Archive for October, 2009

Collin’s 50! Retro- and Pro- Spectives

October 25th, 2009 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

A Virtual Celebration!

I’m 50 today, October 25, 2009. To celebrate and review my life to date, I’ve put up a series of posts, mostly on my work to date, including articles, photographs, videos, and audio recordings. Part of turning 50 is looking back to see what you have been but also looking forward to see what you want to become. I’d love your thoughts and comments.

I was surprised to spend too much time in my college years. I haven’t gotten to my recent (as in past 15 years) work, my personal and leadership transformations, the pilgrimages I’ve done, and my future plans.

So you’ll just have to come back! You can check the Updates page (when it’s ready) to see what’s new. Or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. Or sign up for this blog’s RSS feed.

Collin in Pictures

October 25th, 2009 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in History, Personal

This is my life in pictures. . . so far, the slide show from my birthday celebration. It ran to The Beatles song “Birthday,” about the best choice there is, followed by a song “Too Young” by the French pop group Phoenix.

Thanks to my wife Christina, Dan Lewis, and my mom and dad for pictures. Hope you enjoy My Life In Pictures, So Far (PDF).

Note, however, that it’s a large PDF, about 10mb. It opens full screen and runs automatically. Hit the ESC key to stop. I’ll post a smaller version in the next couple days.


October 25th, 2009 by Collin Canright | 2 Comments | Filed in Personal

I am very grateful for my friends, family, coworkers, clients, and communities. My wish is that we all develop to our fullest and know fully who we are and who we can become–and do what it takes to serve to our fullest.

I would love to read your wishes, which you can post as comments.

Feature Writing

October 25th, 2009 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Journalism

As a newspaper writer, I excelled at features. I did news OK and loved covering town meetings, like my dad. I generally, however, disdained news reporters as shallow and superficial writers. As a feature writer, you could really write, and you could write long.

I started out studying photojournalism. For The Chesterton Tribune, my family’s newspaper, I shot and wrote a feature on the survival of he nation’s last interurban railroad, the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, which I loved to ride into the city of Chicago.

Later on, I styled my writing after Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson.

HST Autograph

HST Autograph

In that vein, I wrote as Gonzo, stream of consciousness, and observational as I could in “Late Night Life,” a feature my daughter Lilli suggested I include. I find it interesting now that my interests in human potential focus on choice and consciousness.

I did not completely disdain news. I covered a fire and tried to capture how it was fought as an intern at The Times of Hammond, Indiana. I was also the only Chicago-area reporter to interview an alleged shyster preacher in “Issue Splits Church.”

I wrote short introductions as well. My favorite is “Thinking Eyes Feeling Moments,” an introduction for the Missourian Sunday magazine’s story on the Picture of the Year competition. This was the first issue designed by my fellow student Chris Paule. I had a crush on her, but she didn’t know it. I think it was reading this piece where she decided I probably wasn’t just a heartless snobby critic after all.

Luminous Faces of Pilgrims” is in a similar vein and introduced an article written on pilgrimages by Dr. Judith Wright. The title says it all.

My favorite feature is “Runaway,” written for the Missourian. I met this runaway kid, and this story recounts my meeting with him as a narrative for a story on runaway kids in Columbia, MO. It was the last student feature I wrote and is, in retrospect, a disciplined version of the criticism and feature writing I did at Indiana combined with the political and economic reporting I learned in class.

My features editor loved it and got it published, even though her boss, who headed the features section of the paper, didn’t like long stories at all. (The Columbia Missourian is a professional paper run by professional reporters and editors as a lab for students at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, generally regarded at the nation’s best.)

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