I spent the Thanksgiving break (and a bit more) in southern California visiting my son Dylan in LA and my wife's family in Orange County. Missed an armload of newspapers and probably some worthwhile stories. When I got back home last night I couldn't force myself to wade through the pile, so I'm baking from scratch this morning.
Difficult as re-entry can be, I've learned that making clean breaks from newswatching in order to think fresh thoughts is critical in this business. It's an occupational hazard of a life in journalism to think that everyone else is thinking about the Pope in Turkey, when in fact they are battling traffic, their own deadlines and the myriad balancing challenges of everyday life.
So we caught up on family, took walks, visited the Getty Museum, saw a bunch of movies (especially enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction and Happy Feet) and generally forgot about headlines and deadlines for five sweet days.
Perspective. Now there's a concept.