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Insight into the world from a devoted witness.

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The Last Post: Why I Write
Four days before he died on December 30, 2006, Boston Globe columnist Don Murray gushed about the enjoyment he got from a blank sheet of paper.

"Each time I sit down to write I don't know if I can do it," Murray wrote. "The flow of writing is always a surprise and a challenge. Click the computer on and I am 17 again, wanting to write and not knowing if I can."

He quoted E.B. White: "I'm glad to report that even now, at this late day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me - more promising than a silver cloud, prettier than a little red wagon. It holds all the hope there is, all fears."

I can relate to that. Writing is painting a picture without the acrylics, using your feelings and emotions to strengthen the prose. If a hard-news reporter committed such a dastardly sin, they'd be accused of bias, but there has to be something to hook the reader and keep them biting at the bait until -30-.

Take my post about The Matthew Shepard Story on July 25th. Instead of just mentioning Matt was killed, I pointed out that he was "savagely beaten, robbed and tied to a fence" then "left alone to suffer in the cold, dark night." It paints a picture of a heinous and inhumane scene in the open spaces of Wyoming. My intense feelings of hatred towards Matt's lynchers bled through to what should have been just an ordinary movie review.

I write, because like Murray and White, I enjoy it. Writing gives you a creative license that no one in any other profession posesses. Of course, there's ways to misuse it, but crafting sentences is one of the most fun things you can ever do.

My closing line is borrowed from Linda Ellerbee, who on the 367th and final edition of NBC News Overnight quoted Mark Twain's account of the missionary who went out among the cannibals.

"They listened with the greatest of interest to everything he had to say. And then they ate him."

That's -30-.

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Good blog

Sorry I found it after you stopped posting

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