Sunday, October 11, 2009
This morning I had a "big out loud laugh." Jeff Jacoby who writes for the Boston Globe had an article entitled "Time to make the column" which struck home to me.

Jacoby starts out writing about William F. Buckley Jr. who I have always admired. Most of the time I didn't understand what he was saying but was fascinated by his accent, the tone of his voice, the words that he used and his appearance. Oh, and I always thought he sounded like he had a hot potato in his mouth!

Jacoby writes about an interview that Gene Shalit had with Buckley - Buckley once recalled, he was asked how he came up with topics to write about in his newspaper column.
"Gene, when you have been at the profession for long enough, "Buckley imprudently replied, "you can, if in a bind, close your eyes and point to the front page of The New York Times, and whatever story you are fingering when you open your eyes - you can write a column on that story."

Shalit didn't miss a beat. "Yes," he said, "I think I remember that story."
Jacoby goes on to explain how there are times it can be difficult to come up with an idea for a column and proceeds to give some examples. Funny!

Mom Goes to Florida

Now, as you have been reading this post you can see what I am getting at. There are times when I just don't know what I am going to write about and THEN I read something in the Globe and say, aha - that's a good one - (that has made my day many times)

For example just Last Sunday I made a post entitled "Name Change." The Globe had a piece about Elderhostel changing their name to Exploritas and I thought that would make an interesting post. It jogged my memory and I had the opportunity to write about some of my experiences at Elderhostels.

Now you know what I do during the week, I read The Globe and keep my eyes open - maybe I'll read something that I can use for my next post!!

You must be headed back to Florida. Enjoy and be safe, Millie. I know that will give you fresh fodder for the blog.

I won't be leaving for Florida until December. That photo of me reading the newspaper was taken last December waiting to take off for Florida.

You are right, when I get down to Florida there is always something cooking and I don't mean something in the kitchen!
Millie, I do believe you could point your finger randomly at a name in the phone book and come up with an interesting post.

This is a good one.

You look a real sophisticated jet setter in that picture Millie (but it does look like a Starbucks logo on the case). KP
I don't care how you come up with your ideas; they are always clever and different. Keep them coming.
I'm with you Millie, seems like everything that happens, or what I read in newspapers, and discussions with friends some word or thought will jump out at me and I'll think that will make a good post. I've got more ideas than I know what to do with and could easily spend way too much time just writing them. That's not to say they'd be anything anyone would want to read, but they peak my interest.

You make just about everything you write really interesting.
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