Loving what I do

“You should be ashamed,” declared a friend over coffee the other day.  “No one should have as much fun working.  It’s un-American.” Surveys say about 70 percent of American workers hate their jobs. “At best, 30 percent honestly enjoyed their jobs and bosses,” report Gallup in its “State of the American Workplace” report for 2017. […]

News never sleeps. Why should I?

The first three hours or so of each day of my week involves writing and editing stories, headlines, photo captions and deciding the layout and placement of articles on my political news web site. That’s been the routine for more than 22 years now, even while traveling for  business or pleasure.  I’ve performed the task […]

I’m a newspaperman. It’s what I do.

In 2015, 11 years after I got off my last coast-to-coast flight covering my last Presidential election as a photographer, a photo editor in Washington called to see if I might be interested in a contract to cover the 2016 Presidential election. The 13-month contract would take me around the country, away from Floyd and […]

Journalist? Hell no, I’m a newspaperman

An email from a reader in Chicago — the city where hard-nosed, hard-headed and hard-drinking newspapermen pounded their typewriters and defined a hell-raising style of our profession that is now all but long-gone — wanted to know why I refer to myself as a “newspaperman” and not a “journalist.” The late and legendary newspaper columnist […]

Getting old exercising freedom of the press

A few thoughts on age and the age-old debate over freedom of the press. At some point in our lives, we face the question:  “Are we too old?” We wonder if we are too old to work, to play, even to have sex. Let’s hope not. We wouldn’t suggest a restriction on old age with […]