Table of Contents

Preface

All in a Day's Work

Creatures of Discomfort

Family Matters

For Better -- or for Worse

Holy Havoc

Romantic Misadventures

Rough Roads

Stumbling Seniors

To Your Health

Tripping Out

Preface, cont.'d

Diligent and responsible reporters everywhere supported my noble cause. Okay, scratch that. My guess is that I happened to catch a few kind journalists who were bored with the standard fare of press releases on management changes at Acme Widget Inc. In any case, the Arizona Republic was first to feature the Gazette on the cover of its lifestyle section. That led to similar articles in the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the National Inquirer, New Choices Magazine and the Orange County Register, which had its piece picked up by the Associated Press wire services. In radio land, the Osgood Files profiled this homespun publication on one of its segments and myriad radio stations around the world interviewed me live on air.

At the height of its success, the Gazette had hundreds of subscribers across the United States. Still, it was always just a hobby that paid for itself; I never charged a lot for it. I continued to earn my living as a writer/editor in the corporate communications arena.

At about that time, my wife and I had been trying to conceive a child. And it seemed par for my course in life when we determined that this task would be difficult, if not impossible. But what might be devastating to habitually fortunate folks was simply a bump in the road for us. We embarked upon a journey to adopt, and I was optimistic that I would again muddle through -- on the road to parenthood.
Choosing not to disclose my clumsy nature to the adoption agency, our profile appeared to be sterling. We sailed through the process and became the proud parents of a baby boy in 1995. I recognized then that this parenting thing was serious business. I resolved to harness my full powers of concentration to ensure my son wouldn't suffer the same fate as the casserole dish I absentmindedly left on top of the car one evening before heading off to a church potluck.

With the added responsibilities that parenting brought, sustaining the Gazette became a greater challenge. I scaled it back from four pages to two and extended the subscription terms for my dwindling list of recipients. When we duped the adoption agency again in 1997 and welcomed a baby girl to the family, I suspended publication of the Gazette altogether. I found that the demands of being an attentive dad absorbed most of my free time. It was either the children or the newsletter, and it seemed disingenuous to devote my energies to the latter after working so hard to acquire the little critters.

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