The Technology of Friendships

Can you imagine if your ancestors were transported to the year 2016 to find that we maintain friendships through texting and email? Photographs can be instantly shared on Snapchat and Instagram? Some people claim 500 “friends” on Facebook? How did we communicate with friends and family before technology played such a large role?

It Hasn’t Always Been Easy Being “Green”

It wouldn’t be Thursday at my house without the rumbling of the huge recycling truck tumbling through the neighborhood, picking up our overflowing bins of numbered plastics and old Kleenex boxes. Recently, compost bins have begun to make their appearances too. Being "green" is a trendy topic, indeed. Of course, attitudes toward the environment have changed dramatically in the last…

The 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

Many of us know the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair as the exhibition that brought the ice cream cone and iced tea to the world; it gave those who attended so much more. The purpose of fairs was to bring art and technology to the people, in an age before widespread global travel, television and the internet laid it all…

Apple Butter Day

They say it takes a village to raise a child; years ago, it took a village to do many things. Communities worked together to build barns, harvest crops and make quilts. Sometimes they even worked together to make dessert. When I was about eight years old, my grandma took me along for a unique community experience—at the time, I didn’t…