Anger and frustration have driven a lot of what I have written lately -- spawned by a feeling of helplessness in trying to save our brain-damaged kitten, Loki. Emotion can be an asset for a writer but emotion that turns to anger defeats logic and cohesive expression.

Anger and frustration have driven a lot of what I have written lately — spawned by a feeling of helplessness in trying to save our brain-damaged kitten, Loki.

Emotion can be an asset for a writer but emotion that turns to anger defeats logic and cohesive expression.

The anger manifested itself most often on Capitol Hill Blue, my political news web site, where I write a column called The Rant. Recent rants contained more vitriol than normal as I went out of my way to attack anything and everything.

Such an approach is counter-productive and, after a review by some other writers, editors and journalism profs I respect, I removed several columns from the database at Blue.

Obviously, I’m still having problems dealing with grief over the loss of Loki. I’m taking a break from writing about politics until I come to grip with his death.

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9 Responses

  1. Three years ago, we were facing the inevitable last day of our companion of four years–not nearly enough time together, ended slowly over six months by a disease we never had a name for. Buster grew weaker and weaker, and was in so much pain toward the end that, unless we gave him very strong medicine, he could not stand. We saw it coming for an agonizingly long time, and finally took that last, longest trip to the vet on July 6. These endings don’t come easily, but we do find ways to go on, and love again. Tsuga will soon be three, and we can’t imagine our days here without him, and take not a one of them for granted. Death is, indeed, an enemy, and what better day to consider this than on Easter morning.

  2. I have been thinking about you for several days, not knowing what is happening but realizing I haven’t gotten your column in my inbox for awhile, and missing your rants, which I love. I believe your anger is healthy, but like me, I am struggling with a truly creative way to make a difference. I am in anguish, and a day at a time I continue to talk about what isn’t printed (except by you and buzzflash). Tyrannical dry drunks that are in critical positions are a bane to humanity, and we have to find a way to expose and hopefully remove them. The serenity prayer hasn’t helped me, but talking at meetings daily has. Although it isn’t a solution to the world’s problems, just my feelings about them, it has helped. My heart is with you.

  3. We will miss your columns, er..rants over at CHB, but its totally understandable why your taking a break. Anger is the hardest emotion to deal with as previously pointed out. Take care of yourself Doug and we will see you when we see you since Grief has no timetable.

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