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Eric Bergeson: Young or old, we’re all ‘phonies’

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It’s not just the kids.

Last week, I observed a retired Midwestern gentleman walking his golden retriever near the beach. I heard his phone beep. A text message had arrived.

He pulled off the sidewalk, dug out his phone, and sat on a bench. As he read the message, he absent-mindedly draped the end of the leash over his leg.

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