Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Fond Farewell to My Colleagues, Friends and Readers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Fond Farewell to My Colleagues, Friends and Readers

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Byline: Lamar Thames

My wife and I were living in a condo in Jacksonville's Riverside 15 years ago when we put a deposit on the house in Clay County where we still live.

Before the house was built, however, we lost our lease on the condo and had to move. I fretted about what to do, but my wife, ever the optimist, suggested we put our furniture in storage, rent a small place at the beach for the summer and enjoy ourselves until the house was finished.

That is pretty much the philosophy she has lived by for a long time. When one door closes, another one opens.

Such as it is with me now, as I close the door on my job as editor of My Clay Sun and look to open another one. I leave with some regret about a job unfinished, but also with thankfulness for the experiences I've had, the friendships I have made and optimism for the future.

Even though I am nearly the age of retirement, I don't feel like retiring yet. I think I have a lot left to give and I will be looking forward to the next phase of my life. What it will be yet, I don't know. Surely, it will involve writing and to that end, my son Jeff has helped me create a Web site where I can continue to share some of my musings with you. Visit me at lamarthames.com and let me know what you think. You can also e-mail me at lthames@mac.com or call me at (904) 635-6342.

The newspaper business has changed considerably in the past decade and it is destined to change even more as a younger generation comes into adulthood, reared on computers, cell phones and iPods. This younger generation will not be buying newspapers as those of us of my generation did. And as they migrate in even greater numbers toward the Internet as the marketplace for their news, information and entertainment, other things will also follow in greater numbers, such as advertisers. I think you can see the dilemma.

I will continue to subscribe to The Florida Times-Union as I have for the 26 years I have lived in Northeast Florida. It is a habit ingrained in me as solidly as waking up in the morning and going to bed at night. I will keep reading My Clay Sun to see what you are up to and keep tabs on the two loyal, gifted writers who will continue to work for the publication - Beth Reese Cravey and Mary Maraghy. …

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