I created Developing Laugh Lines as a weekly humor column for the Battle Creek Enquirer in 2007. Thanks to loyal readers and crafty editors, it survived the ever-shrinking local newsroom, earning press awards, recognition in other Gannett publications, including USA Today and the Detroit Free Press, and inclusion in over a dozen anthologies.
In 2022, the powers-that-be made a change but that didn’t change anything for me. That 15-inches of print had become part of my DNA.
One of my former crafty editors directed me to Substack, where other newspaper columnists have found a home. No ads, no clicky stuff, no the-powers-that-be-want-to-make-a-change.
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