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Good in the 'Wood: Blogger's Love Letter to Kirkwood

End of summer review, events sad and happy bring us together. Plus, local blogger starts email newsletter.

Greetings, gentle readers...I am back.

I have returned to blogging after a summer hiatus.

Last May, I was all set, mentally, to write my last blog post for several weeks, after attending a field trip with my youngest son, finishing up his 7th grade year.

(Most likely, that May day was my last field trip. Once kids hit 8th grade, the parents aren't really invited on field trips any longer.)

We headed out to Busch Conservation area in St. Charles...it was a warm, beautiful May day with kids fishing, seeking out bugs, enjoying lunch outside. One kid even took a hook in the mouth and then took a speedy trip to the hospital.  That was quite the adventure, especially for him.

My title was going to be, "All Good Things Must Come to an End."  This would be referencing the end of an era...my 'Field Trip Era.'

But then... an accident happened. A terrible, awful, horrible train accident. Right here. Close to home. Close to all of us.

A family, similar to ours, here in Kirkwood...a son, a brother, a friend... suddenly, just gone.

Of course, I could not bear to sit down and write that column. I had no words. The title I had thought of in advance now had a terrible, awful implication regarding the loss of a young, innocent life.

Then, another tragedy, on the 4th of July holiday when a friend's family lost their daughter.

And then a family close by, in Glendale, destroyed. What?

Haven't we all been through enough? It hardly seems possible it was 4 1/2 years ago that the violence at city hall shook our lives, the earth under our feet, our little Kirkwood corner of the world.

Our community came together then, and this summer, to support those who lost so much...with love, prayers, and even benefit events to help families in need.

I have written here before about hope, about striving to be a positive person through pain, whether it comes from disease, violence, or simple unkindness.

I just love living here. I love the people, I love our downtown, I love our many green parks, our many churches and schools, our whole community.

We are brought together by more than geography. We spend time together at local gatherings like the . We hang out at local establishments like the , , or the one of the many watering holes in town. We work and volunteer together to create this community, rich with history; diverse in people.

With hope and positivity I begin a new venture this fall. Years and years ago, when our kids were still very young, I became more involved in our schools by writing a PTO newsletter for one of our elementary schools in the .

I thought then, and many times since then, that our community could use a positive, fun, editorial voice. A voice to note the goings-on in our school district and city. More of a "big picture" of the school district and town than individual school newsletters can cover. A personal voice; a grass-roots effort. 

I announce the start of The Kirkwood Quarterly: Officially Unofficial.  With the support and votes of confidence of friends, both old and new in Kirkwoodthe Kirkwood Quarterly will be a positive, fun, informal email newsletter about Kirkwood, both our fair city and Kirkwood School District.

I am excited to continue my Patch blog, focused on family, parenting, fitness, fun and life, so stay tuned. I am excited to pay tribute to our wonderful home city in this new venture. I hope you are with me in our support and love for Kirkwood. We may not always agree, but we can and will move forward, through both tragedies and celebrations, together.

The first email will be sent mid-September...if you would like to be added to the list of recipients, email me directly at thegloyds@sbcglobal.net.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Tropical Moose September 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Good Luck with your new endeavor. We look forward to it. This was an emotionally challenging summer, but as always, Kirkwood came together and supported one another. We are proud to be part of this wonderful community. Jack and Pat Williams, Tropical Moose
Owen Skoler (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 05:56 PM
This is why I love our Local Voices section. I could not have expressed what makes Kirkwood a special place to live better than the author.
Carola Gloyd September 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Many thanks for your lovely comments!
Donna September 06, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Thanks Carola. I always enjoyed your articles in the Robinson Roadrunner, and look forward to reading The Kirkwood Quarterly.

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