Long ago, when I cited ignorance of a subject as my reason for not wanting to cover it, my editor at the time told me "writers know a little about a lot and a lot about a little." And that sums up why I love my job. In my career, I have interviewed, attended and written about everything from art and autism to Russian business women and rugby. Writing about so many topics would not be possible without a knowledgeable person explaining the details to me. Some people are good at this, and some are unable to get their point across no matter how vast their knowledge.
McDuffie Planning Board Director Fred Geurrant would be one who is great at explaining his subject. One would have to be a complete dummy to not understand something after he explains it. Although I'm sure I have tested the limits of his ability.
Other people are better at colorful descriptions. These make great printable quotes. One of our favorite quotable quoters around here is Epp Wilson. Mr. Wilson doesn't say "the pool was crowded." Instead he said, "You could walk all the way across the pool without getting your feet wet by stepping on the heads of the swimmers." It creates a picture, doesn't it?
This week is National Newspaper week (whatever that means - I didn't get the explanation.) The theme for the week is "Newspapers - We cover your life." That would be another great part of my job. I get to retell the big events in your lives. Some people love to share their story, and they are easy to interview. While others believe no one else cares, or they don't feel comfortable sharing their personal stories.
I recently interviewed two of these types of personalities in the same family. After receiving a high award, one sibling was proud - as he should have been - to tell his story, while the other didn't want to receive any attention. Humility is an admirable quality. However, I want to encourage all out there who have done something noteworthy to share it. Who knows what type of influence you can have that could make a difference in someone's life?
And just when I thought my job couldn't get any more fun, The Mirror moved into a new office. The change is definitely a good one. Not only is it a permanent location, meaning we will be covering your lives all the way down the road, but it is a much larger and fancier place. We've already received many gestures and gifts of welcome from our neighbors. I hope you take a moment to stop by and share the extra-big smiles on our faces.