Hi there! Here’s a little bit about me, and why I’m starting this blog. I’m a senior citizen, married for over 40 years, with two grown sons who both have children of their own. I grew up “inside the beltway” in both Washington DC and just across the river in Virginia. My husband and I both worked in retailing, but our lives were upset beginning in the early 80’s when the large retailers began snapping up the smaller independents. These new “opportunities” caused several cross-country moves. We lived in the Northeast (Buffalo), the Midwest (St. Louis, Minneapolis and Indianapolis), the West (Arizona), the deep South (Atlanta), and are now retired in a condo on the beach! Each of these areas have distinctly different characteristics; not just the climate, but the way their citizens think and feel, and what’s important to them.
But I also have a unique perspective because of the historic events that occurred during my lifetime. Events shape the thinking of a person, even when they don’t realize it, and here are just a few of those events, in no particular order, that have impacted my thinking:
- The Cuban Missile Crisis, and a credible threat of nuclear war
- The Civil Rights movement and riots across the country
- The assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK
- The Vietnam War
- The Moon Landing
- Woodstock, the sexual revolution, and Roe v Wade
- Watergate and Nixon’s impeachment and resignation
- The Iran hostage crisis-52 Americans held for 444 days under Carter, who were released the day Reagan was inaugurated
- The Berlin Wall comes down
- The Iran-Iraq War, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Bill Clinton is elected, impeached, but not removed from office
- The bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993
- The Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995
- The 9/11/2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93, where 2993 people died – more people than died at Pearl Harbor.
I’ve left lots of good times off this list, like the Beatles and the British invasion, and the US Olympic hockey ‘Miracle on Ice’, but this list includes some of the most stunning events in my lifetime. I often think about what kind of a country, and what kind of a world, we’ll be leaving for our children’s children.
My intent is to open a discussion about cause and effect, not just of the many events in our past, but also about the current state of affairs in our country. I’ll be watching for your responses!