Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.
I see my brother Dave once a year when he packs up his family from Michigan and returns to his California roots. We invariably spend many an hour reminiscing, much like my father and uncle did sitting in the same patio 50 years ago, dredging up old memories and recalling "how it used to be."
I suppose there is a natural tendency toward the latter half of one's life span to compare the present with the past with the latter generally receiving more favorable ratings. But conversations about "the good old days" very often segue into "What's this world coming to?" and that can get pretty depressing, especially for people who are so stuck in the past that they regularly, and predictably, discount the future.