You Cannot Do This Job If…

You Cannot Do This Job If…

This morning, I received a message from an aspiring professional writer with a question. I thought their question, as well as their follow up to my initial response, were important, so I asked if I could share both their question and my answer.   Q: “What is the...
Thank you, Stan Lee… Excelsior!

Thank you, Stan Lee… Excelsior!

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics’ patriarch and father of innumerable modern legends, has died. He was 95, and, in nearly one century on this earth, Lee attained mythic status reserved for those who define industries, genres, and generations of childhoods. There is no doubt...
A Lasting Commission from LtCol Faircloth

A Lasting Commission from LtCol Faircloth

One of the highlights of my writing career was the day I got a call from LtCol H. Spencer Faircloth (Ret.), who wanted my help writing a book about his extraordinary life. Spence didn’t land at Normandy on D-Day. He was still a kid, back home in Georgia, collecting...
A prescription for better communication

A prescription for better communication

Seek first to understand. Stephen Covey (and others) said that, and I adopted it as my first rule of reporting. I hear from a lot of people — even politicians (hey y’all) — I write about, who tell me they respect my reporting, even when they feel stung by it. That...
Deepen the Divide… or Bridge the Gap?

Deepen the Divide… or Bridge the Gap?

A friend posted a comment about the strange nature of politics lately. Things do seem to be stranger than fiction these days, and I see it getting more, not less, bizarre, at least in the short term. Thing is, this situation has been building for decades, and it’s...