‘Better Late Than Never’

Editor launches regular column

It’s not like I’ve not considered writing a column before.

In fact, it was 1992 when I first approached the then-editor of the Observer with what I thought was a pretty good idea: a “humour” column that ended up being a weekly exercise, and, at least briefly, a piece of writing that would become a self-published book—”Lost in Kmart! and other family adventures.”

That column was published, first in the Observer and later a weekly newspaper when the late Terry Shaw’s successor opted not to renew an arrangement that seemed, at least to me, to be mutually beneficial.

In 2002, when I became, for the next four and a half years, founding editor of First Monday, it was a different sort of writing, more suitable to the business magazine that still serves the area.

Fast forward to 2010, when I launched Lambton Shield (or, if you prefer, resurrected, since Lambton Shield was first published in 1852 by Alexander Mackenzie, a 30-year-old stone mason who went on to become Canada’s second prime minister and our area’s first Member of Parliament.)

For some reason, I never got into the rhythm of writing a column for Lambton Shield.

Lots of writing. Lots of interviewing. But no “column” as such, although I have written the occasional “opinion” piece.

Until now.

The human brain (at least mine) can be a funny thing. Sometimes thoughts just sort of “spring to mind.” Like the original column I began writing for the Observer. And the re-launch of Lambton Shield as an online news outlet suitable for our digital age..

So what can you expect from this particular slice of Lambton Shield?

The safest answer is that I’m not entirely, absolutely sure. But I do have some ideas, and I think I’ve got a few things (enough things almost certainly) to write about on at least a weekly basis, perhaps more often.

I’ve set myself a deadline. And because I’ve spent literally all of my adult life writing professionally (I was a month shy of turning 18 when I started working to one deadline or another), it’s a good bet that this one won’t be the last.

I hope you enjoy. Please feel free to reach out—either by e-mail (jd@lambtonshield.com) or phone (519-466-2811). Suggestions, comments, etc. are always welcome, if not always acted upon.

A word on becoming one of our ‘voices’

Lambton Shield was designed from the beginning to be a reflection of sorts of this great community of ours.

I’ve always been open to having others joining the team as contributors.

If you have ideas for stories, even a column of your own, I’d like to hear from you.

Let’s talk soon.

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