Sunday, December 20, 2015

Here We Are Again! Now, Let's Go Someplace Else!


Hello! Long time, no see!

(Well, actually, it's been a week. That's not too bad. And I can't actually see you, so if you're sitting in front of the computer in your underwear, don't worry.)

I'm in the Boston Herald again today.

(According to Infoplease, the Boston Herald is the 53rd largest newspaper in the United States. If I can convince enough of you to go to their website today and read me, maybe we can push it up to 52nd! I have, somehow or another, also appeared on the pages of the Los Angeles Times - 4th largest - and the Boston Globe - 15th largest - but I like being in the Herald better. It's more cozy.)

(And just in case you think I'm trying to somehow denigrate the newspaper that pays me more often than any other, that's not the case. Being the 53rd largest newspaper in the United States is actually pretty damn good. There are over 1,300 daily newspapers in the United States. Being 53rd puts them into the top 4%, OK? That's excellent.)

So, anyway, I'm sending you to the Herald today to read me. Later on this week, I'll be sending you to Discover magazine. Then, even later on this week - Christmas, to be exact - I'll be back in the Herald again.

(Could I possibly be more in love with myself? Probably not. Blame it on editors - bless them - pumping up my ego beyond all reasonable bounds. I also have a piece extant on Wicked Local about high school basketball, so if that's what you like to read about, you know where to find it now! If the world were a bit more sane, the only thing anyone would allow me to write would be grocery lists and softball line-ups - and there are whole bunches of my former players who wouldn't even agree with that.)

OK, I guess I've filled enough space.

(And used way too many parentheses, something with which every single one of my editors would likely agree.)

Go to the Boston Herald website and read my latest piece, please.

Thank you!

Soon, with more better stuff.

8 comments:

joeh said...

A thoughtful more sentimental side of Suldog. Excellent column, I give it a glowing review!

(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

Ya can't use too many parentheses, or too many commas, or too many apostrophes.
You can use them wrong, though.

Jackie said...

Loved every word of your article, Jim. Thank you for a reminder that I need to keep near and dear to me every day of the year. I need to be a light in the darkness.
Hugs to you and Your Dear Wife.
J.

messymimi said...

Being light for each other, love this. Thank you.

Craig said...

Thanks for this, Jim. God knows, this time of year can be pretty depressing, when I leave home in the morning darkness, and arrive home in the evening darkness, and basically never see my family during daylight hours. . .

But you know, I've always wondered about those of our fellow-humans who live in Australia, New Zealand, and the southern reached of Africa and South America, for whom this is quite the opposite - the longest days of the year, with the prospect of shorter days and increasing darkness ahead. I know that Australian Christians and Jews still celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in December, but I wonder if the 'light out of darkness' symbolism seems a little odd to them. . .

(I think of a young man from New Zealand - South Island, where they have real winter - who came to spend the six months from October to April in OurTown, then returned home. The poor kid had basically 18 consecutive months of winter. . .)

Craig said...

I meant the southern reaches, of course. . .

And @Skip - you mean, you can use them wrongly. . .

;)

Daryl said...

i think you may not agree but i think you becoming a freelance writer (and some day the writer of a book that sells tons of copies) was the best thing that ever happened to you (aside from marrying YOUR WIFE)

Ruby said...

I loved what you said - When someone cries for love, give it freely. It would simplify the saddest and most complex situations! Thanks for sharing this, Jim!