What We Can Do in the Sublime

Your longings are universal longings

John P. Weiss
Personal Growth

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All photos by John P. Weiss

I grew up in a time when television was king.

Everyone was watching Star Trek, daytime soap operas, the evening news with Walter Cronkite, police shows like Starsky & Hutch, comedies like Sanford & Son, and evening dramas like The Rockford Files and The Six Million Dollar Man. At school, my classmates and I chattered about the programs we watched. And we imitated our heroes, like the actor Henry Winkler’s “Fonzie” on the sitcom Happy Days.

Dad would sit with my mother, sister, and me in the evenings as we watched all those shows.

But Dad always had a book in his hands, and he seldom looked up to see what we were engrossed in. Sometimes, Dad reminisced about before television, when his family sat around and listened to radio programs or read books for entertainment. “The radio was great,” he’d say, “because you could imagine everything you heard. And our imaginations are limitless.”

He felt the same way about books.

As a young man, I thought that my father was a relic who grew up in the dark ages. Even his old family photos were in black and white.

Once in a while, a history program or movie on TV would pique my father’s curiosity. And sometimes he enjoyed shows like All in the…

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John P. Weiss
Personal Growth

I write books, stories and essays about life, often illustrated with my photography and artwork. JohnPWeiss.com.