My Garden is Full of Teaching Lessons, 1927

It feels good to post a letter about gardening. Our last snowstorm was on April 18th, so spring has been a long time coming to northern Wisconsin. But now in May, the grass is green and there are a few buds on the trees and bushes. I am looking forward to planting and enjoying my…

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Rest Where You Are, 1925

With the exception of one aspect, I have truly loved my 40+ years of being a housewife. What is my one exception? The following old saying states it best: “A man works from sun to sun, but a woman’s (housewife’s) work is never done.” Since my home is my workplace, my many duties are always…

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Good Luck to Cora Belle! by Elinore Rupert Stewart, 1915

Cora Belle, a half child, half grown woman was so unconsciously brave, so pathetically buoyant, asking little of Life and receiving so little. She lived with her grandparents, two useless old people who drank up each other’s quack medicines and frightfully neglected their poor little granddaughter. She was stout, square-built little figure with long flaxen…

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The Best Care-Free Christmas Celebration, 1935

We observe the old custom of having our whole family together for Christmas dinner. Last year there were nearly forty of us. Each family brought a basket lunch with service for its own members. No dirty dishes to mar the women folks’ good time. Planning a big dinner is no longer an excuse for putting…

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