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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Old School

‘Old School’ column: A baking saga

Every year as Christmas approaches, my daughter and I bake pumpkin bread. Lots and lots of pumpkin bread. The whole thing began sometime in the early 1980s because I was sick of baking my usual 100-120 DOZEN Christmas cookies. They...

‘Old School’ column: Thanksgiving, the Play

My daughter recently unearthed two missing picture boxes from her attic that I had given her “for safekeeping.” As you know, that’s the kiss of death for anything you hope to find later. But after a lot of scrounging...

‘Old School’ column: Electioneering!

Another Election Day is gone, but its memory lingers. I worked the polls for 20 years at Arlington’s Thrifton precinct and dreaded it every year. I knew it would be a hellaciously long day, since it required a 5 a.m....

‘Old School’ column: Iron deficiency

You may remember my column last January about Wash Day Mondays at our house, so it followed that Tuesdays were Ironing Days. Mom ironed EVERYTHING, including our sheets, our hankies (no Kleenex in our family!) and even our underwear. Her...

‘Old School’ column: Costume changes!

This was my first Halloween column and a fun one to write, so I decided to run it again, in honor of my favorite holiday. When my grandkids were in elementary school, I usually went to their Halloween parades, using...

‘Old School’ column: Fitness phobia

From the time I entered kindergarten, I loved school and had many teachers whom I admired and respected. I liked learning new things, seeing my friends and being part of the various clubs and activities. My only nemesis: physical education,...

‘Old School’ column: Ounce of prevention

Remember the fire drills during our school days? We had several each year, and one of them was always during this week – Fire Prevention Week. We were told to drop whatever we were doing, take nothing and follow the...

‘Old School’ column: The deluge!

Yes, I know this has been a banner year for that wet stuff falling from the sky, but the deluge I’m talking about comes from closer to Earth. Let’s talk fall. Besides a short commute time, the main attraction for me,...

‘Old School’ column: The full Nelson

A while back, I wrote a column about our first TV and how excited I was to get it. I mentioned a few of the programs we watched, but not my favorite. I challenge you to name anyone who grew...

‘Old School’ column: Apple of my eye

Even though I consider myself a foodie, I’m surprised at the large role food plays in my thinking – about the seasons, holidays, celebrations and even the weather. So having passed my “Peach Period,” I’m now in the “Apple Zone,”...
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