During my years (decades) as a journalist, I could never be publicly involved in politics. That was a no-no in the newsroom: no-no to yard signs, no-no to candidate contributions, no-no to bumper stickers. Even though I never covered politics or hard news of any kind, it would be too easy for readers to call me out for interviewing too many Democrats, even on the subject of low-maintenance gardening. (And, believe me, they would. In this town, we had to give equal time to both high schools - on stories as innocuous as trendy senior pictures - or suffer some disgruntled parent's wrath.)
hometown boy candidate (whose mother taught both of my kids) and his running mate. It felt great to be a participant and not just an observer from afar.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
This is the column she was talking about that I had completely forgotten. (Obviously, I was a tad smitten.)
In my youth, I dreamed I'd have a career that could make a real difference in this world. Hey, it's not world peace or a cure for cancer, but I made one woman happy. And, that will have to do... for today.
Monday, August 18, 2014
|Photo from the Lawrence Journal-World, my former employer|
Friday, August 15, 2014
in the case of this story by the American Society of Aging, the dialogue includes the incidence of depression in baby boomers, which is surprisingly high. Did you know that white men over age 60 have the highest rate of suicide in the United States? I sure didn't. That statistic should give us all pause. We need to remember to check in with each other often, and that means going beyond the cursory "How are you?" That's about all I've got to say. It's been a tough week.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
I haven't posted in a while because I'm entertaining the Short Jewish Gal and, well, that's a full-time job. You can see what we've been up to on her blog. It's been a whirlwind of work, play and meals, and I've taken great pleasure in introducing the Hollywood girl to the wonders of Kansas. (I've spent an inordinate amount of time telling her how great the weather is, compared to what it could be.) Today, we head to the big city (as in Kansas City) where we will bunk at my childhood home for a couple of nights and check out the arts scene. Oh, and eat barbecue. That's a must.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
|The SJG in Santa Fe.|