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Raw Chatter

It's that time of the year when everything is hectic and my stress level at the top.

The reason: Simply put, it's too much work and not enough hours in the day or night to get it all done.

But, hey, what's new?

Life throws me lots of curve balls, especially lately.

I've got so many stories to do, it isn't funny. That's the truth!

From special projects to sports playoffs, we've got it going on at The Mirror . And did I mention deadlines? That's right, deadlines. It's the magic timeline by which we, as writers, are to live by weekly.

Of course lately, deadline time has had to be extended a little bit longer, because of the amount of stories we are trying to put out. It seems there's always something going on day and night. I guess that's why I've always heard in this newspaper business that news never sleeps, never takes a day off and never takes a holiday.

After all these years of being in this business, you would think I would have grasps that by now. Apparently not, though, because I continue to pile stories on my plate -- just like someone would with food -- putting more on their plate than they can eat.

The problem I have along that line is that I see so many stories. And when I do, I want to get those stories right then. Generally, I do, too.

I can't help it. Really, I can't. It's simply part of who I am as a journalist.

I've thought more times than not about passing on some of those prospective stories. But I have trouble thinking some of those stories might not get told in our community, if I don't take time out to tell them.

In other words, I'd rather have a lot of stories to work on as opposed to having only a few and run the risk that many might not get told. I wouldn't like myself, then.

As another school year draws closer to ending, additional stories will come my way. And when they do, as usual, I will do my best to put those involved in those stories in the best light that I can. After all, student/athletes, most of which I write about when it comes to the schools that our newspaper covers, deserve as much praise as we can give them in our community.

All of them have worked extra hard to achieve the recognition. And, personally, I want to make sure they get the credit they richly deserve.

It's for the readers and for the namesake of our newspaper that I try to go the extra mile.

Even though the job often is tiring and involves my working seven days a week, all-in-all, I guess it's worth it -- especially when I see the finished product which comes off the press every week.

In my heart, I know that I have given my all -- my best. And that's all anyone can do -- no matter what job they're doing.

Web posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010

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