Category Archives: Looking Back

Looking Back
February 28, 2019

Lost arts

By Mary Ellen Shaw Not only do I qualify as an “oldie” but apparently my favorite hobby is classified by some as a “lost art.” I am told that numerous…

January 1, 2019

Days of formal attire

During my teenage years in the 50s and 60s there were a couple of opportunities in Rutland to get dressed up in a gown and attend a formal event open…

December 18, 2018

Decorations and memories

Some of us (and that includes me) have had our Christmas decorations up since the day after Thanksgiving. But by mid-December “the spirit moves” just about everyone. As you bring…

Looking Back
November 9, 2018

From cords to cordless

I was watching a talk show recently where the star of “Young Sheldon,” 10-year-old Iain Armitage, was a guest. He was asked what he thought about the various items on…

Looking Back
September 13, 2018

The days of cows and horses

By Mary Ellen Shaw When you have lived long enough in the City of Rutland to remember the days of cows and horses then you know that you have been…

Looking Back
August 30, 2018

Friends from different generations

Conversations with friends always bring up interesting topics. A recent one led us to the subject of people in our lives, who, though much older than we were “back in…

Looking Back
July 5, 2018

The days of trading stamps

In today’s world you can save money by downloading coupons to your phone and save money as you shop. Of course, if you follow my column on a regular basis…

Looking Back
April 26, 2018

Playing outdoors in the 1950s

By Mary Ellen Shaw If you grew up in the 50s you probably spent a lot of time outdoors. There were no digital devices to keep your eyes glued to…

Looking Back
March 30, 2018

Decorating memories

By Mary Ellen Shaw The elements of decorating seem to come together so easily when you watch the process on HGTV. However, that hasn’t always been the case when I have…