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December 1, 2012

DODD: Am I on the right track?

“Every day is good — some days are just gooder than others!” — Lindon Dodd

OK, I know gooder isn’t a real word. So, please appreciate an attempt at humor and just go along with me here.

I intended to run another column this week but if you read this I probably didn’t. That’s OK. Everything changes in life and for me there have been some changes involving my column that some might have noticed and some might not have been so much so. I think they are subtle — but then I write what you read. It’s all good.

I love writing about this community. I have loved to critique our home and have had some fun. I don’t know if it the times that have changed or just me that is different. All I know is that it takes a lot of nerve to write a column for as long as I have done so and still be fresh and inspired. I have also lost the tendency to be as reckless and daring. That’s just part of getting older. I know when I write that I write older today than I did over 17 years ago.

I don’t even know the point of this week’s essay except to let my regular readers know that my writing climate and parameters have changed both internally and externally.

Hey, I have had a good ride and if it ended next week — so be it that I have had the most wonderful time of my life in writing. Very few local writers have been allowed to do what I do.

I have certainly made some enemies. If you are an honest, published writer that is simply part of sharing your personal thoughts and convictions in a public forum. As brilliant as I think I might be, some will disagree. It’s never really personal but some people will always take it that way.

I have never written a single derogatory or demeaning or even unpleasant thing about anyone that hadn’t in some way made themselves a very public figure.

Humor is the easiest and yet hardest thing to write. Senses of humor are very much an objective thing of which to aim to a general audience. I have never known a universal joke or one-liner that either doesn’t offend someone or that some people don’t find funny.

It’s not a real sense of humor to be able to laugh at someone else’s expense and never at your own. Humility is an essential component to having a real sense of humor. I have often over the years made myself and those whom are closest to me and that I love the most an object of humor and/or the butt of the joke.

So, I am going to be as honest as I can be. I have to do a whole lot of soul searching these days. I am not really sure what exactly is expected of me from my readership and of my editor and publisher. Most important to me is the collective acceptance of people who genuinely like to read my column on a regular basis. You will always be the most essential and important element to me.

I will take suggestions from anyone as only a fool is not subject to accept positive feedback and critique and not analyze its value.

I simply find myself perplexed and between at this time. I will find the right answers as I have always seemed to be able to do in the long run. In the short run it’s simply a turkey shoot for now.

The biggest responsibility for me is to write well and effectively and not cause anyone big problems.

Perhaps I might simply use the remainder of my writing life attempting mainly to explore this great community that I share with you guys. There are a lot of stories left to be told. It’s easy to do those. A great story tells itself if the writer stays out of the way.

For now, I hope you are enjoying the holidays. Hopefully, next week will be better. Debbie Harbeson left us a short time ago. Kelley Curran is no longer in weekly print. Perhaps it’s the landscape or possibly just the times that are a changing.

I hope I can change with the times. Stay tuned.

— Lindon Dodd is a freelance writer that can be reached at

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