Life in the “Fabulous Fifties”


Just a few fast facts first: The average house in 1950 sold for $14,000 The average annual income in the ‘50s was just under $3,000 Most women were homemakers and stay-at-home moms Most families were married couples and raised three children In 1950 fewer than 1 in 10 American homes owned a TV set. By … Continue reading Life in the “Fabulous Fifties”

When’s the Last Time You Expressed Your Feelings Through a Greeting Card?


When cleaning my desk in my home office I came upon a birthday card from my second born son and his wife.  I had set this card aside after initially receiving it in January 2013. When I received it, I couldn't fully focus on it with others around.  I knew though that I wanted to … Continue reading When’s the Last Time You Expressed Your Feelings Through a Greeting Card?

Diversity Among Friends in the 1950s


My maternal grandmother (mamma) Alice Loretta Lathrop Ford and her son, my Uncle John Austin Ford, were known for liking people and keeping them close. A few of these people stand out in my memories from the 1950s (in no specific order). Robert Peterson, “Pete”: A 30ish, handsome, slightly built man of American Indian descent … Continue reading Diversity Among Friends in the 1950s