HISTORY OF TOILET PAPER, PART II – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I recently wrote a blog about the history of toilet paper and the response was so enthusiastic, I decided to look further into the subject. Before toilet paper came into existence in 1857, people used leaves, moss, stones, corncobs or whatever was handy. The Romans used a sponge on a stick which doesn’t sound too … Continue reading HISTORY OF TOILET PAPER, PART II – BY ELLIN CURLEY

ANXIETY AND THE CORONAVIRUS – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I’ve had an anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember. As a child, I would worry about everything and was afraid of almost everything. My mother, a trained child psychologist, tried to give me a form of cognitive therapy by pointing out to me every time I was ‘awfullizing’ or ‘what iffing.’ She … Continue reading ANXIETY AND THE CORONAVIRUS – BY ELLIN CURLEY

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOILET PAPER – BY ELLIN CURLEY

The panic buying spurred by the Coronavirus has highlighted the products that Americans feel are most essential to their wellbeing. Apparently toilet paper leads the pack since most stores initially reported that they were completely out of toilet paper. Toilet paper hoarding has become a national joke, with people buying carts full of the stuff … Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOILET PAPER – BY ELLIN CURLEY

MY OLD HOUSE AS B&B – BY ELLIN CURLEY

In 1933, my father bought 40 acres of farmland in Easton, Connecticut for around $10,000. In 1934, he built a beautiful, stone Tudor house on a hill overlooking a field. The house was built by stonemasons from Italy who had been working on church projects in Italy when the depression hit and they were put … Continue reading MY OLD HOUSE AS B&B – BY ELLIN CURLEY

CLASS OF ’69 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

Going to a 50th High School Reunion can be an exciting prospect – if it’s yours. I recently went to my husband, Tom’s 50th Reunion in Schenectady, New York, and, to be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I’m shy in big groups and pictured myself following Tom around and having nothing to … Continue reading CLASS OF ’69 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

JEWELRY AS HISTORY, PART 2 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I recently wrote a blog about how the jewelry I've collected over the years from other family members can trace our family history through the decades. I can also trace my personal history the same way, starting with the baby bracelet my parents bought for me when I was born. I guess it couldn't be … Continue reading JEWELRY AS HISTORY, PART 2 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

MY EARLY EXPOSURE TO CANCER PATIENTS – BY ELLIN CURLEY

During my pre-teen and teen years, it seems like a lot of people around me got cancer. Between the ages of eleven and eighteen, I was closely involved with five different people who had cancer and only one survived – my father. My first exposure to cancer was through my friend, Liz. She lived a … Continue reading MY EARLY EXPOSURE TO CANCER PATIENTS – BY ELLIN CURLEY