Branson, Mo. is the fifth most visited tourist destination in the United States. Located in the southwestern part of the state and home to all of about 10,500 inhabitants, approximately 8,000,000 people visit Branson every year. However, when I told a friend a few weeks ago that I was about to spend a week there with a fellow widower, he asked, "Where is Branson, and what's there to see?"
I replied that I would see some of the shows I had missed on my two previous visits, the first in…Continue
We all know the answer to this rhetorical question, of course they do. But do they make more of a difference now than when I attended grammar school seventy years ago. If so, in what ways? Following is a completely unscientific analysis, based on personal recollections from the 1940s, and limited observations of both my granddaughters' interactions and opinions of their instructors. First, let's go back about seventy years.
Having never gone to kindergarten and having delayed the…Continue
The arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray has dominated the news for quite some time. Although we have made enormous racial progress since the March on Selma fifty years ago, it is evident that President Obama's and our hopes for a post-racial society are being dashed by a number of acts of violence perpetrated by police, and attempts by congress to roll back the legislative gains of the past fifty years. Many would argue that these acts and efforts are not racial, but rather directed…Continue
Starting at about age five, I learned what money was for. It was to buy candy at the candy store. Tootsie rolls, potato chips, button candy and more. Each one could be had for a single penny. A chocolate soda, which contained Hershey's chocolate syrup on the bottom of a coca cola glass, then filled with seltzer, and mixed vigorously with a spoon (stirred, not shaken,) cost two pennies. An egg cream, having nothing to do with eggs or cream, was three pennies. It was the same as a chocolate…Continue