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My Nickel's Worth based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
My Nickel¿s Worth by Phillip A. Nickel, Ph.D. This is the highly enjoyable autobiography of an interesting man and good citizen. Anyone who wants to know what life was like for kids and teens in the forties and fifties will find it here. Anyone who grew up in small town or rural America in that timeframe will find lots of nostalgia here. Phil draws a detailed picture of life on the farm, from the vegetable garden and chicken house to heating bath water on the wood-burning kitchen range. This was life before TV but with plenty of radio programs and an occasional movie. Families worked together, played together, and ate dinner together. Phil has a delightfully wry sense of humor. Speaking of mowing a neighbor¿s lawn he says, ¿They had an up-to-date mower with spiral blades on a rotating cylinder, powered by whoever was behind it. When the grass was dry and not too long, the rotary blades made a pleasant whirling-cutting sound. If the grass was long and wet, I sometimes made a self-pitying whining sound.¿ He developed his interest in biology into a career, first as a college instructor and professor, then as an entomologist in vector control in the Ventura County Environmental Health Department. Along the way he married, had a family, and divorced after the children were grown. He serendipitously met his soulmate; they married, he retired, and they moved back to Oregon. Phil¿s descriptions of his life experiences are vivid and warmly drawn. His battles with the local fauna as he tried to carve a flower garden out of the woods where his new home was built are hilarious to readers, if not to Phil. Deer ate his pansies, wild turkeys fouled his sidewalks, and burrowing moles damaged his plants¿ roots. Human urine was recommended as a deer repellant but Phil says the deer found fabric softener dryer sheets just as repulsive. He was also told that chewing gum would eradicate moles but says he found it too difficult to ¿get the stick of gum into their sharp-toothed little mouths.¿ Phil tells some amusing and informative stories of his travels in Europe and the South Pacific and finishes up with some family history. All in all, this book is a great read and lots of fun. Barbara J. Olexer
A bit of humor and interesting characters in a bit of self discovery piece of literature which entrances the reader as they read the collection stories.