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Waitressing at Marie Dressler Restaurant by Linda Hutsell Manning

One of the things Covid has done is to foster nostalgia not only for a return to normalcy but also highlights from days gone by. My 1950's summer waitressing job at Marie Dressler House Restaurant is one of these. This coveted summer job paid $15 for a six day week: 11AM to 9PM with two… Continue reading Waitressing at Marie Dressler Restaurant by Linda Hutsell Manning

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Jazz in the Time of Pandemic, or, Sax in the City by Alan Bland

Image by Christoph Schutz from Pixabay Felicity had asked if I would play my Sax for a Word On The Hills Christmas Show, a virtual event that Chris Cameron was putting together with other Spirit members. Wow! “Sure,” I said, “I just have to work on my “chops,” as I hadn’t played much during the… Continue reading Jazz in the Time of Pandemic, or, Sax in the City by Alan Bland

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The Gifts of 2020 by Gwynn Scheltema

If there’s one thing that I have learned during 2020, it’s the importance of kindness and acceptance and the finding of joy and fulfilment in the unexpected, big and small. And part of that is the acceptance of self, flaws and all.  So, in 2021 I’ve decided I am going to put kindness to myself… Continue reading The Gifts of 2020 by Gwynn Scheltema

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The First Days of WW2 by Maureen Mullally

On September 6th 1939, I was 6 years old Gillian asked me to play. She lived across the road and sometimes cars went by, so Mummy said I had to be very careful crossing. Gillian had lots of dolls, but they weren’t as nice as mine. I told her they needed a wash. She didn’t like that… Continue reading The First Days of WW2 by Maureen Mullally