trish bendix

It takes a while to grow anything

Posted in Uncategorized by trishbendix on October 17, 2008

In the past couple of weeks I have learned a lot about change. I’m seeing it as a positive thing — more than I ever have. It started right around the time I went in to speak to a class at my alma mater, Columbia. A former “boss” of mine, Dan Sinker (who used to run Punk Planet) asked me to come in and talk about digital journalism to his Intro to Journalism class. I did my best to not be boring and speak as slowly as possible (not so sure how I did on the latter).

It’s funny, though, that I was telling them how it all works, how I run the blog, how my daily routine is. Later that day, things change — we switch everything up entirely and a new blog is born. It leaves me a lot more time to write, and a lot more time to deal with good writers (minus a few, who had to be cut short, but whom I hope to keep in touch with). And that is some good change.

It was a month of birthdays, too, so there was a lot of celebrating the changing of age — my sister, my mom, four good friends. It makes me wish I was born in autumn. (I remain a lowly December baby; always so close to Christmas.)

But my birthday coming up is change enough. 25! That’s a quarter of a century. What does it all mean? (Philosophical questions start here.) I’ve been thinking a lot, which is probably because I’ve been reading a lot — especially about the change coming in this country. I’m trying to change the way I handle my own finances. I’m becoming the adopted lovechild of Rachel Maddow and Suze Orman.

And until Joan Didion‘s next book comes out (not soon enough!), I’ll re-read her latest essay in hopes that some day I can change into someone whose writing resembles hers.

These were not entirely unpredictable developments.”

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  1. candace said, on October 20, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    aww, suze is my mommy. we’re not speaking right now, cause i mean, my bank account’s a dollar from negative, but i know deep down she loves me because she has to.

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