On AOL's front page one morning I found a list of 10 things that are making a comback. The idea is to promote a green and healthy sense of living.

Some of us lived at a time when these 10 things were the norm. It was good for the planet when we hung our wash out on a clothesline and grew our own food.

From this list of 10 things making a comeback, message board members were to choose one or more and write about it.


cloth diapers
street cars
locally grown foods
rain barrels and cistern wells, disposable-razor sharpener, like the leather strop
roundabouts and traffic circles
glass baby bottles
farmer's markets
sheep and goats to control weeds

Making a Comeback

I hang my clothes upon a line
Drying outside seems so devine
Along comes a bird to poop
Or winds to make the posts droop
Drying inside seems much more fin


Cloth diapers don't work so well
Remember the butt rashes that swell
And the wasted water to wash
Puts green living on kabash
Not to mention the diaper pail smell


rain barrels don't work here
Not enough rain I fear
We grow our own food
Bunnies say oh good
And eat up our garden oh dear


We don't use poison we pull our own weeds
And grow our vegies as we plant the seeds
We used to have a goat or two
Our home looked like a farmer zoo
The goats made good hamburger for family needs

© By Sharon (ByGolly25@aol.com)

Simpler Times?

What needs to make a comeback is time,
All these rollbacks would be just fine
If our young folks didn't work 12 hour days
And children had parents, time just to play.

Oh, how I loved fresh smelling laundry,
But a sudden rain left me in a quandry,
If I let the clothes dry again stiff like planks,
Or rewash and use twice the wash tanks.

Rain barrels I'd love for watering and hair,
Vinegar rinsed and shiny tho smell not so fair
Being a blonde was easy enough,
Lemons would sell lots of bottles of stuff.

Other businesses would crop up like weeds,
Rain barrels could cause the chopping of trees,
Lemon juice in those little plastic bottles,
Or big cosmetic companies income throttles.

Love the idea of gardens at home,
My yard for produce I could loan,
New small farm equipment would have a boon,
Implement manufacturers would sing a tune.

Grand farmers markets have always been round,
Co-ops are beginning to re-bound.
Otherwise it takes energy and gas,
To drive your car and grocery stores pass.

There is a new one not far away,
If you catch it open on its "open" day.
Lots of money spent on advertising and flyers,
Vegetables aren't "local" and prices are higher.

Diapers recycled could replenish the earth,
Or cause dust rags to experience rebirth,
Black and white I wish it could be the craze,
Too old am I to go back to back breaking days.

Streetcars might be an answer true,
If the young returned to 8 hours, adding ride time too,
Working on laptops or reading books,
Less cars, less pollution, less wrecks, less nerves, more crime, more exercise> walking sometimes dark, more raincoats, more dimes, more conversations, new friends, more electric plants, more employees, less time or taxi to apointments, frantically respond to a sick child. All it took.

In the end, I think,
The space program can't sink,
Gotta find an inhabitable "moon",
Or reproduction not an option soon.

© By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)

Comebacks in My Life

For sixty six years i've been mowing my yard
And every Spring the grass makes a comeback
But as I grow older the mowing gets hard
And the crabgrass gets all set to attack

The dandelions too make their comeback
Yellow blossoms so pretty notwithstanding
They spread no matter how often I weedwhack
Each year the lawnwork is more demanding

My clothesline has never gone away
So the word "comeback" does not apply
And I use it every summer laundry day
Washing inside and hanging outside to dry

I have an Impatien that is on its third year
Its "comeback" is hard to believe
One of these Springs it will die, I fear
And for one little moment, I'll grieve

This year I'm canning some pickles
This is a "comeback" from years ago
And at the store will be saving my nickels
Will not buy pickles no mo'

© By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)

Making a Comeback

street cars,
locally grown foods,
rain barrels and cistern wells,
roundabouts and traffic circles,
farmer's markets,
sheep and goats to control weeds

At the wetlands park where I volunteer, this spring they are using goats to remove the invasive blackberries.

In winter here in the Pacific Northwest sometimes our vegetables come from as far away as Texas. How fresh could it be?

