What exactly is Words of Wistrom?

I've been telling stories for as long as I can remember. Many friends and business associates have told me that I need to capture and publish them.

Some of these stories will make you laugh, others may make you remember the old days, others may help you to dream. Some will help you fix problems, others may just perk you up a bit. Whatever they do for you - I hope it helps you along your journey....


4May

Bug Spray in the 1960s

By jerrywistrom

"BUG SPRAY IN THE 1960s" We heard on the radio that  this year is going to be a BAD YEAR for ticks here in Connecticut.  Let me change that...  It appears that if you're a tick in Connecticut, you're going to have a ...

27April

My Parent's Airbnb in the 1900's

By jerrywistrom

"My Parent's Airbnb in the 1900's" You probably think that Airbnb  is a new idea.  Well, let me tell you what came before it...  Back in the 1960s in our corner of the world in New England, it was very common for f...

20April

Why I'm Not Allowed to Have Tools

By jerrywistrom

"Why I'm Not Allowed to Have Tools" Tools have never been   a strong point for me.  Ever.  My dad wasn't handy around the house, and he effectively passed that trait on to me.  Dad's few tools were kept down i...

13April

The Car Trunk

By jerrywistrom

"The Car Trunk" When I was about 10 years old I remember how wonderful it was to be asked to go somewhere with a friend.  My friend Kevin seemed to always be going someplace exciting with his mom.   K...

6April

Birth of a Salesman

By jerrywistrom

"Birth of a Salesman" I've had my own business for over 20 years.  And from the very first days of owning my coaching business - until very recently - there was one thing that I absolutely knew:  I AM NOT A SALESMAN. ...

30March

Easter Eggs

By jerrywistrom

"Easter Eggs" Last week a new friend paid me a great compliment by saying:  "You're a mischievous devil, aren't you?"  I had to laugh because I hadn't heard the word mischievous in a while.  However....  It certai...

23March

Skinned Hands and Knees

By jerrywistrom

"Skinned Hands and Knees" Maria waited for me in the car.   We were doing our Saturday morning errands.  I had to go to the ATM and get something I haven't used in a year - PAPER MONEY.  A handyman was coming ...

16March

Dad's Goshen Player Story

By jerrywistrom

"Dad's Goshen Player Story" You need some background  before I can tell you dad's story, so let me set that up for you: Back in 1949,  my dad would have been about 30 years old with a wife and two kids (I hadn't shown u...

9March

Polishing Pixels

By jerrywistrom

"Tinkering With Pixels" It was the turn of the century - 2000.  I was still in my corporate job but had started the transition to my next career, Business Coaching, and Consulting. Although I had created a number of part-time busi...

2March

My First Official Job

By jerrywistrom

"My First Official Job" It was December of 1972.  I had just turned 16 and my parents said that if I wanted a car, I'd have to earn the money and buy it myself. I found a job the way the youngest in the family gets a job, follow...

16February

Dad and the Corporate Directory

By jerrywistrom

"Dad and the Corporate Directory" I have to admit that this is one of my favorite stories about my father.  My dad was a  branch manager for the biggest bank in Connecticut in the 1970's.  Dad took really go...

9February

A Case of Really Awful Social Networking in Business

By jerrywistrom

"Really Awful Social Networking in Business" I'm writing this on Sunday Feb 7.  I'm starting with the date because it's important to the story...  It's just starting to snow here in CT.  My wonderful wife is at work, an...

2February

It's Time to Talk about Time

By jerrywistrom

"Its Time to Talk about Time" This sounds crazy, but...    the clock in my parent's kitchen was always 15 minutes fast.  It didn't get that way because it was possessed or anything.  It was meticulously kept 15 min...

26Jan

Better Crocker Pie Shop

By jerrywistrom

"Betty Crocker's Pie Shop" In the summer of 1972    I spent a lot of my time with my two best friends and their dad.  Yup, my best friends were Kevin and Tommy Fitzgerald, and their dad, John was a really great man that...

19Jan

Sight Unseen

By jerrywistrom

"SIGHT UNSEEN" January of 2020   I had just pulled into a parking space at my eye doctor's for my annual checkup when I received a call from Jason at GOOD GUYS AUTO HOUSE.  Jason and I have been doing business together for ab...

12Jan

THE GARAGE DOOR STORY!

By jerrywistrom

"THE GARAGE DOOR STORY" Our oldest daughter Lauren got her driver's license when she was 16.  And despite all those years of watching her take unimaginable risks playing SUPER MARIO CART, her real world driving was surprisingly ...

05Jan

The Plan for the New Year

By jerrywistrom

"The Plan for the New Year" Every New Year I knock out a plan.  You probably do as well.  Some of the plans are simple.  Some are detailed.  Some of them have all the elements of a "perfect" plan.  Others lack ...

29December

New Year's Eve Through The Years

By jerrywistrom

"New Years Eve Through The Years" My oldest memories of New Years Eve are probably my best and happiest.   I was probably 10-12 years old.  Mom would pull out the bag of New Year's hats and garlands and noisemak...

22December

Types of Snow

By jerrywistrom

"Types of Snow" Yes, I've heard that the Inuit  have lots of words for snow.  Although we may not distinguish them in quite the same way, being a New Englander - I've got some classifications for snow.  I know I'll mi...

15December

Christmas Parties with GLOGG

By jerrywistrom

"Christmas Parties with Glogg" Growing up in Goshen Connecticut in the 1960's was quite an adventure - especially at Christmas time.  There were two Christmas parties in town (at least those were the only two that my family ever ...

