You might have noticed there was not an Ozarks Water Watch newsletter last week. I can give many reasons for that; virus, work from home, activities canceled, and the list goes on and on. But the simple fact is that I just didn't know what to say. If your life is anything like mine and my loved ones, your life has been turned upside down. And it happened so fast, we just didn't see it coming and as of yet, we really don't know where it will end up. But the one thing I can predict is that we will most likely see some changes in our life and our world. (You think?)
At Ozarks Water Watch, we are making some changes, too. We are streamlining our operations and are looking at all our activities and projects. Our new Executive Director, Cathy Stepp, hit the ground running in February then our current environment put a damper on meeting new people and making new connections. I do have faith this will all pass very soon and we all will again be out and about, but maybe not shaking hands as often!
One of my changes is that I am going to concentrate more of my time with our water and wastewater operations, Ozarks Clean Water Company and Ozarks Environment Services, and Cathy will take more of the responsibilities of Ozarks Water Watch. One of those responsibilities will be this newsletter. And as with all good leaders, she will make it her own, as I did 10 years ago, and as Dr. John Moore did before me.
Diane and I hiking in Alaska!
So many of you have told me you followed, through this newsletter, my wife Diane and I as we hiked around the Ozarks hills and traveled the country. Sadly, at the moment, Diane is not able to do the hiking she loves due to some medical issues. We are praying for these to be resolved soon and maybe our hikes can resume. Our daughter Sarah did get out of her two week quarantine in our camper in our driveway and is healthy and living in our basement. She teaches school remotely to Laos (from 8 pm to 3 am) until the middle of June when she will move to Colorado and assume her new position at a school near Vail. Life changes, but life goes on!
Diane and I are still testing water in Table Rock for the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program near Cape Fair and we visit our nesting pair of eagles across from Virgin Bluff as often as the weather allows. We just saw them Sunday before the cold weather hit. Life is good! I pray that you and your family are healthy and stay that way. God bless!