Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 26, 2010

CAMILLE'S CORNER: New beginnings

A fond farewell to you all

Corsicana — When a call came from out of the blue a little more than a month ago, my first two words in response were “Huh? What?” Basically, I couldn’t think of anything else to say. And for people who know me, that in itself is saying a whole lot! I am rarely speechless.

The “Huh? What?” was an answer for the woman on the other end of the line who wanted to know if I was still interested in a job I had applied for back in October because there was now an opening in the Corsicana office. After my initial shock I said, “I’ve slept since then, but, yes, I’m still interested.”

After completing a massive background check, I received a call (while in Hot Springs during a few days of R&R) saying I was good to go! So, for those of you who have not heard the news until reading this column, I am soon to bid you adieu.

Obviously, when one leaves a job there is always a mixture of both anticipation for what is to come and sadness for what one is leaving. It fits my scenario perfectly.

I see this new job, that I’m to begin July 5, with great excitement and the knowledge that it is truly a blessing from God. There’s no doubt about it! I feel such a sense of peace about this decision that I know God is leading me.

However, the Corsicana Daily Sun will always hold a special spot in my heart. August would have made 13 years that I’ve considered this place my home away from home. From my first moment here when former publisher Gary Connor hired me until my last day, which will be this Friday, July 2, I have enjoyed my job. I’ve worked with some fantastic (and some not so fantastic, too!) people along the way and I’ve met some amazing people through the years.

I’ve heard many of your life stories as several of you readers have now become dear friends. I wouldn’t have changed it for the world! I cannot even begin to express my thanks to so many of you. You were right beside me when I went through the grief of my parents’ death as well as the passing of other family members and friends. You have been there for me during the good times, too, especially when it came to my children’s achievements.

As far as tasks which I’m glad to relinquish will be the thousands of “Dear Santa” letters and Youth Expo results. Those were my two biggest headaches every year, and now I can almost shout with glee that those will become someone else’s responsibilities. Whoo, hoo!

What job will I miss the most at the Daily Sun? The answer is simple! It will be typing in the yearly Thanksgiving pie and turkey recipes, which I started when my son was in second grade. Can you believe he will be a senior this year? My, how time has flown.

Obviously there are several of you that I’ve had dealings with through the years involving inputting items into the Daily Sun. It’s been a pleasure to help serve you. I’ve also valued so many of you who would give me an idea for a column or submit recipes to help me along with this weekly duty of writing a column. So, in my final farewell column, I am appreciative of my latest “new” recipe which I received last Sunday from Ann Gooch, who told me she prepares this for yearly family gatherings. After she had read my chicken curry recipe, she thought I might enjoy this recipe of hers for curried fruit. I’ve not tried the recipe yet, but I hope to some day in the near future. After all, I will soon be with a whole new set of “guinea pigs” to try recipes on. I hope they’re up for the challenge. I will miss you. May God bless you all.

Hot Curried Fruit

large can of pears

large can of pineapple

large can of apricots

large can of peaches

small can of red cherries

2 bananas, sliced (optional)

1 stick margarine

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

Drain fruit well. Make sauce of margarine, brown sugar and curry powder. Place fruit in large baking dish. Pour sauce over fruit and bake 1 hour at 300 degrees. Delicious with meats. Will serve eight.


Camille McClanahan may be contacted via e-mail at Want to “Soundoff” on this column? E-mail:

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