Category Archives: A to Z April Challenge

Caroline

This is my sister-in-law, Caroline Kelsey Paul. We were sixteen-year-old brides together, trying to grow up fast and learn how to be wives and mothers. We raised our children together through potty-training, trick-or-treat, and tempestuous teens. We became grandmothers together, … Continue reading

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C is for Children in mental institutions

In the 1950’s, Fulton State Hospital officials heard frequent requests from distraught parents and community agencies about children with severe behavior problems. There was no place for these children to go.  There had been children at the hospital before, but … Continue reading

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Five Lies (you probably believe) about your Brain

 You only use ten percent of your brain.FACT: The 10 percent myth is an old legend,  given new life by the plot of the 2011 movie Limitless, which pivoted around a wonder drug that endowed the protagonist with prodigious memory and … Continue reading

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A is for Psychiatric AIDE

In 1958, when this picture was taken, my mother, Myrtle Paul (left), and her friend, Ann Hall, were called Attendants.  They were two of the frontline caretakers of the mentally ill at Fulton State Hospital. My mother took months of … Continue reading

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Sanity and Insanity

In April I like to join a challenge called the A – Z Blogging Challenge.  Every day during April, except Sundays, I’ll write a blog post. The challenge is to stick to a broad theme and follow the alphabet throughout … Continue reading

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Z is for Zinnias

Every time I see beautiful zinnias in a flower garden, I think of my mother and how much she loved her flowers.  She didn’t have very many pretty things to enjoy. When I was child her life was an endless … Continue reading

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Y is for Yellow – the color of sunshine

Yellow has always been my favorite color. Just looking at yellow makes me feel good, so I try to surround myself with yellow whenever I can. The walls through most of my home are a very pale yellow called Banana … Continue reading

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X is for xenophobia

The word xenophobia is actually relatively new, and only entered English in the late 1800s. It’s rooted in two Greek words, xénos meaning “stranger, guest,” and phóbos meaning “fear, panic.” Dictionary.com defines xenophobia as “fear or hatred of foreigners, people … Continue reading

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W is for Wringer Washer

This is how we did the washing when I was a kid at home and for quite a few years after I got married, too. Notice, I did not say laundry. I never heard that word until I was an … Continue reading

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V is for the VOTE for Women

From 1848 to 1920, thousands of women in the United States fought to attain the same civil and political status as men, including the all-important right to vote. They had a lot working against them: Victorian-era scientists argued that women … Continue reading

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