Sick day regrouping

It’s Feb. 10 and I’m supposed to be in Washington, D.C., at the White House LGBT Elder Housing Conference — but instead I’m home in bed with the flu.

And what am I thinking? I’m on deadline for my column. In the true sense of multitasking, I had intended to write my column on the train home and it most likely would be about what happened today at the conference.

Not wanting to disappoint my editor and make her scramble to fill this space, I’m writing this. But what about?

A simple thank you to all those people I work with. I’m a very lucky man. I’ve always had the good luck or good sense to surround myself with bright and talented people. Today is plain proof of that.

The newspaper staff here at PGN is hard at work on this week’s edition, and I’ll bet editor Jen Colletta will be surprised when she gets this in her email since, knowing her, she’s already calculated that she might have to fill the space.

Micah Mahjoubian, who has worked side by side with me on developing the John C. Anderson LGBT-friendly senior apartment complex, took my place at the White House conference. And, since I’m home in bed, I’m catching up on other projects, which means that PGN’s executive assistant, Carol Giunta, is getting a constant stream of requests — to which she replies and summarily gets done.

It is a peaceful thought to know that the people around you have your back — and an even better thought is the passion they have for what they do. I am a lucky man.



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Mark Segal is an American journalist. He is the founder and publisher of Philadelphia Gay News and has won numerous journalism awards for his column "Mark My Words," including best column by The National Newspaper Association, Suburban Newspaper Association and The Society of Professional Journalists.