This might as well serve as the official announcement: With my newspaper job gone and thanks to my paranoia about deadlines, I have around thirty unpublished humor columns. After talking it over (and crunching the numbers), Emily and I are turning them into a book entitled, yep, "Slightly Off The Mark". But what of the future? I still need to make up for lost pay, and I do love writing humor. So although I have an idea of the way to go, I thought I'd ask your opinion, dear readers, because…Continue
Posted on October 19, 2014 at 4:53pm
Well, it appears I’m now a former newspaper writer, and my humor column is an orphan. Ironically, I didn’t find out KPC News bought the papers I wrote for until I read it in the paper. But while I considered the possibility that they might use their own reporters to gather local news, I held out hope that they might like my humor column, and maybe even use it elsewhere.
Instead, my first official contact was a phone call informing me I had become a “duplication of effort”. On…Continue
Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:42pm
SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK
With the purchase of a brand new lawn mower, only the third new one I’ve ever bought, I said goodbye to my conservative lawn mower.
(So named because it stopped working whenever it tilted to the left.)
It had a good, long run. In fact, the conservative lawn mower wasn’t one of the three bought brand new—I got it used, just like my house and my cars. If it’s good enough for…Continue
Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:30pm
The editor of the newspapers I work for asked me for a fire service related article for our Fire Prevention Week insert last week, and this is what I came up with:
It’s not easy to say how a first generation volunteer firefighter like me got into the business.
For many of us, firefighting becomes such a part of our lives that we bleed fire engine red. Okay, bad example. But if your father was a volunteer, and maybe…Continue
Posted on October 14, 2014 at 5:00pm