The beginning of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes begins with the words, "To everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose under the Heavens."
These words, along with the other verses that follow are the basis of the lyrics for the Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn." You've also heard the phrase "all good things must come to an end."
It is with a heavy heart that I say to you, the readers that due to personal situations, this will be my final column for the paper since I will be writing another chapter in the book of life and I must say it's been fun telling you a little bit of my upbringing, hoping to put a smile on your face.
During my time as a columnist, I've been able to meet some of you in person and I'm really grateful for all your compliments. Your support has helped me to press on and keep going, even when I've gotten discouraged and wanted to quit so I just want to say a big “thank you" to everyone for your words of encouragement.
When I moved to Stephenville six years ago, I was hoping this would be my "forever" home because I've really grown to love this town. The people here are gentle, when you go into a store or restaurant, everyone acts like they're glad to see you.
As a musician, I've received the best support from people in this area, even when I was with the Cross Timbers Country Opry.
In closing, I'd like to thank first and foremost, God for giving me the words to write these columns even when I couldn't come up with anything, Sara Vanden Berge, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a columnist, and last but not least, you, the readers. Without your support, I wouldn't have enjoyed being a columnist as long as I have.
And now, I leave you with the lyrics of a song you probably heard Don Meredith sing on Monday Night Football: "Turn out the lights, the party's over, they say that all good things must end."
Ok, I can do better than that, here's a more serious, reflective quote: "If there's ever a time when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll be there forever." - Winnie the Pooh
Tim Turnbeaugh is a musician who was born and reared in Eastland County but currently resides in Stephenville. Tim can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.