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Throwback Thursday #39 – Reading Culture and Books

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. This week we are going to tackle the kind of reading culture you grew up with. Should be fun.

If you care to join us, it’s easy.

  • Write your own post sharing your memories and leave a pingback to this post in the comments.
  • You can use the photo above in your post to make it easier to find.
  • Tag it with #TBTMemory or #IRememberWhen.
  • If you do not wish to write your own post, feel free to tell your story in the comments below.

This week’s prompt is: Reading Culture and Books

Think about how your grandparents, parents, siblings and friends felt about reading. Then consider how this impacted your life as you matured.

You can respond to the following questions as they are, or you can use them to spark your own memories and write your own post.

  1. Who were the readers in your family?
  2. Were there some people who did not like to read or could not read?
  3. Did your family subscribe to the newspaper?
  4. If you did get the paper, was your Sunday newspaper considered special? What part did you enjoy?
  5. Did your home have books strewn around? Hardbacks or paperbacks?
  6. Did you frequent the library at school?
  7. How about the local community library? Did you have a library card?
  8. What was the first book you remember reading?
  9. Did you have a collection of books (Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, etc?)
  10. Did you read comic books? If so, what titles?
  11. Did you end up a bookworm, a casual reader, or someone who read only when required?
  12. Is there a book from your childhood you would like to read again? If so, what book?
  13. What book or books have been extremely meaningful or influential in your life?
  14. BONUS QUESTION: What book(s) do you frequently gift to others? Why?

My post follows.


Everyone on my mother’s side of the family were avid readers, including my mother. It was about the only source of entertainment they had. I seldom saw my mother without a book in her hand. Both my sisters were also avid readers. I think I resented all the reading for years – I felt like most of my family always had their nose stuck in a book.

My paternal family on the other hand were quite the opposite. My grandmother had classic hardbacks and a number of religious books – always kept neatly in a bookcase upstairs. My father seldom read and my grandfather could not read. He could sign his name and that was it.

Gradually I got over it. I fell in love with my Weekly Reader in school. I loved our school library, but it was small. The closest county library was too far away from us so we relied on the Bookmobile which I loved!

The first book I clearly remember reading was Charlotte’s Web. I refused to put it down until I finished it. I remember so well crying my heart out over that spider! I loved all my Nancy Drew books. My cousin had the entire set of book – I only had a few of them. I really coveted her collection. I loved her adventures and her (what seemed to me) rebellious spirit.

We read comic books, but not religiously, nor did we treat them with much care. We read them, passed them around to friends, then sent off for whatever crazy thing was advertised on the back page. I also loved Mad Magazine!

We did not get the newspaper until I was in high school. I read Sydney Omarr’s astrology column and Ann Landers or Dear Abby and The Daily Chuckle. I also loved doing the Daily Jumble. On Sunday, everyone rushed for their favorite section of the paper. I liked the ‘guts’ of the paper most – The Parade Magazine, the Comics, etc.

My reading has varied through the years. Sometimes I am an avid reader like my mother and sometimes I have detested reading like my father. Now I read for pleasure when the mood strikes me. I love to read for enjoyment. I also love to research things which means a lot of reading. I am not a huge fan of self help books. I love fiction and historical fiction. In high school I was a Ray Bradbury fan but I seldom read science fiction now.

As far as books I have gifted the most:  Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, and Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaf.

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Throwback Thursday #38 – Medical Care


Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. Lauren is hosting this week and asking about early visits to doctors and dentists!  Head over to her blog to get the details, and then join in!

This week’s prompt is: Doctors and Dentists

My post follows.


Back to answering the questions Lauren posed.

1) Where doctor/dentist appointments a regular part of your childhood?
 
We rarely went to the doctor or the dentist. Most of our care consisted of home remedies. My aunt was a nurse and she always gave us shots of some kind. We had regular doses of cod liver oil followed by a small piece of maple sugar broken off a piece that was hard as a rock.

2) Did you go for well-checks or just when you were ill or in pain?

Only if ill or in pain. Being rural we did have a rescue squad you could call for dire emergencies.

3) Were you frightened by the medical professionals? If so, were there specific reasons?

Not of doctors. All my dental visits seemed to involve pain so I was not a big fan of dentists.

4) Were your parents afraid of medical professionals?

No.

5) Was waiting in the exam room stressful to you?