08December

Stollen Bread

By jerrywistrom

"Stollen Bread" There are lots of traditions  in every culture.  My family of origin had a number of Christmas traditions, enough for me to write about a different one each week during December.  One of the absolute cornerst...

01December

Nothing Like a December Birthday!

By jerrywistrom

"Nothing Like a December Birthday" My birthday is December 2.   Yea Me!  The circus animals that you see above are the closest I could find to the little plastic animals that my mom put on every birthday cake. ...

24November

Thanksgivings Gone By

By jerrywistrom

"Thanksgivings Gone By" I'm not sure I could   distinguish one Thanksgiving from another growing up.  They were superbly scripted, and that script was run year after year.  Here are some of the major points: Stuff...

17November

The $250 Hammer

By jerrywistrom

"The $250 Hammer" I remember being outraged when I read about the government being overcharged for tools back in the 1980's and 90's.  It angered me that companies would overcharge for goods and services AND that the government woul...

10November

Prepping for Winter

By jerrywistrom

"Prepping for Winter" Right after Halloween my family would begin the process of preparing for winter.  This seems like such an old way of thinking about the seasons.  Here in the 2000's winter is is just the time to change c...

03November

Typing Tax Bills

By jerrywistrom

"Typing Tax Bills" Its Election Day.   And when I think of election day - I remember my dad.  I remember him because for as long as I was growing up in that small town of Goshen CT, my dad was "elected" tax collector.&nbs...

27October

Apparently Not a Visionary

By jerrywistrom

"Apparently Not a Visionary" I think I'm fairly smart.   OK, so I wasn't the class valedictorian, but I was smart enough...  But apparently I'm not a visionary - and I have proof. In the early 80's   when...

20October

The Old Furnace

By jerrywistrom

"The Old Furnace" My parent's house was ancient.  I don't know the exact date, but it was built in the 1700's.  God only knows what heating system was originally in the house, but sometime before I was born, it was "UPDATED" t...

13October

Corporate Life in the 1970's (PART ONE)

By jerrywistrom

“Corporate Life in the 1970's (PART ONE)” I started with Aetna in 1979.  The first thing I remember is getting that employment offer letter.  When I opened it - I couldn't believe my eyes.  The starting salary would be $...

06October

Dad's Marriage Jokes

By jerrywistrom

“DAD'S MARRIAGE JOKES” My dad knew how to tell a joke.  There's a skill involved in telling a joke, and my dad had that skill mastered.  When he told a story or a joke, his face lit up and you knew that he enjoyed every seco...

29September

The Value of Teamwork

By jerrywistrom

“The Value of Teamwork” There's something special  watching a team do a project.  I've had three great examples of teamwork with contractors at my home this year - and one that was "not so great".  In no particul...

22September

Teamwork and Home Improvement

By jerrywistrom

Teamwork and Home Improvement” If you're a homeowner,  have you ever had one of those years where it seemed like every time you turned around you were pouring HUGE amounts of cash into the house for maintenance and improvements?&nb...

17September

Sharp Sticks and Apples

By jerrywistrom

A couple of months ago  while we were visiting our kids on the west coast, they took us to DOG BEACH.  That's right.  A beach just for dogs and their owners. Probably half of the people there  were throwing balls...

8September

My First Three Jobs After Graduation

By jerrywistrom

I graduated UCONN  in May of 1978 (by the grace of God and the skin of my teeth - but that's another story).  My bride to be and I already had the wedding planned - and it was only 4 months away.  Getting a job?...

1September

About That Pilot's License

By jerrywistrom

I thought that flying an airplane  would be so cool - and it was....  I couldn't wait to learn about every dial, gauge, lever, switch, handle, control, radio, etc...  Oh the technology..  And also - I'd be able to get any...

21August

Mid Flight - Pop Quiz

By jerrywistrom

“Mid Flight - Pop Quiz” I was so happy learning to fly an airplane.  It was something I had longed for since watching "SKY KING"  every week as a boy (go google that, you millennials).  Pilot training was a mixture...

13August

Arethusa Farm in the 1960's

By jerrywistrom

I can still see it  in my mind's eye.  It was after dark on a hot summer night when my dad decided we had to have ice cream.  Actually, we had to get ice cream to make my dad's famous black and white milk shakes.  (T...

3August

Maya and the GOGO Juice

By jerrywistrom

MAYA CLEMENTINE FELLOWS When our daughter Lauren and her hubby Rob  told us they were expecting last summer - the entire family cried with joy.  And when Maya was born on April 2nd 2020, we were in ...

30July

Tastes and Memories

By jerrywistrom

“Tastes and Memories” I’ve missed the taste of Coca-Cola.  I’m talking about the Coke that came in a small green bottle out of a vending machine.  When they changed the formula over to corn syrup in 1980 in the USA – I kne...

15July

Dad and the 1964 Ford Mustang

By jerrywistrom

My dad managed the Harwinton, CT branch for the Hartford National Bank.   He was a banker who knew everyone in the community.   His bank was the only one in town, and dad absolutely cared for each of his customers.   One...

11July

Mr. Old School

By jerrywistrom

“MR. OLD SCHOOL”   My parents grew up poor.   They weren’t sharecroppers or anything like that – but they came from a mill town from parents who were mill workers and policemen.   They ended up middle class – even th...

6July

Bull Crap

By jerrywistrom

    Welcome!  To the very first issue of Words of Wistrom. I'm kicking it off with one of my favorite stories about my father - Art Wistrom.  ...