My interest in podcasting developed in the middle of the night. When I have insomnia, my mind becomes a dangerous neighborhood. If I wake in the wee hours, my brain spins tales about inadequacies, old opinions or grudges, and work that I should be doing. I discovered, however, that donning headphones and listening to podcasts took me away from this circular mind chatter. Once I’ve pressed “play” I will either go back to sleep or, if sleep eludes me, I’ll at least learn something.
Podcasting offers writers several advantages. First of all, the beauty of this media is that there are no gatekeepers. You don’t have to convince an editor, program director or producer that your material is worth broadcasting. Anyone with a computer, headphones and microphone can develop a podcast and send it out to the world. READ MORE
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In the late 1940s, after service in the Navy during World War II, my father signed on as a mail carrier at the local post office. He never left that job, working his way up from walking a route to postmaster. Bored after retirement, he worked part-time as a greeter at the local funeral home. It was perfect for him. He got to dress up and meet his friends, and on good days he got to drive the hearse. It never occurred to my father to change jobs while he was at the post office. People who did that sort of thing, drifting from job to job, were viewed at the time with some suspicion, as layabouts. More »
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