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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
Finding the sacred in everyday life
Day 10: Welcoming veterans, those who are elderly and more
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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IMG_5769For years I’ve had a stationery addiction — a need to buy and send beautiful cards. And that left me with an odd assortment of threes and fours after Christmas cards were mailed out. It’s those stray cards that I pulled out this year and had the boys sign because even the leftovers (and the left-outs) can be a blessing.

Which ones would work best for the wounded veterans, I asked Jessie. Oh, I agree. I do think these ones with the peaceful snow scenes would be nice.

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And for the people in the nursing home? And for the people without family nearby?

The whole time Jessie and I talked, Benjamin and Colt were working on their contributions. Colt painted trolleys and the occasional caboose. Benjamin colored from a book.

It’s not much, but may it all be a welcome blessing…

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