Things In the News That Caught My Limited Attention Span
Farewell to Ronald Reagan
I watched the final burial of Ronald Reagan last evening and was struck my a lot of things. First of all, it was wonderful to see his children speak so movingly about their father. Each of their eulogies was different but each one highlighted a part of the man we never knew publically. The images of Nancy at the casket after she was given the flag were moving. Part of me wished the media had cut to the sun setting and let the poor woman have time to grieve on her own, to say her own private goodbyes to her husband. She looked exhausted in the end--it's been a long, trying week and I cannot imagine what she's been through. Finally, I was struck my the sense of patriotism and hope of the funeral. So many reminders of why this country is strong and great and how we were fortunate to have a man like Reagan to lead us. Dan Rather put it well in the end--Reagan was an actor and he knew about timing. Perhaps in some way, his timing here--when our country is divided--was needed. America needed a week to look back at where we've been and to remember that we are the greatest nation on Earth. And to look at the things that bring us all together.
Also, I doubt we'll ever see anything like the Reagan funeral again in my lifetime.
Loveless Cafe gets treasured photos back
I'm glad to see that these pieces of history were returned to their proper owners at the Loveless Cafe. But I find it really intriguing--maybe I've been reading too many mysteries lately!--that the way the police found out was from a reporter for The Tennessean
. It just kind of makes ya wonder....
Neighbors to decide if fence stays
A three-foot tall, white picket fence is causing controversy out near Brentwood. All Andrea Zacharuk wants is a fence to complete the spirit of her English garden. All her neighbors want is it to go away. I love how the property manager of the subdivision is washing his hands of the controversy. It's pretty much a damned if you do and damned if you don't type of situation.
CMA Fan Festival (aka Fan Fair) rolls on
The Tennessean continues their coverage of Fan Festival with stories on two up and comers in the country music world--Rachel Proctor
and Julie Roberts
. Living in Music City USA, I find both articles interesting about these new artists doing what it takes to become a star in the world of country music. And while I am rooting for them, I just wonder if they'll make it and how far. Julie Roberts seems to be on the fast track right now--she's got a special on CMT, she's been on Leno, etc. But I wonder if we look back two years from now if we'll remember anything about these two? I have the same thoughts about the new, hot act that is Gretchen Wilson
. A friend let me borrow her debut CD and I will be interested to hear what else she has on the disc besides her signature song, "Redneck Woman."
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/12/2004 10:16:00 AM