ONE great aspect of newspapers, among many, is their constant position in the flow of a community's tribulations and progress.
We're in a period of change here at the Charleston Daily Mail.
Two of our leaders - rocks of our coverage and philosophy - are ready to move on.
For 17 years, our masthead has called Nanya Friend our editor. Inside the newsroom, we've affectionately called her "Mom."
That's because she badgers us to do better, checks our work, sets our priorities - and often soothes our wounds.
She is just as likely to advise you to eat more nutritiously as to tighten up your lead.
She has a great mind for news, a respect for the community and an affinity for the staff.
She hired me when I was a youngster and guided my growth. In recent years, I've been part of her leadership team.
It's such a privilege to learn from someone you admire so much. And so many people who have worked with Nanya over the years would tell you the same.
Now Nanya has decided to step aside, to spend some well-earned time tending to herself and to her family.
There's no way to describe to you how much we'll miss her.
Meanwhile, Johanna Maurice is also retiring. She's going to stay a little while longer to ease the transition for her successor (No one could be a replacement), but soon she will spend her days in other ways.
She has guided the Daily Mail's editorial page philosophy during four decades. Talk about a constant presence and sustained influence. Wow.