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"Andy Rooney's Sunday night observations on 60 mins are an American establishment, shaping the best way humans see every thing from espresso percolators to the kingdom of the nation."

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In a haunting and mournful tone, he sang “Oh, it’s a long while from May to December . . but the days grow short when you reach September. . Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few . . ” The song is enough to make a person in the fall of life consider suicide. A lot of poets of the past have used autumn to ring their death knells. ” William Cullen Bryant was a lot of fun writing about it, too. The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year Of wailing winds and naked woods and meadows brown and sere.

Barns There’s nothing Americans of another age have built on the land that makes more difference to what our country looks like than barns. When you drive a long distance and get out of town, you look out your car window and what do you see? In many parts of the Country you see barns. You see lots and lots of barns. Barns look good because they’re built for what they do. Nothing fake about a barn. Skyscrapers have been tortured into shape by architects who had only some vague idea what would happen inside them.

The sound of a typewriter clacking away is a sound I miss now that everyone is writing on computers that just go ticky tack. In summer I like the sound of a screen door slapping shut. The eerie sound of a distant train whistle is distinctive. Noises in war were important. A good infantryman could identify a dozen weapons by the noise they made. It was important for the soldier to know whether the sound he heard was from the rifle of a friend or a foe. Ornithologists have certainly studied the sound birds make but no one, to my knowledge, has ever done a report on the sound a house makes in the middle of the night.

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