Opinion: Sharon Sullivan says farewell
Free Press Staff Writer
A former editor of mine once told me I have a nose for a good story. I’ve found if you keep your eyes, ears and heart open, and are involved in the community, the stories are endless. There are more good stories than time to write them.
For nearly eight years I have been a staff writer for the Grand Junction Free Press. For me, it’s been more than a job; I’ve considered it my vocation, or calling. I have enjoyed immensely, telling meaningful stories about the local community.
I’m honored every time someone trusts me with their story, like the delightful Merna, the “perpetual artist,” in Grand Junction who spent her childhood in a mental institution; or the precocious Fruita 8-9 students who saved their school a bundle of money in utility bills after teaching the adults there how to implement energy efficiency measures; and David and Marcia, the couple in their 80s, who spend every summer backpacking in Colorado’s designated wilderness areas.
Feb. 14 is my last day as a Free Press staff writer. It’s been interesting every single day, and rewarding. Despite the pleasure, however, I get from newspaper writing, it’s time for me to begin a new chapter; and so I bid farewell, to you, my readers.
You may continue to see my byline occasionally in other publications, as I launch my own writing business. Like many of the budding entrepreneurs I have interviewed over the years at the Business Incubator and elsewhere, I’m ready to take that entrepreneurial leap. Those businessmen and women have inspired me to find the courage to be my own boss as well.
There’s a possibility I may continue to write as a freelancer for the Free Press’s Free Time section, covering music and other cultural events in the Grand Valley. Stay tuned.
Thank you so much for all the emails, cards, and telephone calls over the years — we writers crave feedback and the knowledge that someone is reading our work.
I’m still pondering what I’m going to call my writing business. But if you have a story you want told, or a report or letter that needs to be written, or a project in need of editing, feel free to contact me. I can be reached at 970-314-6445, or 970-245-5938. You can also email me at email@example.com.
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