American Legion BANNER MAY17 V4

Bill YorkThe Great Depression today
By Bill York
Nonagenarian

You had to have been hungry in your life to understand the emotional zap I got today.

Living with my grandfather on the farm meant food on the table during the 1930’s but at age 7 my father remarried and I lived with someone psychologically unprepared to be a dad; a slice of dried bologna in the icebox, alongside a case of beer, nothing else. I left home at age 14.

Episodes of war

The Atlantic Ocean was becoming rough as our convoy got underway in 1943, hoping to evade German U-boats, while heading to Europe. With subs prowling we wondered if we would complete the crossing. It was scary times.

Precious water

The announcement of a developing drought in Georgia is scary. In my 90 years I have survived some arid times. I remember in the 30’s my grandpa putting wooden whiskey barrels under each V slope on the roof. That provided rainwater for the cattle and the vegetable garden. 

I’m not young anymore

Two deer were crossing a section of an open field behind our house. There is a small valley a few hundred feet away where deer hang out and bed down at night.

Recycling is big business

You think of newspapers, glass, bricks, metal and plastic containers. Trucks haul away tons of useless items from businesses and homes.

Highway repair crews have started scraping the surface material off of roadways and recycling it into replacement surfaces and not having to use as much new material, providing huge savings.

Wilderness Therapy

With summer almost here I had begun to sense the need for revitalization to erase the moodiness that was occurring too often; to evade current reality that depresses my spirit; spend some time in the wilderness, meditating on my  life.   

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