef
extraordinaire of Newmans 988.
What better way to get a taste
of the town I had already fallen in
I came to know and respect
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concerns, their adventures, their
often quirky lifestyles.
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daunting projects (passage of a
$4 million bond measure to buy
800 acres of watershed during
a national recession — really?
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ings; create an inner city trail;
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tems in anticipation of the Big
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rels purchased by residents to
store emergency supplies; erect
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develop a method of doling
out lodging taxes to bring arts
events — and overnight visitors
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rived here that I would ever
find enough news to fill the
pages. But I’ve always had the
opposite problem: not enough
pages to hold all the news.
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umn: In eight years of writing
it, I’ve never been without a
topic to explore.
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ly? The people, the beauty, the
“family” I have found and the
sense of being at home.
ple I have met through the years
and have truly grown fond of to
mention here. The difference
between living in a big city and
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amount of care we have for one
face of the brusque “hi, how’re
doing?” When people here ask
how you are doing, they really
want to know.
Although people here may
know what’s going on in your
personal life (no, we aren’t
above gossiping; it’s still a
small town, you know), they
keep out of it. They let you find
your own way, and if they are
asked for help, they are always
ready and willing to give it.
and those who have always
known me as the “reporter” or
nist” won’t feel that they have to
tell me, “This is off the record”
or warn others to “be careful of
what you say because it will end
up in print.”
Yes, I do expect to do some
freelance writing and maybe
even work on projects that need
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pect that, as I close the door on
this part of my life, another door
Who knows what
will open that will allow me to
happens next? But
be truly part of the community of
volunteers, of activists that I have
while I’m leaving
come to admire.
the business, I’m
This is what is so exciting
not leaving the
We are a small band of people (I
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porter for the Gazette all these ects accomplished, all because
years. I’ve been privileged to people here know how to work
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I want to be part of that.
what I consider the best years of
In this next stage of my life, I
want to do more than write about
Now, it’s time to step away it; I want to experience it.
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People who know about my
er and chronicler, and turn over impending retirement ask me
the responsibility as editor of the what I’m going to do. I jokingly
Cannon Beach Gazette and the tell them I’m going to “sleep in.”
Seaside Signal to someone else.
But, in fact, I don’t plan to
My retirement on March 20 doze through the rest of my life.
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coffee with friends in the middle
of the afternoon won’t be unheard
of. Perhaps I can catch up on my
reading — without feeling I have
to edit every sentence.
But I’m looking forward to
how I might put what little talent
I have to work for others. As my
fy, I don’t feel comfortable being
too lazy for too long.
I admit, it will be wrenching
to turn the newspapers over to
someone else. They, indeed, feel
like my children.
Every week they start out as
a casual list of story ideas, and
as the days continue, they are
formed and shaped into living
stories that are meant to inform,
entertain and call to action. They
may irritate some readers, satisfy
others, spark a laugh or trigger
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cided to be a part of.
Those stories, however, will be
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who have honed their knowledge
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come to respect those who live
I never really thought about
retirement, but, after 48 years in
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ed, of course, when I was 3 years
old….), perhaps it’s time to try
Who knows what happens
next? But while I’m leaving the
business, I’m not leaving the
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