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Don Amend

As a child of World War II, born in 1944, I have a special interest in that era.

It’s pretty common for us old geezers to look askance at the younger generations.


It’s been interesting — well, maybe that’s not quite the right word — to read about the protests people have raised over the current government shutdown.

I once read about a mother who found herself breaking up a fight between her sons.

One summer afternoon back in 1988, I stepped out into the back yard of my Greybull home and looked up into a dark gray sky.

Once upon a time, it was a big event in California every spring when huge flocks of swallows returned from their winter home to the old mission at San Juan Capistrano.

Watching the political scene is always good for a few laughs.

Not that politics isn’t a serious business. Politicians can, and often do, cause a great deal of mischief, and not a few disasters.

Being in an extended state of forced physical inactivity, I have been left with considerable time to improve my mind, or at least keep it active. I’d hate to have my brain turn into the proverbial couch potato from lack of stimulation.

So, with the help of the old iPad, I have been reading a lot of non-fiction books and have watched several old movies that I missed when they were new, including an early Alfred Hitchcock film from the 1930s. More recently, I have discovered academic programs available online, and have listened to 24 lectures on the book of Genesis.


Ordinarily, our house is pretty quiet.

Aside from my tendency to turn the music up a few extra decibels, the better to hear the pianissimo passages of “Scheherazade” or enjoy the somewhat louder chords of “Born in the USA,” there isn’t a lot of noise.

As faithful readers of this column may remember — I think there are a couple dozen of you out there, not counting my relatives — I last filled this space with my thoughts on immigration.

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