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Marion’s Valley – Part 2

For those of us who grew up in The Valley, Thanksgiving was and still is a holiday steeped in tradition. As Thanksgiving is a wholly American holiday based on that wonderful feast back in 1621 that joined two extremely dissimilar peoples in one celebration it is no wonder that the differing cultures that populated The […]

Marion’s Valley

As some one who grew up in an old industrial town of the Northeast, I was not made aware of all of the history that surrounded me during my childhood. It took over fifty years and a move away from my home town for me to even begin to appreciate what I could not see […]

The Perfect Wife

It’s amazing to me how things can change during one lifetime. Today’s woman is as independent as she wishes to be. Most young girls growing up in this millennium and the majority of those born in the last thirty years of the 1900s will never know the transition of thinking that took place for those […]

By |November 11th, 2013|General Observations, Valley Memories Articles|1 Comment

Little Island off the Shore

For most of us in the over fifty-age group who grew up in Connecticut’s Naugatuck Valley (Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton) we lived for those summer weekends when we could go to the shore. For many of us that shore meant one of several places: Hammonasset State Park in Madison with its two miles of […]

By |November 10th, 2013|Valley Memories Articles|3 Comments

Vocational Classes

Do any of you ladies remember the Home Economics Classes we had in high school? I’d be surprised if you don’t remember those classes which we fondly referred to as Home Ec. I don’t recall exactly what year I had those (freshman year or maybe sophomore) but I’m pretty certain it wasn’t junior or senior […]

By |May 14th, 2013|Valley Memories Articles|2 Comments

Do You Remember….

As students in the 1950s we were given a set of school books at the start of each school year. Each book had a number written on the inner front cover and our school nuns would dutifully make note of what numbers each of us were assigned. We were then charged with not only the […]

By |November 19th, 2012|Valley Memories Articles|1 Comment

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Cars with tail fins cruising down the streets by day or drag racing under the cover of darkness; Cousin Brucie, Murray The K, Wildman Steve Gallon, Mike Lawless, Rocky The Jockey – the DJ’s who brought life to our radios; the infancy of Rock ‘n Roll; cardigan sweaters, bobby socks; pony tails, pageboys, pompadours: all […]

By |April 22nd, 2012|Valley Memories Articles|3 Comments

Odd Jobs

I live in a neighborhood where home-ownership means lots of upkeep on our houses and yards. Those of us who qualify as aging baby-boomers now find ourselves in the position of hiring someone to help with yard work, mostly lawn mowing. While there are many neighbors with children, not one of those youngsters is even […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Duck and Cover

Once upon a time in the 1950s, there was a Cold War. Two countries, the United States and Russia, had nuclear bombs. There was a threat that these nuclear bombs could be used by either country to annihilate the other. Here in the United States we had a Civil Defense program that was charged with […]

By |February 22nd, 2012|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

A Quiet Time

January and February are like the deep breath we collectively take after the Christmas holidays have come and gone. With our houses now empty of the holiday decorations, our lives hopefully have settled into a normal routine once more. During these cold winter months we would snuggle into an afghan or old quilt while we […]

By |January 22nd, 2012|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments