Can two decades have passed since I arrived to work at The Post and Courier? Can more than three decades have passed since I became a journalist? Wasn't it only yesterday that I chose journalism as my profession?
No clock on the wall told me that time was up. No expiration date blinked on my forehead as I thought about writing another story. And the computer responded to my keystrokes as it always had.
Yet, I knew that it was time to move on and do something else.
I retired from The Post and Courier and journalism on Dec. 31.
I arrived at this juncture feeling excited and enormously blessed. I became a journalist to learn more about the world, feel more at ease with it and communicate what I learned to others. It's a profession for which, temperamentally, I have been well-suited.
It's been a very fulfilling career.
First there was reporting on environmental policy at the U.S. Capitol and in federal agencies. Then, there was reporting on conservation issues along Florida's Space Coast. Afterward came reporting on history, culture, homes, genealogy and more in Charleston.
Many journalists pray to write one column by the end of their careers. While at The Post and Courier, I've had the good fortune to write three: Folkways in the South, Kinship and Lowcountry Legacy (once called Lowcountry Roots).
While all have been special, Kinship, my four-year weekly genealogy column, grew out of my passion for researching family history and helping others to do the same. To all who responded to it, whether you live here, have roots here, thought you might have had roots here or were just hoping to find roots anywhere, thanks.
Through the range of stories I wrote at The Post and Courier, I've become far more familiar than most with the Lowcountry's most cherished institutions, organizations and places. I will miss writing about the untold number of antiques, arts, home, garden and museum events that usher spring into the Holy City each year.
I grew up in a racially segregated Lowcountry and knew relatively little about such things when I left Savannah at 17. It was here that I learned the specific roles my ancestors and those of others played in making this place that we call home. I hope that through my work as a journalist, we all have been enriched because of what I learned.
So what's next? Genealogy.
I will speak more often about genealogical research methods and records at national, regional and local gatherings. In addition, I'll mentor study groups, research family histories, write articles and participate in conferences, institutes and webinars.
In addition, I am on boards of organizations that support genealogists from around the country. And before too long, I'd like to write a couple of books.
My address won't change. I know that I will see many of you from time to time. Meanwhile, know that writing the stories about your lives, big and small, has been quite a pleasure.
Reach Wevonneda Minis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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