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Nostalgia



   Straitpath  When I was growing up the world was improving...
April 5 at 19:24 EST .

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   Gram77  It's only one sentence but it says one heck of a lot!
April 6 at 17:58 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Ditto that. However, I think the world will improve after the last decade, especially after the 8 years when the demon was in power. That thing showed no human qualities.
April 8 at 19:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  Something on another wall, and a book I started reading, brought to mind 'classifications'. Sororities/fraternities. One sorority was known for its rich beauties, one was studious & low energy, ours was happy-go-lucky, creative nerdy, dance-a-lots. One fraternity was all good looking jocks, another the gentlemen, ambitious career oriented, another the genius class researchers, good liseners. Have you a similar experience, what was yours?
March 3 at 14:13 EST .

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   Gram77  Never ever thought about this, but the above explanation of what sororities/fraternities are, in my opinion is so true. I was not happy with Greek life due to required rules of my sorority...heels and hose even attending classes. Run for queen, try out for majorette, always, always only date fraternity men and on and on and on. I transferred the second year of college, put my pin in a drawer and joined the independent student association, made way better grades and had lots of good friends who could care less how I dressed or who I dated. Wound up with a scholarship and a 4.0 grade average. Again......this is only my opinion.
March 6 at 11:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  Worked best for you and that's a good thing!
Your after experience reminded me of an incident via IBMs "rules" - a good buddy former classmate of mine was in their management program, he had a dress, car, living quarters & surprise, a companion code to follow. A company must-attend event had him ask me to go along so that he didn't have to take a pre-arranged "date" - I almost passed inspection, he was encouraged to strongly suggest I ditch my glasses for contact lenses! He eventually left them & moved out west ; )
March 6 at 13:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  BTW - That was in the 60's, I understand IBM loosened up quite a bit since then when Image was everything.
March 6 at 13:11 EST .

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   Safetydude  I was stationed at US Army Hq's, Heidelberg in what was then W.Germany, in the early sixties and we had a combination of IBM and RCA mainframe computers and peripherals.
The company site reps were dressed in coats and ties, every day. When we asked why, we were told by both both reps "...it's company policy".

That was the 'data processing' business back then. Today my son, at 42, is earning a six figure salary working from home or wearing jeans when he has to go to the office.
March 6 at 21:00 EST .

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   StormCnter  Remember wave clips for finger waves? Neither do I, they were before my time, but my Mother knew how to do it. "Downton Abbey" had finger waves all over the illustrious heads.
   February 15 at 09:22 EST .

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   Gram77  I remember my grandmother using them. Think they were used in the 40s.
February 20 at 15:18 EST .

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   StormCnter  Did your grandmother also style her hair around a "rat"? My mother and aunts did, too. The "rats" were cylindrical padded rolls for the forties look.
February 23 at 06:18 EST .

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   Gram77  She sure did. And something else I remember was how permanents were done in those times.
February 23 at 12:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  Oh Gram...permanents. I have hair without even a hint of a natural curl. It's baby fine and straight. When I was little, Mother agonized over my hair because no caring mother sent her little girl out into the world with uncurled hair. So, she gave me Tonettes, the child version of Toni home permanents. I spent many days with frizzed hair before it finally settled into something handleable. As an adult, I say Thank God for electric curling irons.
March 1 at 16:07 EST .

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   MeiDei  I have baby fine hair w/a natural wave if cut properly. I remember those salon perms w/their wired rollers as well as the Toni/Tonettes - & the smell : ). I embarrass myself using salon hairdryers - the heat puts me to sleep & the bang of my head against he hood startles me awake & those around me w/a variety of reactions from raised eyebrows of annoyance to giggles. Later in life I used a Frosting kit as my husband hated the abundance of red highlights my hair had once the summer towhead faded. Chemo put away my curling irons, sometimes I'm glad of it, sometimes not.
March 3 at 14:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  From Nelson DeMille's book "Up Country"

"Nostalgia is basically the ability to forget the things that sucked".
February 1 at 07:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  I often get "lost" in some recipe websites - on one such excursion a recipe for "Russian Tea" was found, I made it today for my son - he's 43 - first words were "I remember this from when I was a kid". There are several versions, I went w/the dry mix which is equal parts of lemon ice tea & Tang with cinnamon & cloves also mixed in - 2 tsps. in a cup of hot water. Yes, Tang is still made & in some stores. Brought back lots of memories; we'd have this tea after ice skating, sledding or just coming in from the cold.
January 21 at 21:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, I agree about getting lost in recipe sites. In the years when we traveled a lot, I tried to find local cookbooks in the airport newsstands. There is nearly always a Junior League or a sports team wives version. Then I would read them on the plane. I still have all of them. One of my granddaughters had made me promise to leave her my cookbook collection when I shuffle off. But, with the Internet now, who needs cookbooks anyway. Your Russian Tea sounds comforting and tasty on a winter day.
January 28 at 07:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I remember this from my first year in college. Our dorm mother always made this when we gathered for dorm meetings. I LOVED it.
February 1 at 07:34 EST .

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   MeiDei  My son calls it Liquid Candy.
February 1 at 14:36 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Santa Claus pull string pin. I was given a number of these as a small boy. The firehouse near my grandparents' house had Christmas parties for children and these were given away as a present for attending. Santa's nose, of course, lit up when you pulled the string.
   December 23 at 23:31 EST .

