Stay connected but practice willpower

not teaching,still THINKING … Eight years ago — and a day — we published a post that started this way: It was an interesting morning here. The post is worth sharing again because all these years later, the issue still remains — we need to use common sense when we use our phones. So here […]

Everyone: Embrace these 3 traits

not teaching, still THINKING … Three traits that can motivate anyone — not just journalists — are: Courage Patience Perseverance Courage: to pursue all stories, not just the easy or familiar ones; to ask tough questions; to approach sensitive issues with confidence and care. Patience: to wait for the best source of information, not the usual […]

Think — give yourself this gift every day

Time. Never enough of it. But there’s always time to think. You might be thinking right now that we haven’t had time to post on this blog since the last item, Oct. 1. Not true. Just didn’t have anything to say. Really? Really. We understand, because we experience it ourselves, that you are bombarded all […]

May you always have choices

MAY you … For the month of May, we are devoting this blog to our wishes for journalists present and future: “MAY you … “ Every day, you will find a tip, a tidbit or a top-of-mind piece of advice we hope will help you now and later A small sign hangs on a wall in […]

10 questions in 10 minutes – writing tips

If you have gathered information and conducted interviews for a story, and now you’re stuck on how to write it, here are some questions to ask yourself that might help. They are designed to extract all the good material you already have in hand. If you’re editing someone’s work and are attempting to improve it, […]

Be smart about when to turn it off

It was an interesting morning here. I had a 10 a.m. appointment for someone to come and take care of an annual lawn issue. He brought with him two young men. “We’ll make short work of it today,” he told me. “I brought some helpers.” Good enough. They all got to work. The next thing […]