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Arlene Shovald

Doing Nothing Is Hard Work

By Arlene Shovald

If you asked what is the hardest work I ever had to do, it would be a toss-up between doing “nothing” and being a waitress when I was 15-years-old. My parents were “old school” and did not believe in buying clothes for fashion. Two pairs of shoes, dress and school, were all that was necessary […]

An Unlikely Teacher

By Arlene Shovald

An Unlikely Teacher

One of my favorite teachers was not really a teacher at all. Mrs. Sandstrom was an elderly Swedish woman who probably didn’t finish grade school and she was my landlady in the early 1960s. When I was married in 1959, we bought a small house with one tiny bedroom. That house was soon overflowing with […]