My Thoughts

Well I’m proud to say that I’ve made it to the pool (Arne Hanna Aquatic Center) five days in a row. Not always easy to get there – especially with all the rain and dark skies. But I always feel great after I’m done, and I haven’t slept better in years. I know COVID is still spiraling out of control, so please continue to be diligent – wash your hands frequently, keep your distance AND PLEASE wear a mask! I don’t want things to get so bad that we have to go into full lockdown again.

Reality check: Thanksgiving is not going to go off as usual this year – and I think everyone should make an attempt to err on the side of caution. I’m going to be content to skip the meal (and desserts) and just make a nice pot of soup and homemade bread – pull out a jigsaw puzzle and have a cozy afternoon/evening with the kids. My daughter thinks we should try and plan some DIY Christmas gifts – so all is not lost. But make no mistake, I am truly THANKFUL for all by blessings.

As I alluded to in my previous column, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching as to my next chapter (sans kids) and have made the VERY HARD decision to stop distributing the printed version of the ECHO at the end of December. We will still have an online presence and you’ll still be able to read “My Thoughts” online every other week. I’m still trying to work out details, but for now the plan is to continue to run free classifieds and local content via our website at echoads.com

Yes, advertising has been down drastically, but the real tough part is that over half of our drop off locations have ceased taking publications or are closed to the general public. That one, two punch has essentially knocked us out. After 22+ years, this will be a major transition. But I hope you will continue to follow our journey as we pivot and work to deliver a LOCAL source for ads and services.

More details coming next issue. If you have any questions, concerns, ideas – please feel free to send me an email at tami@echoads.com

THANKFUL and GRATEFUL for your loyal readership!

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Tami Johnson