Aesop's Storytime with author Lisa Rogers
Because of books, I always wanted a dog...and a rabbit...and a fish...and to be a writer.
When I read Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins, I could have a dog, just like Henry. When I read Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit, I could find out just what animals said when they talked to each other. And when I grew older and read Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy, I practiced on spying on my relatives as a sworn member of my sisters' and cousins' Respect Your Youngers spy club.
Eventually, I did grow up to take lots of notes—but not spy—in my career as a daily newspaper reporter. While I covered every possible beat, from politics to education to business, my favorite articles came from interviewing people for feature stories—stories that told how they came to do what they do.
I remember writing about an old man who ran a cider mill, a retiree who kept bees, a man whose business drove the supports under some of Boston's biggest office towers, a young woman who dreamed of becoming a country music star—and many years after I interviewed her, she realized that dream.