It seemed odd. I would check my box at the Old Mission Post Office a few times a week, and yet, I wasn’t getting any mail there. Not even flyers or advertisements. This has been going on for the last couple months.
Did I stop to consider that something was amiss? No, I just figured I wasn’t getting any mail.
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Then I received a few emails from Gazette readers, noting that their donation checks had been sent back to their home, marked with “No forwarding address.” Then it hit me. I’d forgotten to renew my post office box towards the end of last year.
First of all, thank you to everyone who sent along checks in support of the Gazette. I really appreciate it, since this is my main source of income. Although you might not think that if the check came back to you. “I sent a check,” you might say to yourself, “and it came back to me. What is happening?”
But I REALLY DO appreciate the support. In fact, I can’t run this community newspaper without you. It’s my main source of income.
I’m going to chalk this one up to what I call “Grief Brain” — that perplexing state of your brain after losing someone you’ve been with for 42 years. “But you’re heading into your third year without Tim,” you might be thinking. “When do you get your normal brain back?”
I have a lot to say about that, and I’m brewing up a story about it for the Gazette. Stay tuned. The short answer is – you don’t get your normal brain back. There is no normal brain. You just attempt to move forward as best you can, through the tough times with a grateful heart for having your soulmate that long.
I’m in the process of getting my post office box back, but apparently, it’s not as easy as just renewing it and going on my merry way. Even though my key is still working (and I’ve been checking the box a few times a week), the post office people actually need to “re-key” it and give me a new key. So that’s in progress.
If you DID send me a donation check for the Gazette – or anything else – and it made its way back to you, I hope you’ll forgive my brain glitch and send it to me here on Bluff Road:
Old Mission Gazette
12875 Bluff Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686
And while I’m at it, thank you to everyone who has helped support the Gazette over the years, whether it’s financially or offering a kind word to me when I’m out and about. I’m heading into my ninth year of publishing this community newspaper, and you’ve been with me through thick and thin. It’s a tremendous honor to be able to write about this stretch of land where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own kids.
I’ve changed the address on my donation page, too, where you can also make contributions via credit card, Venmo and PayPal. There’s also a recurring subscription option – I appreciate every donation, big or small.
I’ve kept my post office box over the years because I like to support the Old Mission Post Office, and any time I get to drive to Old Mission, it’s a good thing.
Oh, and JD – aka John DeVol – I’m not getting *your mail anymore either, so if you’re missing any mail, that’s the reason. (JD had Box 14 prior to me having it, and I still get his mail sometimes.)
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb