Change is good, though bittersweet

The Way I See It



This column marks my last as an employee of the Pleasanton Express. After almost 30 years – and almost half of my life – I’m leaving to pursue another career.

It is time for a change, and while it is bittersweet, I’m both excited and nervous!

My newspaper family has been a huge part of my life.

If not for the Wilkerson family, I would not be the person that I was encouraged to be. They supported me getting involved in every aspect of our community and industry where I made great friends and colleagues.

I owe them my deepest appreciation. They treated me and my children as their own and for that, I am forever grateful. We are included in holiday celebrations just as many of their extended family and friends. Wilkersons = fun!

And then there are my co-workers. Just think about all we have gone through – both as an industry (gathering news before the internet and fax machines, Compugraphic computers, laying in by hand with a waxing machine and brayers) and our experiences on a personal basis.

We have supported each other through marriages, divorces, sicknesses, births and deaths. We have laughed a lot and sometimes we argued. But, just like family, we loved each other through it all.

When I started at the paper in 1989, Allison was an infant and Daryl was a toddler. This was only my second real job (I can’t count dusting cans at the Hi-Way Grocery, can I?) and what a job it has been!

A huge thanks also goes out to all who have made this job interesting, sometimes heartwarming/ heart palpitating experiences. From going on raids with Sheriff David Soward and Chief Ronald Sanchez to delivering Christmas cheer with Chief Eric Kaiser; church picnic barbecues and auctions; Cowboy Homecomings, Strawberry Festivals, Cowboy of the Year Rodeos and all fundraisers inbetween – they are all memories that I will never forget.

The way I see it, there is not a better place that I could have thought of working for the last 29 1/2 years. It has been both an honor and a delight working alongside great co-workers and the many businesses, entities, nonprofits and fine folks that I have encountered along the way. I will miss everyone dearly.

I wish the best for the whole Wilkerson family and the Pleasanton Express – prosper, fight the good fight, progress with this ever-changing industry and keep winning awards!

A big thank you to Noel Wilkerson Holmes. She has asked me to continue writing this column.

So, I won’t say goodbye just yet, but “until next time.” p.s. And, if you or anyone you know are in the market for a home – please call Donna Blue at Dowdy Real Estate – 830- 569-6883 – she has my listing! Or visit it online at homes/for_ sale/Pleasanton- TX/pmf,pf_ pt/193862727_ zpid/19991_ rid/globalrelevanceex_ sort/29.174346,- 98.132287,28.718291,- 98.709069_ rect/10_ zm/

SUE BROWN is a columnist of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at

4 responses to “Change is good, though bittersweet”

  1. Sara-Anne Polit says:

    Dear Sue, You were one of the first people I met when we arrived in Pleasanton nearly 40 years ago.
    Your friendliness and natural charm, along with so many others, is what kept us in Pleasanton.
    We wish you happiness and success in whatever you do.

  2. Les Carnes says:

    Good to know you Sue, enjoyed your column and your smile. Nothing but the best to you. Love you Sue.

  3. Laura Ricks says:

    Thank you Sue, you were so much help to me with Cowboy Homecoming all those years ago.

  4. Your loss is going to be felt for a long, long time. Your love for our community is evident in everything you have done. Thank you and many blessings on your future endeavors.

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