First Day of School – 1950s Style

Columnist:  Bob Grafe One of the advantages of being a “senior” citizen is the ability to reflect back over at least a half-century of real time — and to finally be truthful about it! About 55 years ago, my fifth-grade elementary school teacher, Mrs. Rumbleheart, was welcoming her new class of students back to school […]

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Kingston Trio Comfort Music Continues

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe When I mention to friends that I grew up along the banks of San Francisco Bay, I have to be careful these days how I mention that I was always attracted to the goings-on at the hungry i (or as people referred to it then as “the eye”) night club in […]

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Mrs. Rumbleheart And Henry David Thoreau Both Continue To Teach

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe First Published:  March 18, 2010 Mrs. Rumbleheart, my fifth-grade public school teacher, was already within the ranks of “senior” citizenship the first day I entered her class at Lincoln School. Her classroom was in the typical style of “adequate for our needs” schools in the mid-1950s. There was a cloakroom where […]

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Are Good Manners Becoming Passe

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe First Published:  February 18, 2010 When today’s senior citizens were growing up, what was “in” then (especially with respect to manners and good behavior) apparently is “out” now. Such things as manners and dress in the workplace, general civility in dealing with others, cell phone manners or etiquette, manners to refrain […]

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Senior Citizens Do Leave A Legacy – One Way Or The Other

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe First Published:  February 4, 2010 Have you noticed at about the same time you really need to be teaching your children or grandchildren something very important — they suddenly know more than you do? They really don’t. But, just try convincing them of that. They’ll frequently set you straight with a […]

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