Last Friday night, several dozen people helped me to salute my father who was retiring after 40 years with the same company, a feat that in this day and age is becoming a less frequent occurrence. It brought back memories of the speech he gave at my grandfather’s 90th birthday when he told how, when my Grandpa retired after 50 years of service to Hahn Ready Mix, it was the first time that a member of the Bryant family was not employed by the Hahn family for over a century as my great-grandfather had worked on their family farm the generation before.

We’re a hardworking and dedicated crew, which is why my announcement today is even harder to deliver, but it’s because I share the Bryant dedication to family that I have come to this decision. I am leaving my position of general manager at the Muscatine Journal, my hometown paper, a publication I delivered myself as a young teenager.

Not gone is the passion for the Journal’s place in the community, the staff that carries on that tradition and my hope for prosperity for the people and businesses in this community. That will never die.

While it’s still too early to speak publicly in specifics about what is next for my husband and I, I will say that I am blessed to have a husband who picked up and moved across the country for me, not once, but twice, and I am eager to do the same.

Sometimes in life you have to figure out what basket is best for your eggs. Knowing the strong and community-minded leadership of Muscatine Journal publisher Debbie Anselm has made this decision an easier one for my husband and I. We’re confident we are leaving my beloved Muscatine Journal in good hands.

To you, the reader, I will miss your kind words and encouragement, your compliments about this column, your concern for the content of our paper and your passion for Muscatine being the best that it can be.

I will continue to root for you and with you. Stay well, friends.

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