What the $%&! Happened???


It hit me this Thanksgiving afternoon as I was dozing off…

I haven’t posted a word here for more than THREE MONTHS!!

It’s not like my brain was off-duty…I’ve been up to my ears in various activities for the Public Relations Society of America’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards. And I’ve been teaching online for The University of Tampa nonstop.

So what the $%&! happened???

Well, obviously, a LOT of stuff, not the least of which has been and continues to be the ongoing Covid-19 fiasco with, notably, our Country’s reluctance to do anything of a unified nature to get it under control. (Won’t go any further down that alleyway!)

My classes, on the other have, have been terrific! Incredibly lucky to have groups of students who, after they figured out that I wasn’t a complete lunatic, really dove into the work! I’m once again reassured that the communication profession in general is assured of a continuing supply of young, eager future professionals who want to do amazing things.

For PRSA and BEPS, I’ve been doing everything from podcasts to regional PR conferences to an upcoming (February 4, 2021) webinar. I really like being able to share my own thoughts on various ethical issues as well as create opportunities for others to do the same. And, thanks to today’s global social media interactivity, we have been able to communicate those thoughts and ideas to folks literally around the world.

The only downside to the current situation is, of course, that the one thing I thrive on (in spite of being a certified introvert)…human interaction…has been nonexistent. Thank goodness for Zoom and Skype in that I am able to at least see folks’ faces on a screen and find some solace in the knowledge that they often are as tired of this state of affairs as I am.

I just keep reminding myself that there truly is a light at the end of the pandemic-darkened tunnel, and we will emerge into the sunshine of normalcy. Not tomorrow, mind you, but we will.

As British poet laureate John Masefield said so beautifully in his poem aptly entitled “Tomorrow”:
And many a broken heart is here and many a broken head;
But tomorrow,
By the living God, we’ll try the game again!

Keep the faith, my friends.

About kirkhazlett

35+ years' federal government and nonprofit organization PR experience followed by more than 20 years' undergraduate and graduate college teaching experience. Community and media relations expertise, as well as a fanaticism for quality service and customer satisfaction. PR for healthcare and member services organizations ranging from Blood Bank of Hawaii to Medical Area Service Corporation to Boston Harborfest. Consulting services for Manila and Singapore Red Cross.
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