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  •  Very poignant observations and perceptions (6+ / 0-)

    Thank you for this. I feel a sort of solidarity with you and the others who have posted here.

    I am close to sixty now, incredibly ( how did that happen? ). I'm a professional trainer for would-be civil society workers, all those young altruists who want to go do the right thing in the poorest and most violence ridden places.  We're doing project management training for field operatives, so no computers, minimally functional cell phones. They have to work solely with face-to-face communications and paper or chalkboards for project planning, since that's what they'll encounter in the field. It is unimaginable how many 25 - 30-year-olds cannot write long hand! Their painfully awkward and slow writing on the chalkboard is reminiscent of literacy classes. Neither can many work on paper to do planning: without apps, they are severely handicapped.

    My cotrainer, a woman about my age, and I regale them with stories of platform shoes and young women not shaving their legs and armpits and the "hip" among us not bothering to go to the jobs fairs because we knew we could get work any time we wanted. The trainees look at us as though we've sprouted horns. But it makes us human to them and gives us cred somehow. It helps us reach them with the training.

    "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

    by Evoculture on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 09:08:19 AM PST

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