When I began my professional life in 1979, just one week after graduating from UW-Oshkosh, I had a pretty good idea about what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to work at a local radio station, to bring news of what was happening in our community to the station’s listeners, and to provide those listeners with an opportunity to share information and ideas for making our community an even better place to live.
What I didn’t envision was that this part of Wisconsin—what I think of as the state’s beating heart—would become my forever home. Through the years, my professional travels took me to big cities and small towns across the United States, I’ve changed careers more than once, traveled just for fun, met some amazing people and made great friends along the way, fallen in love and married, and, still, I am here in Northeast Wisconsin and loving every minute of it. (Yes, I know winter is headed our way.)
Thinking about all of this in the past few weeks led to a re-evaluation of what I am doing in this space. While I care deeply for many who read these musings from far away, I plan to sharpen my focus and to write about those things that shape life along the river from Green Bay to Lake Winnebago. It won’t necessarily be an attempt to cover the news—there are plenty of people doing that—but I hope it will be an opportunity to shine a light on so many of the things that don’t make the news. It might become a place for us to band together, to make connections and learn more about our community, and, maybe, to make it an even better place to live.
Selfishly, I get to write about things that appeal to me, and I hope those things will be interesting to locals and non-locals alike. I might write about a new restaurant or a great art exhibition. I especially want to share information about activities that support those in our community that could use a helping hand. And I’d like to recognize the efforts of, and help to celebrate, people who are doing the extraordinary.
If it appeals to your selfish side, PLEASE share your ideas. (Just send me a note or post a comment below.)
That’s the great thing about being part of a community. We all have something to share.
More to come soon ...