The Friday News Dump (10.20.17)

There’s a tradition called the Friday news dump, in which politicians or companies or whomever have to release some information that they really don’t want getting a lot of attention. So they release it all on a Friday afternoon, knowing that A) journalists are going to have to wade through it; and B) nobody reads the Saturday paper so this stuff will get less eyeballs.
I thought I would be clever, then, and refer to my collection of important stuff the Friday news dump. Here you go…

For Karter.

I didn’t get the chance to meet Karter Harlan, but he’s left a hell of an impression on me and a lot of other people.

Karter is the son of my wife’s cousin (I’m sure there’s a convoluted phrase for that but I don’t feel like looking it up right now, so …). He was born with spinal muscular atrophy and passed away in late-September. He was seven months old.

According to the SMA Foundation, somewhere from one in 6,000 to one in 10,000 kids are born with this disease. That’s too damn many.

There are some fundraisers going on in Winamac, Ind., one this weekend and one in November. And more information on SMA itself can be found here and here and here.

I don’t know how big an audience I’ll reach with this, but if it can make an impact on just one person, that’s a start.

A writer writes about writing.

My big writing achievement of the week was this trip down memory lane to commemorate my renewed attention to my website.

Things that caught my attention.

In no particular order:

That’s all for now. Bear with me, I wrote 1,500 words about myself already today.

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