I’m frequently asked how is it, I have so many stories to share?
Why am I always engaging with strangers?
Just so you know, I thought about this long and hard before responding.
It’s the writer in me…it’s where my avid curiosity comes from.
I’ve also read a lot about journalists, writers who started their careers conjuring up leads for demanding newspapers, achieving this by paying attention. Nora Ephron, an idol of mine, began that way as did my other hero, Pete Hamill.
Then of course you have those who stayed cloaked in columns till they could write no more.
Mary McGrory coming to mind.
It’s also why I make it a point to read Peggy Noonan’s op-ed every Saturday in the Wall Street Journal since her observations tickle the mind and prod the imagination.
Walt Whitman was famous for talking to those he didn’t know. Could be why he said, “Don’t be judgmental, be curious instead,” advice I take along in my travels.
Toss in my commitment to this blog I’ve always treated like a paying job, and engaging with passersby seems to be a rite of passage, no pun intended.
So, that’s my well thought about answer to why I’m always in the thick of situations no one else seems too concerned about.
As my writer friend David Stewart had printed on little rubber bracelets, for those moments of doubt and confusion….