There appears too often some purple prose in commercials aimed at senior citizens, exhorting them to enjoy this late time period in their lives they’ve just reached, the 80s, wherein the category would be strangely named The Golden Age. These ads announce the joys to be found as true seniors by doing all kinds of special things, like taking a cruise for an entire month to the Caribbean Sea for only $44,000.
Special years in American history often end in zero or five, but not this year, because now the special year ends in eight because of the years 1918 and 2018, the latter the centennial for the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. Indeed, make that ending 11-11-11-18, for the month, date and exact hour that the Armistice ending the war went into effect, finally ending this long international conflict that officially began back in 1914.
"A Nation of Nations." That's the United States. An estimated 104 nations sent millions of their citizens to America.
So when does fall start? That's easy to answer. If you look at the calendar, one learns the official end of summer is Sept. 22. That's it. That simple. But summer's end is not always that easy to determine. Actually it depends on how folks regard certain events that come and "go" in their lives in the summer, especially the "go" part of it can make one believe that essentially summer is over long before September starts.
Most public school teachers operate on the premise that there is no such thing as a dumb question, just dumb answers. This assertion is challenged, however, by actual questions asked by American tourists visiting Norway. A few of these questions appear below as first reported by the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet (daily newspaper); the questions were also printed later in the VIKING magazine, a current publication in the U.S. aimed at readers interested in Norway and Norwegian-America.
Writer's explanation, of sorts. This column, given its subject matter, was meant to be published in early June and would have been printed then except for a computer glitch resulting essentially in its getting lost somewhere out in Never-Never Land. Anyway, it was never found in time to make the monthly June publication, hence the need for a rewrite it with the decision to print it, despite it being July. After all, it's about weather and its constant changes, a topic always relevant for Northern Minnesotans, especially when it finally shifted from winter to spring.
Listening in on conversations can be interesting; it can also be boring. Depends. Recently overhearing two young millennials talking about "today’s television" was a subject that started out ho-hum boring but became most interesting (Read: “Interesting even if was really dumb”) when two young men loudly concluded that “All Bemidji television nowadays is boring,” because, well, as they explained it, “There’s nothing on!” and their solution to their problem was simple: “What’s needed are more channels!”
The Minnesota Vikings football team dominated the sports pages this past pall and early winter, starring as top division winners right up to Super Bowl time — and then, “oops” came their untimely loss in the NFC Championship game that would have landed them in the Super Bowl, played right here in Minnesota.
Retirement-time for school teachers includes the required chore of cleaning out your desk and the contents of your filing cabinet. It's the teacher's job who follows you to fill up both of them again, and for that new person to believe foolishly that retirement will never happen to him/her for at least a 100 years. Retirees like to believe that they are irreplaceable. They quickly learn the nonsense of that notion. They also learn that over many years they have acquired so much stuff of importance that that too is irreplaceable. Wrong.