A year ago next week, the news staff that puts together the Pasco Times edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times sat at a table at Sweet Tomatoes. A few weeks earlier, I had announced my impending resignation: After five and a half years, I would leave the paper to work full time as a counselor — a requirement for graduating with my master’s degree. The meal, my “farewell lunch,” would be our last together before I packed my desk and turned in my badge.

Next week, I’ll honor the anniversary in an unexpected way:

By gettin’ my badge back.

It is with gratitude and excitement that I’ll return to the Times after what turned out to be an intermission. Same gig, same newsroom, same desk, so pumped. And so grateful for the chance — thanks be to God — to do what I wasn’t sure I would ever get to:

go back home.


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  • Good news !

  • I’m curious: what made you change your mind?

    • I didn’t! I never wanted to leave the Times, but I had to work full time as a counselor in order to graduate. I hoped my grad program would let me work part time as a counselor for two semesters and call it an internship, but that didn’t work out. Since I couldn’t work at the paper AND as a full time counselor (not enough hours in the day!) but I wanted a master’s degree, I bit the bullet. 🙂

  • Wow!!! That’s so great!!

  • Yay for getting back to it!

  • Terry W

    Congrats and blessings to you. Hope the homecoming is a sweet day for you.