• Why Resurrect The Old Stories Of Confederates, Cowboys, And Indians

    Why Resurrect The Old Stories Of Confederates, Cowboys, And Indians

    When I was young, a cowboy with a pony trailer used to turn up occasionally to take pictures of tykes old enough to hold onto a pommel. It was something you did once, creating a family keepsake. But you would be hard-pressed to find a picture of me as young boy without a cowboy hat, boots, and toy (but steel) six-shooters.

    No pony trailer ever turned up for my kids, so I imagine that tradition is long gone, which is too bad. To my mind, the disappearance of the pony man and the milk man and the helpful gas station attendant (remember them?) mark the vanishing of something valuable in American life, something that helped create community, that now much-abused word. READ MORE...