Natalie Thomson

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Charter member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror

Melrose, Massachusetts welcomed me on September 26, 1928. Of the two boys and five girls, I was the baby of the Haines family. That family moved to the next town, Malden, in 1931. My claim to fame was portraying the princess in the 5th grade operetta at the Glenwood School. I graduated in 1946 from Malden High School's Commercial Course. Then, at a bank in Boston, learned how to wire the control boards for IBM computers.

Ed Thomson, a returned combat veteran of WWII, and I married in October, 1947, and had two outstanding children, Joanne, born 1953 and Edward, born 1958. Later, they further enriched the family by marrying Don and Patty and parenting five wonderful grandchildren.

For about a decade, I taught Sunday School while my children were growing. Ed served as a Deacon and we both worked on varied committees at church. In addition to our careers, our interests centered around our children's activities. Starting in 1965, I helped organize the Central Little League Auxiliary in Malden. My husband coached a winning team. For many years I took various courses at local colleges. Ed died of cancer-from-smoking in April 1983.

It took a lot of money and several futile attempts for me to give up smoking. Then, by chance, I learned about a group called Nicotine Anonymous. I faithfuly attended meetings, absorbed the messge, and now it is eleven years since I've smoked a killer-cigarette.

For twenty years I worked for Intercity Homemaker/Home Health Aide Service. I retired as Administrative Assistant after years as a Caseload Manager.

In 1993, I moved back to Melrose. My stride has become comparatively a stroll, but retirement continues to be pleasant, productive and poetically progressive.



Additional Articles by Natalie Thomson:

