Issue 11: Nostalgia

Published July 2012

Sure, the past is not meant to be lived in, but it certainly can inform our future. This issue is not meant to be a sappy recollection of the good ol’ days but an exercise in remembering.

 

EDITOR’S LETTER

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of putting together this issue was the finding, the digging into tattered cardboard boxes and sifting through hundreds of childhood photos. The wrinkled Ziploc bags, labeled hastily with titles like “family – give away,” “judo camp” or “high school gang,” hold decades-worth of memories and capture moments likely to have been forgetten. Smiling faces frozen in time at a wedding, a graduation, a Christmas party – Disneyland; sad ones too, the tears after a season-ending soccer game, the pout after being left out at a childhood sleepover.

This, our Nostalgia issue, is not meant to be a sappy recollection of the good ol’ days but an exercise in remembering. To remember to make it a point to reminisce, to sit down and spend a few quiet moments with an old timer, parent or grandparent – or our own thoughts – and hear about the time they walked 20 miles, barefoot, to get to work; when a dozen eggs cost two quarters and a drive-in movie was less than a dollar; when kids swam in pools created by rain and neighborhood doors were all left unlocked; a day with the family spent at the park, picnicking and running relay races.

It’s obvious, but it must be said: The reason it’s important to remember is so we don’t forget. Sure, the past is not meant to be lived in, but it certainly can inform our future.



Big Wind Kites

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MU‘UMU‘U DAYS

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