You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you're in faster than you can think of.
I have an older sister who sounds, unfortunately, exactly like me, and we sound like our mother did.
I admit that I am hopelessly hooked on the printed newspaper. I love turning the pages and the serendipity of stumbling across a piece of irresistible information or a photograph that I wasn't necessarily intending to read.
The printed newspaper is a powerful showcase for news, opinion and advertising.
Having small children and being an investigative reporter would seem like a difficult mix, but it worked well for me. I was often working on my own enterprise stories, which were not as deadline sensitive.
As someone who has spent a lot of her career as an investigative reporter, I'll confess that a frustration of mine has always been that so much investigative journalism involves a dissection of events in the past.
Budget cuts are a sad reality in most newsrooms, and I am concerned that they reduce the collective muscle of journalists who are doing the expensive, and often dangerous, work of on-the-ground reporting.
People often assume New York City is no place to keep a dog. This is certainly what my parents told me when I was growing up there. But I have found this not to be the case at all.
With the fragmentation of television audiences and the advent of cable and on-demand services, the prestige of being an anchor is not what it was in the days of Walter Cronkite.
I am in awe of women who have full family lives and seem to work round the clock in the 24/7 news cycle.
I like the immediacy of blogs and the democratizing effects of letting millions of voices bloom on the Web.
I've pretty much stopped using a laptop because I'm not line-editing a lot of things anymore.
In one's relationship with dogs and with a newsroom, a generous amount of praise and encouragement goes much better than criticism.
Nobody wants a unitary voice of authority any more.
The idea that women journalists bring a different taste in stories or sensibility isn't true.
The whole issue of how women's management styles are viewed is an incredibly interesting subject.
There's a way to do networking that isn't overly brown-nosing.
I think about the question of perspective in reporting all the time, and since I spent 20 years of my career in Washington as both a reporter and an editor I'm keenly aware that a newspaper should not be dominated by stories in which the only voices and perspective come from those in power.
I'm a huge dog nut - giant, giant.
Although I believe the Web has greatly increased the distribution of quality news, I do worry about those who don't have Internet access.