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Living in a fictional world

Because my name has been linked with the Union County Archives & Resource Center, located at the Cook Memorial Library in La Grande, since its inception, I feel it necessary to tell you that I will no longer be connected with it.

My resignation has nothing to do with the work of the Archives, but since I will no longer be representing it, I feel you should be so advised.

My belief in its importance to our community and to folks coming through town doing family or historical research, is in no way diminished, but there comes a time when we must each make our own decisions based on many concerns and reasoning. Therefore, I have decided to use my personal time in other activities.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my past participation at the Archives, but now, it’s on to other things. My deep appreciation to Sandra, Kay, and Lavelle for their continuing work and belief in what we were trying to accomplish.

My hope is that the city of La Grande will also recognize the service that has been given by these volunteers and the potential that still exists.

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One of the things in which I am involved is writing a book, a book of fiction that I never dreamed could happen, for my strengths have been in facts as far as was possible. For a few months, I suddenly stepped into the lives of a number of people with whom I had never been in contact or knew anything about. As I typed, they became almost real, so real that in October when they were active in the month of November, I turned my calendar to that month, then realized that it was all make-believe.

It was a wonderful experience in getting acquainted with these folks and the lives they lived. The only common denominator seemed to be that the main character was a widow; however, she was only 64 years old and the year was only 1938, I don’t know why. Her tale came about in a matter of months as I stayed glued to the computer to see what was going to happen next.

The tale itself has been told and can now be set aside for more items of duty, a fresh start so to speak. I am eager to continue putting the real family stories to paper for my family which I have been neglecting.

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Another avenue of interest is continuing on with my weekly ‘Dory’s Diary’ column, for it is most enjoyable in coming in contact with interest reactions, finding how much alike we all are and in sharing our lives in the way of memories.

Of course, I’d love to get my house in order and be able to find what I need at any given time, for there is nothing like needing, seeking, and finding an item at the right moment. I have been given the opportunity of a most special time of life, and I must make the most of it.

 ‘Winter cometh on’ and the warmth and comfort of home sounds all the more appealing when snow or ice covers the streets presenting possible driving situations.

Is it any wonder that I am drawn to the hearthside to do my own research while others continue providing the same opportunities in a public building?

I have appreciated your trust and support in trying to provide a safe environment for historical articles at the Archives and in helping research sought-after information. Thank you very much for your own participation, but it is now time for me to end that aspect of my weekly activities and begin anew.

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