There Is No Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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There Is No

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

 

 

No Slouching Towards Bethletham

 

 

 

There Is No Slouching Towards Bethlehem 

 

It has been quite some time since I have read anything by Joan Didion the author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem a collection of essays that share a glimpse of what was happening in the  1960s as that decade was unfolding. Her storytelling voice is an important one to hear I believe. 

 

We tell ourselves stories in order to live 

                                                                                                   Joan Didion 

 

Although they are of a similar age and my Mom reads extensively we have not discussed Ms. Didion or her writings.  However, I do remember hearing "Don't slouch" often during and beyond adolescence and that request was in the back of my mind from the first time I became aware of the book.  That not-so-subtle suggestion must have worked because years later someone in my office asked if I had attended military school because of her observation of me always standing up so straight whenever she noticed me within eye shot.   I don't have any childhood recollections of my Mother confirming that her plea of better posture was being followed so I thanked the other agent for the compliment and didn't think much about it until...    

 

That maternal voice became a thought bubble in a comic strip kind of way recently.  Seemingly out of nowhere.  Joan Didion was nowhere in sight.  Ditto my Mother.  But was it there for a reason?  Maybe so.  Stand up straight.  I imagine it was good advice back in the dayS of my youth so why not now?  Once again I digress.  Now it's onward.  Not to Bethlehem, mind you, but forward.  Of course.   And of course, no slouching.  

 

 

 

 

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

There Is No

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

 

 

 

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Michael Jacobs

 

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P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

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James Dray - like real estate, the art or act of not slouching takes time.  And certainly a lot of effort.

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - that's quite a "rest time" activity.  

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - it must be true.  Many of us do become our parents. 

Jun 10, 2019 07:58 AM #19
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Hi Michael- I heard a lot of "stand up straight" growing up as well as "don't slouch." 

Jun 10, 2019 10:49 AM #20
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Michael, I don't recall ever hearing it from my parents but, riding horses for so many years gave me good posture. Head up, shoulders back is ingrained in my brain from all the lessons. I hope it always stays that way. Your post intrigues me about Slouching Towards Bethlehem, sounds like an interesting read. 

Jun 10, 2019 11:49 AM #21
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Kathy Streib - as I am gleaning from the comments it appears the "stand up correctly" command/request is one made by a lot of parents.

Amanda S. Davidson - ah, I imagine those particular lessons have been successful in a various forms.  A terrific experience.  

 

 

Jun 10, 2019 03:13 PM #22
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I am constantly catching my self at the computer with less than ideal posture. I'm advidly working on it - yoga and pilates help too. There is even an Apple device you can put on your back to vibrate and remind you to "stop slouching." Just like mom! 

Jun 10, 2019 04:52 PM #23
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - of course, there is a device to remind you to  "stop slouching". 

Jun 10, 2019 05:44 PM #24
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The reminder to stand up straight is appropriate for some of us in the advanced seniors category.

Jun 11, 2019 07:47 AM #25
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Hi Michael Jacobs, I moved my shoulders back as I was reading your post. Like yours, my mom too often told me not to slouch and practice walking straight with an encyclopedia on the top of my head. 

Jun 11, 2019 08:55 AM #26
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Beth Atalay - that combination could be quite helpful.  For posture and for studying if utilized correctly.  

Jun 11, 2019 09:16 AM #27
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Hi Michael Jacobs - I was pondering as I was reading your post, thinking about the great ergonomic chairs we have now that did not exist when we were younger. No slouching is key!

Jun 11, 2019 09:20 AM #28
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - your comment lead me to a search of the history ergonomics and I was surprised to learn of discussions of the topic goes back to the 1850s as how it relates to working conditions.  Thank you for the comment which prompted me to explore.  

Jun 11, 2019 10:05 AM #29
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Roy Kelley - standing up straight is an issue for us at any age.  Remaining mindful of changes in posture is important.  

Jun 11, 2019 10:49 AM #30
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My posture and my attitude...frequently brought to my attention via my mom. Thanks, Michael, for the memories. LOL

Jun 11, 2019 03:26 PM #31
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Sharon Tara - you're welcome. Now, make sure to stand up straight. And watch your attitude too, Missy.  

Jun 11, 2019 03:57 PM #32
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Michael, have not read anything by this author, but know slouching does give you neck problems! 

Jun 13, 2019 07:26 AM #33
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Joan Cox - neck and other issues can develop when slouching takes place.  Not good for balancing books on one's head either.   

Jun 13, 2019 08:40 AM #34
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Good morning Michael Jacobs ,

I had to swing by to see what you were pondering these days. As i read your post I found myself sitting up straighter. My mom and dad always preached about slouching and attitude..I remember hearing.."Better watch the attitude Missy" I always pretended they just didn't know my name..who the heck is Missy?? LOL!

Jun 17, 2019 05:58 AM #35
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It seems memories bring back some laughter, right Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR ?

Jun 17, 2019 06:02 AM #36
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A lot of health issues would be less problematic if we slouched less.

Jun 18, 2019 06:49 PM #37
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Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! - you're so right. 

Jun 19, 2019 05:24 PM #38
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