I think we all try to be forward thinking, and rejoice in the advances that our society has made in the few short years between the golden era and our current day, but I can't help but to feel a sense of deep loss sometimes when I think of what people could safely take for granted from the end of World War II through to the sixties. I just had a dream last night that I was a black-and-white Audrey Hepburn look-alike singing "Cheek to Cheek" like a songbird on a television special, surrounded by loved ones and costars including my dear Danny Kay, who, in my dream, was a friend as close as a brother. I woke up feeling a little sad, and put on a bit of my beloved vintage Chanel no. 5 cologne, realizing that by the time I'm an old woman, this smell will be but a distant memory. I have to wonder how much of this intense nostalgia is triggered by this dreadful Great Recession which has left me in an extremely precarious place in my ability to take care of my most basic needs, but then I've always felt this sense of nostalgia for a better time, even though my own father, born in 1950, never had had the abundance and security of the family that we associate with that time period. I know that our ideas are colored by idealistic depictions of that time period and in the films of that time, but I can't help to wonder, what exactly did we lose? What did our parents and grandparents take for granted? Did the people living through the Great Depression and the never-ending horror of the war that followed, suffer nostalgia for times past? Will we ever again live through a time when even a modest household can afford to have one parent stay home with the children and have a maid help around the house? When that maid might be able to use that money toward a child's education? Or was that all part of a system of exploitation that only few got to enjoy? What do we have now that makes up for this lack of security? Do you feel a lack of security in our future? Sorry if this is a bit of a downer, but these are questions that are burning in me and make me wonder about the nature of our collective obsessions. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts!