Looking Back

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May 11, 2017

Popular products from the 50s

Life was certainly different back in the 50s compared to today.

I recently came across some ads from that era and they prompted me to take a look back at the products customers were enticed to buy and how the manufacturers went about it.

So…

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April 26, 2017

Tweaking our passions

When you reach your retirement years, hopefully you will be able to do the things you love. Your hobbies and passions in life probably had to take a back seat to work and family responsibilities during the years you were employed, but now they can…

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April 12, 2017

The library

I will admit that I have become a lost soul when it comes to using the library for reference material these days.

I was a pro at finding things in the old card catalogs. The Dewey Decimal System and I were good friends back then….

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March 29, 2017

How old is old?

Getting together with friends for coffee usually brings up a topic that shows our senior status. We reached the conclusion that “old” has a very different meaning depending on our own age at the time. To a young child, babysitters are in the “adult category”…

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March 1, 2017

The shortcuts we took

As we all know, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

During the aging process we sometimes take the “long way ‘round” to go places and do things. If you are with the love of your life, that might work out OK…

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February 15, 2017

Popular diets over the decades

Well, we are now into the second month of a new year. Did you make any resolutions? If so, how are they going? It’s no surprise that weight loss and fitness are the goals that many of us hope to achieve. I am among those…

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February 2, 2017

Remembering Rutland’s Rotary skating rink

In a recent column I mentioned that Rotary Rink in Rutland was a popular place to ice skate during my youth in the 1950s and 60s. However, its history dates back to the 1930s. The Rotary Club turned the property over to the city in…

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January 18, 2017

Skiing with a rope tow at the country club

When I was growing up in Rutland during the 50s and 60s you didn’t have to leave the city to experience downhill skiing. You simply headed to the Rutland Country Club on Grove Street.  There was a rope tow that brought you to the top…

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January 4, 2017

Hanging onto the old

I don’t know when I got so behind the times but I have a feeling that retirement is the culprit! I am happy in my little world of limited technology but when various items need replacing I am going to have quite the time adjusting….

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December 21, 2016

Winter fun – right in the neighborhood

I got my first taste of winter fun in the 1940s when I was bundled up and placed in a wooden sleigh that was made for a small child. I still have that sleigh today. It has a back to lean against, a wrought iron…