GreetingsView – March is One of My Favorites

Greetings Friends,

As a Murphy, March is one of my favorite months. The hills are green, we have just come off of a beautiful Almond Blossom season and we start counting down the days to the St. Patrick’s Day, that just may pick up where we left off exactly 2 years ago when the door slammed shut on the entire world. Wow. Those were heavy times.

Some of the weight may be lifted off. It seems like it may be for real this time as the main risks of the pandemic now lay with the unvaccinated. So I guess this is where we go down two paths now. I am vaccinated, boosted, I’ve had COVID twice and all of my family has now had it and we are all vaccinated. We did our part. So away we go and let’s see how it shakes out.

Is the new normal? Probably so. But whatever place you are in, let’s continue to be careful. But here we are, looking at the brink of a new war and there is really no other answer than to stand with democracy. Even more reason for us to make sure that we are doing all we can here in our hometown to make things better for all of us.

A huge thank you needs to go out to our health care professionals. They have been on the front line, fighting hard when supplies were tight, making us well, comforting those in pain and being the only person in the room during quarantine. The have been through it all and they deserve a huge thank you for getting us all through this. We celebrate them this month as they all worked together and help slam dunk COVID for our own version of March Madness. Yes, we know there is a big college championship coming, but these are our local champions. We need to celebrate our health care workers, our teachers and our front line people like we do the sports superstars and that’s why featured them on the cover.

I was at a conference last month where the theme was “Rethink Everything”. I think that this is exactly how we need to look at things and let’s focus on what we can do to make our community better. What will each of us to do create something new? New concert? New art show? New job? New restaurant? Heck, Hank and Ashley of Food Fix are opening a new downtown bakery and Robert Wilson purchased the legendary Fast Eddie’s MOAB so you can see, there is much to do and you, the ModestoView readers are the ones that will do it. I know I can count on you.

So let’s get on with it and get our green on. I for one plan on celebrating on St Patrick’s Day and will be there tipping my Murphy’s at P. Wexford’s and eating my Corned Beef and Cabbage, picking up where we left off two years ago. For me, the best feeling is that the music is back, and it’s time to get the people who learned how to play during the pandemic out on stage and encourage our community to keep music in schools and make music a part of our community fabric and we celebrate our music madness this month and feature music teachers.

As we come back, we need to celebrate each other, and lift each other up. It is not about me or you, it is about how we all grow and get better. We have to do this together. Let’s rethink everything, stay strong, support those in need and be a good example of how we should do this. Thank you to our local businesses that support the mission of ModestoView to “Serve Civic Pride Daily”.

With gratitude,

Chris Murphy, Publisher and Founder- ModestoView<>

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.