The Good Old Days – Do we really long for them?

The Good Old Days

A Rant – I hear many elderly (and other people)  state that they long for the “good old days” when a handshake sealed a deal, the grocer knew your name and kids could play safely in the neighborhood.

Everyone wants those kinds of things again, but it will take a little sacrifice.

So here are my unsolicited observations & suggestions.

Support your small mom & pop neighborhood businesses. You SAY you want the good old days, yet you populate McDonalds & Dunkin Donuts in hoards as local breakfast & lunch places struggle to keep enough market share to keep the doors open.

Shop an tell others about good deals you get at local “junque” shops and antiques stores instead of getting everything you need at Walmart. Walmart isn’t likely to do anything for you other than take your $.

A local merchant will often deliver for free, hold things without a deposit, and call you if something you’re looking for comes in the shop, at a price you can afford.

It may or may not cost you a few dollars more to patronize your local businesses. For example, you can get a solid wood chest of drawers at thousands of antiques shops across the US for less than $100. OR you can get a piece of particle board garbage at Walmart for more than that!

Even a small cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts is over $2.00. Many coffee shops still brew a better cup of Joe at far less.

While shopping some of these corporate merchants can be at times, a necessity, all too often it becomes a habit of laziness.

You SAY you miss the good old days:  Are you willing to step up and prove it?

I hope so, because look around: these places are killing the “good old days” you long for!

Fire in Magnolia Village – Gloucester, MA

Magnolia Pizza Fire

Fire in Magnolia Village – Gloucester, MA

Sunday morning the residents of Magnolia village in Gloucester, MA experienced and all too familiar scene – a historic building was on fire. The building  which housed Magnolia Pizza, located at the corner of Norman Ave. & Fuller St. was a total loss to the fire.

Unfortunately, the building had three apartments above it. But the the village is very grateful that no human lives were lost in the fire, nor apparently where there any injuries. The owner of the building (Tony Dimituro) who discovered the fire, ran through the building pounding and kicking in doors to make sure everyone got out.

It burned so hot, for so long that it will have to be torn down right away. Nothing will be able to be salvaged from the inside of the building as the fire marshal has condemned it. Rightly so.

This of course means that the tenants have lost all of the material possessions housed there. Furniture, clothes, pictures, even money. There are some pets unaccounted for and we’re hoping that they’ll be spotted in the village.

As a resident of Magnolia, (I live on Fuller St. where the fire took place) I am immensely proud of my community which immediately stepped up in the following ways.

The Magnolia Library & Community Center opened right away and became a command center for helping those in need. Soon we will have a link on the MLCC website where you can make a donation through Paypal.

Residents  of the town and elsewhere began making monetary donations right away so that the victims could get a few of their immediate needs met.

Jon Von Tetzchner – Owner of the Innovation House, (formerly Inn Magnolia) made housing available to those who lost their residence in the fire.

The Magnolia Historical Society has a fund going.

All around town the buzz has been “what can I do?”

Here are a few answers to that question:

  • Stop by the Magnolia Library and Community Center at 1 Lexington Ave. to find out what is needed.
  • Visit our website at
  • Be on the lookout for Lauren’s cat Sophie. She is a large black Maine Coon cat.