Tag Archives: mary ellen shaw

Looking Back
November 9, 2018

From cords to cordless

I was watching a talk show recently where the star of “Young Sheldon,” 10-year-old Iain Armitage, was a guest. He was asked what he thought about the various items on…

Looking Back
September 13, 2018

The days of cows and horses

By Mary Ellen Shaw When you have lived long enough in the City of Rutland to remember the days of cows and horses then you know that you have been…

Looking Back
August 30, 2018

Friends from different generations

Conversations with friends always bring up interesting topics. A recent one led us to the subject of people in our lives, who, though much older than we were “back in…

Looking Back
April 26, 2018

Playing outdoors in the 1950s

By Mary Ellen Shaw If you grew up in the 50s you probably spent a lot of time outdoors. There were no digital devices to keep your eyes glued to…

April 12, 2018

Banking and passwords

By Mary Ellen Shaw Back “in the day” if you wanted to deposit a check or get some cash, you went to the bank, saw a teller, and left with…

Looking Back
March 30, 2018

Decorating memories

By Mary Ellen Shaw The elements of decorating seem to come together so easily when you watch the process on HGTV. However, that hasn’t always been the case when I have…

Looking Back
November 8, 2017


By Mary Ellen Shaw You never know what you will find when you begin renovations. Our house was built in 1938. My parents bought it in 1944 and it has…

Looking Back
October 11, 2017

“Number, please?” No longer

By Mary Ellen Shaw Having grown up with party lines and phones without a dial, I am truly amazed by the way communication has changed. Dial phones were probably as…

Looking Back
August 31, 2017

The era of lunch counters

By Mary Ellen Shaw Coffee shops seem to be the trend these days. People want a spot to sit and relax, enjoy a cup of coffee and have something light…