DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

Here’s the ad for Carrs of Carlisle biscuits… just in time for the summer wedding season of 1956.

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The copy reads: Today is her day of days — tomorrow she will be a housewife. And she will want everything of the best for her home and husband.

Ah, the misogynistic days of the 50s.  I hope we’ve finally shunned the H-word and its image of domestic drudgery.

Married to a house? Is there a Facebook status for that?

Oh wait. It is the twenty-tens. We’re all just bumblin’ through together. 

Put on your lipstick and smile. Meet Babylonia Aivaz and her bride-to-be.

 Do you take this warehouse? 

 

Toni 7/13/17

The Good Wife Rules, pub. 1955

 

 

DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

It was the 60’s, people.  What more is there to say?

 

 

“Won’t you stop and remember me

at any convenient time?

Funny how the memory skips

looking over manuscripts

of unpublished rhyme.

Drinking my vodka and lime,

I look around,

leaves are brown

and the sky is a lonely shade of winter.”

~Paul Simon

 

Hang onto your hopes, my friends.

Toni 6/28/17

 

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FOCUS

Algebra II, the parabola lesson

 

Mr. Franklin points to a minimalist sketch.  ‘Alright people, today the focus is on, well, the focus.’  His triangular brows rise. Glacial blue eyes peer over rimless lenses, perusing our sea of faces.

 

All our math lives, we only knew about straight lines. Eyes roll, wander, glance sideways. This was a tough sell to teenyboppers.

Undaunted, Mr. Franklin introduces us to the parabola and its friends through the magic of wax paper.

We have no clue what a focus and a directrix are.  (We heard it wasn’t going to be on the test.  Just sayin’.)

 

Anyway, class that day was a hoot. And I did learn this much:  a parabola is a special arch-shaped curve.  But not just any arch-shaped curve. Each and every point on a parabola is at an equal distance from a fixed point ( the focus !!!) and a fixed line (the directrix).

 

So after applying the ruler to the wax paper and making a gazillion folds, I finally got a curve.  And that was that.

 

These days, teachers use Angry Birds and lots of cool real-life examples.

I don’t remember Mr. Franklin mentioning that when you kick a soccer ball or shoot an arrow or fire a missile or throw a stone, it arcs up into the air and comes down again ~ following the path of a parabola.  That kind of visual might have helped.

 

It wasn’t obvious to me how signs, symbols, and substitutions join together to become a coherent idea. In algebra, X marks the spot. (Well, sometimes it’s N or Y, as Mr. Franklin liked to say.)  To me it was like a pile of puzzle pieces, gray side up, not all that interesting until I finally realized that they fit together to create something pretty intriguing.

 

The parabola made my eyes glaze over. But when I saw The Eiffel Tower?  I thought about wax paper.

Toni 6/16/17