I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that the Huntsville Times finally managed to get my entire column, including the all-important opening paragraph, into the online edition this month. Squeaky wheel gets the grease, I guess.
The bad news is that the title, “Even Menial Summer Jobs Can Elevate One’s Stature” is not what I had chosen at all. It’s not horrible, but I don’t think it has quite the punch as my choice, “Looking for Job Fulfillment? Try Cleaning a Floor.” I’m really not concerned as much about “raising one’s stature” in this piece as I am “lowering it,” and finding meaning in humility and service.
Oh well, no great harm done. But usually they stick very close with the title I’ve chosen, incorporating many of the same phrases and words, and this was a pretty drastic departure.
Editors–you can’t live with them, and you can’t live without them.