Spotlight and Interview at the Avid Reader

An excerpt of an interview on The Avid Reader blog… The Avid Reader: If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why? Ron D  Smith: I would like to go back and hang out with Abe Lincoln in the White House, but there’s […]

I spit on your deadline pressure

Even in pre-Colombian times, the Maya had cubicle workers tasked with completing highly non-essential TPS reports by 5 p.m. each Friday. (It’s a little-known fact that TPS reports, rather than European disease or fratricidal wars, led to the demise of the Maya civilization. Let that be a lesson to us.) If the cubies failed to […]

By all means, take offense

Long ago in a land and time far away, I reported the news for an ABC affiliate in Kentucky. I was superbly mediocre. Still, I had my good moments, such as when I did a news series called “Justice for All?” which investigated how judicial outcomes varied with each person’s ability to afford representation. Not a stunning revelation, right? […]

Kitties and Bodice Rippers

The blog world is filled with serious readers who love to write about books, and 95% of them have pictures of their cats on their site. Fifty percent of those have pictures of their dead cats. RIP Butterball 1999-2011. These bloggers are serious about their craft, and I’m thankful for the ones who take time […]