In the days before instant media, newspapers sometimes sent reporters out to the street to interview random people about topics breaking in the news. Assignment editors believed that getting input or opinion from the first six or eight women and men on the sidewalk gave a common touch to stories. These days, any man, woman or child with access to the internet can weigh in on any topic in the world any time they wish. In the time before social media, reporters had to work harder to track down uninformed opinions on breaking news.
I was reading some online pieces about virtual reality headsets, and of course I thought of the old movie "House of Wax."
It's the first weekend of April, and that means outdoor track season has reached South Dakota. I'm writing this just ahead of the weekend, but I checked the weekend forecast for Mitchell. It looks mostly sunny, 50s one day and maybe 70 the next. That's track weather in this state. Some significant wind is in the forecast. That's track weather, too, in South Dakota.
Some years back, when the term "global warming'' was just beginning to be thrown about, I reported on a meeting about climate change and the Missouri River Basin. The climatologist there stressed "climate change'' rather than "global warming.'' He soft-pedaled the extent to which any climate change may be due to man-made factors. I think he believed in the connection. He just didn't push it at the meeting.
Later today our family will gather, as we do on the Saturday before Easter every year, to color eggs.
When we decided to sell our big house and downsize last fall, I thought about many things I'd have trouble throwing away or giving away to fit our old stuff into our new space.
I began paying a small measure of attention to presidential politics in the summer of 1956, occasionally reading Daily Republic stories about the nominating conventions and the campaigns of incumbent Republican President Dwight Eisenhower and Democrat Adlai Stevenson.
I've heard folks say the math they studied in school has no relevance in real life. I'd probably say that about bookkeeping, even though I enjoyed the course.
When I began covering the South Dakota Legislature, each session ended with a short message from the governor. The Legislature would inform the governor they were ready to leave, and the governor would make an appearance in each chamber to tell them they'd done a good job — or not, sometimes.
You read a lot these days about mindfulness and meditation to calm the spirit, but an old-fashioned, home-made grandfather clock works, too. Nancy and I acquired just such a stress reliever last summer from her mother. It looks pretty good in the corner of our dining room. When the outside world grows quiet in the evening, the tick-tock of the old clock is a reassuring, soothing sound, and the steady back-and-forth swing of the pendulum is mesmerizing.