Tag Archives: The Great Depression

Poke Salad ?

My plans for a busy day were ruined the moment I downloaded Linda’s new book. It was much anticipated, maybe from the moment I met her in person last summer. She and her mother have a gift for telling a … Continue reading

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The Chest # writephoto

They were never intended for our eyes. They were evidence. Family secrets. A life ruined. But there they were. The telltale photos. Glued onto yellowing pages. Hidden at the bottom of¬†the chest. Beneath¬†embroidered lace, sterling silver platters. Two leather-bound albums. … 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 Twenty Year Suicide

The Great Depression of 1929 hit my family in a big way. My grandfather lost his farm, lost his mind. Would it have been better if he had taken a gun to his head ? This has occurred to me … Continue reading

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The Sadness of Second Grade

He says Bill, I believe this is killing me As the smile ran away from his face Well I’m sure that I could be a movie star If I could get out of this place Piano Man by Billy Joel … Continue reading

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One of the most iconic photos of my generation was this one, called “Afghan Girl” by Steve McCurry and featured on National Geographic Magazine’s cover in 1984. It is often referenced in the world of photography as a perfect example … Continue reading

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Chester County Farm

While living out West shortly after marriage, and feeling a bit homesick, I came across a copy of an Andrew Wyeth painting called “Chester County Farm” Most of his works are on display in Chadds Ford, PA , very near … Continue reading

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