The new editor of the Maumelle Monitor asked me to write a regular column. Get this straight; I don’t get paid, so you get what you pay for. I’ve known Bill Lawson for several years and as any regular reader of this paper knows, he writes about 98% of the articles pertaining to Maumelle. He wanted my column to be about Maumelle. So it shall be.
I am a long time admirer of columnists, so I feel intimidated to have my work published. I normally write advertising copy. It’s mostly short. And to the point.
When I put the notice on Facebook that I was going to do this, I received several responses from my friends who are accomplished writers with comments that seem to have an arms-crossed attitude of "I can’t wait to see this." So, be kind fellow writers. I’ll try not to embarrass myself.
I thought about what I could write about that’s of interest to my fellow Maumellians. My initial list of topics includes what you would expect: the water "problem," traffic, having North Little Rock as a neighbor, the community service fee, our community center and parks, the Maumelle retail scene, restaurants, city government, civic pride and so on. You get the idea.
But I also hope we all have a chance to share some things we might have never known about each other. Things that make us smile, think a little harder and maybe even tick us off. I assure you, there will be some surprises.
My intention is to be observant, yet critical and complimentary. Hopefully, we’ll all get to know each other little better, which has always been a problem for Maumelle. We are not a very cohesive community.
We all scatter out Monday through Friday, mostly to Little Rock, and then we reconvene on the weekends. We see each other at the grocery stores, Wal-Mart, the ball park, and various churches. But many of us go unseen, hidden in our secret neighborhoods armed with security alarms and motion lights.
We are a small town quickly changing and growing. Some things are going well. Some are not so good. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at many of those "things Maumelle."
Send me your thoughts on Maumelle and what’s going on in your world. I guarantee you I’ll listen and share what you’re thinking.
I’ll see you on the Boulevard.
Editor’s note: Neal Moore is the creative director for The Communications Group, a Little Rock ad agency. He has lived in Maumelle for over 10 years. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter, @kneelmore.