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SoCS: Beyond the Headlines


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “page.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!

So many thoughts flittering around my head like the wind blowing the pages off the calendar in an old movie to show time going by faster and faster. STOP! Time is going by too fast already without that scene.

Remember when we used to read the newspaper? I guess some people still do. Back then, the funny pages were the best, especially on Sundays when they were in color. The front page had the “big” headlines. I’d read those before going to the comics. Like today, the headlines that get the most attention, up front and in your face, or your home page maybe, those are usually bad news. Controversy and conflict that the mainstream media thinks we want. Not to get on my soapbox, but you had to look for the good news and still do.

In small towns or small papers, they would publish things about who visited who or who was in town. I have a clipping one of my aunts saved and mailed from the paper in Green Bay about my dad. I’m sure it was not on the front page. I’m going to go find it.

I confess that I broke the rules by editing out the first couple of lines for privacy/security purposes. I had forgotten that my dad served as an orderly for the admiral on the USS Macon. That was before I was born and in the early part of his 20-year career as a USMC. Maybe my dad offered an element of security in addition to the orderly part since he was pretty tough and 6’2.

Going back to the funny pages, there used to be an expression, “I’ll see you in the funny papers.” Funny papers. Rolling papers. Hmmm. Paperwork sucks. I’m glad I don’t have much to do like I used to. What did pages do in medieval times? I’m surprised I spelled that right. I think I’d rather be a scribe. But maybe I don’t want to live back then. Did they even have toilet paper? Maybe I’m right where I’m supposed to be in time. Trust the Timing.

The last page in my story has a quote from this song:

So, what headline do you want to see on the front page?

To read more streams of consciousness and all about the rules, visit our host, Linda Hill HERE.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

31 thoughts on “SoCS: Beyond the Headlines

  1. It’s interesting to find old pages, especially when our family members are mentioned. Like you, I don’t miss pages and pages of paperwork.

  2. Our minds went in a similar direction this morning. I have a ‘Newspapers’ account for my genealogy research. Sometimes I look up articles for friends about their family. Things they may never have known. I have learned so much about my family that way.

  3. Nice post interesting to read about your Dad 💜

  4. Your dad looks very handsome in this photo.

  5. A wonderful ramble in your mind. Thanks for inviting us along.

  6. Mom used to read the paper very morning. She’d start with the obituaries, just to make sure she wasn’t one of them. One day, Dad’s aunt Genevieve was one of them, and Mom said she was taking the rest of the day off…

  7. Nice imagery with the pages turning on the calendar. The photo and post about your father are great to have. I read at least one newspaper online every morning. Sometimes if there’s too much bad news I skim past it.

    • Online news does make it easier to skim and skip to what we’re interested in, like the old newspapers. Glad you liked the calendar imagery which just popped up.

  8. Love the newspaper clipping of your dad’s unexpected visit home 🙂 Happy the day when we can see front page news of we the people working together to tackle our climate and ecological crises!

  9. I’ve always felt newspapers were filled with more bad news than good. I totally agree that we are where we are supposed to be

  10. “see you in the funny papers” – A long time since I thought of that. Your dad was a very handsome man.

  11. Very nice article about your dad. There is something about those small town papers. The place my dad hailed from had the Mouton eagle. They would publish the school lunch menu each week and announce things like “Teresa Ann turned 7 and had a birthday party …” real homey type stuff.

  12. Your have a nice blog, congratulations dear JoAnna

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