I decided to finally deal with my obsessive-compulsive behavior and take two weeks off — for the first time since we launched this news blog a year ago.
Readers are in for a treat, beyond simply not hearing from me.
My friend and colleague Larry Johnson will be standing in for me while I’m on vacation. My only concern is that he’s so good he’ll make me look bad.
I worked for many years with Larry at the Seattle PI, where he wrote some amazing stories and also served as national news and foreign editor. We share a fundamental belief that expanding our knowledge of the globalized world around us helps us better understand ourselves.
We’re alike in that way.
Unlike Larry, I haven’t been tortured in a Colombian jail or had to pretend to be a priest in the Philippines to avoid getting murdered like the journalist sent earlier.
I haven’t hiked around Guatemala trying to find a rebel force. I’ve never been to Iraq. Larry’s been there three times, to report on how regular Iraqis were suffering under sanctions and, later, due to the wars.
(I’d like to point out that I have been arrested and once had a gun discharged over my head for being a journalist, but that’s about it.)
Larry has an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience to share. We’re lucky to have him take over the helm for a while. I urge you to read and engage with Larry over the next two weeks as he highlights news items, offers his thoughts and generally brings you higher into the Humanosphere.
Vaya Con Dios