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The Saturday Evening Post

The Saturday Evening Post March/April 2019

The Saturday Evening Post, America’s oldest magazine, is a bimonthly publication dedicated to celebrating America – past, present and future. The Post delivers an historic perspective on the news that only a publication with its deep roots can provide.

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2 min.
one great sight

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon’s status as a national park. Six million come to see the Grand Canyon each year. I first saw this magnificent sight in my 20s, and I’ve been back many times, always feeling a thrill — a mix of acrophobia and wonder — standing on the rim, leaning out a bit and staring down at the sparkling Colorado River below. Like me, most visitors view it from the top. Few get to experience the Grand Canyon from the depths. So we commissioned travel writer Margie Goldsmith to get down in it on a two-week raft trip on the Colorado River, which snakes, lazily in some spots and ferociously in others, through the Canyon. It was a stunning experience, and readers will share…

6 min.
secrets of the ice

What Glaciers Teach Us The crucial cutting-edge research by scientist Alison Criscitiello (“Secrets of the Ice,” Jan/Feb) must continue regardless of cost, which is nothing compared to the cost of unabated global warming. Bob McGowan Jr., online comment It Goes with Everything In stark contrast to articles in today’s newspapers, which require an industrial-strength antacid as a chaser, “The History of Ketchup” (Backstory, Jan/Feb) is more, well, ketchupy — delicious and complementary to your other great articles. Steven Friedman, Scranton, Pennsylvania Your article mentioned that 97 percent of households have ketchup in the fridge. We must be in the other three percent because we’ve never refrigerated it. Although some brands recommend “for best results, refrigerate after opening,” we’ve been keeping our ketchup in the cupboard for over 50 years without any problems. John Benz, Wautoma, Wisconsin EDITOR’S NOTE:…

9 min.
real books, made of paper

When Jeff Bezos unvei led t he f i r st Kindle in 2007, I ordered it straightaway. As a lifelong fetishist of the book, this didn’t quite feel right. But I withstood a surge of guilt about my small role in the metamorphosis of reading. In truth, the device was the invention of my dreams. The bookstore and the book, two of my favorite things, had merged into one piece of hardware. There was the promise that every volume in existence could be downloaded to the hand in less time than it took to yawn. The device itself was wonky. It came with a keyboard that barely worked and an inelegant joystick that tested manual dexterity. Pages flipped at the wrong moment. The Kindle, however, was magic. I went on…

3 min.
slow learner

Just as we were settling into winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on the dangers awaiting us because of climate change. I read a synopsis of the report, which warned of an increase in cataclysmic storms, the dying off of certain animals, the prevalence of drought, and the risk to agriculture, all of which alarmed me. What the report failed to mention was how sayings I once depended upon are no longer true. April showers no longer bring May flowers. Now the showers come in March and the flowers show up in April, a month early. Not that I’m complaining. I long for the days before climate change, when people respected science regardless of their political or religious affiliation. Despite the early arrival of spring, I long for the days…

6 min.
base paths of glory

In the annals of Wiffle Ball, that breezy June afternoon in 1966 will forever remain etched in gravel. My brother Martin stood on the pitcher’s mound, a dimly defined region between first base (the end of a downspout at the rear corner of our house) and third base (a piece of wood). It was just the two of us. “Up at bat is Bill Newcott,” he said, narrating the game from the playing field. “He looks like he’d really like to put one out of here today. Here comes the pitch …” A hollow thud echoed through the neighborhood, the sound of a plastic ball catching the sweet spot of a plastic bat, not that inconsequential “click” you heard most of the time. No, this was a good, throaty, slugger’s “whoomp.” “Holy cow!” Martin…

1 min.
game night!

Here’s how to set one up: Invite five to eight people: Fewer isn’t fun and more is awkward. Set up a buffet: A sit-down meal takes too long to prep and eat. Hint: Pop artisanal flatbreads from stores like Trader Joe’s in the oven as guests arrive for hot food in minutes. Clear the coffee or high-top table: Pull up cushions or stools for a casual feel. Know your audience. Here’s a trio of easy-to-find games to consider: Extroverts: Speak Out — players wear a mouthpiece and read a phrase that teammates try to decipher, ages 16 and over, 4-5 players. Families: Exploding Kittens — strategic version of Russian Roulette (but no one dies!), ages 7 and up, 2-5 players, 15 minutes. Team play: Codenames — two teams compete to…