https://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en The potential is there https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/potential-there <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_dec_mug_1.jpg" alt="Williston Pioneer Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck" title="Williston Pioneer Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <em><strong>Sometimes the very thing you&#39;re looking for</strong></em></p> <p> <em><strong>Is the one thing you can&#39;t see,</strong></em></p> <p> <em><strong>Vanessa Williams &ndash; The Best for Last</strong></em></p> <p> Three weeks ago, on the one day it wasn&#39;t freezing, I spent hours driving around the city of Williston photographing it for last week&#39;s Welcome to Williston Community Guide.</p> Finding myself in what I left behind https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/finding-myself-what-i-left-behind <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_dec_mug_0.jpg" alt="Carolyn Ten Broeck" title="Carolyn Ten Broeck" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> You can&#39;t miss what you never had, goes the old idiom.</p> <p> But how long does it take you to miss that which you did have?</p> <p> Is it a day? A week? A month? A year? Years?</p> <p> Years! I know because over the last two weeks I&#39;ve become reacquainted with items that were once cherished, but were long since forgotten.</p> <p> It happened like this.</p> <p> In 2002, my then-husband and I separated and I moved into an apartment that was barely big enough for me, let alone the annals of my life.</p> The changes they are a comin' https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/changes-they-are-comin <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_dec_mug.jpg" alt="Carolyn Ten Broeck is editor of the Williston Pioneer. She may be reached M-F at 352-528-3343 or by email at editor@willistonpioneer.com. Visit her in the Chamber of Commerce office, 50 NW Main St., Williston, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. or call for an appointment. The Williston Pioneer is closed Tuesday in production of the newspaper. " title="Carolyn Ten Broeck is editor of the Williston Pioneer. She may be reached M-F at 352-528-3343 or by email at editor@willistonpioneer.com. Visit her in the Chamber of Commerce office, 50 NW Main St., Williston, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. or call for an appointment. The Williston Pioneer is closed Tuesday in production of the newspaper. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The advent of a new year has never really held a lot of special appeal for me.</p> <p> For many, many years I spent New Year&#39;s Eve with my parents, playing board games, eating holiday leftovers and watching Dick Clark in Times Square. That tradition held even after I was married, and maybe even more so once the babies came.</p> <p> I&#39;ve been to a handful of parties over the years, and while they&#39;re usually great fun, it&#39;s also nice just to stay at home with Tom.</p> I am racist https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/i-am-racist <p> I&#39;d like to broach a topic that rarely gets openly addressed in Williston&mdash;or Levy County or Florida or the United States: racism. Before I get into it, let me make clear two things: first, I am white; and second, being called &quot;racist&quot; is not the same as being called a &quot;bad person.&quot; So, without apologies to anyone, let me get straight to the point.</p> Letter to the Editor https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/letter-editor-78 <p> To the editor:</p> <p> Thank you for your clear and comprehensive report of the Williston City Council meeting on Dec. 18.</p> <p> Although I was present, I appreciate your commitment to presenting the report so quickly so that others would know what happened.</p> The servant's heart https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/servants-heart <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_new_mug_16.jpg" alt="Carolyn Ten Broeck is the editor of the Williston Pioneer. Contact her at editor@willistonpioneer.com" title="Carolyn Ten Broeck is the editor of the Williston Pioneer. Contact her at editor@willistonpioneer.com" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> My father, despite his gruff demeanor and often callous way of speaking, had a true servant&#39;s heart.</p> <p> He helped people no matter their circumstance or situation, and showed compassion from the start not just whenever everyone else jumped on the bandwagon.</p> <p> Daddy did for others even when it wasn&#39;t comfortable, or convenient.</p> <p> My mother often didn&#39;t understand his giving/doing nature because often, it conflicted with doing things for her or around our house.</p> Thankful: Every. Single. Day https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/thankful-every-single-day <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_new_mug_may_5.jpg" alt="Williston Pioneer editor Carolyn Ten Broeck is thankful for you – the reader." title="Williston Pioneer editor Carolyn Ten Broeck is thankful for you – the reader." align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> Thursday as you gather with family and friends, or eat your Stouffer&#39;s frozen dinner in front of a football game, what will you give thanks for?</p> <p> If you&#39;re like many Americans, the phrases around your table will be standard, like &quot;thankful for those who are here,&quot; &quot;thankful for our country . . . our health . . . our jobs . . . the food.&quot;</p> <p> You understand. It&#39;s what we do, what we say. It&#39;s who we are.</p> Let me dream https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/let-me-dream <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_new_mug_may_4.jpg" alt="Editor and dreamer Carolyn Ten Broeck " title="Editor and dreamer Carolyn Ten Broeck " align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> Anyone who knows me understands that a full seven or eight hours of nightly sleep is near to impossible.</p> <p> At best I get six hours, but recently I&#39;ve circled back to the four hour sleep cycle.</p> <p> The past two weeks have been worse &ndash; I&#39;m like a newborn, waking every two hours, no matter how tired I am.</p> <p> However, unlike a newborn, I don&#39;t demand a feeding. Most of the time I either lie there until exhaustion overtakes me or I get up and prowl Facebook, joining other insomniacs around the globe.</p>