Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 6, 2013

Potpourri

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— Just about the time I think this gig I’ve had the last 11, 12 years IS what I was going to be when I grew up, I pull up Yahoo and read that my profession is in the top 10 jobs with the dimmest future, or some such descriptive wording.

You know, it didn’t really come as a shock.

I’ve been a switchboard operator a couple of times in my life, too, and that made this top 10 as well.

It’s sad, really. I know time marches on and things change, and Lord knows all this technology is making it happen faster and faster.

But I really miss having a “home phone.” Well, back in the days when real people called on it and not just telemarketers.

Remember that avocado wall mount phone with the super long cord your granny could stretch about three rooms away?

But I digress. It’s not particularly thrilling to be contemplating a change in careers as I hurtle toward 50. Don’t think I’m going anywhere any time soon — I’ll be right here at this newspaper until they carry me out. I think you know how hard we try to provide the same coverage with a five-person newsroom that we did in the old days (not so long ago) with a nine-person newsroom. It’s a challenge, and we try to be creative so as not to work ourselves into a hospital stay, but I believe we all love what we do. I personally view this as a ministry, and believe God will bless what we do as long as He sees fit for us to be here.

And likewise, I believe that when the time comes that I can no longer do this thing I love, God will provide a door to open and bless me with another vocation for which I have a passion. I promise you, I lose no sleep worrying about it.

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A hearty “thank you!” to Jim Acker and whoever else was involved in getting an oncology center placed right up on that hill where Navarro Memorial Hospital once stood. I think back to when my daddy was going to Dallas daily for radiation treatments, and feel a peace in my heart knowing soon others here in town won’t have to deal with that daily drive to the metroplex to have radiation. And who knows, maybe someday we can have a daily chemotherapy clinic, as well as a place for Remicaid infusions, Tysabri infusions, etc.

Although that type of progress I feel good about, I still pray for a cure for cancer, and pray one day it will be a thing of the past, like smallpox.

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You folks who grumble about there being nothing to do in The Can, please  just hush. When you have a five-person newsroom and everyone in the county wants their event covered — I know there are plenty of things for people to do in Corsicana!!

One of which is this coming Saturday, April 13. Go out to Tiger Stadium early in the morning, and check out the Special Olympics. Eddie Ross and his gang of volunteers will be there doing relays, discus throws, and more and they always encourage people to come be “huggers.”

Then proceed on to Lake Halbert and watch some softball, while eating some great “fair food,” letting the kids play in the bounce house, or watching your favorite cop or city official take a dunk in the dunking booth. And that’s all for a great cause, because funds raised out there will benefit Crystal Shepherd, a beautiful, giving young woman who has given very generously of her time and talents for years in this town to benefit others. Hope to see you there!

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun reporter and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com