Mangoes For Elephants

Mangoes For Elephants
  On the road...again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Mangoes For Elephants   No, this is not a footnote about the 2011 Fox movie production of the same genre.   The movie “Water for Elephants” was about a circus elephant that was abused and usually...
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Autumn Leaves

I believe children are born knowing how to cobble together a pile of leaves and jump in it! No one had to show me how to rake mountains of leaves and take a flying leap. Living next door to my grandparents, I had the bounty of two yards, though theirs had...
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It Still Makes Me Smile

It Still Makes Me Smile
Helen stilll smiles as she recalls this story.  
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Memoir: Sarah Blanche Browning Rich

[I was] born on December 7th, 1902 at the family home at 2700 Washington Avenue, arriving just before my father came home from a business trip to New York. A big disappointment, I am sure, as he must have been hoping for a boy after having three other girls and one...
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A Boy Needs Wheels

A Boy Needs Wheels
Since the day he discovered that his tricycle was faster than walking all but the dullest, most sedentary American boys have felt the urge to have wheels beneath them.  From tricycles to Corvettes (if only in their dreams) their desire is always to have faster, sexier ways to go from place to...
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Fire Girl Michelle

Fire Girl Michelle
Ever since I can remember, I have been interested in writing.  As a teenager, I would stay up late at night writing poems and stories while the rest of the family was sleeping.  Since I shared a room with my sister and could not leave the light on, I would sit...
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The Coming of Fall

When I was growing up, I especially loved the fall season when we could "sleep cold" with the windows open, and the sound of a gentle autumn rain lulled one to sleep. Using long cane fishing poles, we used to "thresh" the pecan trees along the street in front of the...
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The Beaten Path

     When I was four, we moved from our house at 1704 Paseo de Vaca, the house my parents had built before they married and in which their wedding took place, and moved in with my paternal grandparents at 3 North Madison while our house was being built next door at...
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Love at 5th sight

Love at 5th sight
Margaret's argument when she first met Ted, eventually led to love, not at 1st sight, but at 5th sight.  They were engaged at Xmas 1944 and then married on 31st January 1945, when Ted was on embarkation leave prior to leaving to serve in the Navy in Australia.  
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My 1st kiss, my 2nd kiss and my first love

Margaret shares the story of her first kiss which made her angry.  It was her 2nd kiss that led to her first love which resulted in marriage and 60 years of happiness.
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Fashion and Life in 1950's and early 60's

Jill tells about the fashions in the 1950's while she was growing up.  She liked to wear very full skirts gathered at the waist with lots of petticoats.  One of her favourite outfits was a black watch tartan skirt with black stockings and pointy toed shoes. Bikinis were in fashion and...
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Working, living at home and paying board

Joyce tells us about her years as a teenager working in her first job, living at home and contributing to the development of the new family home at Rostrevor South Australia  
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Annette's first date

Annette tells us about meeting a boy named Scott at the school social.  He was a very serious boy and she was very shy.  On their first date they went to the drive-in theatre to watch a movie, or so she thought....................    
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My first weekly pay and my best suit

Margaret talks about being paid 5 shillings per week when she worked for her father in the early 1940's.  When she joined the WRENS in 1943 she was paid 16 shillings per week and her 1st uniform was provided.  Her parents gave her a 'best' suit for Xmas and she describes...
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Career advice and my first years of working

Career advice and my first years of working
Judith had her heart set on being a Lawyer only to discover in her last year of schooling that she had studied the wrong subjects.  She did a range of jobs in the gap between school and university including live-in nannying roles and waitressing.  She then trained as a Kindergarten Teacher in...
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My high school years at Nambour High

My high school years at Nambour High
Judith recounts her school life as her father changed jobs and they moved from Loftus to Griffith, then the family moved to Queensland.  They lived in Nambour and she enjoyed her time at the Nambour High School.    
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Volunteering as a WREN

Volunteering as a WREN
Margaret talks about joining the Wren's, her initial training period and her posting to the small village of Eglington.  She was a Signal Messenger, delivering messages by car and bike.  Her most memorable delivery was to a young man who at the end of the shift refused to sign for the...
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Of Sausages And Snails And Smoked Squid

Of Sausages And Snails And Smoked Squid
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Of Sausages and Snails and Smoked Squids   What we remember from the past as the best pizza; the best sub sandwiches; the best southern fried chicken; or any other dish we remember--is part of the...
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My years at Primary School

Joyces tells us what it was like to go to three different primary schools - Peterborough, East Adelaide and Magill Schools in South Australia
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School Sports

Joyce talks about playing basketball (netball) and tennis with the school teams and her structured PE lessons at primary school.  
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