East Coast = Beast Coast

On Fridays, I often post with the #FightMeFriday hashtag. I offer up a definitive opinion and dare people to fight me. Sometimes, I'm very serious: Dec. 16, 2016: Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines has far surpassed Brad Pitt as Jeffrey Goines in the TV version of 12...

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Doing journalism will save journalism

For most of my newspaper journalism career (it's older than you might think), I've been hearing the powers that be talk about how readership was declining and the age of our readers was getting older and older. As a cub reporter at The Miami Herald back in the 1990s,...

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Stocks are the new hot Russian models

I've noticed something lately: My spam folder keeps filling up with email that's not from hot Russian models who want to have the sexy time with me. They're from people who have this amazing stock tip for me that will get me in on the ground floor of the most amazing...

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Loving this vast, beautiful country

I grew up in the New York suburbs of Long Island. My mom was from Brooklyn, and my dad lived in three of the five boroughs of New York after his family moved here from London. And despite the fact that I grew up in the suburbs, I felt very much a part of New York...

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Everything old is new again

It's amazing how quickly we get used to the new normal. When I was a kid, my family traveled a lot. Sometimes by car, often by plane. We would visit my dad's family in London and my mom's cousins in California. Later on, in college, I'd fly back and forth between New...

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Oops

It happened. For the first time this year, I completely forgot to write a post. I missed one post earlier this year, but I knew I'd missed it. I was simply too tired to write it by the time I got back to my hotel and fell asleep. I tried to catch up over the next...

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I’m home again

Yes, I'm on my way home to New Jersey from my second trip to D.C. in two weeks, but that's not what I'm talking about. I spent the first two decades of my career, more or less, on dead-tree journalism. I bled ink and at times subscribed to two or more newspapers,...

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Make time for your friends

I had a decision to make tonight: Take a quick metro ride to see one close friend be honored for her work or take a 25-minute cab ride to the boonies to hang out with a friend and her nephews. It was an easy decision. My friend in the 'burbs has been fighting cancer...

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I’m not the only Amy

Anyone who's ever gotten an email from me may have noticed that I always sign them as "AmyV". There's no reason, really, for me to ever refer to myself as AmyV. Unless you know my history. Ooh, my "history." A lifetime ago, I worked at a dead tree newspaper called The...

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One time, I almost fell off a mountain

I was going to save this for later this year, mostly because I just recently told a tale of Ridiculous Amy Hiking Stories (a.k.a., that time I climbed through the ceiling of a lava tube), but it keeps coming to mind and obviously wants to be told, so I figured I'd...

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I don’t mean to get personal

I never blogged regularly from the start because I'm not all that big on sharing details about my family. I don't mention the boys' names on my blog here, and I rarely post photos of them - or their names - on Facebook, Instagram or elsewhere. Though I do post an...

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