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About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.

Kent State

As a college freshman in 1968, there was still an air of formality involved in classrooms and organizations. We dressed up for class, wearing skirts and pantsuits. I remember wearing my graduation dress to freshman orientation the previous summer and … Continue reading

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It’s Howdy Doody Time

No. Sorry. Its not. But it did get your attention! I’ve been cooped up too long. I’ve started to write songs. Just the lyrics. Over the years I have written a few with friends. One year my elementary school wrote … Continue reading

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Eighth Grade Dance

Spring 1964.  The last year of Junior High School.  Next year, a brand new high school building ten miles out in the country.  Three small rural schools would form a much bigger class…. The class of 1968.  But for now, … Continue reading

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Grandma Eier

Grandma Anna was quite different from my other Grandma. She seemed fragile.  She lived a long life despite the tragedies she endured. The death of a toddler daughter and the death of her youngest son 30 years later broke her … Continue reading

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Country road

A thousand times I have traveled this road driving cars, trucks, tractors. On crisp fall days with wagons of corn and soybeans, On cool spring days delivering meals or a thermos and chasing escaping livestock. A thousand times I have … Continue reading

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Grandma Thomas

Grandma Thomas was a Wonder.  Literally, she was. She was born Ruth Katherine Wonder on April 24, 1897.  My grandfather Orville Thomas married her in 1917 and together they had 8 children, the oldest child being almost thirty years old … Continue reading

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The Simple Life

“Life in the 50’s and beyond” is one of my taglines. I can’t help but compare what is happening during the pandemic to my childhood. No, there was no virus causing this much disruption around the world, but the way … Continue reading

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The Bad, The Ugly, and the Good

Health issues can make life a real struggle. For almost 8 years my husband has been dealing with foot pain. He’s not diabetic, which is the first question that doctors ask. His foot pain story is unusual. It involves heel … Continue reading

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A Christmas to remember

Originally posted on Retired Ruth:
December 1957. The Christmas that I received the least is the one I remember the most. My parents were in their mid 30’s.  I was 7, my brother was 12.  We lived on a small…

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Birthday Party Dress

“You shouldn’t put the dress on this early. You will get dirty before the party!” Despite the well-intended advice, Mom zipped up the dress in the back. “This will probably not fit when school starts in the fall; you better … Continue reading

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