Monday, February 6, 2017

Saying Goodbye! Saying Hello!

For the past 10 years, you’ve welcomed me into your home.

Over steaming mugs of coffee and hot cups of tea, I’ve shared stories about plants and wildlife, home and family. Together we’ve strolled down meandering paths through oak and piney woods.

A path through the woods at our Groveland home

We’ve explored sandy shorelines and enjoyed early morning rows across still water. We’ve traveled to New Smyrna Beach, central Massachusetts and back in time to the years when I was a young mom on Cape Cod and a child growing up in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

Our long-ago handbuilt home on Cape Cod

It’s been an incredible journey.

Because of changes in the newspaper industry, today will be the last day my column will appear in the paper. But that doesn’t mean the journey ends. While we’ll no longer be meeting on the front page of the Lake Sentinel, I’ll continue to explore the world outside my door and share my findings with you in pictures, words, videos and poems. 

If anything, I will be more available than ever. You can find me 24/7 on my YouTube channel, Facebook page and especially on my website,, where all my columns from the last 10 years are archived and where you can sign up to receive notification of new postings by email.

My daughter Jenny, who is visiting this week with her husband and our twin grandchildren, just interrupted my mental musings to ask if she could take my old aluminum rowboat out for a row.

“I don’t mean to bother you when you’re writing,” she sweetly said. “But I just wanted to know if it’s okay to take your boat out for a row.”

“Of course,” I replied. “Let me just show you a few things about the boat you should know before you go out.”

She said, “Oh, but I don’t want to take you away from your writing on your last column for the paper.”

Before I could say it was no bother, her husband, Brett, quipped, “This is your last chance to interrupt her on the last column for the paper, Jenny. You don’t want to miss that.”

Funny guy. But my son-in-law is right. It’s only appropriate that Jenny interrupt me when I’m working on an essay. I doubt if I’ve ever completed a piece for the newspaper or other publication in a single uninterrupted stretch. As a freelance writer working at home, my modus operandi has always been to take multiple breaks along the way to answer questions, help someone get food, find something that’s been misplaced or simply to allow my thoughts to congeal in a meaningful fashion.

And that’s also how I’m looking at this latest stage in a decade-long vocation — just another break in the regular order — a slight diversion in a rambling career of writing from the heart.

So thank you, dear reader, for welcoming me into your home. Thank you for your comments and suggestions, your support and encouragement. Rather than an end, consider this simply as a change of course. I hope you’ll come with me as we travel on. From sunrise to sunset, there’s still much to discover.

Without you, I’d still be writing but it wouldn’t be as much fun.


  1. So glad to be able to continue communication as your Facebook friend.

  2. I value our friendship, Mary Kay, and look forward to continued communication via as many avenues as we can travel.