Yearly Archives: 2011


Table Manners for Tots

Today I am welcoming guest blogger Emily Patterson. Emily is the Marketing Coordinator of Primrose Schools Day Care ( with an accredited curriculum, optimized to help children to build a foundation for a future of success. It may seem like an old-fashioned idea to teach children table manners, but some things never go out of [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00December 28th, 2011|Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A World in Books

As an only child of two working parents, I was often left to occupy myself for hours on end. My after school hours were filled with homework assignments; but once those were completed I turned to books to fill the void until my parents came home. On sick days, I was allowed to watch television [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00December 22nd, 2011|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Seriously Christmas

I love Christmas! As long as I can remember, and that is well over fifty years, Christmas has been my favorite holiday. Hailing from the Northeast, my version of a perfect Christmas is having a tree full of decorations and lights, gaily wrapped presents, and our special Christmas Eve dinner. Later the family would go [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00December 20th, 2011|Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Friendly Rivals

High school football rivalry has been around since the early 1900s. We’ve all aware of it even though we may not take part in playing the actual game. I don’t recall my dad ever missing the Derby-Shelton Thanksgiving game during my grammar school years. He would leave the house early in the morning and meet [...]

By |2011-11-22T22:41:10+00:00November 22nd, 2011|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Gifts Made in the USA

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, that can only mean many people have Christmas or holiday shopping on their to-do list. I have long been a believer in something home made - many years I will make gifts whether baked or crocheted by me. However, for those of you who don't have the time or [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00November 18th, 2011|Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A New Christmas Tradition

 As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00November 8th, 2011|Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Friend Betsy

Although Betsy McCall was ‘born’ in the pages of McCall’s magazine in 1951, she didn’t become my friend until 1954. It was about that time that I was able to handle a pair of blunt, children’s scissors. When my mom first introduced me to the little paper girl who would become a playmate for me, [...]

By |2011-10-22T22:44:49+00:00October 22nd, 2011|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments