I looked forward to my very first day of school with mixed emotions. It was 1957, summer was over, and days of aimless fun were coming to an end. On the other hand, there was excitement about that big complex of brick buildings four crosswalks from our house, Hillview Crest Elementary School. Finally, there was the trepidation that every youngster feels about leaving the parental nest and facing up to the responsibilities of being an American student.
I don’t think I slept a wink that Sunday night. What would my teacher be like, my classmates? I’d only known family playmates, like my own cousins, or kids that lived on my own block. On Monday morning I’d be thrown in with the children of society at large, and the institution of compulsory education. I had no idea what to expect. Continue reading
As many of our readers know, my husband Frank was “born in South Boston in a 3-decker flat;” and after we married and had four children, we moved to Wrentham, Massachusetts and, of course, visited Boston’s downtown area on many occasions. Boston’s colorful history is the stuff of books and legends. Many of the city’s landmarks are well known. There are the stops along the Freedom Trail, Paul Revere’s house, The Old North Church, The Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution, just to name a few.
Then, there is the Golden Teapot on Court Street that hangs above what is now a Starbucks coffee shop. Continue reading
Okay, we all know (we women, that is!) that the best medicine for daily frustrations and/or ongoing drama in the family that is wearing us out is “SHOE SHOPPING!” There are many reasons for this. One can shoe shop without fear of “sizing up,” weight gain or complexion breakouts. Our feet are just that, “our feet” and the cut of the shoe or height of the heel isn’t our fault! There is no hiding in dressing rooms. There are no worries about shoes “making us look fat.” In fact, if you have just had a pedicure you can show it off in between try-ons! And, the women sitting around you will go green with envy, since they are overdue for such pampering. Continue reading
No more hot dogs
No more s’mores
No more extra summer chores
If there’s an end-of-school chant, shouldn’t there be one for back-to-school too? Not just for kids but also for the many adults headed back to school as well. As we move gently to cooler weather, which sends us to sleep sooner and less time outdoors and also less exercise, we need to think of boosting our immunity. Continue reading
I know it’s hot and this is the last thing you really want to think about; but now is the time to consider your winter garden. Many people are what I call summer gardeners, and that is a lot of fun, and great exercise. If you play your cards right, gardening can save you a lot of money while improving your health! Talk about a win-win situation! The fact remains, when the heat is on, few of us think about starting seeds. Continue reading
They’re back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins!
Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services:
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus’ Continue reading
The Convention of 1787 was the capstone in a chain of events that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
America’s first attempt at a national governing document was in 1777 with the Articles of Confederation. It went into effect in 1781, but its deficiencies were quickly apparent, so in 1786, the Annapolis Convention called for a body to assemble to address its many weaknesses. What is known as the Constitutional Convention then gathered in Philadelphia in 1787. Continue reading
This month marks the 77th anniversary of a World War II milestone few people know about. It’s the story of a Polish army captain named Witold Pilecki.
At the conclusion of World War I, for the first time since 1795, Poland was reconstituted as an independent nation, but it was immediately embroiled in war with Lenin’s Russia. Pilecki joined the fight against the Bolsheviks when he was 17, first on the front and then from behind enemy lines. For two years he fought gallantly and was twice awarded the prestigious Cross of Valor.
In August 1939, Hitler and Stalin secretly agreed to divide Poland between them. On September 1, the Nazis attacked the country from the west, and two weeks later, the Soviets invaded from the east. The world was at war again — and so was Pilecki. Continue reading
In a world awash with very serious problems, Oregonians seem trapped in an alternate reality. Our senior U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is most concerned about collusion with Russia, when a fat, belligerent, and very erratic tyrant in another far off land is fast acquiring nuclear weapons that will soon be able to strike the United States. Which cities beyond Alaska are most vulnerable to die in an instant with a brilliant flash of light? Seattle and Portland.
We seem to live in a parallel universe dominated by fantasies of collusion, sanctuary for criminal aliens, marijuana shops, transgender bathrooms, fashionable energy, and, of course, politicized science. Continue reading
Learn how to protect your pet from the heat, stay cool, and prevent heatstroke.
It’s important to protect pets from the heat to avoid heatstroke, which can be difficult to treat once it begins, and can be life threatening. Please observe and share the following guidelines and resources for keeping pets cool in hot weather.
Steps to keep your pets cool Continue reading