Looking Back

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!

Back…

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…

Looking Back
November 8, 2017

Seaweed?

By Mary Ellen Shaw

You never know what you will find when you begin renovations.

Our house was built in 1938. My parents bought it in 1944 and it has been home to me ever since, with the exception of a few…

Looking Back
October 11, 2017

“Number, please?” No longer

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Having grown up with party lines and phones without a dial, I am truly amazed by the way communication has changed. Dial phones were probably as welcome to my parents’ generation as cell phones are to mine.

But what is the…

Looking Back
August 31, 2017

The era of lunch counters

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Coffee shops seem to be the trend these days. People want a spot to sit and relax, enjoy a cup of coffee and have something light to eat.

Back in my youth, during the 50s and 60s, people did that at…

Looking Back
August 16, 2017

The days of factories

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you lived in the Rutland area back in “yesteryear,” you will remember the numerous jobs that were available in area factories. ”Yesteryear” from the point of view of my own early remembrances goes back to the 50s and 60s….

Looking Back
August 2, 2017

The neighborhood concept

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you have a garden area that is close to the street you get to meet a lot of people while you work.

These people seem to fit into the category of “walkers”—dog walkers, fitness walkers and stroller pushers.

I am…