The Secret to Bearing Disappointment

A few thoughts, written in 1925 from a farmer’s wife’s perspective. Once upon a time, when I was a little child, there was to be held a splendid picnic on the last day of school. The morning dawned bright and cloudless, a refreshing wind was blowing, but the outlook was not bright for me. Something…

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A Practical Routine From “The Queen of Her Home” (1907)

First, for the day’s routine: 1. Before leaving your room in the morning open the bed and the windows. 2. Light the kitchen fire; put the breakfast to cook, fill teakettle with water, and place on kitchen table the things needed to prepare breakfast. 3. Sweep the sitting room. 4. Set breakfast table, make coffee…

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Grow Old Gracefully by Living Gratefully; 1928

“Growing Old” is not a very welcome subject in America just now. [Or in 2021, for that matter!] Beauty experts and Keep-young-societies are filling the land with Anti-wrinkle Truth, yet the simple fact remains that our yesterdays do not come back. For most people, the advancing years are a blessing for through them we grow…

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A 1930s Housewife Simplifies Her Life by Prioritizing

Well, here we go again. The start of a new year. Actually, we’re nearly 6 weeks into it now, but it takes some of us a little longer to process it. (If I didn’t have to trudge through 2 feet of snow, I just might chisel the frozen solid wreath off the arbor to signal…

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