This is a special My Turn column. The time has come for me to make some decisions as I form plans for the rest of my life.
After 20 years and producing somewhat more than 700 columns, events in my life have resulted in my decision to end this wonderful weekly expression.
As a writer of words, I am at a loss to express what a fantastic experience it has been. There is no way I could describe the joy and satisfaction I found in writing about interesting people, the beauty of living in Cambria for 30 years, and the generous people who have added so much pleasure to life on the Central Coast.
Writing about our excellent schools in Cambria has been a very satisfying project. For a small school of fewer than 225 students, the achievements and recognition of our Coast Union High School are remarkable. When I interviewed Karl Dearie, former principal of Coast Union, a few years ago, I asked the question why the school was so productive and successful; his immediate response was, “Because the teaching staff and administrative personnel work together as a team.”
My final column, on May 31, will be one of the most inspiring stories I have been fortunate enough to write — a fitting closure to a marvelous chapter of my life. I hope I can do it as it should be done.
For a very poor student for most of my 15 years of schooling, to be invited to do a regular column has been an incredible blessing. Credit for this highly unusual period of my life must be awarded to my neighbor Joan Wilson, a retired teacher with 35 years of experience behind her. She has been very tolerant with me and explained complicated aspects of writing in a very patient manner. I absolutely could not have produced more than 700 columns without her guidance and encouragement. I will always treasure the many supportive comments I have heard through the years.
In time I shall return to Orange County and live under the watchful eye of my daughter Lisa.I wish you all the very best; it has been fabulous.
Email John Brannon at firstname.lastname@example.org