I love traffic circles they are so friendly. So pleasant to see flowers and ground cover growing in the middle of an intersection.

In summer our farmers market is in Edmonds, the next town over that is on the Sound. It is held on Saturday and is an event, a special way to spend a Saturday shopping for produce. They have crafts as well, jewelry and artwork and I especially like the fresh cut flower...gigantic bouqets for five or ten dollars.

We have just finished the new modern streetcar line that runs from Seatac airport south of Seattle to downtown.

I don't know about rainbarrels. Even fresh rainwater isn't all that 'fresh'. I suppose if you use it for laundry that would work. I know that water is going to be the next shortage.

Vinyl records are making a comeback too. The old 12 inch 33 1/3 albums. Many artists are releasing both vinyl and CD. CDs lose the live, real time sound, including some imperfections in vocals and perfomances that give music the human feeling.

© By Diana Mercedes (writerworks@live.com)

Some Facts About Goats

Goat’s milk is easily digestible and less allergenic than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is higher in calcium, vitamin A and niacin than cow’s milk. Goat meat is lower in fat and cholesterol compared to beef, pork, mutton and poultry. 12,000 year old paintings of goats have been found on the walls of caves in Europe. Goats are one the cleanest animals and are much more selective feeders than cows, sheep, pigs, swine and even dogs. Dairy goats have little subcutaneous fat. Goats do not like eating food that has been soiled, contaminated or has been on the ground. Mahatma Gandhi consumed goat milk everyday for more than 30 years.

Carl Sandburg loved his goats so much that when Life Magazine (1938 issue) asked him to pose for a picture with his favorite dog he insisted the picture be taken with his goats. Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized and it can be digested in less than 20 minutes where as cow’s milk can take almost all day. Coffee was first discovered when goat herders noticed the animals acting very energetic after nibbling on coffee beans. Abraham Lincoln’s sons had two goats that lived in the white house with them. In earlier centuries, goats were often used to nurse babies.

Unlike what most think, goats can be poisoned by many weeds, flowers, bushes, etc. Azalea bushes are poisonous to them for one.

We have a great number of goats in Tennessee. We even have a "Goat Festival" in a nearby town. I saw some goats just the other day in the back of a truck. The goat is very highly praised in our locality. They are really a pretty animal, much like sheep. If I had a few acres, I certainly would have some goats. There are many varieties of goats. The Pygmy goats are really sweet as are the Silkey goats.

Goats are wonderful creatures to behold.
Often for meat and milk they are sold.

They are gentle and loving and can become your pet.
You must realize that in their ways they are set.

Sometimes funny, sometimes cute,
Not everyone they will suit.

If I could have goats I would,
They are fair, kind and good.

© By Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)

Making a Comeback

locally grown foods,
rain barrels and cistern wells
farmer's markets

I love the Farmer's Market here in Flint, Michigan. In a nationwide contest last year it was voted number 1 in Farmer's Markets followed by one in North Carolina. It is a ten minute drive from my house and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday all year round. I make it down there at least one of those days every week. Today I went for some pickling spices, hot chili powder and fennel seed. It is so much cheaper to buy in bulk than it is to buy those little bottles in the supermarket. I buy all my chicken and turkey there too. The chicken is homegrown on a farm about thirty miles outside of town, is always fresh and never frozen, ground pecking chickens. Everything in the turkey store is 100% turkey meat from whole to fillets to ground to sausage to deli meats. I spend a bit of my budget there too. And of course the bakery with their wonderful fresh baked butter croissants, round, square and long loaves of bread, fruit filled croissants and berry tarts, pies and all kinds of rolls. No cakes, but who misses them when there is so much other to choose from. The cake store is at the other end of the market. I could go on forever about this wonderful old Farmer's Market that has been in business since 1905 and at it's current location since 1940. There is a restaurant upstairs called, "Steady Eddie's. The food there is almost all products of the downstairs market with the exception of the beverages. There is also an art gallery and an antique and red hat store upstairs next to the restaurant, so shopping in the market is a real experience.

