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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
WE KNEW EVERYTHING
Elgin bicycle that he had bought from his sister who had bought it from my Dad, once asked an old-timer, Donald Swanson, how news was conducted in the valley around 1900. Mr. Swanson replied, "The world was one mile from the house. We knew everything. We didn't need to know anything beyond that."
How nice that would be! I had a brief experience like that, the first time we came to the Ozarks around 1980. We were building a small, log cabin on the corner of a friend's farm, in the midst of a large Amish community. We had no radio, no newspaper, no TV. The only world we knew for two months went only as far as the horizon. I miss that.
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