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  1. My first credit card was a BankAmericard and my...

    My first credit card was a BankAmericard and my first credit purchase was for Earth Shoes. 1974.
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    Yes, I've heard that, too, but that hasn't kept...

    Yes, I've heard that, too, but that hasn't kept me from over-analyzing everything. You remind me of my MIL... at one point, she learned that her brother, who was living with her at the time caring...
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    Great news, Tradd!

    Great news, Tradd!
  4. Having a hard time getting approved is not the...

    Having a hard time getting approved is not the same as being legally barred from approval or paying higher interest rates.


    "Forty years ago, any woman applying for a credit card could be asked a...
  5. That's the point. In the 50s choices were limited.

    That's the point. In the 50s choices were limited.
  6. True. When I had two kids 14 months apart, I...

    True. When I had two kids 14 months apart, I decided to start a family day care business because it would have killed me to net zero financially with working full time and having to give up the...
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    Fettucini Alfredo.

    Fettucini Alfredo.
  8. Shirley Chisholm said "I have certainly met much...

    Shirley Chisholm said "I have certainly met much more discrimination in terms of being a woman than being Black."
  9. So your mother was also left in the lurch like...

    So your mother was also left in the lurch like mine was... maybe our realities aren't that far apart, but our perspectives and how they shaped our worldview may be different. Did your mother enjoy...
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    I really love the term "a sense of place" and I...

    I really love the term "a sense of place" and I know intuitively what it means but it's hard to describe. As they say, it's like porn: I know it when I see it.

    I have felt I belong in VT. I have...
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    Come to the Burlington area some time! And...

    Come to the Burlington area some time! And Southern VT (Bennington/Manchester) is also very accessible to libraries and garden clubs. You don't have to drive an hour and a half.

    Gee, I'd love to...
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_kzJ-f5C9U ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_kzJ-f5C9U

    Terrible commercial.
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    Regarding silverware: I decided when we moved up...

    Regarding silverware: I decided when we moved up here to use my great-aunt's silver. Along with that decision came the realization that over time pieces may get ruined, or thrown out by mistake. But...
  14. I was born in 1952, so I know my reality, which...

    I was born in 1952, so I know my reality, which may not match your reality. The reality was that options for women who desired a different kind of marriage and motherhood were limited, both socially...
  15. It's not a liberal elite thing. I did read the...

    It's not a liberal elite thing. I did read the Feminine Mystique, and it was fine and I understand your point, but she definitely hit a nerve, and I don't think all those nerves were on the East...
  16. razz, the link comes up with an article about pub...

    razz, the link comes up with an article about pub closures... ?

    With regard to women in the 50s, it's interesting. I grew up in a Connecticut suburb that was built post-WWII, and all the families...
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    Frozen burrito w/sour cream and salsa. I got home...

    Frozen burrito w/sour cream and salsa. I got home from a fab weekend with DD and had to jump right into a full afternoon/evening of interviews, so I made it light and easy.
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    Good article. I do believe in the value of...

    Good article. I do believe in the value of building social capital. It hearkens back to the days when if you misbehaved, your neighbor would tell your mother.

    Trust demands vulnerability, and I...
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    For several years the company I left (and now...

    For several years the company I left (and now work for freelance) promoted remote work, and outfitted account people with computers, printers, phones, etc.

    Not sure how they're handling the...
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    I want to get in that habit. I think that's a...

    I want to get in that habit. I think that's a healthier way to eat--and works better with my body clock (who wants to do a bunch of cooking and cleaning at 8pm??)
  21. Last time my cholesterol was checked, I had...

    Last time my cholesterol was checked, I had borderline high LDL, but high HDL as well. I do eat relatively well, but I'm far from dogmatic about it. I'm not a dessert-eater, and I lean towards...
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    A couple of weeks ago I learned that a high...

    A couple of weeks ago I learned that a high school friend of mine died from COVID. He was my age, 68. I had on my to-do list for today to send a sympathy card to his wife. I just learned that she...
  23. Glad you've given us a trial run and decided to...

    Glad you've given us a trial run and decided to stay! :)
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    Yes, I do that, and my go-to (also from LLBean...

    Yes, I do that, and my go-to (also from LLBean which appears to be somewhat of a favorite here) is this hoodie jacket that checks all the boxes: it's light but warm, makes for good layering for...
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    Haha! What did JCO ever do to you? :). What...

    Haha! What did JCO ever do to you? :). What don't you like about her writing? I love her, and We Were the Mulvaneys is the only work of fiction that survived The Purge (aside from the autographed...
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