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  • I was a newspaper editor. Past tense.

    I ran a small weekly newspaper in a small Pennsylvania town. Sad to say, newspapers are becoming a thing of the past. It came to be that someone was crying in my office on a weekly basis - losing their job, getting sacked. It was hard to work in that atmosphere -always waiting for your turn to be called into the regional editor's office for a "meeting".

    In no time at all, I was writing the entire newspaper. Now, I don't mind working. I don't mind working more than 50 hours a week - most professional people do that. In order to write the paper alone, I was working way too much. I worked seven days a week and sometime logged 80 hours or more. I was writing and doing layout and I was tired all the time. I decided it wasn't worth it.

    I was recently interviewed by my niece as to what I had wanted to be when I was her age - eight years old. I said a movie star or a famous singer. I think I can rule either of those career moves out at this point. So now, I am getting my teaching degree. I fear that children today have lost stories as a form of imagination and escape. These kids, digital natives, don't seem to know how to get lost in a good book. They posses a higher visual acumen than the digital immigrants in my generation, but they multi-task and demand visual stimulation or they become easily bored. They are Cliff-Notes only. They don't have the patience to read the first few chapters of a book and that is sad. Growing up, books were my friends. They still are.

    I am becoming a teacher. Of course, education in America is under assault. My sister, a principal in urban Philadelphia, had to lay off seven teachers at the end of the last school year. I wonder if I have backed the wrong horse. Still, I persevere. I've been thinking of opening a private kindergarten since many public schools are thinking of giving kindergarten the axe. Who knows? I think that my main qualification for the job is that I like children. I like guileless, present people - that's kids for the most part. I think that the new job, teaching children, could be the most rewarding job of my life.

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