In Observance

“In observance of the holiday, tomorrow’s paper will not be published. Our regular daily schedule will resume on Monday.”

This was a message that small newspapers would place on the front page to remind subscribers that there’d be no news to read on the upcoming holiday.

That didn’t mean that news stopped happening. It just meant that there was a delay in dissemination.

Many of those newspapers are long gone or just shadows of their former selves. That’s because owning a printing press and buying ink by the drum is a pretty awful business at the moment.

Now anyone can publish. Sadly, few do.

Today, as I write this, we are celebrating Independence Day in the US. The inalienable rights that I have are many. The most important one to me is freedom of speech. Add that to the available technology that allows me to distribute my words and pictures, and you have something that would stagger the Founding Fathers.

I wasn’t about to skip publication today. Not a chance.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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