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June 28, 2022

It’s hard for me to believe this year is nearly half over.

I’ve been busy with life — and writing.

We just celebrated a big event in our family, the wedding of our son. That allowed a wonderful family gathering that was only disrupted a bit by COVID-19, keeping a few family members away. We are hoping for many more happy gatherings.

And I celebrated a milestone of sorts in my so-called career. You can read about it here.

In addition to writing for my hometown newspaper, I’ve had other assignments come my way and I’ve been happy to help. In a few instances, I think my writing has helped shine the light on opportunities for public involvement and that is most gratifying.

The First Amendment, our freedom of expression and our right to know is under attack and I will continue to do my part to help shine the light and stand up for the public.

Looking forward to the remainder of the year I have ideas for more stories and hope I will be able to tell them.

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”
― Terry Pratchett, “A Hat Full of Sky”

Affiliations

Society of Professional Journalists

I am a professional member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. I do my very best to follow and uphold the SPJ Code of Ethics

CNPA

I am proud to be a freelance member of the California News Publishers Association (formerly known as the California Newspaper Publishers Association). From my days as a student looking for a job, to my time as a reporter and later as an editor and publisher, CNPA has been a great resource.

First Amendment Coalition

The First Amendment Coalition is an award-winning, nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs. I help support this organization because it works to advance one of the most important elements of our democracy, the people’s right to know. I encourage you to check out this resource.

Think globally, act locally

Good advice if you want to make a difference: “think globally, act locally.” One of the first things I did when I moved back to my hometown was to become an investor in the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council. In my little corner of the world, I think this organization makes a difference. Attending the monthly meeting also helps me keep up on what’s going on in the community and gives me great ideas for articles.