Sally Gracie TwispBy Sally Gracie

If it’s true that great minds think alike, how come I disagree with Aristotle, who said “change in all things is sweet.”

It’s not so sweet that all of Smallwood Farms’ peaches are finished or that we’ll soon have to buy plastic tomatoes and organic lettuce in plastic tubs. It’s not sweet to hear people dropping the “s” (s**w) word at the post office either.

Best for me to follow the wise words of Jim Rohn (whoever the heck he is): “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”

I’ll put these words up on the fridge and keep them in mind as the wind blows my trashcan around the yard.

Another change that isn’t sweet is that Sue Misao is moving to Seattle to work for the Northwest Asian Weekly. Not only will the Valley Life page of the paper be missing Sue’s Carlton column, but I also will be missing a friend who has kept me on the straight and narrow since I began writing for the paper.

Sue used to be editor of the back page, so I was her responsibility for many years. Although Don is now my editor, I still count on Sue’s supportiveness, her encouragement, her empathy. When I sent her an email way-too-late this morning to be begging off this week’s column, her email reply said, “Stop bothering me and write a column. Love you! Sue.” You can see why I’ll miss her so much. Some weeks, she fires me, which is her way of getting me to do that which I am paid to do.

Bucked up by her positive response and kind words today, I decided to write about Sue herself. “When can I interview you?” I asked. “You can’t,” she said. Why not? Because “I’m shy,” she said.

And she’s always helpful. Later this morning, I received this message in an email from Sue: “She came, she worked at the paper, she left.”

What more is there to say?

Confucius said: “They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” Not wanting Sue to be either unhappy or unwise, I wish her well in her change of jobs. I also encourage her to publish her Carlton column legacy as a book.

I leaned on for this column. Pretty neat website.