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Here you'll find columns with my personal take on journalism, the news business and what one writer has called life, the universe and everything.

Amid the Spectacle of London's Olympics, Appreciating Simple Pleasures
Amid the Olympic Spectacle, Learning to Appreciate Simple Pleasures

Why So Much Senseless Anger? Maybe it's Our Sense of Entitlement
Why So Much Senseless Anger? Maybe it's Our Sense of Entitlement

10 Years Later, Pondering the Meaning of Sept. 11, 2001
Where was I when the planes hit the towers?

My Larger-Than-Life Friend Mike Altenberg, Gone Too Soon
My Larger-Than-Life Friend Mike Altenberg, Gone Too Soon

A Farewell to a Friend, From a Newsroom Long Ago
Saying Goodbye to a Friend From My Days as a Student Journalist

The Technology of Journalism Improves, But Young People Still Ignore the News
All the geek-speak loses sight of a more fundamental problem: With each passing year, young people grow less interested in the news, regardless of how it's delivered.

Amid London's Riots, a Simple Plea for Peace
Amid London's Riots, a Simple Plea for Peace

In a Classroom of Would-Be Reporters, Looking for the One With Curiosity
There's one quality in particular that's common to nearly all great reporters, one that unfortunately is lacking in some of my students - curiosity.

Predictions About the Future of News That Turned Out To Be Wrong
It's not just that some of their predictions have proven to be wrong; it's that a growing number of thoughtful observers are pushing back against the very foundations of their thinking.

The Return of Legendary Philadelphia Sports Columnist Bill Lyon
For as long as I've lived in the greater Philadelphia area (the Delaware Valley to the locals), I've been a fan of Bill Lyon. For many years he was THE sports columnist in a city that has no shortage of them, a city that's as sports-crazy as any I've ever seen.

From One Generation to the Next, Learning Lessons About Life From 'Harry Potter'
How My Kids and I Learned Lessons About Life From 'Harry Potter'

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