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One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be teachers. Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists? What transformations would follow?
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A Psychological Incident

When Warren was fourteen years of age, psychiatric hospitals were commonly called, ”the crazy house”. To Warren, they seemed irrelevant, unimportant, inconsequential and distant. At age fourteen, Warren didn’t have any indication that a psychiatric hospital would be a place that would have any importance in his life. However, at age eighteen, at...

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September 11, 2014. Thirteen years have passed since the attack on The World Trade Center. Everyone has a story from that day. Everyone knew someone who was there, who was on a plane, who should have been in the Towers. And, there are so many stories of people cheating death that day. Cheating death or just fated to miss the disaster or the hand of God was keeping them from it, whatever your story, we are waiting for you to post it here.

And after you have told your story, thank a firefighter for always being willing to run into the flames when the rest of us are running out.

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School Differences From the 1930's to 2014

I will begin with grade school and high school because we were all in one building and also the fact that my father died when I was in the fourth grade and my mother then had to go to work. I had to come directly home from school and not bring my friends because my mother was not there and did not know what went on and I had things to do when I got home. I could go to my friends as their mothers were home. I also went to choir practice after school once a week and to a...


House Cleaning 1930's Iowa

The only time my mother had household help was spring cleaning time. What a trauma! Everything was removed from the house - you would think we were moving. The curtain’s came down and were washed - starched and placed on stretchers - windows washed inside and out - the furniture was cleaned and polished - the wallpaper was cleaned with a pink sponge-like pad (we had coal to heat and it produced a dirty film). Rugs were placed on the clothes line and beaten - pictures and...


Life In The 1930's

Storing Food Yes, before there was plastic wrap, we covered items with lids and we wrapped other food items in waxed paper - never any problems. No, my mother did not shop every day and I still do the same. Since my mother did not drive, seldom did we walk to town a second time. If something was needed or forgotten, my mother would send me to get it. Sometimes a local peddler would come by with fresh fish or vegetables and we had Dugan’s Bakers deliver during the week...


Keeping Food Fresh Before Plastic Wrap

Kept it in an ice box which had a drip pan that had to be emptied every day! The “Ice Man” would deliver blocks of ice in various sizes. He would have the truck stop at all the houses which displayed a card indicating the size of ice you wanted - 25 - 50 - 100 lbs. He would bring it into the kitchen carrying it with tongs over his shoulder covered with a leather cloth. As he chipped the ice in his truck, we would wait patiently for him to give us chips to suck on - what...


Gift for a B.A.

Gift for a B.A. Back in the late 1950’s, when I was just out of college, I attended a large wedding for one of my cousins. While waiting on a long reception line after the ceremony, I began a conversation with a middle-aged lady wearing a black lace dress, which ended in mid-calf. A small white collar and cuffs relieved the starkness of her attire, as did a string of pearls. She had matching pearl earrings clipped to her ears and a veiled, black pill-box hat rested...


School - Grandparents Day

Some years ago when a grandson was in grammar school, the class had Grandparents Day. Grandparents were supposed to describe the many ways in which classes differed from the present. (Or not quite the present. The class was about 20 years ago.) Probably the best part of the day was when the students asked questions. They couldn’t believe our answers. Here are a few samples. Did you have air conditioning in the class rooms? Sure we did. We opened the windows. Well, did...


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