This morning, Donald Trump took the oath of office and officially became the 45th president of the United States. It’s the start of a new era in the American political environment. Sadly, it’s also the start of a new, and disturbing, era in the American media environment.
Edna St. Vincent Millay is credited with saying, “It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another. It’s one damn thing over and over.” I can see what she meant. Only it’s a lot of one things over and over.
It has recently come to my attention that we, here at the Times-Herald, bare much responsibility for the negative image the public has of certain local institutions.
Alice and I recently celebrated our 42nd anniversary. And while I know there are folks who have been married longer than that, I decided to mention it.
NOTE: The following column was written in January of 2012. When I wrote it, I was entering the second semester of my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas.
Yep, it’s a new year, all right. How can I tell?
The year is almost over. I think I speak for many when I say we’ve seen better. And a quarter of America’s beloved celebrities would likely agree.
Okay. All my seasonal singing gigs are over, as are all the parties except New Year’s, and there isn’t a caroler in sight. Looks like I’ve survived another Christmas.
There are a number of Christmas programs that have withstood the test of time and remain a fixation within many family holiday traditions. For me, it wouldn’t feel quite like Christmas if I hadn’t yet watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Home Alone,” or “A Muppet Christmas Carol.” For others, it may be “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Miracle on 34th Street.” Regardless of which you prefer, so many of these programs have found themselves rooted into Christmastime culture.
NOTE: I’ve run this column for years as my last column before Christmas, and I see no reason to change now. True, a lot of changes have taken place in my life since the first time this column appeared. Shucks, I’ve even retired. But I think it still works. Besides, some folks have actually told me they look forward to it. Bah, and humbug.