Jamie Moody, Michael Blackwell, and Linda Moody were caught relaxing at the 2021 Great Darke County Fair.

Life’s Reflections

I am so glad to be back into media writing again.

Coming out of semi-retirement once again will hopefully fulfill my expectations.

Darke County Now is a new concept for me but very intriguing.

I couldn’t turn down the offer from former co-workers and others to join forces with them and doing what I love to do…writing special interest stories and other articles when needed.

I love Darke County and I love telling Darke Countians’ stories.

We have a good team here, all eager to make this product successful and it’s already showing signs of that.

The technology part of it is sometimes baffling for me but over the last 15 or 20 years or so I’ve learned to use computers and the tricks of the trade. Surely, I can learn this.

The Darke County Fair was my biggest project so far and I felt like a slacker. The heat and not to mention the pain in my legs and feet (because I’m not used to walking that much for the past year) also caused me some problems.

But I will be more prepared next year if the Good Lord is willing.

I was proud of my first column that appeared last week on the website. I spent a lot of time earlier in the year in my leisure jotting down names of people whom my son, Jamie, and I know, who passed away in 2020, with the hope of making a tribute to them.

And, Darke County Now was my opportunity to do just that.

I may be a little rusty yet with Darke County Now but I think I will probably become better adjusted to it like I did before when I worked for the newspapers.

I’m sure I can count on my co-workers if there is a problem.Just ask Michael Blackwell, if you’ve ever met him. He has been a big help to this old woman.

I can’t believe the energy this young man has and the work he does locally to put this product online. He was raised not that far from here in Clayton, but now lives in the state of Oregon.

When he goes back home, he will still make sure Darke County Now is up and running and hopefully will be answering my phone calls if I have any issues.

Others who have been supportive of me in this new endeavor are Tony Baltes, his son Jeff, Dick Brown and Jim Buchy, not to mention those I worked with before such as Ryan Berry and Gaylen Blosser who are also part of the team.

It’s also going to be enjoyable working with other crew members, I’m sure. That’s what makes it fun.

As for the fair, I’m glad it’s over but regret not having gotten to different places out there. I was so appreciative of the taxi service and golf carts manned by Gaylen Blosser, Michael Blackwell and Rhonda Williams, who made sure I got to certain places I needed to be.

I am contemplating keeping my column like it was before, when it contained birthday and anniversary wishes,  prayer requests and condolences to the recently deceased.

I loved doing that, and readers also tell me they enjoyed that.

The readers are always right.

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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