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December 21st, 2014

Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

  A number of years ago, I wrote a column about the early bird. I am the first to admit that I know nothing about birds, but what I do know is that early in the morning, one bird gets up and chirps his call, waking up the rest of the birds. Not just his friends and family, but all the rest of the bird population within his chirping area. And m...

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Although I have never tried it, I can’t imagine that soap made from ashes and lye was very pleasant to use. I suppose that it worked alright on very dirty clothes and when those clothes were soaked in boiling water, the soap probably brought the ingrained dirt to the surface. I also don’t know for sure, but I assume that the hands that dipped into...

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If you read this column, you know that I seem to be obsessed with educating our young people today. But I really am trying not to discuss it more than one week in every month! I am still in touch with many of the girls that I graduated high school with. Although we graduated in 1957, most of us are still alive! And on October 18th, I will be flying...

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  Today is the last day that I will be spending with my grandson McKinley on Cape Cod this summer, and I found out that today is also the last day that I am able to write a column. So I suppose I should let you know that this summer, I have been unable to write my columns myself. I have been unable to put my poor, arthritic fingers onto the ke...

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When I was young and school was going to start in September, mothers were all excited. Back in those days, mothers spent all their time keeping house, preparing meals for their family, and making sure that their children behaved. I knew no mothers who worked, but I did know, when Labor Day came, they couldn’t wait for the children to go off to scho...

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One day after my 74th birthday, I woke up and started to think about half the people I knew in Waitsfield who had lost tons of weight. Here I was in my 75th year, still grossly overweight, and I started to think about my death and how my children and grandchildren were going to be able to fit me into a coffin. So I decided that I, too, would try th...

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  I have so many little things that I want to share with you, but they’re not big enough to write a column about. So, I’ve decided I’ll give you the little snippets. First, I want you to know that my cats, at least Yul, is what is known in the family as a “free-range” cat. I’m sure you might be wondering what a “free-range” cat is. Our explana...

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  I always thought that my Grandma Bragdon probably saw more changes in her world than anyone I could imagine. She was born a few years after the civil war, can you imagine? And she died in 1967. So what changes did she see and learn to live with? Well, for one thing, she wore long skirts, heavily corseted underwear and heaven only knows what...

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  When you go to the movies, do you ever wonder what happened to those old movies that were all singing and dancing and everyone ended up happy? And all those old wonderful actors and actresses whose pictures you had on your bedroom wall because they were so wonderful! Well, they are definitely a thing of the past. No longer can you leave the...

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Watching T.V. these days is bad enough, but if you watch the news, it is like watching and listening to a scary fiction novel! It’s bad enough that the world seems to be deteriorating and fighting amongst themselves, but how about what seems to be happening here in our country? I am not sure that good news or uplifting news was ever the main topic...

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