Category Archives: History

The First Jeans

We had to fight for our first pair of blue jeans. In the opinion of many 1960’s mothers, including mine, they were still “dungarees” and not appropriate attire for young ladies. They were meant for farmers, cowboys, factory workers, men. … Continue reading

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Alligator on Fridays

Fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, with a side of stewed tomatoes. It was the meal of choice on Fridays in families who adhered to the Catholic tradition of meat abstinence. Where did this practice originate ? The information is not very … Continue reading

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Obvious Child

“I’m accustomed to a smooth ride Or maybe I’m a dog who’s lost its bite I don’t expect to be treated like a fool no more I don’t expect to sleep through the night.” From Obvious Child, a 1990 song … Continue reading

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Library

Our fathers were veterans of  WWII, so we baby boomers had toy guns. While others played “War” in the dense woods nearby, we played “Library.” Diane lived 2 doors down. She was the youngest of her family, and was surrounded … Continue reading

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The Island #Writephoto

From John Donne, London, 1614. Meditation 17 Devotions upon Emergent Occasions ‘No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by … Continue reading

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War Stories

For the past two weekends, my community has been immersed in memorials. First, to commemorate D-Day, a WWII weekend hosted by the Mid Atlantic Air Museum. Vintage aircraft, re-enactments, soldiers in uniform, and from those who remain, the stories. This … Continue reading

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I, Immigrant

My mother’s family emigrated from Germany in the 1700’s, from Ireland in the 1800’s, landing in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. My father’s family were among those “huddled masses” of the early 1900’s, escaping eastern Europe for a better … Continue reading

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