Odd how these things come in clusters but this past weekend was notable for a series of personal epiphanies--some of which were painful, all of which were useful. I'll share one here because it involves writing.
As I've noted before, my column sometimes attracts a surprising (at least to me) level of hostility. I've wondered why because the column is so light. And then I realized its lightness is actually what antagonizes a certain kind of reader. He/she feels offended by its (perceived) lack of serious purpose. How can a thing like THIS be published in a newspaper, they wail. IT'S NOT NEWS.
This realization was helpful. And, of course, I am now doubly (even triply) committed to lightness.