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All good things must come to an end

on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

In April of last year I moved to Florence from Alabama. The few months before that had been a whirlwind of excitement. Even though I was not sure of what would come with a new city, I was never nervous. My spouse and I found a house to rent and once our furniture was delivered we started to unpack. Immediately we felt welcomed. The neighbors came and introduced themselves to us. One of our neighbors even made up some pumpkin muffins. That reminds me, I need to ask her for that recipe!

Florence reminds me so much of my hometown of Mobile, just on a smaller scale, so I never felt homesick. Exploring the city, we found some places to eat and some of them quickly became our favorites. We started to make some friends.

In life you have some ups and some downs. Even looking back on a year the good still seems to outweigh the bad.

I came to The News Journal in October and that was one of the best experiences of my life. I got to be involved with the community and meet some wonderful people. I didn’t think it could be get any better, then I became the Editor at the beginning of this year. As a child, I never would have though that I would be working at a newspaper, let alone Editor. I’ve had the chance to meet some amazing people, tell wonderful stories, and work with some great people.

Unfortunately, as they say, ‘all good things must come to an end’. This is will my last editorial. Once again I am starting a new chapter and am looking forward to new challenges and experiences. But I don’t want to look at this as a goodbye, just a ‘until next time’.

I want to thank my coworkers for helping me along the way, y’all have taught me a great deal that I hope to use what I have learned in my next journey.

To our neighbors, thank you so much for making the past year wonderful! When you have great neighbors, it makes the move so much harder. As Dorothy tells the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, “I think I’ll miss you most of all”.

In closing, I wanted to leave an Irish Blessing. This one is one of my favorites, we use to say it at the end of school every Friday.

“May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Thank you.

William M. Mingus III (Trey)

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