Weather Forecast


Amidst the keepsakes is slow push to equality

Memories are made for times like this.

Some readers may remember or even have records of that song and title. Dean Martin was one, but the song’s popularity brought it vocally out by many singers of the day.

At my advanced age, the need to get rid of so many "keepsakes" has me discarding many of those things.

Since education was my main course throughout my life, that was the bigger basket of keepsakes. One I want to share with you was made by a Boston preacher named Phillip Brooks in the late 1700s. I kept this definition of education that I thought and do yet, think it is great,


No misfortune can depress

No clime destroy

No enemy alienate

No despotism enslave

At home a friend

Abroad an introduction

In society an ornament

And in solitude a solace

In my case, I could have added that it provided bread and butter for me and my family. I didn’t get rich of course, but it was adequate for life’s necessities, which most of us have to earn in some fashion. A few lucky ones are born into families where money is no object, but most of us have to earn it all on our own.

In an earlier piece, I spoke about my good luck in life. One thing I forgot to mention is being born a male. Males have the advantage in so many ways and more of that is now being brought to light.

I was like most males and just thought that was the way it was and the way it should be.

Lucky for females, this is finally being considered seriously and efforts made to make it more equal.

Interesting discussion topic isn’t it? Why did it take so long?

We claim to be a democracy where fair play is a necessary practice. But luckily America and some other world countries are finally recognizing this faulty practice and seriously considering ways to alter present practice.

We know, though, that change is not easily brought about. Old practices are not changed with the snap of two fingers. People being presently favored under the old system are hesitant to lose favoritism that has long been in play. If any one of us were in a monarchy and had that favored blood, we would hate to have that favoritism taken away.

I won’t be around when that gender equality is in full practice or play. But I have five great-granddaughters so, it is good for me seeing each step of the way now to make it more equal. That could take a millennia, but we most seriously hope not.

Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at