Older, simpler time gone, but not yet forgotten

Change your leaves, keep intact your roots.

- Victor Hugo

Every day changes now.

I used to think that things changed in big, dramatic ways. You know, an event would take place that would forever alter the trend lines of modern life.

Now, I'm not so sure.

The dam doesn't break, but it suffers a series of steady leaks. And one day you wake up and realize we are living in a computerized world, connected by cell-phones and fueled on microwaved meals.

But there is an older, simpler time, as Charlie Williams shares with us today. When was the last time you heard these phrases?

"Be sure and refill the ice trays, we are going to have company."

"Quit slamming the screen door when you are on your way out!"

"You have torn the knees out of that pair of pants so many times there is nothing left to put a patch on."

"Don't you go outside with your good school clothes on!"

"Take that empty bottle to the store with you so you won't have to pay a deposit on another one."

"Open the back door and see if we can get a breeze through here, it is getting hot."

"Don't sit too close to the TV. It is hard on your eyes."

"No! I don't have a dime for you to go to the show, do you think money grows on trees?"

"I don't care how cold it is out there, dogs just don't come in the house."

Gone, perhaps, but not forgotten.

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ALSO GONE but not forgotten were our vacation travelers.

Here are their postcards.

Josh and Erica Price, of Augusta, "Just wanted to say 'Hi' from Ocho Rios, Jamaica."

Jean and Paul Bacon, were in Kansas City, Mo., "having a really good time at the National Biker Round-up. Seeing old friends, meeting new friends from all over the country. Good Motorcycle weather."

Warren and Bob were in Palm Springs, Calif.

Ashton Marcans, of Martinez, and Jean Hamilton, of North Augusta, were in Washington, D.C.

Elease and Eric Timmons and the Suber family sent a postcard from Las Vegas.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Father O'Malley answers the phone.

"Hello, is this Father O'Malley?"

"It is!"

"This is the IRS. Can you help us?"

"I can!"

"Do you know a Ted Houlihan?"

"I do!"

"Is he a member of your congregation?"

"He is!"

"Did he donate $10,000 to the church?"

"He will."

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