Articles written by Ruth Lauritzen

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  • Remembering summertime when the livin' was easy

    Ruth Lauritzen, Golden Hour Senior Center Executive Director|Aug 3, 2023

    Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ So hush little baby, don’t you cry. -- From Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, 1934 What is it about summer that makes us think that life runs at a slower pace? I think it is a factor of childhood. Have you ever noticed that the younger you are, the slower time passes? It was eons and eons from Halloween to Christmas and the school year seemed impossibly long. Now that we are, ahem, more mature, the years seem to zip by a...

  • Lessons from a busted wing

    Ruth Lauritzen, Golden Hour Senior Center|Jun 8, 2023

    On May 7th I slipped and fell at home and ended up with a broken right arm. Having never broken a bone a before, this was a new experience for me. My first realization was that it really hurt. Then I realized there was no one there to help me. Like some of you, I live alone and perhaps my bones are not as sturdy as they used to be. I ended up calling my son for a ride to the emergency room, but I will never forget that feeling of aloneness and vulnerability. As I write this it is a week later, and things have settled down considerably. In a...

  • One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy

    Ruth Lauritzen, Green River Historic Preservation Commission|Jun 14, 2017

    Lily Tomlin's Ernestine the Operator was comedic gold on Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In," which ran 1969-1973. If you don't remember it, look it up on YouTube and return to a simpler and funnier time. The character is based on the many hard-working woman employed as operators who made the telephone system work in the days before computer switching. The telephone systems in Sweetwater County had such operators, though not as snarky as Ernestine. I have been unable to find a date for the beginning o...

  • From Katana to Covey at Monroe Intermediate

    Ruth Lauritzen, Green River Historic Preservation Commission|Oct 5, 2016

    New principal at Monroe Intermediate School, Anne Marie Covey, recently took charge of a renovated building with a history that is close to her heart. The school originally opened in September of 1963 under the administration of Tony Katana, who happens to be Covey’s grandfather. Katana, who passed away in 2013, was a well-respected educator and administrator who spent 20 years as principal at Monroe. Covey is proud to carry on the heritage of her grandfather who, she says, was, “a humble man, but a great man who had a huge impact on his tea...