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Friday, July 13 2001

Controversialist 3

What I said yesterday about passion having come to carry a negative connotation in my new paradigm for living, draws me back to make some amendments.

First, I hope that rationale for leaving my lifelong commitment to controversialist magazine and newspaper journalism doesn't dissuade any prospective young editorialists from what well may be—for them—their calling. Only if you've had to struggle with conscience over taking too much satisfaction over the power of your pen and the opportunities it affords to go beyond reforming effects to taking vengeance on your enemies would I advise taking stock and considering another livelihood. At an impressionable age, a word can wield too much power to steer young buds away from their first callings. I don't mean to do that.

Moreover, though I've now put off the controversialist hat, I should probably have thought earlier than now about more benign, legitimate, roles in print, broadcast, or cyber journalism because journalism, rather than technical publications work, is a more appropriate way for me to make my living. I've loved travel writing, as well as tourism promotion, from my days as editor of the Nanty Glo Journal, and could render service in either field without being carried away by unholy passions.

Likewise, for over a decade I've enjoyed easy, if limited, money writing about business news which I find enjoyable but less than consuming—no "passion"—which suggests I might pursue doing more of it.

I guess I'm repenting of loving my editorial roles too much, having been schooled too well by the Loretto Young Show philosophy of lifework in my teens. Or maybe I took the chaff of what her show was preaching and missed the truth kernel. Maybe I've been, as they said a lot in the '70s, burned out on newspaper and magazine editorial writing, too much of a good thing. Or after age 50, perhaps, I've matured. If so, it's nice to know a mind so long mellowing can still be changed.

PROCEDURAL POINT: It's my great pleasure to introduce, in tomorrow's Postcard, a new weekly feature from our Nanty Glo-based writer, David Caldwell. Beginning this weekend, he will preside over both Saturdays' and Sundays' pages, with Saturdays' entries being a roundup of local (greater Johnstown-Altoona) economic news and Blacklick Valley human interest tidbits. Sundays' entries will continue being his personal "postcard," a brief essay in the tradition of most of these Jonal entries. Like your webmaster, David does these undertakings as labors of love that provide only "psychic income" rather than folding green. Look for his first news roundup in tomorrow's email.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Some tests to give yourself before starting a family
(collect 'em all)

Those of you who already have kids can relate! Some of these might make you cry. For those just considering having kids, this might make you think twice. Either way, enjoy. . .Zan

TOY TEST Get a 55-gallon box of Legos. Spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen barefooted. Do not scream, because this would wake a child at night.

MESS TEST Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

GROCERY STORE TEST Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

Sent by Zan

Take heed lest...

An old man said to a brother: Do not measure your heart against your brother, saying that you are more serious or more continent or more understanding than he. But be obedient to the grace of God, in the spirit of poverty, and in charity unfeigned. The efforts of a man swollen with vanity are futile. It is written, "Let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he falls." In your spirit be seasoned with salt, and so be dependent upon Christ.

Sent by Christopher Haas

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