GRIEF IN THE 1960s

Thank you for being concerned about me, Amy.

But before I tell you why I'm feeling down I want to mention that it's quite the groovy outfit you're wearing in 1960-something. Seems like you're fitting into the decade very well.

Shhh. Yes, I heard you loud and clear. You crave a modern life. The 1960s aren't like the 21st century.  I know you're feeling sad about being stuck there this long ... and I also realize that the 1960s isn't a perfect decade to live in. It can be a real bummer, right?

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You must be hearing about the war in Viet Nam ...





... you must be hearing about poverty ...



... and lack of civil rights for diverse populations ...

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... and the protestors who are young like you, trying to make a positive difference in the world.

Well, of course I'm still trying to fix the time machine to get you back to the 21st century.

But don't make the mistake of thinking that the 21st century is perfect. 

You still want to know why I'm feeling sad?

I missed the deadline for entering my book into an important contest. 


That's all. That's why I'm feeling sad at the moment.

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Of course I realize it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

But missing this chance has gotten to me. I feel foolish and sad, just like everyone does now and then. 

True depression can be very serious and not easily resolved, though.

The term "depression" is derived from Latin and means, "to press down". 
In the 14th century, "to depress" meant to "bring down in spirits".
In 1665 English author Richard Bakerot referred to depression as someone having "a great depression of spirit".


In the 1950s, psychologist Albert Ellis's thinking was that depression stemmed from irrational "should" and "musts" - leading to self-blame.



By the 1960s where you currently exist, Amy, researchers are studying grief and depression. They'll soon come up with criteria based on patterns of symptoms, leading to a future of successful mental health treatments for those in need.

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Huh. Looks like you didn't hear a word I just said.

Anyway, the truth is that it's good to know  you're enjoying some of the wonderful things living in 1960-something can bring, like love and the hope for peace.

And that's not a bummer at all.

Bell Bottoms in the 1960s

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Yeah, peace to you too, man.


I just need to talk to Amy for a second, so if you wouldn't mind telling her to stop playing the guitar so she can communicate with me that would be great.

Excuse me? Just who am I? 

Well, if you must know, I'm a writer who happens to be the purveyor of a time machine.

Don't believe me, huh? How about I show you both what you're going to look like in 2018, and then you tell Amy to get her butt over here right now.

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I just need a minute to recalibrate the fluxator axiom against the system override zanpendant thingy and we'll be good to go ...

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... and here you are in 2018!


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Oh, hey Amy. That was fast.

What did I say to the hippie couple? They're freaking out?

Uh, nothing they'll believe, so don't worry about it. 


Just checking in to see how it's going in 1960-something - looks like you forgot to communicate with me ... again.

You're loving all the vintage bell bottoms? Uh, yeah, they're not vintage in 1960-something. They're a modern fashion statement for the counterculture youth.

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Wide-legged trousers were originally created for sailors in the 19th century.

Comfortable and easy to roll up when swabbing decks in bare feet or pulling off for an unexpected swim, they're still a part of various uniforms of the navy, although designed now with a straighter leg.



In the 1960s, bell bottoms are becoming a sought after fashion statement in Canada, the U.S. and Europe as the antiwar sentiment spreads..

Youth are rejecting uncomfortable and more formal attire ... and they're landing on the doorsteps of surplus military stores in search of leftover and unused navy bell bottoms.



For the nonconformists who aren't able to get to an army surplus store, fabric is being sown into straight-leg jeans with a "triangle" piece to widen the pants from the knee down.

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This is only the beginning for bell bottoms as they become a symbol of the culture of hippies and those into the trend.


Clothing firms are realizing an opportunity when they see one, and will soon be designing and manufacturing bell bottoms of their own.