Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Play Ball, Not Pokemon Go | Absence Makes the Mind Wander (or Why I've Been Gone)

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Play Ball, Not Pokemon Go | Absence Makes the Mind Wander (or Why I've Been Gone)

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EDITOR'S COLUMN

I've been away in recent weeks, and readers noticed. Thank you.

Well, at least four people noticed, if you count the guy who parks next to me in the condo garage.

I assumed you were wondering: Where is the editor who looks like Waldo's grumpy ol' dad?

From afar, I imagined reports of Sarasota-area residents en masse roaming the streets while intently monitoring their mobile phones.

Obviously fans were concerned about my whereabouts and needed their phones to monitor text alerts and any breaking-news emojis.

That they masked this valiant search party by claiming to play Pokemon Go showed a willingness to be discrete just in case a copy of my Red Sox ticket showed up on WikiLeaks.

Good news, table-sized group of fans who have nothing better to do on Sunday morning.

I'm back.

No need to start a social-media hashtag (although #FeelTheBill works in all high-end restaurants and some political campaigns, too.)

Nor was I "silenced" by the anti- AND pro-Susan Chapman factions (the subject of my last column on July 10); the topic confirmed a longstanding belief that seriously partisan politicos don't know how to chill.

(One reader chastised the column and noted she doesn't read any of my writings. Hmmm, well, thank you for ... not reading?)

My recent absence from the Sunday Herald-Tribune's Page A2 is explainable.

I was at Harvard University for two-plus weeks, finishing the back half of a research project as a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow. I'm examining organizational models and whether there is an adaptable solution in this changing media climate. (My truly nerdy report will come out sometime this fall.)

I sip from the company glass mainly full, but July started as a parched month. The revolving newsroom door constantly spins, yet no editor likes to say goodbye to dedicated journalists.

We have a resilient and talented team, though, and our priorities haven't changed. …

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