We live in an amazing world. As we’re waking up in the morning we can IM someone. We can Skype, poke, e-mail, text, twitter, and tweet…all day long. All day. Wow. Back in our log cabin days, who would have believed this? Today we can post our brilliant, witty comments online—for the entire world to see—on every topic in the world—whether we know anything about it or not. It’s positively electric!
Fortunately for our economy, most of us adhere to a Puritan work ethic. Recent articles point to the lengthy work week of Americans, who normally put in 50 to 70-hour weeks on the job. Sayings that praise work are well-known. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. And how about, Hard work never killed anybody. Or, Man works from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done.
This week on the Down East Journal, a Wilmington author explores a colonial era war in eastern North Carolina that allowed the state's western expansion. Plus, new commentary from Joan Carris and the Garden Journal. Listen for the Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
In the musical version of Charles Dickens’s novel OLIVER TWIST, Oliver and his fellow orphans sing about the joys of food. “Food, glorious food, I’m dying to try some….” Lovely voices, but the kids look and sound hungry. Certainly the thin, gray gruel in their bowls has nothing glorious about it.