Looking Back

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September 14, 2016

Wannabes

From the time we are kids, life seems to make us “wannabe” something that we will probably never be. We might “wannabe” the kid who gets picked first by his classmates to play on a team. Or we might “wannabe” popular, pretty, handsome or thin….

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August 31, 2016

School time memories

The ads for “Back to School” items have been appearing in flyers for most of August. They bring back memories that are happy ones for me. Back in the 1950s every neighborhood in Rutland had a public school close by. I would have attended parochial…

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August 18, 2016

The growing stages of hobbies

By Mary Ellen Shaw Many of us learned some type of hobby from our parents. Perhaps we didn’t appreciate what we were taught at the time. But with age comes wisdom! My mother loved to crochet and do embroidery, along with a little knitting. All…

Looking Back
August 3, 2016

Safe and secure

The world is very safety conscious these days and that is a good thing.

When I look back into the 1950s, and before, I wonder why some of us are even here!

Many of the houses on our street had “garages” in the cellar. Ours…

Looking Back
July 21, 2016

Summers of yesteryear

For most of us no time passes faster than the summer months. Back when you were a student on school vacation it really zipped by.

Summer vacation officially started when we left school, chanting, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’…

Looking Back
July 7, 2016

Looking Back; Way back to the 1800s

 

Recently I looked back way beyond the days of my own yesteryear. A coffee meeting with two cousins took me back to the late1800s. One cousin, Betty, lives in Rutland so I see her often. I barely remembered my other cousin, Kathie, as I…

Kids’ birthday parties of yesteryear
Looking Back
June 23, 2016

Kids’ birthday parties of yesteryear

A group of friends met for breakfast the other day. One topic of conversation was children’s birthday parties in the 50s. A popular trend today is to celebrate at a rented venue. But we all remember our homes as “party headquarters” back in the day.

Looking Back: Hair Styles
Looking Back
June 9, 2016

Looking Back: Hair Styles

Did you ever look at an old picture of yourself and say, ”What was I thinking?” I have a feeling that females say that much more often than males.

In fact, many males (my husband included) have worn their hair the same way throughout their…

Looking Back: Lawns and gardens
Looking Back
May 26, 2016

Looking Back: Lawns and gardens

When May rolls around I am very anxious to spend time in my flower gardens and have fun playing in the dirt.

As we mature, we acquire a sense of pride in our property. We want our yards to look nice. This involves more than…

Sayings and fashion from yesteryear
Looking Back
May 12, 2016

Sayings and fashion from yesteryear

Most likely we can all come up with expressions that are clearly associated with our parents. It’s also likely that these expressions will be heard by future generations. After all, “they”say that we turn into our parents at some point in time.

When I was…