Little known facts:
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;
otherwise it will digest itself.
Babies are born without a kneecap of bone. It is formed later.
Some News hurts:
Sears is closing an additional 66 stores on top of the 180 closures already announced this year. My first thought, this is the first national store I can remember. Two things stick out in my mind, jumping from 1944 to my mind and senses today in 2017.
First: The only chicken name I remember. It was a special day when mama’s Rhode Island Reds arrived at our home near High Shoals. The mailman delivered them in amazing paste-board boxes. I can see the holes in those boxes as I type. I watched mama carefully put them in a ‘brooder’. A little contraption in the chicken house, warmed by a lightbulb. The little chicks huddled near that bulb. The chicks came to us via a catalog order to SEARS & ROEBUCK.
(I remember later wanting to write a story called, ‘My Mama Was a Light Bulb’.)
Second: I can remember the first time I went to a Sears & Roebuck store. We passed by an amazing candy counter. Most kids would have been mesmerized by the chocolate and colorful candy, not me. I was captivated by the smell of roasting cashews. I think dad got Shirl some candy but I know he bought me some cashews. I always loved nuts, but these were heavenly to a 5 year old.
Since 1887 the name Sears has been a household word. How could they fold? We who have been around a long time watched: K-Mart , Eckerd’s, Revco, McClellan’s, McCrory, Kress, Grants and thousands of others come and go. BUT Sears was a TOWER.
Then came Sam Walton. Mr. Sears did not read the writing on the wall, were complacent thinking, “WE are the king of the hill, we have outlived other upstarts.”
Walmart climbed to the top. Throw the Sears Catalog away, we will bring your treasures to the neighborhood. No need to wait on the mail man, WALMART is in your neighborhood.
And YES, I have used ‘last years’ Sears Catalog in the outhouse like millions of other folk.