For several years now, as I tottered toward my dotage, my family has been encouraging me to start a blog. So, here it is. I resisted the idea for a long time because I thought I could continue to make a contribution professionally, either as a journalist or as a teacher of journalism for some time to come. But having voluntarily surrendered my day job as an educator (for reasons my friend Scott Traylor described the other night as “principled”), been given the bum’s rush from a part-time gig in progressive talk radio that I was really psyched about (maybe more about the boneheads involved in that later), and having recently received word that my dream of teaching for UMaine here in Belfast was unlikely to come to fruition any time soon, I am left with this. Here are the ground rules I’ve set for myself:
1. In the spirit so courageously demonstrated by my friend Lois Schertz when she turned 80, I will address any topic I find worthy in whatever language I choose.
2. I will research and investigate topics I find relevant or simply curious and report my findings here.
3. Responses are welcome, as are requests for digging on topics others (probably the younger crowd still dedicating the best energies of their day to an employer) suggest. Simple reactions to the thoughts and information reported here are encouraged, no matter how pleasant or vitriolic.
4. I intend to be logical, rational, objective, and fair (as I’ve tried to be in more than 25 years as a journalist), but I reserve the right to identify injustice, bigotry, and just plain bullshit whenever I see or hear it.
5. For the benefit of those behind me, chronologically speaking, I will try to fill in some of the information on what happens and how the world looks after 65. As the best people I know have confessed more than once, it’s tough negotiating this thing called life when we weren’t born with a manual.
I welcome the participation of any and all thoughtful human beings.