Not unless I had worried myself into a tizzy thinking I had some deadly disease or illness. I was good as long as there was an unspoiled copy of Highlights magazine to read. 

6) Did your early visits result in your being afraid of needles?

No. My grandmother was a nurse and I was fascinated by her needles.

7) Does the sight of your own blood bother you?

Nope.

8) Did you ever have the need to go to an emergency room?

My parents were taking me once for a bad nosebleed, but as we pulled into town, the bleeding stopped so I never went in. I was in the hospital once as a child for some gastrointestinal thing. All I remember about it was I was high up and had to wave at my siblings on the street below. And also, they wrote on my arm with a purple pen.

9) Did your early experiences impact your current attitudes about medical care?

No. I think care was better then at least from the perspective of being able to find a doctor and see them quickly.

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Throwback Thursday #37 – Discovering Your Musical Taste

A to Z is complete, so it is time to get back to our normal routine. This week we delve into the music of our lives. This should be one that everyone relates to in one way or another.

If you care to join us, it’s easy.

  • Write your own post sharing your memories and leave a pingback to this post in the comments.
  • You can use the photo above in your post to make it easier to find.
  • Tag it with #TBTMemory or #IRememberWhen.
  • If you do not wish to write your own post, feel free to tell your story in the comments below.

This week’s prompt is: Discovering Your Musical Taste

Let’s explore the music you were exposed to as a child and how you moved from those early experiences into developing a taste of your own.

You can respond to the following questions as they are, or you can use them to spark your own memories and write your own post.

  1. What music were you exposed to in your family home – genre, artist, or style.
  2. Did you enjoy that type of music or did you rebel against it?
  3. How did you listen to music in your childhood home? Radio? Record player? Television?
  4. Did you buy records, tapes, cassettes, 8-tracks or CDs?
  5. What performers were you drawn to most as an adolescent?
  6. Who did you go to see for your first concert? Who did you go with?
  7. What concert has been your favorite concert to date?
  8. When do you listen to music? In the car? At work? While studying or doing projects?
  9. Did the music you listened to affect your attitudes, way of dress, or view of the world?
  10. How has your choice of music changed over the years? What is your genre of choice at this phase of your life?
  11. Bonus Question: What band or group posters did you have hanging in your room? Extra extra bonus points if you can share a copy of it or a link to it.
  12. EXTRA EXTRA BONUS: Care to share a playlist from Spotify?

My post follows.


I don’t usually answer the questions, but I think I will break from tradition and do just that this week.

  1. What music were you exposed to in your family home – genre, artist, or style.
    • I grew up with my grandmother singing hymns while she worked. There was also Lawrence Welk, Sing Along with Mitch, and some bluegrass radio stations. My grandmother had a Victrola and had several 38 rpm records from the 30s and 40s.
  2. Did you enjoy that type of music or did you rebel against it?
    • I enjoyed the music. I was not a big fan of Lawrence Welk but I loved Sing Along with Mitch. Later, my parents had albums of Readers Digest records which I loved listening to. I was too young to rebel.
  3. How did you listen to music in your childhood home? Radio? Record player? Television?
    • As my older siblings aged, we eventually had record players. Radio music was limited because of our location. There were only one or two television stations, so that was limited too.
  4. Did you buy records, tapes, cassettes, 8-tracks or CDs?
    • As I got older, I bought 45s occasionally. Albums did not come until high school. My Dad bought 8-tracks and eventually I bought cassettes and cassette singles – remember those?
  5. What performers were you drawn to most as an adolescent?
    • I listened to a lot of my sisters’ music from the 50s. I grew up with Booby Vee, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Rydell, The Everly Brothers and others from that era. We had all their 45s. I loved early Sonny and Cher. I even wrote Cher a letter once. High school brought the music from the 70s.
  6. Who did you go to see for your first concert? Who did you go with?
    • When I lived in Ohio, we often went to Blossom Music Center to we some alternative bands. I cannot remember any of the band names, however. My first real concert was The Guess Who. The concert was at Kent State, and I went with a guy I knew from Civil Air Patrol named Steve. His Dad was a cop on campus and he drove us to the concert. This would have been the year before the shootings at Kent State.
  7. What concert has been your favorite concert to date?
    • I loved the Pointer Sisters. It was a small venue in Anchorage, Alaska. We all stood and danced and it was high energy and great fun.  But my favorite concert by far was when I saw The Highwaymen in Augusta, Maine. I cried when Johnny Cash sang “I Still Miss Someone”. I saw some legends that night.
  8. When do you listen to music? In the car? At work? While studying or doing projects?
    • I listen to music when I am cooking, doing housework or in the car mostly. In the car it is standard FM radio. At home, I usually stream Sirius XM or Pandora or Spotify. At night I stream some YouTube relaxation music to help me fall asleep. I cannot listen to music while writing or doing art unless it is classical. I love words and find them distracting if I am trying to concentrate on something else.
  9. Did the music you listened to affect your attitudes, way of dress, or view of the world?
    • I always cared about lyrics and in that way, the music helped me understand the broader world. I was a bit of a hippie child in the 70s and dressed accordingly. I was all about bell bottoms, paisley, peasant blouses, and long straight hair parted in the center.
  10. How has your choice of music changed over the years? What is your genre of choice at this phase of your life?
    • I have a deep appreciation for most music. I still love country, “oldies” from my generation, classical, jazz, Yacht Rock, standards, Beatles, Doobie Brothers, Indigo Girls, big band and  bluegrass. Some bluegrass grates on my nerves, but I appreciate the classics. I prefer a mix of music instead of all one genre when I listen. I love making playlists for that reason.
  11. Bonus Question: What band posters did you have hanging in your room? Extra extra bonus points if you can share a copy of it or a link to it.
    • Cher, The Monkees, the Association. In the Air Force I had one Chicago poster (from Live at Carnegie Hall) you can see here.
  12. EXTRA EXTRA BONUS: Care to share a playlist from Spotify? Sure. How about my “Gotta Move” playlist?
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Throwback Thursday #36 – Not Missing You at All!


Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. Lauren is hosting this week and asking about those things we do not miss!  Head over to her blog to get the details, and then join in!

This week’s prompt is: Things I Don’t Miss

My post follows.


I decided to simply list a few things if you can relate to any of them, drop me a comment. Or let me know what comes to mind when you read this topic.

  • Garter belts
  • Panty hose that we’re not long enough
  • Nail Polish to stop runs in my nylons
  • cod liver oil
  • Spankings (our parents paddled our behinds)
  • Hot summers with no A/C
  • Corn meal mush
  • Peeling peaches
  • New school shoes
  • Wearing dresses to school
  • Pixie haircuts
  • picking beans
  • Static forming slips
  • Cleaning my plate under the guise of starving children somewhere
  • Frozen lima beans
  • Four kids shoved into the backseat
  • Stinging nettle
  • High school algebra
  • Blistering sunburns
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Throwback Thursday #35 – Going, Going, Gone

I’m back! Another easy one this week so let’s get started.

If you care to join us, it’s easy.

  • Write your own post sharing your memories and leave a pingback to this post in the comments.
  • You can use the photo above in your post to make it easier to find.
  • Tag it with #TBTMemory or #IRememberWhen.
  • If you do not wish to write your own post, feel free to tell your story in the comments below.

This week’s prompt is: Things I Miss

This week think about objects or places you miss having in your life. It could be a favorite toy, a photograph, a favorite hang-out, a favorite store or shop, a collectible, a favorite pair of jeans, or old movie ticket stubs. It can be anything your little heart desires. Write about one thing or write about a few. You’re running the show this week!

My post follows:


To me, some memories are best in our minds. Take clothes for instance. I had some great clothes, but I was a toothpick then! Having them in front of me might be depressing!

There are a few things I wish I still had Or things I miss and together they are quite an eclectic mix.

  1. My grandmother was a nurse and she had a few glass hypodermic needles each in their own cardboard box. I wish I had them. They were objects of fascination for me as a child.
  2. Then there was my collection of broken glass. I spent months wading the creeks, picking up beautiful pieces of glass smoothed by tumbling over the rocks for miles and miles. I kept them in the cardboard box my Barbie came in.
  3. There was a drive-up burger place called the Hi-Lo burger. Our parents took us there often. Later in life I went there with my Dad and my children. The building was still standing, but it has been closed for years. They had THE best burgers and I had the best memories.
  4. I wish I still had my class ring. It was from Jostens of course – white gold with a hematite stone with my initials inside. Stupidly, I gave it to my ex-husband who in turn gave it to his girlfriend telling her it was his. Obviously with my initials inside, neither of them were too bright.

I must stop now before I ramble on and on. I look forward to your posts!