To say these last few months have been out of the ordinary is like calling COVID-19 the sniffles. Last year at this time, none of us expected a world-wide pandemic, the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers launching a nationwide come-to-Jesus meeting about racism, the tear-gassing and arrests of journalists at Black Lives Matter protests, the economy on the verge of collapse, and, yes, murder hornets. The last three months have felt like three years. READ MORE
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In the late 1940s, after service in the Navy during World War II, my father signed on as a mail carrier at the local post office. He never left that job, working his way up from walking a route to postmaster. Bored after retirement, he worked part-time as a greeter at the local funeral home. It was perfect for him. He got to dress up and meet his friends, and on good days he got to drive the hearse. It never occurred to my father to change jobs while he was at the post office. People who did that sort of thing, drifting from job to job, were viewed at the time with some suspicion, as layabouts. More »
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