I am a freelance journalist and children's book author trying to adapt to how fast my field is changing. Opportunities have diminished and skills and credentials that were once the centerpiece of my work identity have become more or less meaningless. An amazing lesson in impermanence. One of my goals is to stop wasting time wishing things were as before. Another is to curb the promiscuous curiosity that leads me to spend many hours jumping from link to link browsing the wonders of the Internet. Also, I live in New York and although I love the constant carnival, it distracts me from focusing in on what is important. I am often thinking of all the wonderful things the city offers that I am not doing, or have missed, or will miss if I'm not vigilant.