A silent year

This blog has been quiet for a little over a year. I took a break when I started a new job in January 2020 and, well, you know the rest.

Professionally, I’m louder than I’ve ever been. I’m an honest-to-God reporter. My words go further than I could have imagined a year ago. But I don’t say much as myself.

This blog is a way of saying yes to the world: yes, I see you! Yes, I want to engage. I want to learn. I want to be a part of this. Here is what I see—and yes, I want to share it.

This year has been a different kind of yes. I said yes to a job at the Washington Post. I said the most important yes of my life to my fiancée Zoe.

I still have a lot of yes in me, but I hold it closer these days. I need it for the mornings when I wake up and think, again?

Yes. Can I keep doing this? Yes. Is facing the world worth the cost? Yes.

I used to write a lot about data as a means of bearing witness. I had no idea how heavy a year could be. So I don’t have a lot of spare cleverness these days, or spare words worth hearing. But I’m here. And I’ll still be here when the words come back.

I’ll see you there.

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