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April 20, 2011

The Habits Of Highly Effective 1960’s Teens

By RetroRuth

Do you ever feel like you are wasting your spare time? That you aren’t living up to your potential?

Do you have a few extra hours in the day you are dying to use up?

Well, we can help you with that! Your Home and You, a home economics book published in 1961, has several excellent and worthy suggestions for your extra hours that are burning a hole in your pocket!

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This is your time!  Alter as you see fit to reflect your own schedule. For example, you could increase “Sleep” to say…ohhhhh…10, 12 hours.  Or add 4 hours of internet time.  I mean, however your day goes, right?

But, even then you’ll have hours to spare!

Well, how about some suggestions to fill in some of those spare hours?

You could take up a hobby, like:

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Watching TV,


Morse code, (Honest to god)

Playing in the orchestra,

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Members of the school orchestra find that the hobby of playing a musical instrument is most satisfying.

Making jewelry,

Textile painting,

Hooking rugs,

Stamp collecting,

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The family enjoys the girl’s hobby of stamp collecting.



Indoor gardening,

Flower arrangement,


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Cooking and gift wrapping hobbies are a useful combination for gift giving.

Working to be the town’s best teen-age cook,(which, I must admit, is my dream)


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The hobby of photography is a fine way to preserve happy memories of special events and trips.

Or, if you want to use up some free time and make some cash, you can take up a part-time job like:


Delivering papers,

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A paper route has been the first step toward success in the careers of many of today’s influential citizens.

Delivering packages,


Filing Clerk,

Serving Staff,

Working in a Grocery Store,

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Soda Fountain Jerk, and

Gas Station Attendant.

There! Now you can make use of all your time in an effective manner, and maybe even make some cash on the side!

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5 Responses to The Habits Of Highly Effective 1960’s Teens

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    You know, I have SO many extra hours in the day that I think I will learn morse code AND deliver papers! I DO want to be an influential citizen after all. 😉

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    April 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Just looking at that slide chart makes me realize that there are a lot more hours in a day than I thought. And I don’t even go to school! I’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do to myself about what I’ve been doing with my time!

    I have been a filing clerk for a lot of my life and let me tell you, delivering papers has GOT to be a lot more fun.

  3. Tom Reply

    April 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    That clock tower hasn’t run since it was hit by lightning 30 years ago

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    April 21, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Sara! Yes, you must learn Morse Code, too…then we can communicate! 🙂

    Eartha, I agree, I think we all have some ‘splanin’ to do! And yes…being a filing clerk can be tedious. I’ve totally been there…

    Tom – You know I love that movie and I can’t believe I missed that joke! Good catch, hon!

  5. sablemable Reply

    April 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I always wanted to be a cashier in a grocery/supermarket so that I could operate one of those cash registers. No fun now, nothing to punch.

    Yep, I’ll take up the Morse Code, too. (dot, dot-dash-dash)

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