Inside the February/March issue
From the desk of the editor
I could drone on and on…
Thinking back to what we thought we knew, to what our parents thought they knew, and so on in reverse – that we are still a civilization is nothing short of miraculous.
Unconvinced of each generation’s relative stupidity? Do a quick search of old advertisements. Did you know, for an instance in time, that More Doctors Smoked Camels than any other cigarette? The ad so claiming added that the clear preference was continuous throughout all branches of medicine. So, not only did your family doctor find Camels to be more healthful, but also your pulmonologist.
Thanks to Facebook friend’s holiday post, I learned that in the ‘60s and in contrast, Santa preferred Lucky Strikes. “(They) are easy on my throat,” his thought-bubble proclaimed, as he ducked out of sight. Merry Christmas to all (in smoke rings), and to all a (hack, sputter) good night.
Looking to future advancements in order to predict our present ignorance, my 6-year-old caught the details of a news broadcast revealing online retail giant Amazon’s plans to use delivery drones within the coming years. Flash-forward to a few days ago, when she doubted the validity of a pending rite of passage for her sister, Madison, who will one day drive. “When will she get her license?” Jaimee asked. “In about two years,” I answered. “Ahhh,” she said, slapping her head in mock despair. “That’s when the drones get here…”
What pulls us through all the things we think we know and saves us from what we don’t? Ironically, the wisdom of our elders, those who’ve been there, done that and don’t care to tell about it. They may have smoked a few Camels, but they generally didn’t believe everything they read (unless it was in the Bible) or heard (unless it was from their grandmother). They certainly didn’t believe anything they saw on television. From the elders of our generations, and when we all are officially considered elders, come great stories — wisdom tried and true.
If the years prove anything, they prove that times are ever-changing, that whether embellished yarn or factual history, there is always something to be learned about oneself from someone else’s story.
Enjoy the cache of culinary delights inside, but also the wisdom, tales from a time when separate was errantly considered equal; when mountain people helped mountain people; and when love lasted, even to the end of the earth…
What’s on the menu? Smart, ala carte: browse inside to find it.