About Trip Jennings
Journalist, bibliophile, music lover and culturally adventurous, I’d say a one of my defining characteristics is curiosity. I’m curious about the world and how it works, curious how we know what we know and curious why, despite all the horror, tragedy and randomness that mucks up our finite lives, I am still able to find meaning in the ordinary things of everyday living and am hopeful that it all works out in the end.
I don’t know whence that optimism arises. Perhaps faith. Faith in what? I’m still working that out. (If you need a label, the best I can do is say I’m a fellow traveler with those who seek the divine).
As for my professional life, I’ve spent most of the past 23 years working as a newspaper reporter/editor in five different states, with a three-year hiatus in the 1990s spent earning a Master’s of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. Recognizing I’d make a terrible pastor due more to my own skeptical, independent nature than to the state of the church with which I maintain a complicated relationship — I am an ardent admirer of some variants of Christianity while repulsed by others — following graduation I returned to newspaper journalism.
In 2008, I made the jump to online reporting/editing, helping to establish a start-up website focused on New Mexico politics and policy called The New Mexico Independent.
I view this blog as an outlet for interests I can’t explore, or express, during my working hours. Those interests include art, music, literature, film, travel, science, religion and pop culture in many of its forms and exploring how all these things interact to form an important part of what we call society and tradition. That’s a fancy way of saying I’ll probably post whatever catches my interest on any given day.
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If that still doesn’t sate your appetite for all things Trip Jennings, as the Man in Black archly said to Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, “Get used to disappointment.”