• Kathleen Cassen Mickelson

First Five Fragments for Friday – A Happy Looking Back Edition

Your weekly offering of writing/art prompts. So often during autumn, I get nostalgic as I tromp through fallen leaves, breathe in that crisp cold air, and crave Halloween candy. It’s a happy sort of nostalgia. And, so, this week’s prompts are flashes of my past life. Really old flashes from a simple, happy time.

What do you still have that comes from a happier time? What would you say about that object now?

Happy nostalgic Friday.

Fun Fact for the Week: This is another photo from my mom’s old cookbook.


Because the cookbook came from the mid-Sixties, it’s very much aimed at a woman and her assumed role as homemaker. The only time men show up as potential cooks is in the section on grilling; there, the hands in the photos are men’s hands. There is also a whole special helps section that has two pages on stain removal, which includes “puppy stains (urine)”, blood, and mercurochrome, and I had to wonder what that was doing in a cookbook. And the very first page is a letter addressed, “Dear Homemaker”.

None of these things show up in my version of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Limited Edition 2000. And that’s why I’m keeping both versions on the bookshelf in my kitchen. It’s nice to see how far cookbooks – and the assumptions about who is actually doing the cooking and why – have come.

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