Welcome to the new website, complete with a new look and feel. I can hear you asking, “Why?” Simply put, it was time.
The old website had grown too cumbersome and slow, aside from looking dated as websites go. The decision to shift the hosting to a new provider for performance reasons opened the door. Soon, I started thinking about all the things I didn’t like aside from its speed and the hosting relationship. Before I knew it, I had a new site in mind, one that would …
My generation came of age in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a time not so different from now. For those who don’t have the reference point, this was the season of political assassinations (Kennedy, King, Kennedy), Viet Nam, the 1968 Democratic convention, Watergate, the National Guard killing students at Kent State, race riots, free speech and free love, not to mention Woodstock and the disco era. We survived all of that to enter a new era of relative peace, prosperity, and pride in our nation. How did we manage to overcome a time that many Americans and all our allies feared would be the end of us?
If God intended coffee to have milk, sugar, syrup, or anything else in it, it would be in the bean. Even coffee is best when enjoyed in its purest form. I know, that is a subjective statement, but I use it here to introduce a concept. Bear with me, please. Should I prefer additives in my coffee I am free to exercise my own choice. Many do. As true as that is, you may have guessed that this post is not about coffee. It is about the long lasting and current state of news media.
Despite what we often think or tell ourselves, times like these remind us that resiliency matters. The question is, how does one go about being resilient in the midst of such? Hopefully, there has been a bit of preplanning and preparation, but there are still things we can do even at this stage. Here are a few examples.
I fell in love with the game in fifth grade when our teacher stopped class in the afternoon so we could listen to the World Series broadcast. He told stories about the players that made them romantic in the heroic sense. The 1957 Series showcased the Milwaukee Braves against the New York Yankees. I was a Braves fan. I mean, look at that roster … Lew Burdette, Warren Spahn, Dell Crandall, Joe Adcock, Eddie Matthews, Red Schoendienst, Hank Aaron, and Bobby Thompson to name a few. Man, what a roster. Burdette won three games, including the seventh at Yankee Stadium, and won the Series MVP award.
Last year I set a goal to read 36 books. It is a modest number compared to what some undertake, but I wanted to re-engage my love of reading without creating pressure to hit a big number. I wanted to enjoy the process and knew that getting through three books a month could be a challenge at times. In the end, I read forty-five books.