By Dixon Hill
It occurs to me, as I'm writing this, that my blog post will probably hit the net about the same moment that the big ball in NYC hits bottom to ring in the new year.
If this is the first website you're reading in 2016, then permit me to wish you:
"Happy Electronic New Year!"
It's been an interesting year, hasn't it? From terrorist strikes in the news, to the first-ever 1st Stage of a rocket landing on a pre-planned pad -- standing erect, no less!
Great troubles. Great strides.
Much like any year, I suppose.
It's common to ask, "What does this new year, 2016, hold in store for us?" in essays such as this one. I'm not really the sort of person who tallies things by the 12-month package, however.
Well, I do tally certain things that way: my taxes for instance. But, I don't usually sit around and look back over what I've accomplished this past year, or how things have improved or gotten worse around the world.
I leave all that to the talking heads at CNN and Fox News. They can ramble and rail. And, I can switch them off. Imho: they're just trying to find something to fill all that airtime, anyway. I get my news the old fashioned way: I read it.
Of course, I do my reading the NEWfashioned way: I read it online, usually at the NY Times site, sometimes at websites maintained by select other papers.
The point is, though, I READ my news, because I like well-thought-out reporting that skips the spin or hyperbole, unless I'm clearly warned with a phrase like: "News Analysis" or "Editorial." With a paper -- on paper, or online -- I get to choose: I can read human interest stories if I want. Or, I can just stick to hard news.
I like that option.
I enjoy reading our Sleuth Sayers blog here, too.
Since this is a New Year's post, I suppose I should mention that this year is a special one for my wife and me: our youngest child is now 13 (as of yesterday). Our last teenager. Now THAT is a milestone, to me. I should probably also add that I hope to land more short story sales this year, along with an agent to represent my longer works. And I invite readers to chime in with their thoughts on family, news, or what they hope to accomplish this year.
See you in two weeks!