One of the nice things about writing a column (or a blog) is that you get to brag a little. Consider it a perk of the job.
Last week I was honored when the California Newspaper Publishers Association declared me a blue ribbon finalist in its Better Newspapers Contest, declaring Second Thoughts one of the best columns in the state (for a paper of the Tracy Press' circulation).
There, I'm done tooting my own horn. Now, back to business.