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May 2018

High-school Gym Class Was Torture

I never understood why it was so important to our gym teacher for us to learn how to do headstands anyway. I mean, if humans were meant to stand on their heads, they would have been born with wide, flat skulls (and in my case, a less heavy bottom)


America Moved on and Faster

The mules couldn’t pull as much as a tractor, and the steam engine could not pull as big a train as its diesel competitor. Both were considered ugly relics and an impediment to production and progress; it was time for them to go the way of the dinosaur.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

Since You Went Away

The film is a tender almanac: Seasons are used to move the story and reflect the mood. It rains when Colbert returns from bringing her husband to the railroad station when he reports for army duty. She comforts herself in an empty house with her photo album of their family history.


Bring Back Those Vestibules

Besides bringing back walls, ability to have privacy when wanted, or share space with family when it’s a choice – maybe re-designing the vestibule could solve the problem of security?

April 2018

An Illness for Days Gone By

This last bug had me digging out albums from The Ink Spots, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and watching the likes of “Gone With the Wind” and “The Philadelphia Story” for the umpteenth time. Such is my pleasure that I always regret waiting until the plague descends on our household before I drag out my classics.


A Taste for Beer Nuts

My incipient alcoholism stopped after I graduated from college, in part because life was no longer frat-centric. In addition. drinking had failed me. I had strived for Joe College aspirations, but ended up more Joe Schmo.


Book to Movie

Other novels with a lesser shelf-life might have gone long by the wayside were it not for the films made from them, which possibly maintain them as part of our cultural history.


Milking The Dairy Farm For All It Was Worth

A box of 12 K-cups contains 4.8 ounces of coffee at an average cost of $8.99. That equates to over $30 a pound. Mother would balk at that, and stick with her 8-cup stove top percolator and Maxwell House which, touted the ads, was "Good till the last drop."


The Railway Express Agency

The Railway Express Agency (REA) did a whole lot more than handle luggage; indeed it provided just about all the services now provided by UPS or FedEx, but used the railroads rather than 18-wheelers and airplanes for carrying items long distances.

March 2018
Alive and Kidding

I Miss My Old Bicycle

As I whooshed past the scenery (all of which had become nothing but a blur) and toward the intersection at the bottom of the hill, visions of myself becoming a permanent part of the logo on the side of an 18-wheeler flashed through my mind.

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