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Politics, Back to School and Mr. Spock
8/26/2008 7:22:51 PM
This protracted season of politics makes me nostalgic and I yearn for the less complicated, bygone days of my youth.
I’ve always been a few steps behind the trend-setters; to save money on clothes in high school and college, I sewed so I didn’t sport the latest fashions; as a newlywed I scrounged through second hand stores for our furniture, and bought our first color television fourteen years after my husband and I were married. I returned to the workplace in 1997 where I used a computer for the first time. None of this bothered me, but when my young grandson recently asked me if I knew George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, personally, now that got my attention.

In August of 2008 as I listen to all of the political commentaries, I ponder who will move into the White House in January, and can't help but think back to the 1960 Nixon/Kennedy presidential race. I was just a kid, but I remember the excitement and controversy of that hard fought contest. Senator Kennedy was thought to be too young and inexperienced to be trusted with the presidency during the tense Cold War years. But Nixon looked dour and couldn’t match up to Kennedy’s charm and mass appeal. Sound familiar?

The 1960 popular vote was very close: Kennedy's 49.7% to Nixon’s 49.6%. Kennedy won 303 of the electoral votes to Nixon's 219. I wonder if the 2008 race between a relatively inexperienced senator and a seasoned veteran from Arizona will be as close.

In 1960 the populace relied primarily on newspapers and the six o’clock news. Now we have 24 hour cable news, the Internet, text messaging, Blackberries and cell phones to keep us up to date. Personally, I’m overwhelmed and overloaded with election coverage and can’t wait for it all to be over.

As Labor Day approaches I find myself more interested in back-to-school time, even though those days are long gone for me. Every fall I get nostalgic and yearn to buy school supplies and return to those halls with the shiny tile floors and rows and rows of lockers. But now my grandsons walk the halls of their elementary school in new shoes and carry backpacks full of treasured school supplies.

Tonight I think about my grown children and their children, and as Mr. Spock of Star Trek said, I pray they will “Live long and prosper.” I guess that’s my wish for the next president – that he will do his job and keep my family safe so they can live long and prosper.


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More Blogs by Donelle M. Knudsen
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• A Conference For All - Thursday, May 24, 2012
• To Live Well and Prosper - Monday, February 27, 2012
• Friends - Monday, January 23, 2012
• Dickens of a Writer - Friday, January 13, 2012
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• Get Ready, Set, Go - Thursday, November 24, 2011
• Coffee is My Friend - Friday, November 18, 2011
• How Much Will You Invest to Win? - Thursday, November 17, 2011
• Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz - Sunday, August 28, 2011
• Throw Your Heart At The Sky - Sunday, July 24, 2011
• In Memory - Monday, May 30, 2011
• Book Signings and More - Sunday, May 15, 2011
• Through the Tunnel of Love - Friday, April 29, 2011
• Grandparents - Sunday, April 03, 2011
• Finding the Heat - Sunday, March 06, 2011
• Slivers, Part II - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
• Slivers - Sunday, December 05, 2010
• Where Have All the Hummers Gone? - Saturday, September 18, 2010
• Don't Blink - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
• The Color of Love - Friday, June 25, 2010
• New Life - Thursday, April 29, 2010
• Gray on Grey - Thursday, February 25, 2010
• Chrysalis - Wednesday, January 13, 2010
• All That Glitters - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• The Art of Connecting is Alive and Well - Monday, November 16, 2009
• Waiting for Inspiration? - Saturday, August 22, 2009
• Saying Goodbye to A Friend - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
• Sands of Time - Thursday, June 11, 2009
• Take a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes - Thursday, June 04, 2009
• Ready for a Straight Stretch of Road - Thursday, May 21, 2009
• Serendipity - Saturday, March 14, 2009
• Looking Forward - Wednesday, January 07, 2009
• Down Memory Lane - Tuesday, December 09, 2008
• What's Important to Me - Wednesday, November 12, 2008
• Standard Time Returns - Saturday, November 01, 2008
• Rested, Recouperated and Ready for Action - Wednesday, October 29, 2008
• Ready for Some Good News? - Wednesday, October 15, 2008
• Enough is Enough - Wednesday, October 08, 2008
• Season of Change - Tuesday, September 30, 2008
• Visit New York City in the Autumn and Don't Miss the Broadway Plays - Friday, September 05, 2008
•  Politics, Back to School and Mr. Spock - Tuesday, August 26, 2008  
• Life Changing Blessings From Things We Take For Granted - Tuesday, August 19, 2008
• Winning, Losing and Rekindling the Olympic Flame - Monday, August 11, 2008
• Eureka or That Aha Moment - Tuesday, August 05, 2008
• Off to the Agent - Sunday, August 03, 2008
• A Promise to Remember - Thursday, July 31, 2008
• Time in a Bottle - Friday, July 25, 2008


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