Thank you for speaking out and being honest and humble about why you left your job as a reporter at the newspaper. I ponder almost daily why writers are paid so little, if anything sometimes. Their jobs are more time consuming than the two seconds it takes you to read a sentence or the two minutes it takes you to read the entire article. There will always be a replacement, but you only have one life to live and you had the courage to make a change that will forever make you blissful regardless of the naysayers. Applaud!

Sticky Valentines

Here I am interviewing a Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue official.

I get asked two questions several times a week, and I brush off both with a verbal swat.

One — because I’m in my late 20s, I suppose – is when are you getting married? And the other, because it seems like small talk, is why did you leave the newspaper?

I could answer both with a single word: Money.

But I usually deflect the marriage subject, wrongly justifying it as an acceptable passing question, with a practical reason: I’m not eager to have children. And I answer the news question with something to which my audience can nod along: “It didn’t seem like a sustainable career path.”

But that’s a cold and detached answer. I don’t feel cold and detached about news, and I only give that response under the assumption that people don’t want to hang around for the full story – ironically, the same reason newspapers aren’t really working anymore.

So…

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