What does it mean to a small town like ours with some 7,500 citizens when we lose another downtown business. That was the discussion at coffee this morning as our local "Hometown Hardware" continues their closing out sale. The store is located on our city square and carried a great inventory of everything a "Happy Home Owner" might need or want. Within the past few years we have lost our Shoe Store, our Men's Clothing Stores, a local Drug Store, and others. Yes we still have a downtown Lumber Yard where you can get some of the things the Hardware store carried. And there is the Walmart store just a short drive from downtown. Lincoln is only 25 miles away and "Internet shopping" is as close as your computer. But we miss each of these "hometown" businesses as they pass on, it's like missing "old friends", maybe we don't need them as much as we once did but what makes for "The Good Life"? What makes a community of shared interest? Where is it taking us??