Tag Archives: Pennsylvania


It was a teenage hangout. We went here for 3 reasons. To climb the mountain, to make out, to eat at the first McDonald’s in our area. Not sure of the order of importance. Fast food was never allowed in … Continue reading

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The Farmhouse

The obsession started with the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, December 7. I wanted to know the exact years my dad had been involved in WWII. I found that he was there from 1942-end of war, as reflected on his enlistment … Continue reading

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The Tire Swing

My daughter and her husband are buying their first home this week. She made sure to tell me that it has a rope swing with a tire in the back yard. It was an important selling point. As always. It … 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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I was hooked from the very first time. October, 1962. As Monster Mash hit the charts, we prepared for sleep away camp. Girl Scouts. We rolled corrugated cardboard strips into empty tuna fish cans, covered them in melted paraffin and … Continue reading

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Today, I will bake. I will remember, I will be sad, I will meditate. I will honor the tragic memory of  September 11, 2001. But I won’t write about it. Not today. Instead, I’ll share a memory, and a recipe. … Continue reading

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Meeting Grandma

It was one of the sweetest gestures ever, and it came from the tiny hands of my son, 15 months old. We were back on the east coast for the first time in many years. My mother had passed away … Continue reading

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