I am blessed. I have been so very fortunate to employ the power of a story for nearly a decade.This Wednesday morning, I am tap-tap-tapping at my laptop, at my breakfast room table, at dawn in Joliet. Where every column I have written for the Post Bulletin has been composed since I returned to Illinois last December.Here's perspective: The space for my column was bequeathed to me from former publisher Bill Boyne.
Hereabouts, the public school academic year has begun. Although not yet seen in Minnesota, school buses now traverse Illinois communities in behemoth waves of yellow.I must confess that these past couple months of un-bused city streets have been a sweet ride to work. Now I judiciously plot my three-minute journey to the office to circumvent encounters with the flashing yellows. In doing so, I have doubled my commute time.It seems neighborhood kids are double-giddy with the return of school.
You see it all the time. Pre-teens into young adulthood so absorbed in their smartphones that they are completely unaware of those around them. Zombies addicted to texting and blogging and snap-chatting.Nowadays I contend the youngsters have nothing on their elders.This past week, six of us, grandparents alike, spent a few days in the northwoods of Wisconsin. It is not that we were oblivious to the lakeside beauty of towering pines all about us.
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