Note from ex-Editor
Six years ago, in July 2006, I took over ownership of The Bocas Breeze and installed myself as editor. For me, it was a big step. I now owned a business and had to learn how to run it. Somehow I pulled the first issue together, after a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. It got easier after that and actually got to be as fun as I had hoped it would.
For the last year or so I’ve had many friends and readers suggest that I do the website differently. It is outdated, a very large file to download. Unfortunately, I know little about websites and all the new technology and furthermore don’t have the desire to learn it. But I realized that in the right hands, The Bocas Breeze could be far better than it was. So I’ve been looking around for a long time for the right person to come along.
When I first heard the name Casie Dean, it was in connection with a Spay Clinic that was being planned. On learning it was the most successful one ever held in Bocas I contacted Casie and asked if she would write an article about the event.
It was one of the most well written articles ever submitted … informative, professional yet personal, serious and humorous. When I saw Casie I asked if she would be interested in taking over The Bocas Breeze. She laughed but said she would think about it. Less than 24 hours later she was back in my office and said, “YES! I want it!”.
She then started telling me all the things she would do with it, especially with the website, and every one of her ideas was innovative, fresh, and creative. In mid-July, she became the new owner and editor of the Bocas Breeze. I’m already impressed with her and know she will be highly successful with the business.
I want to say thanks to everyone who advertised, read, and otherwise supported The Bocas Breeze while it was in my hands. I wish Casie all the best and look forward to all her future issues.
And lastly, I want to thank my husband Clay, and Casie’s husband Weston, for believing in their wives enough to finance their dreams
– Allene Blaker
Note from the Editor
During the interview for my last job, I was asked my definition of insanity. Surprised by such an odd question, I replied that it was continuing to get into the car with my mother, knowing all too well how she drives. My soon-to-be boss chuckled, as he quoted Benjamin Franklin’s; “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” So, in my own way, I had answered the question correctly, and I was hired. Some time later, I realized that insanity could not be defined as just a series of repetitious actions. I believe it to be many things: a destination, an event, an idea, a feeling, acceptance, denial, or a complete lack of fear.
Nearly two years later, I found myself accepting another job in Bocas del Toro, one I had unknowingly interviewed for. I had only been here a year when Allene Blaker contacted me and asked if I would stop by her office. I had submitted an article the week before to The Bocas Breeze about a spay clinic I organized in town. I had never met Allene before, so I didn’t know what to expect. At first, she expressed how much she loved my article, and went on to tell me she had been waiting for the right person. Allene was ready to sell The Bocas Breeze. Based on my article, she thought the right person was me. I was flattered and excited; I said yes and accepted this commitment. The only other thought going through my mind that day was that this must really be what insanity is, as I had just agreed to become the new owner and editor of a newspaper.
I’ve always heard the only thing that is constant is change, and fortunately my life is constantly changing. Allene cannot and will never be replaced. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her as a writer, a businesswoman, and as a friend, and I am honored by the chance to continue putting the time, effort, and heart into The Bocas Breeze, just as Allene did for so long.
I am often asked what direction I plan on taking the paper. It’s a question I can’t specifically answer. But while reviewing this issue for print, I noticed a common theme – accomplishment, because it is everywhere throughout Bocas. I certainly won’t promise kittens and rainbows, as there is a plethora of controversial issues which need to and will be addressed in time, but for now, let’s start with this.
– Casie Dean, Editor