Simply Ari: Simply Me
The Inspired Thoughts of a Ready Writer
"My tongue is the pen of the Ready Writer"
"I have a horror of the blank page. I simply cannot write on a blank page or screen. Because once I do, I start to fix it, and I never get past the first sentence."
Life is a series of moments. As I mature I am finding that it is imperative to take more time to enjoy and appreciate each moment I am blessed to experience. One such moment since my break into the field of journalism was having the distinct pleasure of meeting a gentleman I only knew by name, Dr. Charles Krauthammer. Henry Luce once said, "I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world." In many ways, that is what Dr. Krauthammer did. He actively participated in the conversations of the world. He spoke his truth and stood by his convictions, and he penned columns that were equally as witty as they were informative. His work caused readers from around the world to think deeper and differently about the topics on which he touched. Dr. Krauthammer had a strong and very unique voice. The impact that he has had on the journalism industry is unparalleled. He has left behind a body of work that will be honored, treasured and admired for many years to come. Undoubtedly, he is a legend in his field. I've heard a number of people talk about the brilliance of Krauthammer as well as his colorful personality. Though our encounter at a mutual office gathering was brief, it was moment that I will never forget. I can remember being introduced to him by a colleague. He looked directly into my eyes, extended his hand and greeted me with such kindness. He peppered me with a few questions with a smile on his face and said, "Ariel, it's nice to meet you. Welcome aboard." In that moment, it felt like I had been initiated into something much bigger, not just a job, but welcomed into a community of people who shared the same passion for writing as I.
Dr. Krauthammer's quiet strength, his humility, his kindness and his transparency are what I will remember most. His presence will truly be missed and his name will forever be engraved on my heart. I am grateful to have made his acquaintance.
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