John Messeder


Time goes on, and things change.

I still know how to write with a pencil, which is a handy skill because the wizards who make smartphones have a way to go before I can talk to my phone and have it accurately transcribe thoughts. Too often, when I try to read what I spoke, I discover what the device heard differs some from the marvelously assembled verbiage that I’m certain I said.

John Messeder is an award-winning environmental columnist and social anthropologist, and lives in Gettysburg, PA. He may be contacted at

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