Fifteen years is enough.
That’s how long Mary Bogest, an artist and writer who resides in High Point, has been writing an “about town” column for The Enterprise, going to the city’s big arts and charitable events with her camera and providing readers with a window on what they missed and a reminder of the behind-the-scenes work going on to keep making this city a better place to live.
Mary decided last month that she had been plugging away at it long enough. She informed me by email. I didn’t believe her.
I have been with The Enterprise only a little more than a year, but I had been aware of Mary almost as long as I had been with our parent Paxton Media Group, which has been since early 2013.
I called to talk to her about it, and she assured me she was serious. The column had become more work than fun, other ventures were competing for her limited time, and recent health crises among friends had shown her that she needed to take time to live her life and take advantage of opportunities while they were in front of her.
Since making the decision, “my migraines have already eased up a lot,” she told me.
Among other things, she wants time to write more books. “Come On, America,” her 2019 biography of High Point business leader Dave Phillips, won an Independent Press Award in the category of general biography. She enjoyed writing that.
I don’t have arguments to counter those points. All I could do is assure her that if she changes her mind, she is welcome to call me.
Barring such a change, last week’s column was her last. I asked why she didn’t say a farewell to readers, and she said she thought it would take the focus away from where it needed to be, the people who work to make High Point better.
We at The Enterprise agree that we need to keep shining a light on that work, so although Mary has put her camera aside, we want to encourage the folks who are doing this work to send in photos. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com.
We want to keep using Mary’s page as a window into that world and the good work being done.