Lessons learned—about writing and about life

Many years ago, I interviewed for the job of editor with a new trade journal about coastal workboats. I wanted the Westcoast Mariner job desperately, but felt certain I didn’t know enough. Nervously I confided to Alan Haig-Brown during the interview, “Alan, I don’t know a tugboat from a football.” “Don’t worry,” he reassured me. …

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