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 times as customers take a look at my items when I do a craft show.

Looking Back
February 14, 2019

Gathering information the old-school way

By Mary Ellen Shaw

The method for obtaining information on any subject has certainly changed since my school days in the ’50s and ’60s.

I remember my mother getting a set of encyclopedias earned with her grocery store purchases. The books had a green, hard…

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 to the public.

One of these was the Cotillion. It began in 1949…

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 out your boxes of decorations you will find them filled not…

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 the set, many of which dated back to the years before he was born. The…

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 around for awhile!

Back in the 50s there was still some farmland…

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 the day”, later became our friends or coworkers as adults. Such relationships may seem a…

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 you know that I don’t do that from my 2003 Tracfone!


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 a screen. In fact, many homes in our area were just getting their first television.

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 changed the décor in my own home.

My inability to make a decision got its…