Among the accumulation of stuff I have at home are photos and correspondence from a century or more of my family’s history.
These possess a sort of magic. People I knew briefly in my childhood as old and stooped blossom to life as young people full of energy and hope for the future. There are postcards from Utah, sent back to my grandmother in Norway, dated slightly more than 100 years ago. They urge her to come to the United States and enjoy the fun they were experiencing.
Ushers won’t let you sleep in the galleries of our nation’s capitol.
The stranger I sat next to in the Senate last week, no doubt weary from walking to points of interest and standing in lines on a muggy afternoon, closed his eyes as New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte prepared to speak. A Capitol usher quickly snapped her fingers and whispered harshly that there was “no sleeping in the gallery.”
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.