Manage By Walking Around

During the U.S. 4th of July break, I finally read a stack of articles I had put aside months ago.  I was most absorbed by the Time Magazine cover article ‘10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life.’ You can read each of the ideas by clicking on the links below, but for those of you who have limited time, I’ve provided my own summary for the first five:

  1. Living Alone Is The New Norm
  2. Your Head Is In The Cloud
  3. Handprints, Not Footprints
  4. The Rise Of The Nones
  5. Food That Lasts Forever
  6. Black Irony
  7. High-Status Stress
  8. Privacy In Public
  9. Nature Is Over
  10. Niche Aging

Living Alone is the New Norm

In 1950, Americans who lived alone made up only 9% of households; in 2011 solitary households reached 28% which makes them tied with childless couples as the most common U.S. residential type. Solitary dwellers are primarily middle-aged women aged…

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she pulled the coat a little tighter around her on that cold March day, as Tennessee held onto winter as long as possible. occupying the passenger seat, her eyes scanned out the windows taking in unfamiliar territory as mother drove them across several counties. her nerves gradually, quietly began to rattle as the car neared their destination; she’d never interviewed anyone, especially not a ninety year-old man or for thirty percent of her college US History grade. when she had found he fit the category of the project, she was outwardly happy and inwardly anxious. moons before, in 1941, as a gangly 18 year-old, he shipped off into the Pacific arena to fight a war, and he was her step-great-grandfather.

the little family hurried inside out of the cold, only to be welcomed by dimly lit corridors and faded olive-colored walls as unpleasant smells drifted above their heads. she frowned…

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Love in the Spaces

As Stephen Colbert might ask, with one eyebrow earnestly raised, “Great graffiti. . . or greatest graffiti ever?”

Marching band season began with a meeting and rehearsal last night.  This will be my 10th season as a band mom.  Jim was both the unofficial band doctor and an official band photographer.  He tremendously enjoyed both roles, and left me with an archive of thousands of photographs from marching band and concert band seasons.

Invariably, Memorial Day would be unbearably humid–worst at parade time, as the marchers gathered in clusters and practiced in a steaming parking lot.  Band members’ discomfort would be heightened–if not made intolerable–by their long-sleeved black uniforms.  Jim would walk along briskly, both his doctor’s bag and his camera bag slung over his right shoulder.

At parades, from careful past observation he knew when he had to stand guard at a particular corner.  For example, he deduced…

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Today you may be camping out of town, grilling out with a neighbor, or just enjoying the three day weekend at home.  Today marks Memorial Day, a national holiday that has been established to remember those who have passed before us.  Many cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, however, the first state to actually recognize it as a national holiday was New York in 1873.  General John Logan, the commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868, three years after the Civil War had ended.  At first the holiday was called Decoration Day, so that people could decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  He picked the date May 30…

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