I have learned something as I age that I wish I had known when I was a young man. Back then, summers seemed to be endless, and time seemed to go by at a snail's pace. Once I reached the "senior years" which in my case I felt was at semi-retirement in the early 1990's. Now, time is rushing by at an alarming rate. As most of us in our twilight years will admit, the phrase, "It seems like only yesterday" is frequently brought to mind. Such is the case with the article above, wherein my journalistic colleague and friend, Russ Roberts wrote of my appointment as one of the contributors to the historic 150th anniversary of the establishment of Mercer County. The article is really a chronology of how I came to be a writer; a gift of which I will always be grateful. But by golly, tempus does fugit!