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Dallas Morning News energy writer faces cancer with dignity

July 7, 2017

Posted by Chris Roush

Jeffrey Weiss
Jeffrey Weiss

Jeffrey Weiss, the energy reporter for The Dallas Morning News, writes about how he’s facing brain cancer.

Weiss writes, “I’d been a business reporter since February. And the challenges of working for The Dallas Morning News had transformed fascinatingly from dead-tree to digital-first. But the surgery and diagnosis made it clear I was done with the ability to do that full-time job — and my date of dying might not be particularly distant.

“And yet here I still am, occasionally. I don’t use the word ‘joy’ much to describe me or my experiences. But what I’m doing with journalism and journalists remains high on my current list of what I enjoy, even with my limits now.

“I’m an explanatory writer at my core, so I think about metaphors to explain complex ideas. Johnny Appleseed is pretty good, for me.

“The Disney-fied legend is basic: He was a nice but nutty guy who wandered early America tossing great apple seeds in random places. Hoping to create a legacy that would outlive him.

“Often when a true story is softened into legend, a motive is polished or added. The real life of Johnny, however, had a shining good-legacy goal. But his plans were much more specific than the legend.”

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