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   Gram77  The other night PBS had something on and up popped Guy Lombardo. Now, that is Nostalgia!
   December 15 at 07:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, your post triggered a long ago memory. When I was in high school, a friend invited two couples and his own girlfriend to have dinner at his house celebrating his birthday. His mom made a delicious pot roast with all the trimmings and afterward (it was a spring evening ), we kids played croquet on the front lawn by the light of the porch lamp. The front door was open, his parents were watching Lawrence Welk and Myron Floren was playing away on his accordion. A thunderstorm came up and our host's dad helped the boys put all the cars in the barn to protect from hail. The next day, my boyfriend's father was very interested in why there was manure on his vehicle's tires. A long time ago, but a sweet memory.
January 3 at 17:10 EST .

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   Gram77  It's nice to know I somehow helped this memory pop up. Funny how many things we have lurking somewhere waiting to be remembered.
January 9 at 17:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  REMEMBER WHEN -

?Sadly - the 2nd paragraph is no longer in practice today - think Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, Military Chaplains kept from visiting the sick or wounded, a baker, a photographer...... speech is limited by PC, dissent is called racism, etc., and our government operates beyond the limits of our Constitution - who would have guessed it 30 years ago? We can still travel freely as long as no criminal flash mobs, or paid protestors are blocking roads or buildings - or setting cars on fire over a real, or perceived, slight magnified by false news reports - as has been said "let no crisis go to waste". I'll try to live his parting sentiment, I fear I'm discouraged today. God bless you & may He have mercy on my soul.

Reagan 1985: 'Let Us Keep This Thanksgiving Day Sacred'
A transcript of Reagan’s Thanksgiving address in 1985:

“Good morning, everyone. You know, the Statue of Liberty and this wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving go together naturally because although as Americans we have many things for which to be thankful, none is more important than our liberty. Liberty: that quality of government, that brightness of mind and spirit for which the Pilgrim Fathers braved the seas and Americans for two centuries have laid down their lives.

“Today, while religion is suppressed in perhaps one third of the world, we Americans are free to worship the Almighty as we choose. While entire nations must endure the yoke of tyranny, we are free to speak our minds, to enjoy an unfettered and vigorous press, and to make government abide by the limits we deem just. While millions live behind walls, we remain free to travel throughout the land to share this precious day with those we love most deeply – the members of our families.

“My fellow Americans, let us keep this Thanksgiving Day sacred. Let us thank God for the bounty and goodness of our nation. And as a measure of our gratitude, let us rededicate ourselves to the preservation of this: the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“From the Reagan family to your family: happy Thanksgiving and God bless you all.”
November 24 at 20:41 EST .

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   Calvinesq  TV Dinners. I recall as a young child having my mom try Swanson TV Dinners as an experiment. You see, my mom was/is an excellent cook, so this was just that - an experiment. Well, she heated them up in the oven (conventional, of course ), and we sat in front of the TV while we ate them (something we were then otherwise not allowed to do ) - they were "TV" dinners, after all. The experiment was not a complete failure or a big success. I remember that the food was rather unexceptional, but being a picky eater, I liked how the foods (veggies, meat and potatoes ) each had their on separate compartment. Anyway, TV Dinners became very rare in my house, as my mom made much better, tastier food.
November 14 at 12:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Our experience was similar. The tv dinners were advertised as being quick and efficient and tasty. I seem to recall there were only two Swanson versions: one of sliced roast beef and one of fried chicken. My mother loved to experiment, so we tried them out and decided they were ok in a pinch, but probably weren't going to become very popular. Fortunately for the tv dinner industry, we were bad market predictors.
November 17 at 05:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  We tried them once - OK, but if your mother was a good cook you always had left-overs to look forward to - not so w/single serving meals. Today Swanson has a few good frozen dinners that are handy for one of "those" days; Café Steamers have a few good ones too - for a quick lunch.
November 19 at 22:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  Rereading Calvin's post brought back a childhood memory. When I was preschool age my mom brought me to my paternal grandmother's; mom got her recipes from her that my father most liked. In my late teens, a newly married aunt was given recipes that her husband liked my his mother. My MIL hated cooking, her son had no favorites - good thing too!

I'm going to put together a little book of recipes for anyone tasked with cooking for my son, just seems like something that should be done.

And Cal, as a kid all our veggies/salads were served separately, I'm wondering if that was influenced by dad's years of service in the hotel industry; still do today to some extent.
November 19 at 22:54 EST .

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   StormCnter  My own sweet mother-in-law was just an ordinary cook, but her biscuits were wonderful. I spent many years trying to duplicate her biscuits, but never felt I succeeded. I made biscuits for almost every meal (3 per day ) for most of my marriage and I make excellent biscuits. But, hers were better.
November 22 at 06:30 EST .

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   BirdsNest  When my father saw that mother had purchased TV dinners for us he blew his stack!! We had a family restaurant and I guess he figured that would keep others from frequenting our business if the rage caught on. It's not like WE ate in the restaurant all the time, maybe once a year and we had better behave! So TV dinners were outlawed at our house.
December 11 at 08:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  I was wrong w/Swanson - should have typed Stouffers.
December 11 at 19:13 EST .

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   Suejeanne  I went on here to ask out loud about bayberry candles - I wonder if anyone knows of a catalog nowadays where one can order these - my Mother used to always have them at Christmas time - a dear friend used to always send them to her - where can one buy real, made in America, bayberry candles - the pillar type (shorter pillar, about 5 to 6 inches high, about 3 inches in diameter ) - not in a glass jar, not anything except that beautiful shade of green we remember - thank you in advance!
October 27 at 18:54 EST .

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   Safetydude  You can start here: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=bay
berry+candles.


Good luck.
October 27 at 21:25 EST .

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   Gram77  There is a possibility that they may be available at the Vermont Country Store. You can find lots of stuff there that we remember as kids.
November 3 at 17:17 EST .

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