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Foolish things
Looking Back
December 15, 2015

Foolish things

As I look back at some of the foolish things my friends and I did in our youth, I can only say, “What was I thinking???”

One of the pranks many of us pulled was calling people and asking, “Do you have Prince Albert in…

The sounds of music
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November 27, 2015

The sounds of music

I’ll bet just about everyone reading this column remembers bringing home papers from school that informed your parents about the opportunity to take lessons on a musical instrument. You could rent the instrument in the beginning and eventually buy it.

For me this musical opportunity…

A special neighbor
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November 11, 2015

A special neighbor

Odds are that most of us had someone in our lives while growing up who influenced us. We probably didn’t truly appreciate this fact until we aged. I didn’t have to go far to find the first person who made me feel very special. It…

Halloweens from yesteryear
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October 30, 2015

Halloweens from yesteryear

With Halloween right around the corner it’s fun to think about what that holiday was like back in the 50s and 60s–the time of my youth.

“Back in the day” it was very unusual to see kids trick-or-treating any place but in their own neighborhood….

The Outside Story: October showers
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October 16, 2015

The Outside Story: October showers

By Laurie Morrissey

We call them shooting stars, and they never fail to make us catch our breath in surprise and wonder. But they’re not stars at all. Those bright, brief streaks across the night sky are meteors. Clear skies permitting, the next few months…

Learning to drive
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October 16, 2015

Learning to drive

Back in the 1960s when I was old enough to get my license, the high school I attended (Mount St. Joseph Academy, or MSJ) did not have driver education. In my youth there didn’t seem to be the urgency that today’s teens have to get…

Remembering the fun of fall
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October 1, 2015

Remembering the fun of fall

Recently a friend forwarded to me a Facebook picture of my friend Betty Clark and me in a huge pile of leaves. The picture had been taken in front of my house and it appeared in the Rutland Herald in 1956. Our arms are raised…

School days of yesteryear
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September 24, 2015

School days of yesteryear

Every year at this time I have a twinge of envy for students who go back to school. Fortunately for my parents, I loved school from day one. In fact, I loved it so much that I would have been a “professional student” after college…

Remembering the fair
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September 18, 2015

Remembering the fair

When I was a little girl back in the 1950s this was a very exciting time of year. It was fair time! The fairgrounds have been located at 175 South Main Street in Rutland since 1856. The Vermont State Fair acquired its name in 1972….

The fish and love connection
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August 7, 2015

The fish and love connection

When I read about the recent engagement of Polly Lynn and Jason Mikula, co-publishers of The Mountain Times, it brought back memories of my own connection between “true love” and fish! In case you missed the article, Polly and Jason got engaged on the banks…