Vanishing America

Local Celebrity Roger Varland just loaned me his copy of Vanishing America, a book that chronicles the End of Main Street — Diners, Drive-Ins, Donut Shops, and Other Everyday Monuments. It is written (written?) by Michael Eastman. I say “written?” because it’s a book comprised mostly of images and not words. Do we “write” pictures? Anyway, the book is a collection of photographs that capture what was — the store in Cario, Illinois that has emblazoned on the front “If it new, DOTTY has it!”, right above a doorway that has been sealed off for years. 8-cent shoe repair, ads for Gold Medal Flour (“why not now?” it asks) and a big giant Indian Chief statue in Maine. It’s all old stuff that is well past its heyday (or never really had one to begin with).

Looking at all this old stuff reminds me of the story of my Faith. I can’t rely on the things that were fresh 2 months or 10 years ago; I must constantly find renewal in Jesus; otherwise, my spiritual life is destined for a coffee table book full of inert nostalgia.

Renew me today.

About radamdavidson

I'm a husband, dad, and pastor living in Portage, Michigan. I suppose I'm a euphoric melancholy generalist with average skills, experiences, and passions across several intertwined disciplines and hobbies including music, speaking, writing, leadership, ministry, and collecting cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, subscribe to my podcast (RadCast) or friend me on
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