id 14--- Token Travelogue -- Travel
id 58--- My New Career (Unpaid!) -- Features
id 191- Travel by Mass Bay Transit -- Poetry
id 314- Top to Bottom -- Poetry
id 1636 Minestrone Soup -- Foods/Recipies
id 2105 You're Only Young Once -- Poetry
id 2278 World War II Diary -- Remembering WW-II
id 2746 Poetry Contest -- Poetry
id 2789 Melrose Arts & Crafts Scoiety History -- Art
id 2847 Melrose Symphony, Concert No2 -- Art
id 2956 Get a Grip or I've Got The Bends... -- Poetry 4/30/99
id 2994 It's Spring Again -- Features 6/4/99
id 3017 Boston Marathon 1999 -- Features 6/4/99
.....Note: Natalie did not write, but was responsible for the article.
id 3494 Ell Pond Cleanup -- Features 12/3/99
id 3271 Riding The T -- Features 12/3/99
id 3308 Bequest -- Features 12/3/99
id 3739 The First (?) Snowfall -- Features 2/4/00
id 3736 Marjorie Burgess -- Features 2/4/00
id 3812 Beauty & The Beast -- Features 4/7/00
id 3182 Another Site Is "Blooming" -- Features 5/5/00
id 4007 Ripley School Testing -- Features 6/2/00
id 4016 Jumprope For Elders -- Poetry 6/2/00
id 4063 Celebrate 4th Anniversary -- Features 7/7/00
id 4062 Roosevelt School -- Features 7/7/00
id 4173 Birding At Ell Pond -- Features 08/04/00
id 4284 Telephone Adventuress -- Random Thoughts 10/6/00
id 4279 Trash & Treasures Channel 2 -- Features 10/6/00
id 4296 Wanna go birding? -- Features 10/6/00
id 4390 On top of things -- Features 11/3/00
id 4468 Christmases Past -- Features 12/01/00
id 4540 OUR kind -- Features 2/2/01
id 4653 MCMXXXIV - XXXV -- Features 2/2/01
id 4834 Act of Alliteration -- Features 4/6/01
id 4967 Forsythias -- Features 5/4/01
id 5034 My day in court -- Features 6/01/01
id 5205 Wyoming Cemetery -- Features 7/6/01
id 5378 My driver's license test -- Feature 9/7/01
id 5622 Happy birthday -- Poetry 12/07/01
id 5648 Polymnia Choral Society at Christmas -- Feature 1/04/02
id 5695 Valentines Day -- Feature 2/01/02
id 5698 I feel biserable -- Feature 2/01/02
id 5825 A survivor -- Feature 3/1/02
id 5945 Bill Jodrey on TV5 -- Feature 4/5/02
id 6162 Traditional anniversary poem -- Feature 7/5/02
id 6129 The First United Methodist Church -- Worship 7/5/02
id 6078 The FIRST Time -- Feature 8/2/02
id 6190 The Boston POPS -- Feature 8/2/02
id 6228 Chess & cards on the menu -- Feature 8/2/02
id 6308 Horizon in the clouds -- Features 9/6/02
id 6494 Big splash for charity -- Feature 10/04/02
id 6377 Hope chests -- Feature 10/04/02
id 6596 Librarian donates bone marrow -- Feature 11/01/02
id 6700 An ounce of prevention -- Feature 12/06/02
id 6695 An attitude of gratitude -- Feature 12/06/02
id 6803 New senior snapshots -- Photogravure 1/3/03
id 6647 Antonyms -- Poetry 1/3/03
id 6996 Send in a home health aide -- Storms 3/7/03
id 7248 Easter Sunday Service -- Features 5/2/03
id 7256 The 107th Boston Marathon -- Features 5/2/03
id 7390 Lynnfield Senior Center -- Feature 6/6/03
id 7484 YMCA robbed -- Feature 6/6/03
id 7175 I'm fat -- Poetry 7/3/03
id 6307 Nantasket Beach -- Feature 7/3/03
id 7514 Stoneham Sr. Center -- Feature 7/3/03
id 7656 Band concert in bank yard -- Features 8/1/03
id 7523 Just before four p.m. -- Feature 9/5/03
id 7734 Kiwi-grape popsicles -- Recipes 9/5/03
id 7845 "The royal playmate" -- Features 10/03/03
id 8000 Victorian debris -- Features 10/03/03
id 8409 Trick or treat -- Features 11/7/03
id 8442 I can ride again! -- Features 12/05/03
id 8646 To paraphrase the holidays... -- Features 1/02/04
id 8766 Kielbasi for the holidays -- Random Thoughts 2/6/04
id 8861 Main Street snow storm -- Photogravure 2/6/04
id 8937 Doodle-without-thought by Shirley -- Features 3/5/04
id 9120 U.S. Presidents I remember -- Features 4/2/04
id 9589 Boston's bloomin' Public Gardens -- Photogravure 7/2/04
id 9616 Dogs for the deaf -- Travel 8/5/04
id 9774 Two out of ten -- Features 8/5/04
id 9764 Weather outside was frightful -- Photogravure 8/5/04
id 9863 Barbeque at the Milano Sr. Ctr. -- Photogravure 9/3/04
id 9834 Feast of St. Rocco celebration -- Photogravure 9/3/04
id 10226 Christmas long, long ago -- Features 12/3/04
id 10219 Frustation and failure -- Features 12/3/04
id 10376 Down in the dumps -- Poetry 2/4/05
id 10480 Lost and found -- Travel 3/4/05
id 10807 Wrong number on Mother's Day -- Random Thoughts 5/6/05
id 10957 The Melrose Pondfielders -- Photogravure 7/1/05
id 10905 Senior Center volunteers -- Features 7/1/05
id 11260 Shirley missed the trip -- Features 10/07/05
id 11493 33rd scholarship breakfast -- Features 11/2/05
id 11554 Holiday happening -- Feature 12/02/05
id 11643 I was a Grandmother -- Features 1/6/06
id 11687 Remembering Christmas, 2005 -- Features 1/6/06
id 11737 Ted Berger - 100 years young -- Features 2/3/06
id 11739 Brunch at the new Cedar Perk -- Features 2/3/06
id 12324 Yet another successful Fourth of July -- Features 7/7/06
id 12830 Fascintion: Grove Street reconstruction -- Photogravure 11/03/06
id 13074 Sheriff James DiPaola receives key to the city -- Features 1/5/07