As the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun. Sometimes I think the same holds true for when you are working hard and keeping perpetually busy.


Earlier this month, I celebrated four years of working at the Herald Democrat. Looking back, it is hard to think that so much time has passed so quickly. Despite seeing so many things I have covered in these past four years, it hardly feels like it has been this long.


I first stepped into these offices on a typical Monday morning in late November. I had just graduated from college only a few months earlier, and this was going to be my first professional journalism job. I can still remember my first day in the office and exactly what I was covering that day.


I can remember several people talking about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — which occurred later that week — and how the paper would cover it.


It was just after the November elections, and my editors needed me to write about the canvassing of the results. As the newest reporter, I was up to the task. Much to my own chagrin, I still remember how green I was. I had yet to learn the value of being concise and to the point in my writing. Looking back, I can definitely see the changes in my writing style.


After my first story, I was asked to write a long story for the weekend about TAPS Public Transit, which was in the middle of a boom and was planning to expand its facilities here in Sherman. I can still remember writing that story, especially with the events that followed in the years to come.


Later in the day, I was asked to cover a school board meeting as we did not have a dedicated education reporter at the time. I can remember being intimidated at first stepping into something completely new, with only a day’s worth of time to understand the background and players in the meeting.


However, public meetings have since become my bread and butter as a reporter, with others in the newsroom referring to me as the “meetings hawk.” Looking back, it gives me a bit of perspective on where I am and where I started in this profession.



Happy birthday Friday to Larry W. Ertel of Morgan; Dianne Keene Smith of Abilene; Robbie Blystone, Julie Ellis and Rosemary Taylor Capps, all from Sherman; and Jackey Modisette of Denison.


Happy anniversary Friday to Bob and Barbara Boland of Sherman, 16 years.