Monday, September 28, 2020

Long ago and far away . . .

Carole Musgrave

Carole Musgrave

. . . In foggy, smoggy London Town there lived a little girl who, because much of the time the weather was dreary, could most often be found with her nose in a book, dreaming of a life of travel to the places she read about on those pages. Fast forward, well, let’s say several decades, and here is that same little girl all grown up, living on a beautiful island in the sun, and helping produce a newspaper that celebrates the sharing of information via pictures and the written word!

In case you hadn’t guessed, that little girl is me and, in order for us to get acquainted, let me fill you in on some of what transpired to bring me to this moment, sitting at this desk, writing this letter to you.

I was born and grew up in the UK, studied art, and married young. It was the early days of computer technology, and my husband, a software expert, followed the call of the large companies frantically rushing to bring their systems “online” in the 1970s. Part of the “brain drain,” we moved first to Canada, then to Massachusetts, where my two sons grew up to become well-educated, successful men. A single mother since 1982, I worked as an interior designer for a major home furnishings company for several years. When my younger son went off to law school, I decided it was Mom’s turn to follow her dream and complete her education too!  I won a scholarship to study as a Davis Scholar at Wellesley College and proudly graduated, magna cum laude, in 2000 with a degree in English, thus qualifying for the title of Durant Scholar.

After graduation, I was employed as Marketing Communications Coordinator for an engineering manufacturer. Among many other PR tasks, I wrote press releases and was published in Laser Focus magazine, promoting—of all things—heat exchangers and cooling equipment—a far cry from making pretty interiors! I later moved to Marco Island where I worked once again in interior design, then as a substitute teacher, finally settling into the role of advertising consultant for a local paper here on the island for the past five years. In my time here, I have learned that Marco Island and the surrounding area is a unique place. The sense of community here is as strong as “hometown America” ever was, yet the Marco area is truly cosmopolitan, attracting people from all over the world (like yours truly), and all walks of life, and continually growing and changing.

Given the wealth of information there is to share about our surroundings and our neighbors, I am thrilled to tell you that I am now part of the Coastal Breeze News team and will be filling the role of Managing Editor. Along with Publisher Val Simon, Features Editor Jeane Brennan, and our production team, not to mention a host of talented, informed contributors (all of us local folks), I will endeavor to bring you a publication that will share news about what’s happening in our part of the world, a newspaper that truly cares about this vibrant community in which we all live.

As our publication grows, it is extremely important to us that we hear from you, our readers, about the kinds of topics you’d like to read about. We want to hear your opinions about local events and about our paper; and to those of you who have knowledge, skills and talents that deserve to be showcased, send us your submissions so we can share them with our readers!

Please feel free to contact me at any time with your news story ideas, feedback, and questions about advertising, or just to say “Hello!”

I look forward to hearing from you.

(And let’s all live together    . . . happily ever after! )

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