How much do I love my job?
Just in February Explore alone, I had the chance to meet two completely new people (to me), tell the story of my precious little nurse practitioner I love so dearly, and tell the story of a friend who is still here with us thanks to the gift of a heart.
Is there a better gig out there than that?
If you haven’t yet received a copy of Explore for February, come by the Daily Sun and pick one up. This issue is (as they all are) a labor of love.
I made a new friend when I met Kyle Jumper, a horseman and rodeo circuit cowboy who lives out in the West part of our county. His story is told very capably by the young Lawton Cook, himself a bit familiar with horses. Emily Glidewell was kind enough to take our photographs.
I like Kyle. We hit it off famously from our first phone conversation. I guess you’d say we have “similar thinking” on some key subjects. Just one of those people that seems like a longtime friend right from the get-go.
I met Michael Ray, himself a Navarro Countian for quite some years. Since his main job is in Dallas, I suppose that explains why our paths had never crossed prior to December of 2012. But Ray also serves a very important role in the fair city of Corsicana — one of which I was heretofore unaware.
Then there’s “my” Dr. Janquilyn Driver Merida. I learned things about this girl I never knew before, and how long has she been treating me? I have my specialists for certain health things (don’t get me started on the health industry) but Jan is my one doctor who just treats me. Mostly we just visit and catch up. If you’ve never met her, she is absolutely precious. And her story is quite inspiring, too.
Last, but by no means least, Vicki Stoecklein is a lady I’ve known for several years. At one point, we spent a little time together thanks to her daughter, Anna Paul. I knew Vicki had been ill, but I didn’t realize to what extent until we bumped into each other at Trimmings before Christmas, and decided it was time to tell her story. Little did I know the issue it was for, February edition, was the same month as Heart Health month? (God looks out for me in so many ways!)
I learned about the amazing gift she received of a new heart, thanks to the miracle of organ donation. God had His hand on the timing of each thing that happened, and thankfully, Vicki is still here with us. Her sweet husband Stephen and daughter, parents and all the rest of their large family are grateful, too.
If you have ever considered organ donation, even a little, please read Vicki’s story.
We value you, our readers. We try to share the stories we think will move you, fascinate you, will be about your neighbor or person who carries out your groceries. This is a great place to live — made that way in large part by its people.
Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer, and editor of Explore Magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached by email at email@example.com. Want to “soundoff” on this column? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How much do I love my job?
Memorial Day thoughts
Next Monday we will fly our flag outside our house to honor Memorial Day. It is a tradition my wife brought into our marriage from her father who served in the Pacific during World War II.
I am so cynical
Cynical: “...believing that people are motivated in all their actions only by selfishness; denying the sincerity of people’s motives and actions, or the value of living...sarcastic, sneering, etc...pessimistic implies an attitude, often habitual, of expecting the worst to happen...”
Dumb people in the news
In the news this week was an on-line press release from the Department of Environmental Protection for the state of Pennsylvania that they’ve lost a nuclear device off the back of a truck somewhere between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Troxler Model 3430 is a radioactive gauge that takes measurements in the ground. The press release from the DEP states that anyone finding the box should not “tamper” with it.
Editorial: Seizure of AP phone records insult to independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
This amounts to spying on an American news organization — common practice in dictatorships but scary conduct in a democratic system that prizes the public value of an independent watchdog press.
Flying the “Delta Connector”
I had an unfortunate fall earlier this week and wrecked my back to the point where I cannot spend much time sitting up at my desk to write. Therefore, I am recycling a piece I wrote many years ago about our first trip from Corsicana back to Denver.
It's my job
A couple of weeks ago, some chowderheads released a study saying that the worst job in America is that of newspaper reporters because of the low pay, long, odd hours and stress.
Number two on the list was lumberjack, which makes sense because trees kill.
Message from the Mayor: Safety first
The tragic incident that recently occurred in West serves as a stark reminder that disasters can occur at any time or place.
Angels among us
The winds have dispersed the mushroom cloud that hovered over the small town of West. The dust has settled. The President of the United States, the Governor of Texas and other dignitaries have come to join in the memorial for those who lost their lives.
Missing the fun
Sad to say, in the 11 years The Little Woman (don’t call me that!) and I lived in Navarro County, we never attended the annual Derrick Days festivities. We followed all the events in the Daily Sun, but we never schlepped into town to “walk amongst em.” I guess, if I were to be honest with myself, I am the reason we never went.
Need a job? Leave the cat at home
The USA Today has printed an article this past week of advice to newly minted college graduates on how to get a job which basically boiled down to “don’t be stupid.”
This is excellent advice for any situation, but particularly that crucial job interview.
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