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TAG : Humor and Nostalgia

Stories of Autumn Farm Work: The Best and Worst Chores

Fall months bring with them the need and/or desire to get things done after a long, hot summer and before winter sets in. From basic farm work and chores for kids, some activities on the chore list can be fun and exciting, while others might be the types of things folks approach reluctantly. ...

Patriotic Music in America

MORE ON AMERICAN PATRIOTISM: Second World War: Patriotism and the WAAC Father and Son Bond is Among Most Precious Gifts The United States is a country rich in patriotic music — songs that are very much a part of our history and our development as a nation. They were born of great events ...

Father and Son Bond Is Among Most Precious Gifts

The most cherished gifts I’ve ever received were given to my by my daddy, Carl E. Roberts, better known as Cubby.My father passed away when I was only 12 years old, but he still gave me some of the most precious gifts a man can give his son. They were not a monetary gift, but rather the type ...

Pocket Knife and Fatherly Advice Are Treasured Gifts

A year before he passed away in 1996, my father gave me his Old Timer pocketknife. It was the knife he carried for as long as I can remember. Always clean and sharp, it slipped in and out of his bib overalls pocket for any job, small or large. I can still hear him say, “A man ain’t much of ...

Grandfather’s Antique Desk Has Special Meaning

When I was a child, my grandfather had a wonderful rolltop desk – the kind that had all those neat little cubbyholes. I thought he must be rich for sure to have such a treasure. The cubbyholes fascinated me. I knew if the desk were mine, I would have plenty of things to go in every hole. ...

History of the Old Outhouse

As people settled on the Great Plains, a need for sanitary facilities arose. In order to meet this need, outhouses were constructed using lumber or bricks. Outhouses were a type of “folk architecture” and soon became commonplace.Contrary to need, some people didn't like outhouses and ...

Wood Pallets Make a Great DIY Barn

Building a Barn Out of Wood PalletsFor several years, my husband had talked about buying a few meat goats to build into a herd. Finally, after much research, we decided to do it. So, we built a fence, then started shopping for goats. We also began planning how to build a barn out of wood ...

Mother Was Great Teacher in Kitchen

My mother, Evah Lewis, was the greatest cook I’ve ever known. She often said she knew enough about having plenty in good times and being in want during bad times to make a meal with whatever was available – and to make it good enough that people would ask for seconds. Mom cooked, baked ...

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

The holiday season bring memories of family and friends, love and laughter, and good times. All of these things are even more memorable when the celebration includes handmade items, whether it’s handcrafted ornaments and decorations, homemade gifts for loved ones, or made-from-scratch foods ...

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Life Before Air Conditioning

I live in the Central Valley of California and it’s been over 100 degrees for days now. Yesterday the high was 106. I went outside at 9 a.m. and it was already 90 degrees so when I came back from my errand I went inside and stayed there until 8 p.m. that night. Sometimes I feel like I’m ...

My Beautiful Brownie Camera

When I was a little kid my mom gave me a Kodak Brownie camera all loaded up with a roll of film and ready to go. You can’t imagine (or maybe you can) the excitement in a young child’s heart to be given such a special gift but my mom was that kind of person and very interested in the ...

The Noodle Wagon

The last living memory I have of my mom was the day before my 18th birthday. For more than half of my young life, she had struggled with serious complications from diabetes and passed away at the age of 52. As a result, for the last 39 years, I have found myself meandering through life trying ...

Letters to the Editor from the Summer 2017 Issue

Memory LaneI enjoyed the photographs of the old woodstoves featured in Memory Lane in the Winter issue. I’m 73 and have fond memories of the Home Comfort woodstove my mother cooked on. I still remember the warmth it provided, and the amazing smells that came from that stove.I have the ...