Back in the Day

Many everyday experiences generate ideas for my weekly column. Such was the case last Friday when I sat down at the kitchen table for breakfast. My breakfast tends to be rather monotonous, nothing elaborate; orange or apple juice, cold tea, a bowl of Cheerios, sometimes a bowl of grits, a sa…

Last night, all of us did the same thing. If not, you did it at some point during the past 24 hours. After all, it is something that you cannot avoid and without it, survival is impossible. We cannot survive without getting the sleep we require.

Last week, in a conversation with a Tribune employee, I learned that he would not be in the office on a particular day as he was having a refrigerator delivered to his home. Having knowledge of experiences of others with home deliveries, he was anxious about this delivery. Like many of you, …

Before words come out of your mouth, choose them carefully. Some of you are old enough to recall the days when you could say anything that came to mind without repercussions. But the 1970s arrived, and things drastically changed. We learned that not all that was on one’s mind should be spoke…

On many occasions, I have shared with you how I come up with ideas for my Sunday trips to the past. I reflect on my childhood as one source for ideas. Current events compared with ways of the past is another source of ideas for this column. Other sources include the vivid dreams I often have…

I watched with interest the congressional hearings of the postmaster general, Louis DeJoy. Even before these hearings, I had been thinking about the post office and its significance in our everyday life. There was a time when sending or receiving a letter or card was only possible through th…

I have been reading scholarly publications regarding the impact of the coronavirus on one’s mental health. It was not necessary to hear of this impact from academicians, scientists or health professionals; I already knew this.

It is here again! I need not take time to elaborate on what the “it” is. You know that the past several weeks have been unbearable. If you ask me in what way, I will conclude that you just got back from outer space. The hot weather has been brutal!

While you have been encouraged not to, you do it anyway. You do it, despite the likelihood of adding inches to your waistline. Yet, many of us will have a dish of ice cream just before bedtime.

I am not big on watching television. There are times, however, when a show comes on that catches my attention. Of course, sports, in particular football, basketball and track events will get me in front of a television almost immediately. When my attention turns to watching television, I usu…