There was a great front page article in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday by P. J. Huffstutter, entitled Depression lessons last for a lifetime. You can read it online at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-on-the-edge15-2009feb15,0,2273147.story.
Great oral history interviews, from those who were children in the 1930's. They talk about eating endless gallons of soup, wearing the same dress everyday, and storing food-just in case.
Many of the lessons are things we should be doing in our own lives. Storing food can be helpful in all types of hard times, financial or even when a natural disaster strikes. Some of the stories, are a good reminder that even with the hardships we face now, we probably have more than they did during the depression era. That doesn't make our struggles now any easier. It's just a good reminder of what our families endured. They got through it-and so will we.