For a number of years, I produced for the extended family a little newspaper called The Kent Kapers. It contained family news and a lot of ranting about actual news of the world at large. It started out as "A Growing Voice in the Midwest", but as members of my immediate and extended family began to gad about it became "A Growing Voice in the World", reaching isolated, excited readers from Germany to Fiji and points between.
With the arrival of the Internet, the news which would normally have gone into the Kapers began to to be dissipated though instant communiques from computer to computer. We all began to know too much about each other every day. No more surprising scoops for the Kapers. At this point in the development of the digital age, we even stare at each other through the magic of Skype. We can observe the bed hair, the crooked glasses, the spinach caught in the teeth, the bathrobe worn at noon.
I think the last issue of the Kapers reflected the immortal last words of Little Caesar": "Mother of Mercy, is this the end of the Kent Kapers?"
It was, at least for that version. But here we are again, reincarnated as a blog, called Kent Kapers ll. I have been requested to resurrect the sadly missed publication in this form. I do ask for contributions from far flung readers. I shall try to keep you informed and amused as I figure out how this is supposed to work.