Years ago, Scot called to ask me if ‘I was the freak that wrote a column trashing Galt and praising Hespeler’; apparently even Hell’s Angels liked it. The column was my first stab at writing and I had no idea it made any impact or connection at all.
Anyway, if you want to write, give it a shot…you may not know what you ‘got’ until you try.
Next, don’t be afraid to drop a contributor a line in the ‘Citizen’ if you enjoyed their column…writers thrive on feedback and are desperately trying to make connections.
Finally, I wish that I had the same passion for writing that Scot does…and no one in town has done a better job of encouraging others than Scot…thanks.
After reading so many sparkling columns in the Citizen and the Times, I decided to write a column titled “Encourage” …sorry this column isn’t provocative but here goes.
The catalysts for this article are the biblical Joseph, delectable Pam, the fabulous Lisa, my retired yet not retiring cousin Donny Arndt, my uncle Cec…and a haughty Ferguson- Barber named Scot.
My daughter told me she was at Joe’s for a small party held for local teachers. In conversation with Joe, he told her that he enjoys when I’m featured in the “Guest Column”.
Joe’s dad is an old friend of mine; we worked together at Jim Warnock’s little textile empire for too many years.
He taught me how to curse against tabernacles and beans in the beautiful French tongue, but failed in teaching me how to play the spoons after consuming his home brew. Lastly he tried to mentor me in the delicate art of “chicken dancing” so I could be more alluring to the opposite sex…it didn’t work.
Anyway it encourages me that ‘young guys’ can get a laugh out of my mania, thanks Joe.
Not long after, I received an e-mail from Pam.
I had sent her an article about how God found me many years ago. Her kind and encouraging comments brought a tear to these old eyes, thanks Pammy you energized me.
In January, my uncle Cec passed on; in one of my last visits with him when his mind was still sharp; he urged me to “give it to Galt some more” and while I’m at it to mention him in my articles.
So Uncle Cec,( aka the Cod-Father) I’ll get Galt again one day….even if they can’t quite catch on that I don’t really hate them…much.
A Lisa with a hyphenated name got in touch with me about a column I did titled ‘If Jesus came to Fifties Restaurant.’ She told me that the column gave her a sense of peace and hope that lifted her out of the clutches of a dark day….all I can say is wow!
Years ago teacher Cookie From wrote me a note thanking me for boosting Hespeler and letting the little town “ roar once again”…I still have that letter, I’ll die with it… it means that much to me.
The same day Cookie’s letter arrived, Scott Ferguson- Barber-Farnsworth called to tell me he loved the same article and encouraged me to keep writing; thanks Scot.
Scott graciously introduced me to three of my favourite local columnists, the beautiful, entertaining and “paid” Nualla Reilly, the imaginative and soulful Craig Williams and the cerebral Tom Speed. I am a fan of them all.
So the point of the article? I’d like to practice what I preach and encourage the local contributors to the Citizen and the Times to keep at it…we’re reading.
Damn, I forgot to thank Hurstie, Allan, Jimm, (one of our most creative local writers) and Scot for running my stuff locally…as well as local legend Bert Brown, my lovely muse and wife Brenda… and lastly the “Reverend Lovejoy.”
I used to think that I could say anything I wanted in a “Guest Column” because nobody read them anyway; man was I wrong. People have told me that years ago when they got the Times and the Reporter, that they went straight to the letters page to see who was pissed off and about what… and then to the ‘Guest Column’ to see who was featured…we all have our favourites.
In fact, so many people read the “Guest slot” that I might just have to start toning it down a little because I would hate to offend!
P.S. If any writers out there are discouraged because of a lack of positive feedback…chill! Feedback will come when you least expect it, and it may take a while.
PPS If you want to take a stab at a column and need advice, call me, so I can ‘pay it forward’…I’m the only Hagarty in the book.