Not exactly a G/S article, but the following is a letter to the editor
I wrote to a small town newspaper back in Ohio after my mother died.
It was an attempt to provide info about local nursing homes to others
who may need it suddenly, but may not have had the time to prepare.
Yes, it was published.
An open letter to the citizens of Wayne County.
After graduating from Wooster High School in 1955, I left to pursue my
fortune; however, my parents remained.
My father died many years ago, but my mother continued to make her
home in Wayne County until her death at 103, on 2008/06/28.
The last 17 months of her life were spent as a resident of either
Smithville-Western Care Center or the Wayne County Care Center.
Both of these facilities kept me updated on my mother's condition, at
least weekly, if not more often.
These days I make my home in Southern California, so that meant a lot
of long distance telephone time.
These organizations did a great job.
Many nursing homes have not, in the past, gotten high marks for the
service they provided.
There have been many "horror" stories told about the industry in the
Such is not the case for Smithville-Western Care Center or the Wayne
County Care Center.
The people of Wayne County can be very proud to have both these
facilities located here.
Is civilization improving, or is it just more heavily policed? When I
read some of the responses and comments on blogs, especially
political, these days, I don't notice a lot of civility. I also spend
a good deal of time wondering just WTF they're teaching in schools,
because English and anything that demands linear thought isn't part of
I'm sure you're right in everything you've said, but I think it's always
been that way. I remember my father once telling me that *his* father had a
similar opinion about the younger generation and their "liberties" and how
the world was going to hell in a hand-basket.
Maybe it's going to end in absolute anarchy somewhere down the line, but it
might also end up as simply a new way to deal with everyday life.
I read a rant once, complaining that "youth now-a-days" lacked any respect
or wisdom. The author beleived that, if the trend continued, civilization
was bound to fall. The rant sounded identical to complaints that I had
heard all my life.
Well, he was Pliny the Elder.
So maybe we're all worng. Maybe it only seems that way to older people.
On the other hand, Rome did fall ...
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