Joys and burdens of analytical thinking


Over the past nearly 15 years as a second-career journalist, I’ve wondered how I ended up in this particular vocation. I did not study journalism or chart a course for myself that including this kind of work.
I have now done this work slightly longer than I served in campus ministry.
But then, I wonder about a lot of things.
While preparing my coffee this morning, I wondered: “Half-and-Half, half of what and half of what?” (I’ll look that one up when my writing and editing tasks are done today.)
My educational focus was on religion and philosophy, psychology, and theology. Such pursuits are fitting for those who warmly embrace inquiry.
Rather than a journalist and/or a preacher, I may be more of a writing/speaking philosopher. But then, what is journalism (another inquiry!) but a combination of inquiry and communication? The same could be said of preaching.
Blogs and Internet forums often attract inquiring minds. That’s what makes them (mostly) enjoyable. Those with no interest or skills in critical analysis and effective communication rarely engage or stay.
However, ongoing analysis can be both a blessing and a curse — for even putting cream in coffee becomes a point of inquiry.
And I’m afraid there is something in the genes.
One of my daughter’s asked: “Where do you hyphenate PETSMART?”
Good question.

1 Comment

  1. JPierce:
    One of your thinking bloggers I am grateful for you puttin me onto is Jeannie Babb of your hometown of Ringgold. She is good stuff.
    What I’ve been thinkin of lately is the dream I had last night and I couldn’t think of the 2nd thing I wanted to tell two old buddies back in Gaffney, one of which was to keep an eye on Grady Sizemore of the Cleveland Indians this year.
    I think we are good enough friends I can say this; take a look at the chatter about Criswell and Russ Moore at Bl.com, and the stellar piece Duke Curtis Freeman has written giving Stewart Newman his just glory.
    The concluding paragraph ought to be a no brainer for the your Sightings column in next issue of Baps Today.
    The other thing I’ve been thinking about last few days is the last paragraph of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and his use of the word vermiculean; that and the print issue of NYbooks.com review of Luc Sante and among other things his thoughts on Crime and River Baptism.
    If you want to do some thinking, get in the world of Luc Sante, McCarthy and Ron Rash.
    Thanks for Thinking and let’s hope Babb Taylor sees this.
    Thinking now it’s about time to head for the Fish Market for lunch before Gas prices go Up and I run out of money.

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