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An Old-Fashioned Christmas

I decided that this year my husband and I would celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas. Then it hit me that this year I will see my 69th Christmas season. I don’t feel that old, I can’t remember all my previous sixty plus holiday seasons, but I...

 

The Lost Art of the Thank You Note

My generation grew up writing thank you notes. Whenever we received a gift from anyone, we sat down and wrote a brief note expressing our appreciation for the item in question. Sometimes it proved difficult to thank someone for a totally...

 

Halloween Night

My opinion of Halloween has changed drastically through the years. I have come full circle in the process, beginning with an initial delight in the fall celebration as a child, growing to dislike the...

 

Vigilantes Alive and Well in Virginia City

Most people have heard of those famous, or infamous depending on whom you talk to, vigilantes that ruled the streets of Virginia City in late 1863 and early 1864. These citizens took it upon...

 

Cabin Fever

Two little old people, my husband and I, finally moved into our forever cabin. We plan to live here until we die, or until those nice young men in their clean white coats come to take us away to the...

 

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Tender footed me has never experienced major weather upheavals. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, forest fires, and other natural disasters or weather phenomena all belong in the realm of ‘they happen to someone else, far far away from...

 

Sunshine Showers

I love the sun. I understand completely why the ancients worshipped this blazing disc. Giver of life, casting brightness to light our path, increasing one’s sense of well-being; John Denver hit the nail on the head. Sunshine on my shoulders DOES...

 

Fancy and Not So Fancy Footwear

I noticed a most stunning pair of shoes this past weekend. These shoes gleamed in the sunlight, the silver soles merged into a metallic red that glistened and flashed as the wearer of these magnificently fashionable footwear moved along the street....

 

Roughing It, 21st Century Style

We learned in school about the hardships those who settled the west endured: no running water, leaky, drafty shacks made from sod or tar paper, working from dawn to dusk to clear the land and get the crops in, sickness, cold, shortage of food; the li...

 

Has She Ever Aged!

While rushing around town the other day, hurrying as usual as I dislike shopping and want to finish up as quickly as possible, I bumped into an acquaintance I haven’t seen for several years. When she said ‘hello’ to me, I looked at her in...

 

Share Those Stories

All of us have stories to tell; the actions and antics we committed in our lives, both good and bad, naughty and nice, that help explain who we are and define us as human beings. Too often these stories remain untold and a person takes a life full...

 

Planning for Those Golden Years

I wonder where the term 'golden years' came from to describe those of us who not only have gold in our teeth and silver in our hair, but also some lead in our derrieres. From what I see to date, no...

 

Christmas Shopping with my Father

As a child, Christmas enthralled me. Every December we made so many happy memories preparing for and savoring the holiday season to the fullest. We baked cookies, some of which we hung on the tree until the year a mouse discovered the cookies and...

 

Christmases Past; Christmas Today

I've decided that Christmas truly belongs to youngsters. The eager eyes, the intense anticipation, and the sheer enchantment of the season spills out of every child's being, and adults cannot help...

 

Continuous Holiday Carousel

Holiday seasons nowadays tend to blend together for one continuous shopping spree, starting in late September when merchants feel obligated to start pushing Halloween, and lasting right through Easter the following spring. When I was a kid,...

 
 By Lois Stephens    News    October 12, 2016

Ghosts Walk in Virginia City

It's October, which means the fall decorations have made an appearance, most of them dealing with the Halloween theme. Halloween now ranks second, just behind Christmas, for the amount of money spent...

 

Work is a Four Letter Word

I’ve come to the conclusion that work takes up a lot of valuable time better spent in other pursuits. And if I consider not only the time I spend at work, but also the very short time it takes me to walk to the office and back, that extra 30 minute...

 

Ah Yes, Technology

Normally as I work through a typical day, the differences in age and the inevitable clash of outlook on the working life doesn’t exist as far as job production goes. The dedicated people perform their jobs to the best of their abilities, while the...

 

Embarrassing the Youngsters

It doesn’t take much for us older folks to embarrass the kids. Just the fact that we’re old and wrinkly, we don’t have pierced body parts, nor do we sport garishly dyed Mohawk hairdos (to name just a few of the activities youth engage in to...

 

Jar Lids, Other Instruments of Devil

Remember when we had strength in our fingers and wrists? Peanut butter jar lids opened easily, bottle caps twisted off with a flick of the wrist, and bags of pretzels or potato chips didn’t stymy us as we attempted to open them. It never occurred t...

 

Becoming My Mother

Ah, the arrogance and ignorance of youth. While we suffered through the pangs of adolescence and young adulthood, we figured we could race through fire and sail out the other end virtually unscathed, we could leap tall buildings in a single bound,...

 

Birthdays Rock

I celebrate another birthday soon, and I expect an onslaught of cards pointing out and gently poking fun at my advanced number of years. I look forward to all my cards, whether they remind me that I...

 

Sticks & Stones Didn't Break My Bone

After nearly sixty seven years of living on this earth, I have become a statistic. If this statistic had beaten the odds and I won $10 million in a lottery, my smile would shatter my face. However, this unfortunate numerical reality reinforces the...

 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

I can’t tell you when I last took a good long look at myself in a mirror. I do know it’s been years; the only times I make use of a mirror is to give myself a superficial glance in passing. I know very well what will stare back at me if I look...

 

Hooray for Senior Meals

Whoever dreamed up the senior meal program deserves a large pat on the back. It makes sense for a variety of reasons, including the obvious ones such as it gets seniors out to socialize with peers...

 

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