© By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)

Making a Comeback

Birds are late this year according to a birding blog I follow and according to Phyllis Yochem a birding enthusiast who lives in Corpus Christi, TX:

CORPUS CHRISTI — On the second bird walk in April the birds still were not arriving in their usual numbers.

We all agreed with the words of an old popular song, “spring will be a little late this year.” There were a few warblers, black and white, prothonotary, Nashville, and, would you believe it, one indigo bunting.

Mary Mauel and I decided to move on to Hans Suter Wildlife Area and maybe see if there were any birds on the Naval Air Station. Suter was, like Blucher, bare. The day before, I had seen a solitary eastern Kingbird at Packery Channel.

Finally at the base, we found some migrants to gladden our hungry hearts. There were upland sandpipers on green fields, up to 50 of them. Not only were they there, but they were all dressed up in their finest spring plumage, and they were talking.

I sometimes hear their voices as they pass over in the night. There were also several golden plover, and on the fence, a pair of loggerhead shrike, probably mating. We took these birds as a message of hope that migration still is coming.

© By Diana Mercedes (writerworks@live.com)

Making a Comeback

my daddy used to mow the grass
he never did sit on his arz
he would weed and mow
to and fro

no electric mower
that were gas and go
no no no
it just wasnt so

it didnt pollute
it didnt sound like a flute
it was push and go
to and fro

my daddy also dug out of the grass
a thing called dandelion, it would kick you in the arz
hed pick it and poke it and boil it in a pan
i hated that stuff, man oh man

my job was to pick the tea leaves from the vine
i loved that job because it was all mine
dandelions are to look at not to eat
i would rather have a corn on the cob thats sweet

i hope that i brought back some memories to you
i hope i was able to cheer those who were blue
now i bid you all a good day
cause i have to be on my merry ole way

© By Amy (fabulousfilly@aol.com)


Aw the good old days, we seniors always say,
hmmm, now let me see how it was now and then.
Clotheslines, rain and snow, small children, cloth diapers
hanging all over the house, hoping they would dry
before the others ran out.

Now, hmm, our children are grown, besides that
they use disposable ones.
and by gunny, by jove,
love that automatic washer and dryer.

Had no cars, had no money, rode the street car
if you lived in the city, but by gosh
we had to walk in the country,
but most could see their belly buttons.

Now some drive to the mailbox
cannot walk across the street.

All of us country and small village folks,
we raised most of what we ate.
Can, can, dry, can some more
in the fall it was the hogs.

Now by gosh by golly, we grow nothing
and that ain’t folly
buy everything we eat then cuss
those thieving supermarkets.

Rain barrel for every downspout,
waste not any water, cisterns, those big vats,
never did like that water.
beat the heck out of toting it from the spring
or some well.

Now we just turn on the faucet.
flush the john and take a shower.
How water, no problem, cry about the gas bill.

Straight razor and of course the strop,
ooh my bottom hated that.
but heck and hee hee, I am retired and wear a beard.
No traffic lights in the village, dang town had them lights,
yes, roundabouts in some towns and cities,
hated them but then, that was the city,
now they are making comebacks, how about that?

Forty leben baby bottles, use them once
then you had to wash them.
Hot water, rinse real well,
heck now they have, plastic bladders.

Some and more are now going back
to breast feeding?

Farmers’ markets where you bartered,
but in the country, you gave it away
and shared with friends and neighbors.
Now they are the cat’s meow,
pay a fortune for a new grown tater.

Sheep were for wool and to make money,
dang goats were for those other folks
but they did keep the place clean.

Now people make a living, by having a
large herd of goats.
graze the creeks and other places,
now they are the noxious weed destroyers.

Hmm, about some things I wonder?
Life for us was much easier that it was for
mom and dad and grandma and grandpa.
shucks these kids have it made,
all they do is punch a button.

But nostalgia is great as was the past,
but shucks, I enjoy the modern conveniences,
so let it come, let it go
I do not have many rows to hoe.

© By TOM (tomWYO@aol.com)







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