Monthly Archives: March 2008

From humble beginnings

Well, we made it through another issue, and I have to admit, even after working here for more than 2 years, it still amazes me how much work goes into creating the paper. The paper starts out as a blank slate. And with just words, pictures, a little elbow grease, some creativity and whole lot of perseverance, we create this thing we call On Common Ground News.

In just 2 weeks, we’ll be celebrating a very special anniversary around the office. The April 1st issue marks 13 years of Glenn and Valerie publishing On Common Ground News.  It still amazes me that Glenn and Valerie are not daunted by the task of creating a newspaper. Every 2 weeks, the Morgans tell us, “Hey team, we CAN make a newspaper” and we actually do it. When you really sit and think about it, it’s quite amazing.

I’m not sure if you know the history of our beloved community paper so let me share what I know.

The paper started as a newsletter that the Morgans distributed only around their subdivision. It had information about things to do on the weekend with family. It started building a following and by the second anniversary, the newsletter graduated to a magazine. The Morgans branched out and started delivering the magazine to surrounding neighborhoods. I still have people tell me they remember when Glenn used to get in his car and throw the paper in their front yards.

In 2003, with a new location outside the Mall At Stonecrest, On Common Ground News took on a new form – the paper that’s on news stands now.

It’s Friday, It’s Friday

I can’t believe it’s Friday. I can’t believe it’s Friday at 6 p.m. and I’m still at work. Well, there is work that needs to be done. I think I’ll scoop my babies up and head on out to the auction.  I haven’t been in a while and there might be some good finds. If I find anything exciting, I’ll let you know.

Kissi almost lost it

We’re still caught up in the excitement of this year’s race to the White House. I must say thank you to our readers who called, e-mailed or just stopped by to say they enjoyed the picture page we created in the last issue. We hit the streets to ask people whom they are supporting and we got great responses. Regardless of the candidate, supporters were very passionate about their choice for President.

While the page came out great, the road to that greatness was a very rocky one. You see laying out the paper is not like putting together a newsletter in a user-friendly program. There is no template with boxes that read, “put text here” or “click here to place photo.” We do this thing from scratch. Every word, column, graphic, line, and box is created by one of our designers. So to get 19 photos, the accompanying quotes and some text on the page in an easy-to-read and eye-pleasing format is no simple task.  I have to be honest: I thought this was going to be the thing that pushed Kissi over the edge. She had the page laid out one way, and then came Val. After the dust settled, we were left with what you got. If our lives were a movie, where the music would start playing to alert you of something to come, the soundtrack for that night would have been “don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head, ah huh huh huh!”

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