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the past 100 years are advances in healthcare — organ transplants, laser and microscopic surgery, polio vaccine. Then there’s space travel, big government, Social Security, cappuccino, Jacuzzi, floss, automatic transmissions, entertainment industry, wireless, TV, radio, computerized toys. CDs and other electronic devices have replaced eight tracks, cassettes and 78 RPM records. How about the gadgets we can’t live without, like microwaves, dishwashers, computers, fax machines, cell phones, digital cameras, ATMs, credit cards, Internet shopping, and the list goes on! I can still remember when we were called Arkansawyers instead of Arkansans (I prefer the former ); when Miss and Mrs. became Ms. (I still detest that title, yet am forced to use it); when we knew almost everyone in town and especially our neighbors. There were few self-help books when I was raising my children. Around the ‘70s books began to abound on such subjects as child rearing, parenting, marriage and mental and emotional health that greatly a

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 01/18/2012

Print Headline: Changes during my lifetime

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