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Newest resident to call Sylvania ‘home’

I’ve been figuring out the circle in town for about a week now and can say, with a bit of courage, I have figured it out. I don’t stop at random points along the circle and if I miss the road I was trying to get to I just circle back.
I feel like I can introduce myself now, since I’m used to the circle.
I am Derek Moy, the new staff writer at the Sylvania Telephone, and I’m from Texas. About everything there, especially Texas Tech University in Lubbock, is flat and brown. The trees are usually mesquite, the grass is often dead, the wind is vicious, and the wildlife consists of mainly fire ants. Here, in Sylvania, the ground so green, the area is lush, and your roads sparkle if the sun hits certain stones right. The town is beautiful and well kept, and I start to sweat the instant I go outside. There are those infuriating gnats here, but as a kid in Texas I got used to them.
Every single person I’ve met here has been extraordinarily kind to me. I chose this place for the mentoring, the location, the people and your accents. My family has moved from state to state nearly my entire life. I moved from Texas to Minnesota; Minnesota back to Texas because it was too cold; then Texas to Tennessee; and, after my longest stint anywhere, Tennessee to Texas for my college education.
Some people say, “Once a Texan, always a Texan.” But throughout all of those moves with my family I’ve learned what a home is. I’m on my own in Sylvania, and I know this is where I can plant my feet, clean up my yard and house, and call it a home. I’ve managed to not pick up much of an accent, but don’t be too shocked when I say “ya’ll” or words like it.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you, as I assuredly will at some point or another. From the little time I’ve spent here, everyone knows what’s going on in town and readers hold the editor to a very high standard. If he doesn’t deliver the news, it’s going to get ugly. I’ll be helping him out as best I can, and I don’t expect Sylvania to take it easy on me if I mess up.
This is a very exciting time in my life and I’m glad I can start it here.
Thank you for your warm welcomes so far and look for me carrying around a backpack, camera, notepad and pen.

Derek Moy is a staff writer for the Sylvania Telephone.