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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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Jan. 7, 2013 12:01 a.m.



IMG_0912I know I’m not alone in needing to focus on hope, especially after witnessing so much sadness at the end of 2012, so will you join me in writing about hope for 40 days? I’m starting Feb. 13, which is Ash Wednesday, in hopes that my heart will be better prepared to celebrate Easter.

IMG_0901Just a few days ago I asked for artists of all abilities to create journaling pages. Now, I’m ready to provide more details. I’m looking for 40 artists to create unique and inspiring pages people can download and write on — 8 1/2 X 11 pages that urge us to hope and love. It’s perfectly fine to include your name and Website on the page, and I’d be happy to include a short artist statement and bio here on the blog. I was thinking something like this:

daisy Daisy Dog Designs specializes in mud paw prints. Daisy’s inspiration for her journaling page comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson, which she reads every night in her kennel. Find out more at MadeUpWebsite.com. 

My vision is that after 40 days, we’ll all have a beautiful journal and much better understanding of hope.

So, what do you say? Will you help us out?

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