I've been a print journalist, on and off, for the majority of my career, in both news and sports. I started my life in journalism as a part-time sports clerk at the Orlando Sentinel
when I was a senior at university
. That position eventually transitioned into a full-time copy-editing and page-design job when I graduated with a B.A. in journalism and minor in computer science. That was when the World Wide Web was still "browsed" with a text-only browser called Lynx. I hopped on board the 'Net in 1993 with the first computer I bought on my own, a Macintosh Quadra 605
(the first my family owned -- and the first one I taught myself simple BASIC coding on -- was an IBM PCJr
Meanwhile, my interests outside of journalism include rowing, fitness and working out, so I decided my journalism backup plan would be to become a sports and medical massage therapist and work with athletes at local 5Ks and rowing events. So several years ago, I went to and graduated from massage school and became a licensed massage therapist (Florida license #MA44501).
It's an odd juxtaposition, but I'm blessed to have been able to pursue that second career. I currently have my hands back in career No. 1, so to speak, all the while keeping my massage license up to date "just in case." Time will tell how long my second stint in journalism lasts, but I'm enjoying it so far.
I'm a curator of content on science, animals, nature, journalism, technology and rowing. Just warning you. (And I actually am amused by animated GIFs, but I promise not to innundate you with those.)
Requisite disclaimer: Opinions, +1s and links that appear in this stream do not necessarily represent the opinions of my employer or even me. I may just like to argue -- or not. :)