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published on 09/15/2004

Hats Off….to the stories we tell

By staff writer

Not often in life are we fortunate enough to say we are doing what we want to do. For me, writing is such a pleasure, and for the extrovert in me, going to meetings, events, and activities on the mountain energizes me with a desire beyond my imagination. Since assuming the position as editor, I am often asked if I am not taking on more than I can handle. And the answer is YES. But as Paul Harvey is famous for saying, “And the rest of the story is ….”

I have a great and supportive family and a “user friendly” calendar on my computer that keeps me organized, but most importantly, I’m not alone at the paper. We are proud at the Signal Mountain Mirror to have with us a list of contributing authors that write monthly articles as well as others that contribute throughout the year. Most live and work in our communities. Each brings to the paper their own unique quality of writing, ideas, and whimsy; delighting us with their stories, teaching us, keeping us up-to-date on happenings and most importantly being a consistent supportive contributor to the paper.

Throughout the past few months, I have interviewed many people and written their stories. In his book, Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explored, Rabbi Rami Shapiro states, “The stories we tell about others determine the quality of our relationships with them.” I like to think that the relationship I’m building with the people in our communities is a positive one and one that they will grow as the paper matures.

Being accountable to the people I interview is important to us at the Mirror. It is important for the reader to understand that there are three sections to each edition, A, B, and C. Sections A and C are devoted to stories pertinent to our mountaintop. Section B is the same in both the Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain Mirrors and is a section devoted to Chattanooga and Hamilton County to remind us that we are part of a bigger community. Advertisers in this section are proud to support the Mirror and look forward to the beautiful ads designed by the Mirror staff.

But readers need to remember that Sections A and C are equally important. Sometimes you will see a story in Section C and then the next month the same column will be in Section A. This is not to confuse you but to remind us that all stories concerning our communities is important and that no one section is “better” than the next. We at the Mirror are working hard to increase the size of each section as well as put in every edition the stories we glean from the communities. We ask your patience as we move in this direction. In the meantime, I thank the contributing writers, the people that send in their stories, the advertisers, and the community for supporting the Signal Mountain Mirror.