I have attended the National Association of Black Journalists' convention for at least seven years.
With me really semi-retired, people ask me: "Why go?"
I go because I enjoy the uplifting environment of being around so many intelligent, influential and intuitive black people.
The atmosphere is charged because of the dynamic dialogue, inspired conversations and the connections I make.
So, they are right. I don't attend many sessions. I don't participate in many of the workshops. I don't go to the galas.
But, I bask in the connections I create, the friendships I renew and the new contacts I make.
It is an exhilarating experience and I savor the entire experience. And, I go home with a whole set of new connections for friendships and for reaching out for those moments when I retire.
It is so much fun and I look forward to next year in Detroit!