Within the last 18 months I have had to change my dentist, dermatologist, dental hygienist, oncologist and podiatrist. Most because they retired, one because my insurance company forced me to change.

Churches change pastors. Since the age of 20 I have sat under the ministry of nine different pastors. I couldn’t count all the preachers of my youth.

Politics change. I have watched the Democratic Party change into the Socialist Party and the Republican Party morph into the old Democrat Party.

Language has changed. Words used in so-called polite conversation today would have earned me a mouthful of soap as a child.

Words have changed meaning. Unisex, which should mean restricted to one sex, seems to mean that any one person can be as many sexes as he or she imagines his or herself to be. And remember that old container we used to heat water in? Well, it is now a substance to get high on.

Living today is like having your feet firmly planted in midair.

What hasn’t changed? Well, there is the weather, which is always reliably unpredictable. And those old standbys, death and taxes. And, thankfully, Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."

Anne Phillips

Ashland