Free Spirits


Being joyful and vital does not necessarily correlate with chronological age. I’ve met children who are bursting with creativity and happiness and people who are older than me who love to explore new concepts, try new activities, and bubble over with joie de vivre. On the other hand, I’ve encountered other people who are in their late adolescence who have become attached to dogmatic ways of thinking and seem much older than their ages.

Jonathan Winters

One of the young-minded older people who was quite a free spirit was my late great-uncle Norman. He served as the Postmaster in the tiny village of Concord, Nebraska. His appearance and much of his behavior were more than passing resemblances of the classic comedian Jonathan Winters. Both men had a clean sense of humor that was laced with innuendo. Even their laughs were very much alike. I believe that uncle Norman was Jonathan…

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