I’m going to make this short and sweet.
Now as this year ends and a new one begins, I want to thank the Valley News for putting me to print every other week.
Actually, I must thank Vince Caravan, God rest his soul, for getting me interested in writing again back in 1980, when he said, “Jerry, why don’t you do something with your writing? You can write a column for us, just pick your subject.”
Well, a lot of water’s gone over the dam, as they say, and I’ve been a prolific writer ever since Vince’s gentle prodding.
Story writing, letter-to-the-editor writing, newsletter writing, fun writing, serious writing, poetry writing, column writing — you-name-it writing — but yet to write a book writing!
And along the way I’ve meet a lot of good people who also like to write, among them Roy Hodge, whom I want thank for the opportunity of having Jerry’s Journal appear twice a month for a couple of years in his newspaper, the Fulton Patriot.
It was a sad day to many when that venerable old newspaper finally had to give up the ghost with times changing and people depending more on electronic news these days.
(Having said that, I do have to admit to very much liking my desk computer, as well as my electronic tablet, to help keep up with my writings, emails, and the daily news.)
In any case, as I tell everyone who writes, or calls or emails, or stops me on the street to share their story or just say how much they like reading my stuff: if you keep on reading I promise I will keep on writing!
So, to you, Dear Readers — near and far — I wish every one of you a happy and blessed New Year.
See you in 2014!