"Angels among us": Paul Crume's worthy Dallas tradition

December 24, 2016

(Blog posts - rarely written by writers - top 2,000 words these days. Op-ed pieces I used to publish with The Dallas Morning News could be no longer than 750 words. I miss those days! So I'll keep this short.)


Dallas is not a city of tradition. We are a city that works. People don't come here for the history, they come here for the jobs. So on the rare occasion when we have a tradition, native Dallasites usually embrace it.


Such is the case with the memorable Paul Crume column, Angels are among us on this day, originally published on Christmas Day in 1967. It reflects that era. And, at 448 words long, it's the sort of column that only an old-school newsman could write. 


I almost wrote a paragraph describing how today's journalist would turn in a piece ten times as long and never touch a single emotion common to mankind. Instead, I put forth Mr. Crume's timeless piece and wish all of you a Merry Christmas - and the hope that when you are visited by loneliness, remember that you are not alone. You are in the company of humanity. And angels.




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