Message from the Publisher


“Call me old fashioned, but…”

At times, I can hit a real roadblock when it comes to what I want to write about in my publisher’s message. Many times, however, as I’m out walking dogs it just hits me and if I don’t have my phone with, I have to try and “hold that thought” before it disappears into the recesses of my mind.

There will be times I’ll hurry home to quickly jot down my thoughts on a piece of paper, scribbling notes and ideas, even if they don’t yet make any sense. And yes, I usually just write them down and not use the computer, doing it the “old fashioned way.”

So there I had it, my topic for this month. I thought about all the things that I do or say which might be considered “old fashioned” to a younger generation. Simply using cursive writing can be considered the old fashion way of writing since using a computer would be much easier.

Some schools have even considered dropping the teaching of cursive writing. I’m not sure I quite understand this thinking as how would one sign a check, sign documents or even a card if they didn’t know how to use cursive? But there’s my old fashioned thinking – it’s replaced by electronic signature now; Just not the same.

I once had to apply for a job and the owner of the company insisted I hand write the reasons I wanted the job. He told me that one’s handwriting can tell a lot about a person. Indeed it does. Perfect penmanship is an art form now.

Then there’s technology. Yes, I could use a “Fitbit” to count my steps or tell me what my heart rate is, but by the end of the day, my knees tell me I’ve exceeded by ten thousand step goal, and falling asleep in a chair after only watching television for five minutes tells me my heart rate has slowed down. Call me old fashioned.

I’m proud of being old fashioned in many ways. Call me old fashioned, but I’m proud of being able to stand for the National Anthem with my hand on my heart, singing it loudly, knowing all the words and honor those who have served our country.

Call me old fashioned, but I’m proud to fly the flag to commemorate days such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, Veterans Day, Memorial Day or the 4th of July.

Call me old fashioned, but I like it when someone opens a door for me or closes it behind me or a man makes sure a lady is always away from the curb for protection. Or if I bump someone in a store or on a sidewalk, I apologize and make sure they are okay. Common courtesy should be a mandatory course, not an elective.

Call me old fashioned, but I don’t like the filthy language on television or in comedy acts. Give me shows like Carol Burnett, Dick Van Dyke or the Honeymooners or comedy from Bob Hope. They were funny without all the swear words.

Call me old fashioned, but I believe gifts should be acknowledged with a hand written thank you card, men should remove their hats in restaurants, children (and adults) should say please and thank you and older adults should be called by Mr. or Mrs. So and So and not by their first names (unless of course they give you permission.) And I still send Christmas cards!

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer to walk or ride a bike if I have a close destination to reach.

Call me old fashioned, but I still believe in work ethic and will try to instill a sense of responsibility, decent values, and personal integrity into my grandchildren.

Yes, I can be old fashioned in many ways; not to say I haven’t or won’t try new things, but being old fashion can be one way of keeping tradition or just keeping true to one’s self.

Years from now, I’m sure my grandchildren will be saying, “Oh grandma, you’re so old fashioned”, and yes, I can’t wait.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, be old fashioned and send your loved one a handmade Valentine or hand written love letter. Open that car door, make a homemade meal or dessert and surprise the one you love. The gifts from the heart are worth far more than the five dollars you’d spend on a store bought card. Anyone with an ounce of “old fashioned” in them would truly appreciate the thoughtfulness and they will treasure it for years to come.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

ONLY 48 DAYS TILL SPRING! But for those who somehow like the cold – enjoy the rest of winter. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

God Bless America. 

Barbara J. Piltaver, Publisher
People & Places Newspaper