A big change is taking place in my life. After Friday, I will no longer be working at Greene Publishing, Inc. I will still be writing for The Path of Faith section and my “Jacob’s Ladder” column, but it will be from my home.
The last 20-plus years have been very rewarding for me at the newspaper. My life has been enriched through meeting all the people I have met. I have met everyone from celebrities like Bo and Luke Duke and Enos from The Dukes of Hazzard, Bill Gaither and a number of singers from the Gaither Homecoming Series videos, pro wrestlers to Florida governors like Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist to U.S. senators and representatives to my favorite people of all, just plain folks like me.
I have been blessed to make many friends and the job has opened many doors for me. There have been times that the job has closed doors for me and I regret doors that were shut but I realize that it happens to all people in all walks of life.
I have enjoyed working with the people at my job, including the late Tommy Greene, who will go down as a legend to many in Florida newspaper circles. His wife, Mary Ellen, was an ad-selling machine when she worked here and she is one of the kindest people anyone will ever meet. Their daughter, Emerald, keeps the newspaper going today. She is assisted by her daughters, Cheltsie and Brooke Kinsley, who are very capable workers and who I am proud to have seen grow into beautiful young women before my very eyes. They have been like a second family to me.
I need to step back from the job and devote time to other responsibilities and to do things that I want to do. Writing has always been a part of my life, from the first time I picked up a pencil as a child and for most of my adult life, it has been the way that I have made my income and it will continue to be in one way or another.
If anyone needs to contact me for Path of Faith articles or if they just want to chat, they can call or text me at (850) 673-8269 or on my home number at (850) 971-5185 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank all of you for reading my columns and news stories throughout the years.