News never sleeps. Why should I?

News never sleeps. Why should I?

The first three hours or so of each day of my week involves writing and editing stories, headlines, photo captions and deciding the layout and placement of articles on my political news web site. That’s been the routine for more than 22 years now, even while...
Sixty eight

Sixty eight

Not that many years ago, I never expected to reach age 30, much less 68. My dad died in an industrial accident at 29.  His four brothers died in their 20s. My mother, for a while, believed the family was jinxed because of the deaths of my dad and uncles.  I lived...
Getting old exercising freedom of the press

Getting old exercising freedom of the press

A few thoughts on age and the age-old debate over freedom of the press. At some point in our lives, we face the question:  “Are we too old?” We wonder if we are too old to work, to play, even to have sex. Let’s hope not. We wouldn’t suggest a...
Grim Reaper still disappointed

Grim Reaper still disappointed

In my 20s I fully expected to be dead by age 30. My dad died in an industrial accident at 29.  All of his brothers died in their 20s.  Young death appeared to be a given for males in the Thompson family in Florida in the 40s and 50s. I broke the jinx on December 17,...
Losing too many friends before their time

Losing too many friends before their time

A funeral this weekend for a friend.  Eunice Dickerson and her husband, Julius, were there for us when a motorcycle accident put me in a coma in November of 2012. We’ve lost too many good people and, sadly, just about all of them have been younger and far more...