Touchstones to the Past

I frequently see posts on Facebook with a picture of an object that was once in everyday use but is now virtually obsolete. One of my favorites was a picture of old style roller skates along with the key used to change the skates’ size. It brought back such vivid memories of my childhood skating in the neighborhood with my best friend.

Objects like the skate key, or the speakers from a drive-in theater, or even an old-fashioned ice box are what I would call touchstones to the past. They invoke memories of times gone by, and entire stories can often be written centered around that one simple object. Continue reading

Sharing Family Photos

I have a very large extended family, and, as grandparents and parents have passed on, the family photos have also been spread far and near. I’ve been going through some old family photos with my Mom recently trying to find out who the people in the pictures are and how they are related to me.

I’ve also noticed cousins and other family members occasionally posting pictures on Facebook–some I’ve never seen and many I’ve seen before but not in a long time. Continue reading