Looking Back

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 changed the décor in my own home. My inability to […]

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Looking Back

Seaweed?

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 been home to me ever since, with the exception of […]

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Looking Back

“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 welcome to my parents’ generation as cell phones are to […]

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Looking Back

The days of factories

By Mary Ellen Shaw If you lived in the Rutland area back in “yesteryear,” you will remember the numerous jobs that were available in area factories. ”Yesteryear” from the point of view of my own early remembrances goes back to […]

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Looking Back

The neighborhood concept

By Mary Ellen Shaw If you have a garden area that is close to the street you get to meet a lot of people while you work. These people seem to fit into the category of “walkers”—dog walkers, fitness walkers […]

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