Looking Back

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
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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…

Drug stores and soda fountains
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April 27, 2016

Drug stores and soda fountains

Back in the 1950s when I was a child if you wanted an ice cream soda or a sundae, you could head to one of the downtown Rutland drug stores. They had lunch counters where you could get sandwiches and ice cream treats.

These stores…

The lost art of letters
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April 13, 2016

The lost art of letters

When is the last time you received a letter in the mail? I bet it’s been awhile unless there is someone in your life who actually owns a box of stationery and enjoys taking “pen in hand.” Letter writing is slowly becoming a lost art.

The days of typewriters and mimeographs
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March 30, 2016

The days of typewriters and mimeographs

Oh, how life has changed over the years! You don’t give it much thought until you stop and think about the “then and now.”

As I sit at my computer I recall the days of my high school typing class. We rolled the…

Irish memories
Looking Back
March 23, 2016

Irish memories

They say that everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day! But I can truly claim that nationality. Two of my grandparents were born in Ireland. Online genealogies can provide us with the names of our ancestors but only our relatives can tell us stories…

Looking Back
March 2, 2016

Looking Back: The phases of friendship

Friendship has phases that begin with our childhood friends and continue throughout our entire life. When we are old enough to go outside and play with the children in our neighborhood, we begin the process of choosing our friends. We sort out the traits and…

Radios and record players
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February 17, 2016

Radios and record players

In my last column I reminisced about the various dances that were popular in my youth. That trip down Memory Lane made me think of the various ways we listened to music over the years.

When I was a youngster back in the…