Most people think of "history" as "the past." But history is very much today. What happened two seconds ago is history.

Most people think of "history" as "the past." But history is very much today. What happened two seconds ago is history.
I am pretty much a "history" person in almost every stage of my life. It has very little to do with what I read or do, but is really how I act and feel.
The simple ways, simple talk and simple actions are my life. For example, I prefer simple food. Some call folks like this "meat and potato people." My spice rack has very few things, and some have only been used once because they were needed for a special dish. I have actually been throwing away spices that I have forgotten what they are or were used for.
As a reporter, I still use a notebook and pen, not a tape recorder. That, of course, makes me a dinosaur among journalists. So when my interview is over, I don't have every comment that was made. Listening to my subject during the interview, I note only what I feel is significant and write the "meaty" part down. That way, I can keep my features to a reasonable length that, hopefully, people will read and enjoy.
But, as I mentioned, I am a dinosaur reporter.
An old song says, "Give me the simple life." That's me. I don't spend a lot of time worrying about the kind of clothes I wear, the kind of house I live in, the kind of furniture I have, or the kind of car I drive.
But again, I am a dinosaur.
Recently there was a story I read about a city council that spent hours at a meeting discussing global warming. Of course, they came to no conclusion, but spent a lot of time on the subject and approved money for a study of global warming.
The article noted that this city had a major homeless population and a great segment of its citizens were poor. The author of the article wished that the city council would spend more time trying to help people. He noted that in the past, cities worked to improve the lives of its citizens and do things such as looking for and encourage businesses to provide jobs. They felt it was their obligation. They understood the value of work and that the value is more than providing money. Work teaches discipline, pride, skills, character and the understanding of such things as loyalty and getting to work on time.
These values, I believe, are extremely important to young people.
Speaking of simple, I recently read what Prince George wants for Christmas. This handsome young man is 3rd in line to the British throne. Here is a child whose family is fabulously rich, yet his Christmas wish list contained only one thing: a toy police car.
My kind of kid, a simple guy with simple wishes.
I can imagine that every police agency in Britain will send Prince George a police car for Christmas. But even if they don't, I am sure his parents can afford to get him one.

 

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.