My 15 years as a journalist came to an abrupt end around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. That’s when I was told that I was one of 700 people at Gannett who were laid off that day. Six months later, almost to the day, I started a new career in politics. And I’m also a limited license professional counselor. All of this makes me something of an odd animal, but I figure my experience and my training gives me a perspective on things that’s a little unique. While I hope to go full-time into the world of counseling in the future, my present is all about the 2012 elections and bringing leaders to office who will truly represent the people they are elected to serve.

While I’m not going to make my identity public, I’m not going to go to great lengths to hide it, either. Those who know me will find me in these words. Those who don’t, won’t. Embrace the mystery.

The title of this blog comes from Joseph Campbell, the comparative mythology scholar, who urged people to unconditionally say “yes” to all of life, even the most painful and darkest parts of it. Suffering is inevitable. Trying to eliminate it is folly. But by saying yes to life and seeking joy in the midst of sorrow – that is something.

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