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September 2017

Traveling in the Magical, Marvelous Station Wagon

My trips may be faster and more comfortable, but they’re infinitely less interesting than those treks across lonesome two-lanes and through small towns long vanished after being bypassed by four-lane freeways.

August 2017
Silver Screen, Golden Years

The Best Years of Our Lives

It is left to the minor characters of Butch and Al’s son, Rob, to introduce the post-war world for us by discussing the atom bomb. The central characters are too preoccupied with jobs, and fitting into their families and fitting into their clothes to care about the new geopolitical realities.

Vintage Vibes

Old Home Remedies

When my doctor said I needed to have a kidney stone surgically removed because it was too large to pass, I was not looking forward to the “passing” or to surgery so I eagerly listened when a member of a senior ladies Sunday school class whispered to me that she knew a cure for kidney stones.

Social Insecurity

Schools Today Look Nothing like Mine

Today, I see little kids staring at their phones while walking to the neighborhood elementary school in the morning....You never saw this when I was that age. If I had wanted to take my family’s gargantuan black phone to school, I would have needed a wheelbarrow.

July 2017
As I Recall...

The Residual Effects of the Great Depression

My grandparents were born in the late 1800s and my parents in the early 1900s – and all lived through the Great Depression and the above-mentioned wars. They never forgot the hard lessons they learned during those years and tried to teach them to my generation.

Leslie Goes Boom

A Mixed Bag of Memories

And who can forget S&H Green Stamps? Nowadays you can only find them in the attics and basements of those of us old enough to remember what they were. We find them, we hold them, we hesitate to throw away a book completely filled with stamps, but in the end, we toss them aside like everything else today.

Musings of an Undefeated Matriarch

Fourth of July, 1953

It sounded like a crazy story to me, but she said no, every word was true. She said the sheriff got a piece of rhubarb from Wisp’s garden and stuck it down his throat and kept it there until he threw up all the pills.

Musings of an Undefeated Matriarch

The Mystery of the Disappearing Bar of Soap

I know it’s only soap, but that’s how new things creep into our lives. Before we know it, our socks become dust rags, our buttons are replaced with Velcro, our oxfords give way to Reeboks, and our bandanas are tucked in a drawer and forgotten.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

Una Merkel’s Roadside Memorials

Get out of the car and take a picture of the family by Una Merkel's roadside marker, or take a peek at her mural in Covington, and take your hats off to a good ol' sassy peroxide blonde who was our best pal during the Depression.

One More Story...

Hope Springs Eternal

What was going to happen next?  Suddenly a shadow blotted out the sun. I was roughhoused backwards. I cried out, thinking a giant bird had swooped down to haul me away.

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