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Life was simpler a hundred years ago. But it was shorter, too. Do you think these folks on a warm July afternoon at the Chautauqua grounds in Stratford, Iowa gave a shit? I suspect not.

For all the angst and anguish of 21st century life, I wouldn’t give it up. But I would also like to retrieve some what we’ve lost in order to get here.

Does every “old person” crave an imagined past that never may have been?


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  1. […] York where a summer institute was begun shortly after the Civil War. Intended as both education and wholesome entertainment in a resort setting, it hosted a wide range of music and lectures. Jenny Lind the “Swedish Nightingale” […]

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