Saturday, June 19, 2021

On the first morning of retirement ...

I picked up the Associated Press Stylebook from my desk and placed it on the shelf. 

Penguin has been bringing out Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret mysteries in new translations, and I think I'll read one out on the porch before the day grows too hot. 

In the afternoon I can join my former colleague Fred Rasmussen and the assorted barflies he has gathered about him at Zen West to sample the healing waters. (Damn, Fred's at work today and I am not. Sad.) Retirement merits a quiet ale. 

Then, I think, since it's to be a hot day, I'll chill a bottle of New Zealand sauvignon blanc and make a Nicoise salad for dinner with Kathleen. 

Moving forward, this version of You Don't Say is the blog I set up in 2009 to continue writing when The Sun laid me off, and at least temporarily I will post here occasionally. One benefit is that people in the United Kingdom and Ireland who would like to read it should now be able to see it. 

The impulse to harangue the young has not completely faded, so if you have a class to teach in the Baltimore area this fall, I'd be open to a guest appearance to talk about grammar, usage, editing, or journalism. 

Not gone yet. 


  1. I'm so glad to see you here. I'm not a Sun subscriber (just moved to California from Texas) and I avoid Facebook, so I've missed a lot of your posts since you came out of your previous retirement. Keep us posted, okay?

  2. Best wishes on your retirement, and I am glad to learn that you will continue to write and teach.

  3. Enjoy your day and all that follow and all the Healing Waters. You've earned it.

  4. Congratulations! I once had a retiring county official tell me he was going to his lake cabin to sit in the rocker on the porch. After a month or so, he said, he might begin to rock. Personally, I am restless; I began to rock right away. If you keep up your stylebook subscription, you will find things to grumble about forever!

  5. I appreciate the perspective from there and, beware, I may hold you to the promise of enlightening my callow students. Enjoy the view from the other side!