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A farewell to the EDN

“The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”
-Jerold Panas
Dear Readers,

Seeing with new eyes — I believe I am.

I was fresh out of college when I was hired at the Ennis Daily News in October 2008. Previously, I had written for my college paper, the TCU Daily Skiff. While my college education was a valuable foundation, I learned so much more in my first year at the EDN than I did while in school.

And, readers, my real-world education is thanks in part to you. Thank you for sharing your points of view with me — thank you for opening my eyes to the various issues I’ve covered during my time here.
I also wanted the chance to say, publicly, that I am forever grateful to the guidance EDN Editor Nick Todaro has given me since his arrival almost a year ago. I’ve told him time and again, and he’s probably tired of hearing about how much of an impact he’s had on my work. But I had to say it one more time.

The quote above from Jerold Panas is from a Meals on Wheels calendar that counted down the days of 2009 for me. Panas’ quote graced the October 12 page — Columbus Day, appropriately. By that time I had been at the EDN for almost one year, and it resonated with me. I had already learned so much. I tore off the page and it has been on the bulletin board next to my desk ever since.

I want to continue to learn; continue to see with new eyes. Although Panas said you don’t have to see a new place to have a new point of view, going to new lands can definitely accelerate the onset of a new perspective.

Everything thus far has lined up and led to my next adventure, which I consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am leaving in less than a month for Peace Corps service in Kenya.

I’m about to turn 25, but I can assure you this isn’t a quarter-life crisis. It’s something that has been in the back of my mind since high school, and the time is finally right for me to go.

Everything I’ve done since I was 18 has led me to this point.

Finishing college, volunteering with a hospice, substitute teaching and, finally, receiving the valuable full-time experience as a newspaper reporter here at the EDN.

Although my Peace Corps volunteer position is officially called “HIV/AIDS and Hygiene Educator,” I am sure my communication skills will be put to good use in Kenya.

My last day at the EDN will be next Thursday, and until then, I will continue to do as much as I can for the Ennis community.

I don’t know exactly what is in store for me when I get to Kenya, but I know I will still be writing. Contact me for a link to my blog, if you are interested in reading about what I’m up to.

I want to thank everyone I’ve interviewed and everyone on my beats (Ellis County government and education) for contributing to the age-old process of informing the public about issues important to their daily lives.

I’m leaving, but I won’t forget the valuable roles each of you have played in my career here at the EDN. Thanks for reading.

Liz Crawford is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News, but will soon be a Peace Corps volunteer. Until May 6, she can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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