Instead, the reason for my absence is a happier one. I started a new job as communications specialist at St. Patrick Center. The organization moved in across the street from the Post-Dispatch more than two decades ago, and I have been an eye witness to the good deeds of the center in helping people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. I admired the center and its workers for their ability to improve lives -- to build permanent, positive change, as we say, or to be at the center of change -- while so many others mean to do good but get lost in the red tape and hopelessness.
I am humbled to join their ranks, to apply and adapt my skills in the hope that in some small way, I can further their mission.