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Officer Norway’s Corner – Michelsen pens final column – for now

By SRO Kjell Michelsen

So, I have decided that this will be my last “Officer Norway’s Corner” column. No, it’s nothing dramatic. Readers of my little corner here at The Erwin Record have probably noticed that I have [deliberately] not been writing about politics or pop-culture.

I focused on school-related stories, cultural stories about Norway, and a bit about myself, my life growing up in Norway, and my military service, and I came to a point where I kind of feel like “I have written all that I needed to write.” At least for now.

Little did I know that my initial “wild idea” of writing a bi-weekly column for our local paper would find much of any support. But when I pitched the idea to the managing editor, Keeli Parkey, she gave me the thumbs-up, and thus my fledgling new venture as a bi-weekly amateur columnist was born.

I genuinely have enjoyed these last couple years writing for The Record, and although my columns have been relatively short in length, it has given me an insight into how challenging it at times can be to write about something and to try to do it well.

I have a new-found respect for those who write columns and editorials every day, or at least once a week, it can be a process for sure, especially when one avoids diving into politics.

Although this is my last “Officer Norway’s Corner” I won’t promise that I never will write a column again; maybe one day, perhaps a different format, time will tell?

In closing, a few weeks ago, my wife and I watched the movie, “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as the beloved “Mr. Rogers.” In the societal troubles we all are going through these days Mr. Rogers still reminds us that kindness still matters.

“Our society is much more interested in information than wonder, in noise rather than silence. … And I feel that we need a lot more wonder and a lot more silence in our lives,” Mr. Rogers said.

Be safe, have fun, and be kind.