Shadows of Change, Reflections on My Role as Patch Editor
Normally, you don't like to see your photo in the news Web site, but sometimes it's tough to avoid being a small part of the story.
One of the things they teach you in Patch training is to avoid taking your own picture. Whatever you do, they say, avoid the shot where you're reflected in the window when you're taking that directory listing photo of the Strawflower Shop.
It's just a little harder to do than you might think, as evidenced by the two photos you see here.
The first, a shadowy reflection of myself, gets in the way of my efforts to shoot the silhouette of a city worker putting the finishing touches on a "patch" job along East Side Drive. This was one of those cases of government doing good, responding to concerns that a half-wall was crumbling and getting there quick to fix the worst of it.
As you've seen in the first seven weeks of Geneva Patch's life, we're experimenting a little bit, breaking the mold of some traditional journalism by showing life in Geneva from a Genevan's point of view.
I've taken you with me to school parent nights, paying my property tax bills, eating my way through the Flavor Fare booth, listing to music and storytellers at the Fox Valley Folk Festival, following Geneva golfers at St. Andrews, rooting unabashedly for a football-team win, even walking our dog, AJ. (Although it's probably airer to say that AJ took us all with him.) I hope we've been a cheerleader for students, teachers and education at the same time that we've shed light on what happens at School Board meetings or City Hall.
Writing about Geneva history, I know that me and my family are a small part of it. Writing about its future, I realize it is a future of which I hope to be a part, in which I can actively participate.
So in that way, I am in the picture, pretty much all the time, whether you see me there or not.
And so are you. Geneva Patch will be most successful when all of us participate, by entering events and announcements, sharing our stories, meeting to discuss issues, disagreeing at times, but coming back for a daily dose of Geneva news, events and opinions on topics that affect us all.