SUPERDOGS – BY ELLIN CURLEY

Tom and I have had some awesome dogs. Some have had mad skills. For example, Tom had a Giant Schnauzer named George. He was a serious herder. When Tom had a party, everyone always ended up huddled together in the corner of one room. George would be happily asleep nearby. In addition to herding humans, … Continue reading SUPERDOGS – 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

ARE FLOPPY EARED DOGS SAFER THAN POINTY EARED DOGS? — BY ELLIN CURLEY

The TSA uses about 1200 dogs at airports to screen passengers and baggage. These dogs are from seven breeds, two of which have pointy ears, including German Shepherds. But four out of five of the recent additions to the canine corps have droopy ears. Why? Because the TSA decided, purely anecdotally, that people generally view … Continue reading ARE FLOPPY EARED DOGS SAFER THAN POINTY EARED DOGS? — 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