I don’t know about you, but I loved Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe’s Academy-Award winning paean to his coming of age as a rock journalist.
Of the many classic songs on the soundtrack, the Beach Boys’ Feel Flows is the one I find bubbling up from within when I pay attention to what I am unconsciously humming.
I thought of the song today, when I was going back and forth between Dart Society stuff-I spoke with a member doing investigative training of journalists in African, met with a classmate of mine who has since become an investigator and went back and forth with Frank Ochberg, our founder and guru-and cranking on about four different projects at Hoy.
I didn’t make as much progress with some of them as I had hoped.
I continue to bungle the Spanish language in both spoken and written form, but gradually am improving in both areas.
I will fess up and say that yesterday in a piece about Lance Armstrong I put the word for the fan that whirls in a continual circle in place of someone who supports an athlete, band or other performer-a word choice that prompted major confusion from Jose Luis, our sports editor.
I also was tired this afternoon, so spent far more time than was probably necessary making sure that a figure we included in a story was indeed correct.
And that’s all part of the learning.
One of the aspects that’s so exciting for me now is that the various parts throughout my professional life-the investigative skills I learned at the Reporter, the Spanish I taught myself for a project Jon and I did together, the learning about trauma through the Dart fellowship, the follow-up skills I absorbed at Facing History, the ability to identify acknowledge people’s contributions through Paul Tamburello-are all coming to bear in ways that reinforce and build on each other.
I did not know 24 years ago, when I started in Paul Tamburello’s class as an apprentice teacher, that his turning to me and explaining the many reasons he was taking the actions he did would be useful nearly a quarter century later.
But they are.
I’m not sure exactly what tomorrow will bring.
I do know, though, that I’ll continue learning, and, in the good moments, the feel will be flowing.