My Week in Tweets (April 9 - 15)

My Week in Tweets (April 9 - 15)

If it’s Friday, it’s time for “My Week in Tweets”… Hope you enjoy another walk through my personal feed, annotated with a fair amount of “shade.”

- Friday, April 9th-

As a young boy, the son of an oil field worker growing up in Houston Heights, books expanded my world and opened me up to new thoughts and experiences. The stories and lessons printed on the page not only helped shape who am I today, but also brought me on thrilling adventures -capturing my mind with every plot twist. I’m humbled and honored that the graphic novel edition of What Unites Us could help bring the world of literature to a young reader who finds the format welcoming. My thanks to Natalie and Olivia for reading and sharing their story.

- Saturday, April 10th -

One of the joys of my life as a journalist has been going out and meeting people. I often found that they might have preconceptions about journalists or the press. But when you start talking, face to face, stereotypes often vanish. They did for me as well, as my travels gave me perspectives on communities and people I never would have met otherwise. One of the sadnesses and dangers of the challenges to local newspapers is too much of this community reporting is being lost. When I saw Lizzie Johnson share her story on Twitter, I wanted to bring it to a greater audience.

After the tremendous response to my previous day’s tweet about the graphic novel of What Unites Us, I wanted to create a tweet that opened up conversation about autism and reading. I want to acknowledge a few of the more than 1,500 comments to this tweet who questioned my choice of wording, that by saying “those familiar with autism spectrum disorder,” I was diminishing the agency of those with autism. My intention was to be inclusive of both those with autism, as well as parents, teachers, etc., all within the Twitter word count. But these are exactly the kinds of conversations we need to be having.

- Sunday, April 11th -

There’s a saying, if you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. Just because you find yourself in deep, doesn’t mean you get to blame it all on the “deep state,” Mr. Gaetz. Actions, meet consequences. And anytime I can give a shout out to Mr. Monopoly, well I think I have to take it. Also, one of the tokens in the board game is a hat, and hats do provide “shade.”

National Pet Day was a gift to both animal lovers and comedians alike. While one usually thinks of furry four-legged friends, it turns out that “pets” can be a broad category applied to anyone or anything.

- Monday, April 12th -

It is stunning. How lucky we are to experience not just the beauty of our planet but other celestial objects as well. Thank you, NASA and thank you, science.

Now this tweet might not have gotten as big a response as others, but it exemplifies what I love about Twitter. Vox is tackling an important topic (the biodiversity crisis on Earth) with a serious journalistic commitment. If I can help highlight these kinds of efforts, I am eager to do so.

- Tuesday, April 13th -

I hope you’ll excuse the shameless plug but I’m particularly proud to share this season of The Big Interview. In the midst of a pandemic our team found a way to continue to film the program remotely. After over 100 interviews, it amazes me that they manage to keep the mangy old lion (yours truly) looking good.

151 years is quite a feat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a treasured institution that looks good for its age. (And it has probably had fewer facelifts than some of its neighbors.) In making its world-famous collection of art and artifacts available to the public it grants access to a special type of connection and enlightenment. As I’ve described in What Unites Us: “In art, you can find voices that channel your own life story better than you could ever express it yourself. And you can also find voices that introduce you to worlds you would never have otherwise visited. In a diverse republic such as ours, both of these inspirations are especially important.” I look forward to the day I can peruse the halls of the Met once more.

- Wednesday, April 14th -

I would like to take a moment to say, personally and directly, how proud I am of our digital community. All of you who take the time to read our work, share your thoughts and experiences, and elevate the conversation —you have helped make Steady all that I had hoped it could be.

Now I may be dumb as a fencepost at times, but even I can separate satire from fact. If you’re trying to serve a gotcha moment on CSPAN (Ahem, Mr. Senator), it’s best to double-check your source.

- Thursday, April 15th -

So I wanted to end the week where I began, with the story of Olivia and her mother and the graphic novel. It now was picked up by the local news. In a world that can seem pretty bleak at times, this story buoyed my spirits, challenged me to learn more, and reminded me of the goodness and decency of so many people, across this country and around the world. Every day, people struggle, they hope, they yearn for a better life for their children, they help others. Thank you all for these reminders. Have a great weekend.

Well, that’s a walk through my Twitter week. I hope you enjoyed it.