by Bethany M. Dunbar, March 5, 2010
This week I have the death of a horse to report and one big change at the Chronicle.
On Saturday, we woke up to discover that Music had died in the night. On Friday she seemed fine. She was 24 years old, a little on the skinny side, but she seemed essentially healthy and happy and the next day she was gone.
It was a shock, but I am telling myself that’s the way to go when it’s your time. I have written about Music before on this blog — she was a retired standardbred racehorse and what a sweetheart. I kept thinking of all the kids who had their first experience with a horse riding Music. She was so calm, cool, and collected, she was also a great influence on my other mare, Daisy, who is a Morgan and a bit on the nervous side.
I want to say thanks here to my neighbors who helped me get her buried right away. I could not handle the thought of what would happen to her body if she didn’t get buried that day. There are coyotes all around, I love to hear their crazy yips at night and in the early morning. But I wanted to protect her body from them.
My neighbors Bill Wilber, David Young, and Dennis Gibson came to the rescue and brought up some heavy equipment to get her buried. In the spring I will plant a whole lot of hardy flowers on her grave. My friend Terry came over and we whipped up three candy apple pies for those guys.
Meanwhile my one remaining horse, Daisy, is pacing the fence. I am hoping to not get another horse right away because times are tight. It would save me a lot of money if Daisy is not too lonely. We’ll see how it goes.
The big change at the Chronicle is that Jen Hersey Cleveland, my co-editor for ten years, is leaving. She is taking a job at the Newport Daily Express that will offer her more hours and more experience reporting. She will work with my old buddy Steve Blake who also used to work for the Chronicle and is now the editor at the Express.
I am going to miss Jen so much and have been thinking back on all the good times we had together. April Fool’s is our one day of the year to get crazy and make stuff up, and Jen and I always had some good laughs over our jokes. One year we decided Vermont needed a sport for mud season to bring the tourists here, so we invented mudminton. One year we did a diorama of peeps and called our newspaper Peeple Magazine.
Jen, you’ll always be my peeps! Good luck and we will see you out there on the beat.
The good news is that Tena Starr is coming back to the Chronicle. Tena and I were co-editors years ago, and it’s wonderful to have her back with the paper again. She is one of the most talented journalists I have ever known, and I’m so excited to be working with Tena again.
Working together in such an intense environment brings you very, very close to your coworkers. To say that these two women are good friends of mine is a huge understatement of what they both are in my life.
Change is hard, but change can make us stronger. As journalists, change is our lifeblood. We would be nothing without it.
Wish us, all three, good luck.