When I say “Me,” I mean “Me and You.”

Here’s why I’m blogging.
I’m one of the millions of Americans in transition.
I’m a writer — a lifelong journalist — or what used to be known as “a newspaperman.” Which these days is pretty much like saying, “I’m a cobbler.”
So I’ve had to reinvent myself at an age where I thought I’d have a full head of steam toward the end of my beautiful career.
That’s not the way it turned out.
But in many ways it has been something of a blessing in disguise, because it has forced me to look deep inside myself, realize who I really am, draw on my strengths, examine my weaknesses, and, if not begin entirely again, then realize that F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong when he said, “There are no second acts in American lives.”
There are thousands of people proving him wrong every day. Most of them aren’t rich or famous but they are finding a way to back to center stage.
My journey started about 7 years ago — when I left my long-time career as a television critic at a time when newspapers were beginning what can only be described as a free fall.  It was sometime shortly after that when I began to wonder what the hell I was going to do with all the talent everybody always said I had in a world where its value seemed greatly diminished.
I’ll be telling my own story here,which I think a lot of people can relate to.  But I’ll also be writing and posting stories about people who staged their own comebacks — especially the ones that began when everyone thought the show was already over.

About James Endrst

I'm a Manhattan-based writer and a journalist with more than 15 years of full-time experience specializing in arts and entertainment. My work has appeared in the New York Times, USA TODAY and publications around the world. I've interviewed hundreds of celebrities and public figures over the years -- from Angelina Jolie and Tom Hanks to Alan Shepard and James Earl Ray. But the most fulfilling work I've ever done has always been personal -- as a profile writer, telling real-life stories, starting with that of my own father, a journalist who escaped the Iron Curtain, and my half-brother, the young son he was forced to leave behind. Everybody has a story, as is so often said, but very few people know how to tell it. That's where I come in. My hope is that this blog will inspire you, relate to you, perhaps jar and finally move you to tell the story you've always wanted to tell -- to your family, your friends or the world. View all posts by James Endrst

6 responses to “When I say “Me,” I mean “Me and You.”

  • hello

    please continue! I am hooked already! 🙂

  • Mike Valinsky

    Great start, Jim. Look forward to reading more and getting plenty out of it.

  • Roslyn Karpel

    Everyone should do what you are doing. The only way to understand why things happen to us is to look within and see what we can learn from it.
    Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Vicki Washuk

    I LOVE this. You should write a book, very apropos of so many people’s experience today. I have no doubt you could be an inspiration to all!

    • James Endrst

      Thanks for the motivation, inspiration. I rarely write for my eyes only. I’ve always thought, “Why write if not to be read?” And now that I have committed to this concept, it’s going to have its share of challenges — not the least of which fall into the categories of: “How deep am I going to go and how honest am I going to get?”

  • Vivian deLeon

    I think what you are doing with this is wonderful! It will be a great way to let people know that they are not alone in what they may think or feel and that sharing life experiences can be inspirational, motivational and freeing.
    I’m looking forward to reading more!

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