The History Class Read Nostalgic Writings by Candlelight

The History Class Read Nostalgic Writings by Candlelight

Around Thanksgiving and even more around Christmas, I presented the idea of nostalgia, with examples. We’d look at nostalgic paintings, talk about elements of nostalgia, and even let them know that they could be nostalgic. How? “Remember in the grades when we’d have a Christmas party on the last day before Christmas and also we’d […]

Variations on a Hug

Variations on a Hug

In wishing well to a waitress who just survived a bout with cancer, a full hug meant so much to each of us. Then I realized that hugging can take many forms. Growing up in the Norwegian area of Amery in western Wisconsin, hugs were rare. Maybe at funerals, maybe at weddings, and on occasion […]

Pea Shooter to Awaken Workers: true history

Pea Shooter to Awaken Workers: true history

Waking up shift workers in industrial England became a profession, a way to earn money. Using a variety of methods, they woke up people who had contracted with the “wakers”. Early attempts at waking people up meant knocking on room doors, but neighbors complained about the noise in the hallway. The solution was to rap […]