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Today's Accent is on birthday celebrations _ ours!

Today is column number 52! Yes, African-American Accents is 1-year-old as of publication this morning.

It has been a year of many changes in my life and in my personality as I made the transition from professional housewife to columnist. Some changes have been easy, but others have helped my hair turn gray.

I've come to know some nice people here. On the whole, I appreciate the experience of learning how to work with all sorts of folks.

The biggest kick has been your response to the column. Everywhere I have gone, someone has come up to me and said that they like how I write the column, the stories about my family and the events I attend. I have really had a ball meeting so many of you and hope to continue to do so.