About 10 a.m. last Tuesday, I walked out of a magazine office in a nice section of a nice city and found myself in the middle of a mugging. Literally. Impressive. But, God's armor is more so. The mugger briefly focused her attention on me. But, within seconds, an elderly woman was down in the… Continue reading Nothing but grace between the mugger and me
"Let it go. Let it go." Elsa Sometimes life sends you subtle signals that a season is changing. Other times, it's more like a karate chop. One of the latter hit me over Christmas and involved an unusually long school holiday, a desire to not be mugged and seven hours of interstate driving. Pretty, yes.… Continue reading Time on my hands, weight off my back
“A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” Arthur Miller, American playwright Watching the news in the last few weeks has been sobering. No matter how you look at it, America and, indeed, the world are not in their finest hour. As writing news is what I do for a living, however,… Continue reading Life 101: 4 lessons from the news
“You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.” Jon Stewart, American political satirist Journalists may need to whisk in and out of government buildings with metal detectors at any time. While certain unmentionables have caused me no end… Continue reading Packing a blade, or not
“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” James Baldwin, American novelist One of the stories to emerge from Hurricane Florence is precious. A tiny kitten made it out of the flood-ravaged city of New Bern, NC, attached firmly to the shoulder of a man who may or may not have exactly… Continue reading Safe!