Yes We Can

By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

For the last six months, I’ve been walking.

Getting out of the house and walking a mile or more has remained one of the few dependable constants this year. I use it as my time to think, to reflect, and to plan.

I’m always taken by this time of year as the heat finally begins to break, and that “feel” that comes with the change in season takes hold. There is a distinctive feel here. It’s not as noticeable if you’ve been living here for a while, but after being away for two decades, the air feels a certain way, the sounds of insects in the trees have a familiar buzzing, and the smell of fall brings a sense of comfort that only “here” could provide.

Anything’s better than the heatwave we had last summer.

I’m actually looking forward to the holiday season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas have always been enjoyable for my family, and I’ve been looking for ways to translate that into my writing here. I’ve got ideas for this site, and I’m looking to make this experience more interactive for our readers.

Part of that interaction is going to be built through connection. I have my ideas, but most of my favorite pieces have come from people who stepped forward and said “I have a story to tell.” And they were right. 

If I’m not looking, I’m listening.

I’m planning a few interviews for the upcoming weeks, new ways to provide some community spotlights over the holidays, and a few guest columnists to add their own perspectives of things happening around town. A community isn’t a singular voice. I’m working to address that.

Like my daily walks, I’ll get there. One step at a time.

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