Looking Back

School is out…now what?
Looking Back
June 10, 2015

School is out…now what?

When I was a kid in the 50s there was a phrase I often heard chanted at this time of year, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks!”

I really liked school, so that chant didn’t come from my lips. However,…

Looking Back
May 27, 2015

Cars and Conveniences

The conveniences and safety factors in today’s cars were not in effect when I was growing up back in the 1950s.

A friend and I were reminiscing about car trips when we were kids. There were no seat belts and the cars I rode in…

Looking Back: Blossoms make memories
Looking Back
May 14, 2015

Looking Back: Blossoms make memories

Flowering trees are beginning to bud and perennial flowers are starting to poke their heads through the dirt. These brave souls endured a really frigid winter and will soon wow us with their tenacity.

Many of the annual blossoms in our yard have a…

Looking Back from New Jersey to Vermont
Looking Back
April 30, 2015

Looking Back from New Jersey to Vermont

Are you thinking that the ski season is ending and you don’t want to leave Vermont? Then don’t, if there is a way around it!

For some people life in Vermont compared to a big city just can’t be overlooked.

Looking back: TV in the ‘50s
Looking Back
April 15, 2015

Looking back: TV in the ‘50s

It’s hard to imagine the days when a TV was not part of a home. But that was the case on our street until the early 50s, when gradually families started to acquire one. Being told by your parents that they had…

Easter time
Looking Back
April 1, 2015

Easter time

With Easter upon us I can’t help but reminisce about how the occasion was celebrated back in my day.

The Easter Bunny certainly had his role just like today but because I grew up in a Catholic family the religious significance of this…

Looking Back: simple Sundays
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March 19, 2015

Looking Back: simple Sundays

Back in the ’50s it was easy to tell when it was Sunday. I’m not sure it’s so simple any more! Shopping was not an option, as downtown stores were closed except for small food stores, pharmacies and places that sold newspapers and sundry…

“Number, please:” the telephone
Looking Back
March 4, 2015

“Number, please:” the telephone

Anyone growing up in today’s world would be pretty amazed to learn what a person went through to talk on the telephone back in my youth. I am pretty sure they would not want to take a step back in time for that experience….