Friday, October 06, 2023

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 No one is left from the Glenn Valley, Pennsylvania, Bridge Club who can tell us precisely when or why the group broke up, even though its forty-odd members were still playing regularly as recently as 1990, just as they had done for more than half a century. The shock in the Little Rock, Arkansas, Sertoma club, however, is still painful: in the mid-1980s, nearly fifty people had attended the weekly luncheon to plan activities to help the hearing- and speech- impaired, but a decade later only seven regulars continued to show up.

- From Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam

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