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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
This blog relates to life observations before and after age 50. Basically how change is inevitable and affects the way we see things
Our Obssession with the Past
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By Lori Broschat
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in ...
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This Side of 50
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in July 2014. I love to write and have some published works. Blogging is a hobby of mine and this will be my third blog. I have a grown daughter named Ashley who is a student and sometime resident of Devils Lake. I am a movie buff, an Anglophile, and I possess more books than I have time to read!
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I've previously confessed myself as an Anglophile, one who is truly fascinated with and impressed by all things British (well, steak and kidney pie and Haggis notwithstanding).  My first visit to England felt like a homecoming.  This was after years of watching British television and films and listening to British bands.  A funny side note:  As a young adult I loved the song "Our House" by Madness.  There's a lyric that says "The kids are playing up downstairs," which I never understood.  How can you be up and down at the same time?  It wasn't until I visited England that I realized playing up meant  being naughty or disobedient.  What a great sense of satisfaction I felt after 20+ years!



My main appreciation for the UK is its history and its age.  Where others see crumbling old buildings and ruins I see charm and dignity.  To stand in a place where the Romans once ruled and Celts performed ancient worship rites is amazing to me.  I try to imagine those who passed through the doors of the cathedrals, who sat on the thrones or patronized the shops.  As a citizen of a country merely a couple of centuries old I don't find the same thrill at home, although I do love my country.



Clearly I am not alone.  Just look at any television schedule and you will find forays into the past civilizations. Millions of viewers hang on the plot lines of Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, and the Vikiings, to name a few.  Living vicariously through these dramas can be a bit addictive.  Obviously some become more uninvolved than others, as online communities pop up and social media posts urge others not to post spoilers.  For those who record rather than watch live, a mention of the last episode can bring feuding words.  Some fans love collecting memorabilia of their favorite shows, albeit the nature of replicas being rather commercial.  We still love our tokens of fandom!



I suppose we enjoy these programs and movies as escapism from the humdrum of our ordinary lives.  Certainly none of us actually wants to go back to a time of bathing once a year or using a chamber port.  We all appreciate the ease with which we perform the tasks of our lives now, to the point of electronic upgrades every year.  It must be the romance and the elegance and the daring that is a part of entering the past that draws us in as with other popular types of fantasy like zombies, vampires, and time travelers.



I can't imagine myself ever not being wild about the British Isles.  Half of my family's legacy began there.  If it were not for BBC America and PBS I'd probably have withdrawal.  All I know is whenever I see an English landscape or landmark I get a strange feeling of longing in the pit of my stomach.  Part of me will always remain there and I'm happy to live in the past of others (not my own, which is never healthy!)

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