Linda Hamer Kennett’s Story Archive

Halloween Memorabilia: Trick or Treat?

Second in popularity only to Christmas as a holiday collectible, the memorabilia of Halloweens past is much more difficult to find. It is this scarcity of mint condition pieces that makes the collecting both challenging and rewarding. The elegance of the late Victorian period in America provided the perfect setting … Read More

Ball Canning Jars

The onset of fall means many things to we Hoosiers. Fall festivals, trips to Brown County to view the beautiful foliage, hot apple cider and campfires, and to an ever-growing number of people it means canning season. So, out come the colanders and pressure cookers and most importantly, the Ball … Read More

Dumpster Disasters — How (Not) to Prepare to Downsize

“I think we are ready for you to come a take a look at Mom and Dad’s House. We’ve already hauled off 2 dumpsters full of trash to make your job easier.” This is the kind of statement that send chills up my spine. Unknowingly, in their effort to “help,” … Read More

Something From the Oven

There are many things I remember about my Grandma Hamer: her beautiful blue eyes, her big hugs and the way her home was always filled with the aroma of fresh baked cookies. Many of the days I spent with her were occupied with baking and when the order of the … Read More

Collecting Bakelite Jewelry

We all have them. Those things that have been stored in the back of the closet or the bottom of the cedar chest, that we haven’t wanted to pitch, but we never use. A common denominator among many women is that box of jewelry from childhood that is just taking … Read More