Family is Forever

Little girl taking a photo with a box camera” by simpleinsomnia is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Family photos were sometimes layered into boxes or mounted in albums as heavy as the Fall/Winter Sears & Roebuck catalog.


We would pour over the pages, looking for something relevant to the present day. Or a glimpse of our grandparents from their courting days. Even baby brother sleeping in a woven bassinet.


Mid-century colorized photos were typically done for portraits only, since they cost more and took longer to produce. These timeless images were hand tinted by everyday “artists” who were hired to performed their work in photography studios.


 Vintage Picture of Two Children, A Cute Boy giving a Shoe Shine to a Beautiful Little Blonde Girl” by Beverly & Pack is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


One thing was for sure: those old family photographs passed down to us were both cornerstones and touchstones of life.

And they’re still important treasures we keep passing along to the next generations, held in worn but beloved books and boxes.







Time-Out for Tenderness

 Photo by Robert Eklund on Unsplash

Children and their pets create bonds, strong and true.

Wherever a pet can be added to the family, daily affection and relationships enjoyed by all can be worth the effort required.


Top 10 Reasons


Warmer weather and sunshine now appear more often,

as springtime completely floods the countryside.

What does this mean for our neighborhoods and communities? Why, it’s time to organize a pet show, of course!

A short 1930s film of California kids shows us how it’s done:







Hello, Operator?

Photo by R.D. Smith on Unsplash

 100 Years of “Ma Bell”


Do you ever miss the feeling of cradling a Western Electric Bell telephone in your hand, holding the handset up to your ear, listening to the voice of your loved one on the other end?


And, how about the tingling ring that danced down the hallway when someone called your house?


Take a step back with me now as we revisit the early days of “modern” phone technology.