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  • A few years ago, classical musicians started doing “random acts of culture,” usually in busy shopping malls.
    All of a sudden, someone in the crowd would start singing or playing a violin and then others in the food court or on the escalator would join in until 10 or 20 or more voices and/or instruments would create a moment of cultural beauty while surprised shoppers stopped and listened, pulling out their cellphones to record it to share with their friends on Facebook or YouTube.

  • April 9, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • Recently, my husband came home from work and told me he was in charge of a project that involved the development and installation of a robot.
    Upon hearing this bit of news I became excited and my imagination began to conjure all manner of wonderful possibilities! My husband was going to make a robot! That staple of so many science fiction dramas! Robots have had so many incarnations! Television and movies have imbued robots with personalities as multifaceted as any human’s.

  • Recently, I met a woman who had moved to the area to stay with family after a painful divorce and some health problems on top of that.
    She had lost everything and was starting over.
    “I’m too old for this,” she said, although she didn’t divulge her age. She looked to be maybe 40, which isn’t old, but when you’ve lost everything and you’re starting over in a place you really, really, really don’t want to be but feel you have no choice and nowhere else to go, any age is too old, I suppose.

  • April 2, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • The last leg of the water tower epic is reaching the end; I hope. The day of the transmission of the photos, diagrams and my invoice ended on a surprisingly positive note.

  • Here’s a question for you: What is God like? From your gut, how would you characterize him?
    A number of years ago, Baylor University conducted a survey, asking people to choose words that described how they characterized God and his level of anger and also their perceived level of his involvement in the world.
    The researchers concluded that Americans viewed God in four distinct ways:

  • March 26, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Junior Heath Taylor, a member of the Trimble County Raiders basketball team this year, finished the season with a scoring average of 26.2 points per game. Taylor scored 655 points this season and had 199 rebounds. His highest scoring game came against Gallatin County when he scored 38 points. Taylor is the son of former Raider standout Mike Taylor (Class of 1967).

  • March 9, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • A number of years ago I got a phone call from a reader with a request.
    He said he was 90 years old and had outlived two wives, yet he wasn’t sure he knew what real love is and he hoped that I could explain it.
    I don’t know if he’s still one of my readers -- I haven’t heard from him since that one time. But if he is, here’s my best answer to his question:
    When I was in middle school, I loved red-haired Paul Minardi with all my 13-year-old heart. We passed notes in class and he walked me to homeroom, carrying my books.

  • We’ve all scanned through this agreement at the bottom of a computer document without reading, and clicked accept so that we could get on with our lives. This week I learned a hard lesson about the importance of reading the fine print. I now know not to ever, ever, ever take anything at face value again.

  • A few weeks ago, my pastor’s sermon made me squirm in my seat.
    We’ve been studying the Old Testament book of Exodus. That’s the book that talks about God rescuing the Israelites from their centuries of slavery in Egypt, all the plagues upon the Egyptians, how Moses parted the Red Sea and fed the Israelites with manna -- honey-tasting bread from heaven.
    At one point, Moses meets with God on Mt. Sinai where God gives him two stone tablets with his law written on them.
    God’s law is a gift to his people, my pastor said.

  • March 12, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • Welcome to Cuidad de Mexico! We had finally arrived in Mexico City! This city has embraced mass transit. The urban planners recognized the logic of employing a system to remove a percentage of vehicles from the crowded roadways while continuing to shuffle people along.

  • Last weekend I finally watched “Whiplash,” the movie with Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.
    Miles grew up here in Citrus County, and J.K. Simmons is the bald guy in the Farmer’s Insurance commercials and used to be the psychiatrist on “Law and Order”, plus he was in a whole bunch of other stuff.
    The movie focuses on the relationship between Andrew Neiman (Teller), a student drummer at an elite Juilliard-type music school in New York City, and the studio jazz band instructor, Terence Fletcher (Simmons).

  • March 5, 1987 (30 Years Ago)