Category Archives: personal

Lent’s over. So where should I post and share?

Being a freelance writer of diverse interests is a bit like being a dog in a yard full of squirrels. Focus is always going to be a challenge too often attacked with snacks. My social media restrictions over Lent were … Continue reading

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Lent’s over. So what do I say now?

No Twitter. No political-ish discussions, more or less. That was what I intended to do during Lent, which I observe as much for the secular self-improvement aspects as the religious meaning. By the letter of the law, I cheated. On … Continue reading

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Getting started in data science: One journalist’s journey

Let me first say up front what you will not get in this blog post: A step-by-step guide to using whatever data tool you want. Using spreadsheets is beyond the scope of a blog post. Using R (and, I’d guess, using Python) … Continue reading

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Forty days to contemplate how to talk without anger or bull—-

I’m giving up Twitter for Lent. You’ll still see automated notices every time I post something at Duresport (on @duresport feed) or here (on @duretalk — and anything I post here will be about music or how The Blacklist fell off … Continue reading

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As a Georgian turned East Coast elite …

I have to say this: It’s time we stopped demonizing the “East Coast elites.” I lived the first 17 years of my life in Georgia and the next 11 in North Carolina. Then I finally moved to the D.C. suburbs. … Continue reading

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Telling the truth about depression

Powerful read here in the Post: I told the truth in my sister’s obituary, so that others might choose to live. The truth was that her sister didn’t just “die unexpectedly.” She suffered from depression and took her own life. A … Continue reading

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Meg Gunn Dure: 1947-2016

“The last of the Southern belles.” That’s how Dad described Meg Gunn when he broke the news that he had asked her to marry him after a “whirlwind courtship” (Miss Meg’s words) in 1997. She certainly had the requisite grace … Continue reading

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