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Home Subscribers Of Houston Chronicle Get Free Mini-Box Of Chocolate Cheerios

On Saturday morning February 13, home subscribers of the Houston Chronicle got a free mini-box of new Chocolate Cheerios along with the morning paper.

Above you see a picture of both the newspaper and the cereal.

It is good to get the newspaper at home because then you have time to read the paper with your coffee and breakfast.

If you stay at home for whatever reason during the day, you can read the paper throughout the day.

This is the more civilized course in life. We all need a few minutes of down time to reflect on our world.

Buy, save, consume and recycle all in the right measure. There is no contradiction in this.

Jobs are created and saved when we buy real things in the real world.

Our lives are better when a community is informed by a newspaper and when we make the time to consider the events of the day.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Whoppers Town Hall Has Books, Newspapers, And Warm Lighting—It Seems Like A Nice Way To Live

Above is a picture of the Holiday Town Hall on a small box of Whoppers malted milk balls that I bought over the holidays.

You’ll notice that there are some books in the upper right hand window and that a newspaper has been delivered to the front door.

The building seems warmly lit inside and there is a snowman and some nice decorations. All citizens of the community must be welcome in such a warmly lit building.

As much time as I spend at my computer blogging and while I suppose I’m citizen enough of the modern world, it is the life on that candy box that seems much more like the world in which I would like to live.

At my home, we get two newspapers delivered each day and I’m typing this blog post in a room with six book cases.

At least we have some measure of control of how we live at home as the world we wish for slips away.

Also, we have the ability to convey our values and ideals in support of others who feel the same way.  We can communicate our thoughts and maybe move people in our direction to some extent.

So—Go buy a newspaper and go read a book and try to make the community you live and warm and inviting place for all.

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Have A Holiday That Keeps You In Touch With How Things Were–And Still Are

The photo above is of a Downtown Houston department store I was in today.

I walked around Downtown today. I often visit Downtown.

This holiday season—-Clip a coupon from a newspaper, walk around and see stuff, visit a department store, and give a few bucks to a charity of some kind.

Have a nice holiday that keeps you in touch with the way life once was, and in fact still is in many respects.

December 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Man Selling Newspapers On The Street Corner

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The Houston Chronicle sells Sunday newspapers on street corners. The sellers are homeless people or people otherwise in need of a few dollars.

The sell the early edition of the Sunday Chronicle starting on Saturday morning. They sell the final Sunday paper on Sunday.

(Above–If you look on the bottom left hand corner of this photo, you’ll see two paper boys. They are selling papers at Yonge and King streets in Toronto in 1915.)

There is one guy I buy a paper from most weekends. He knows who I am. If I’m stuck at the stoplight at the corner where I see him each week, we exchange a few words about how we are doing.

The paper costs $1.75. I usually give him $3 or $4.  

Last week though, all I had was a one dollar bill. I said– “Hey, I only have one dollar this week.”

He said “okay” and took my dollar.

But then he did not give me a paper. I sat there waiting for the light to change and for him to give me a paper. 

What he did instead was take the dollar and ask how I was doing. I said I was doing well.

The light changed and I drove on.

That man who sells the Sunday paper on the corner is doing his best in a harsh world. I will make certain to have at least $2 next time.

June 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

People Reading Newspaper Headlines In 1940

Short on time today. Please enjoy this photo below. It is of people reading the headlines of the newspaper in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1940. The headlines have been posted in the window of the newspaper office.

It’s just like today. They want the news but don’t want to pay for the paper. 

The name of the man who took the photo is Jack Delano.

digital file from original slide

January 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Beyond Horse Race Coverage—How I Follow The 2008 Campaign

The 2008 political campaign has been going on forever, yet it still has many months to go.

Following the campaign can be a big waste of time. So-called “horse race” coverage is often stale within hours of dissemination. Can you imagine anything less relevant than an assessment from July 2004 about the John Kerry-George Bush race?

( Above is some real horse race coverage. The great Native Dancer on the cover of Time in 1954.) 

I find that cable TV coverage is the biggest waste. It goes on and on. Yet rarely does it discuss anything other than the Presidential race. The “analysts” say nothing that any regular follower of politics does not already grasp. 

As for issues, 90% of the public knows full well how they will vote. And candidates gear positions to the political needs of the moment. I know a great deal of where they stand from simple party ID.

These things said, I do keep up with events.

I get three newspapers each day at home. My local Houston Chronicle, The New York Times and USA Today.

The Chronicle tells me as much as I want to know about local and state politics. I get the idea that politics are not very important to people in Harris County and that Texas is a mess. In the Times, I read international news first, and may or may not read the political stories. They run five or six stories a day on the Presidential race. It’s just overload. USA Today sometimes gets a bad rap, but I’ve seen days where they do a better job than the Times.

Online, I read Electoral-Vote.com every morning. It is succinct and they discuss races down the ticket from the Presidential contest. You can read EV for the five minutes it takes and you’re set for the day. I’ll admit to also reading the poll-focused FiveThirtyEight daily. But that’s an indulgence.

I read some local Texas blogs, and check out the Texas LeftyBlogs wire along with BlogNet News/Texas.  There are also a few other blogs I read.  

On TV, I have CNN on as background sometimes when I’m eating dinner or cleaning.

I also suscribe to The Economist and The American Prospect and I read the BBC news web page.

One thing I’d suggest would be to take some of the time you may spend following the campaign, and read a book of political history instead. A good book of this kind will tell you plenty about the 2008 race. Without context we have nothing.

A title I can recommend is America’s Three Regimes–A New Political History by Morton Keller. It does a good job with American political history in less than three hundred pages.

July 25, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments