Remembering Fallen Journalists

Mark your calendars for May 3, 2016, recognized as World Press Freedom Day.

On this very special and solemn day, interested citizens, and those in the news media, will join together in remembering journalists who have paid with the ultimate sacrifice, their life, while simply doing their job and bringing us the news.

This amazing day of rememberance of fallen journalists is the brainchild of Sarah Jones Reports, in collaboration with Plus Social Good, Committe to Protect Journalists, etc.

I already hear you asking, ‘how can I get involved?’

Easy!

Visit the Remembering Fallen Journalists+Social Good Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/908473779231045/ 

On May 3, you can participate in many ways, including:

1. Wearing a black Press ribbon. Here is the one I proudly wore last year on May 3, in honor of World Press Freedom Day 2015 and remembering fallen journalists.

  
2.  Between 6:oo PM and 9:00 PM your local time on May 3, use your social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook etc.) to post in honor of fallen journalists. Use the hashtag #remembering. 

Last year, I spent World Press Freedom Day at the Newseum. The Newseum is a haven not only for journalists, but for anyone interested in ensuring a free press and the values enshrined in the First Amendment.

I made sure to stop by the World Press Freedom exhibit and the Journalists Memorial.

  
   
  

 I look forward to participating again this year, and hope to see many others #remebering fallen journalists.

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The Case of The Disappearing Bookstore 

Recently, I ventured to my favorite Barnes and Noble bookstore, of course expecting to go in, browse, and perhaps make a few purchases.
Imagine my surprise when I walked up and noticed a sign indicating that the bookstore had permanently closed. It was as if I was living that memorable scene straight out of the 90’s classic romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail. “Quelle nightmare!” (Where is Meg Ryan when you need her? Only this time, the big-chain bookstore that served as the villain in You’ve Got Mail, has become the victim too.)

The closure of this particular Barnes And Noble leaves my city with zero- that’s right, zero- big chain bookstores.

Thanks to several adults in my life, I grew up nurtured with a love of reading. I always felt right at home at B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, or Super Crown. I’d spend forever looking for the latest in Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High series. I just had to have the latest Judy Blume book. What? Me leave the bookstore without the latest installment in Emily Chase’s Girls of Canby Hall series? Never! Fortunately, my mother indulged my addiction. My aunt would sometimes also pass along her books to me after she finished reading them, including her copy of a biography on famed athlete Wilma Rudolph.

  
They may be a little worn, but I still have some of my original books by Emily Chase, Judy Blume and Francine Pascal that I read growing up.

As a child, whenever I curled up with a good book, I felt transported into the world of the characters in those books. (I feel like I grew up right beside twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield in Pascal’s Sweet Valley High series.)

But my love of reading served another purpose. I believe it was being an avid reader, and falling in love with the written word, that made me want to become a writer and obtain a journalism degree.

Today of course, the reading experience is a lot different than it was when I was growing up. I still enjoy the physical copy of a book, and smelling the print as I turn the pages. But like so many others, my primary method of reading has become the electronic book (e-book) on my phone and tablets. I also enjoy listening to a great audiobook while in transit.

  
Today, like so many others, I love reading ebooks on my iPad (left), and listening to audiobooks on my Kindle (right).

But the calm, oasis and magic found in a brick and motar bookstore is something that still cannot be replaced.

If you’ll excuse me now, I am in a period of mourning.

Writing Vision Board

I’ve been reading lately about the use of vision boards to help stay focused on any goals you have set.

Using the Wishboard iOS app in the iTunes Store, I created a digital writing vision board to help keep my ‘eyes on the prize’ and serve as a constant reminder of my writing goals this year.

Chime in, writers! Are you using a vision board for your writing goals?

  

Welcome to A Write Life!

Welcome to A Write Life, a blog dedicated to my love of books, writing, and journalism.

I grew up fascinated by books and the written word.  I love how the best writing has the ability to transport you to another world. (Something I hope to accomplish in my own writing).

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