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The Taking of My Leave

My mother taught me many things — how to make wonderful Italian food, how to tend a garden, how to love one’s family — but during the last 48 hours of her life, she taught me the greatest lesson of all: how to die. -Paula A. Treckel –The Taking of My Leave (Chronicle) While the quote sounds like something schmaltzy out of Reader’s Digest, the essay doesn’t dwell on the sentiment:…

Write What?

[P]ress releases are unreal and possibly pointless. First, you write the press release from other already-written things. You can even fudge quotes, which is a big no-no in journalism. Then you have to get everything approved by absolutely everybody. I’m not big on getting stuff “approved.” I think it’s weird that you have to do this when what you wrote the release from was “approved” to begin with. Very odd.…