That there is only so much time available to work can be a painful epiphany.

Push has come to shove. I am waist deep in the new book and the water is rising. I eat, breathe and sleep with this project. Blah, blah, blah. I am sorry to be an absentee landlord. I think I have written that before. I could see this coming in slow motion. It is a tough situation.

‘My former colleague, Bill Moyers, once told me in a Kansas City bar that journalism is America’s great continuing education course. That is so true. I am learning a lot about hope, coping and living with traumatic conditions. I am finishing Chapter Seven now, the working title being, Searching for Hope. And I am talking to extraordinary people.

I am going to other journalists dealing with life threatening or altering situations. These are people I know and respect. Tom Brokaw, the former NBC News anchor who is fighting for his life with cancer, Bob Woodruff, the ABC anchor who suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, Allen Pizzey, a CBS News fireman based in Rome, losing his vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa have generously shared their stories and thoughts about hope.

Nonfiction authors are journalists.   Journalism, it has been said, is the first rough draft of history. This is an exciting project and, I believe, worthwhile. It is a privilege to be doing this. I can only ask you to bear with me a while longer. I will try to be more attentive. Honest. Spring is upon us. Hopefully book and blog can bloom together.


7 Responses to Multitasking

  1. Brian L. April 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    Although I’m sure that like myself, everyone else here is missing your frequent posts, we also understand that you have to prioritize and pace yourself. One of the first things that we must learn about living with this disease is that you can only do what you can do. So focus on the task at hand and know that we will be patiently waiting for your return, as well as a chance to read your book. If prior experience is any indication, it will be well worth the wait.

  2. Gala April 30, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

    Thank you for informing us

  3. Dale May 1, 2016 at 12:06 am #

    GO FOR IT! And thanks for coming up for air and letting us know you’re OK and still moving forward. We’ll leave the light on for ya.

  4. Michele Penz May 1, 2016 at 5:09 am #

    I loved this blog post and its great energy. I look forward to reading your book once it’s published. Wishing you the best of success!

  5. Jan May 1, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    Richard, I think your idea of named journalists will have impact… however I also think the idea of sprinkling in “unrecognizable names” may have merit as well, and may help readers to recognize that, regardless of stature, many have issues with which we struggle. May provide some helpful talking points.

    As in Christopher, Sue in TX, Dale. and whoever it was who provided the retort of having fallen off one’s broomstick during a Quidditch match for humorous insight that others can wield when the time is right. Unnamed to the world, but far from ordinary.

  6. DianeT May 1, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    Neil Cavuto is someone I really admire. He has fought both cancer and MS and still continues to inspire others with his positive and hopeful aporoach to life. Montel Williams is another inspirational person who gives back to the world. Both are on the non-partisan advisory board of The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases ( as is Richard’s wife Meredith Vieira).

  7. Sue In TX May 2, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    I am confident that your book manuscript will bloom soon. All your effort and care will bear its fruit! Stay in faith. I look forward to reading it. I get motivated and pushed on by others who thrive despite a diagnosis of MS or other chronic condition, such as the amazing para-Olympic cyclists Jill Walsh, Jennifer Schuble, and Carol Cooke. It is hard to let my stationary exercise bike gather dust in the corner when I see what they can do.