Rod Serling on Going Home Again

Every time I read something by Rod Serling, I think, “My God, that man knew how to write.” When I read the memoir penned by his daughter Anne Serling, I thought “that man knew how to love his family.” He may have worked too hard, smoked too much, and spent a lot of time thinking about the ills of society, but he found a way to make it work for him.

In the book Night Gallery with stories based on the TV series, Serling explores several of his favorite story-telling motifs. “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar” examines the idea that a man can’t go home again. After 25 years of service, Randy Lane is on the verge of losing his job to a back-stabbing assistant. As he descends into acceptance of the situation, with the help of copious amounts of alcohol, he takes part in hallucinations that come from his memories of 1945, the best year of his life. Lane learns that a man can’t go home again, but if he is lucky, his memories and friends from now will help him find a way back to the present, so he can live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Rod Serling is a gift to us as human beings. Find his stories and devour them. And then try, with a mighty effort, to live up to them. We’ll all be better for it.

At Lincoln City Archery, we provide archers the opportunity to increase their knowledge of traditional archery and practice their skills at our indoor archery range in Lincoln City, Oregon. Like traditional archery, reading books takes focus and concentration. Turning off your electronics and reading a book for an hour will improve your focus and concentration. If the story is good enough, it won’t even seem like practicing. Plus, it’s a great way to pass the time when you can’t make it to the range. Happy shooting, happy reading, and let’s get on target.

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