There comes a time in all our lives for a reckoning.

I’m a dinosaur in so many ways.

As a newspaperman who went to work right out of high school, reporting and shooting photos for The Roanoke Times in Southwestern Virginia, I had already been writing news stories and having photos published in other papers while still in high school.

More than a half-century later — after working at a newspaper in Illinois before moving on to spend 23 years operating out of Washington, DC — I am back int he Blue Ridge Mountains.

At 68, I’m still a newspaperman at heart and work for BH Media as a contract writer and photographer.  I’m also an old-timer at the Internet, owning and operating the oldest political news web site — Capitol Hill Blue — as well as a web hosting operation and several other web-based publications.

This web site was one of my first and has been ignored in recent years as I concentrated on other things.

No more.  It is time to remember that , as Finley Peter Dunne wrote as Mr. Dooley, “it is the role of a newspaperman to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

How?  Not sure yet but I’ve removed advertising from DougThompson.Com and will revamp it into a personal web site with no commercial intent.  In part, I want to have fun, which is hard to do in today’s often-toxic political and news environment but is, I believe, still possible.

I wrote this in the early morning hours of March 15, 2016.  I will spend the next two weeks re configuring this web site into something that i hope will be both fun and interesting.

The ride starts on April 1 — April Fool’s Day.  Keep checking back as we approach the kickoff.

Let the madness beging.