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29. My New Life

My decision to return home and marry Paula was not well received by my family.  Generally they were pleased that I was doing well in San Francisco and pleased that they didn’t have to deal with ‘that’ girl.  Elinor and … Continue reading

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28. Teacher of the Basics

I had a nice career in the computer science field.  In almost every respect my daily life was highly technical and high pressure, but I loved every minute of every day.  But it was all very accidental.  I had worked … Continue reading

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27. San Francisco

 “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” – probably Mark Twain. I arrived in San Francisco on a sunny Friday afternoon in August 1975.  What a beautiful city!  I was having dinner at a small … Continue reading

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26. Trying to Fix It

In the five years since I had lived with Greg and John there were some substantial changes to my life.  Despite my efforts to the contrary, I had learned a lot at school.  The Viet Nam war ended, and with … Continue reading

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25. Taking the Next Step

Sophomore year was ending and the cycle of looking for an apartment for next year was beginning.  I don’t know how it happened but we all had decided to part ways and get an apartment on our own.  That might … Continue reading

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24. The Bourbon

The cocktail party was the main adult social event for upwardly mobile couples in the 1950s.  If you were going to host one of these parties, it was important that your home had some essential elements.  The first was a … Continue reading

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23. Later Sports

The next time I would play tennis would be at military school.  A golf team at a military school wasn’t very likely.  But at least I had the tennis.  I played in the Florida heat every chance I got but … Continue reading

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22. Sophomore Year

Greg, Rod, John and I had become really good friends throughout freshman year.  The four of us had a lot of good times together then.  I even hitchhiked to Charlottesville, VA with Rod for no apparent reason, at least none … Continue reading

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21. Courage of Music

I grew up in the age of radio.  No, not “The Green Hornet” era of radio, but good old AM rock-and-roll radio.  The Casey Kasem Top 40 Countdown was a weekly event where he would tell us which songs were … Continue reading

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20. Freshman Year

I was finally allowed to work a real job over the summer and so I arrived in Boston with $750 in the bank.  I thought that was a lot of money but it didn’t last long.  I was in sensory … Continue reading

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19. Summer Camp

It was the summer of 1968. I was a camp counselor at a small boys camp in western Massachusetts.  I was the new Massachusetts Junior Smallbore Champion.  I had passed my NRA instructors test and so I was qualified to … Continue reading

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18. Preparing for College

Academically I was doing fine for my junior and senior years at Tabor.  It wasn’t the easy excellence that I had known in elementary school, but I was never really in danger of not passing a subject, except maybe French.  … Continue reading

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17. Tabor Academy, Part 2

Life at Tabor was all I had hoped it would be.  Although I still struggled academically, I was completely comfortable there.  Thanks to the Rifle Team, I had made several really good and lifelong friends.  But I was still emotionally … Continue reading

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16. The Rifle Team

During the summer before I had started at Tabor, my father imparted another of his sage stories.  This one was very brief and had to do with his experiences in college.  He had enjoyed considerable success on the pistol team … Continue reading

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15. For What It’s Worth

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When I was a sophomore at Tabor, I took a class in Modern European History with George Trautman.  Many of my old friends will remember him. He was one of the finest teachers I’ve ever had.  On the first class … Continue reading

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14. Tabor Academy

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I was nearing my 15th birthday and much had happened in the previous 5 years.  My mother had fallen into a world of prescribed depression.  She blamed my father for everything that had happened to her.  She felt that I … Continue reading

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13. Miami Military Academy

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I didn’t know any of this at the time, but this idea of sending me off to Miami Military Academy (MMA) was a pretty sweet deal for my mother.  It got me out of the house, which was the main … Continue reading

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11. The End of the Beginning, Part 2

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We arrived in the town of Wilton Manors, FL and I began my new life in another rented house.  The neighborhood was cleaner, the people were nicer, and the weather was warmer than anything Cambridge had to offer.  But I … Continue reading

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10. The End of the Beginning, Part 1

By any measure I was a pretty lucky kid.  I lived in a small town on Cape Cod, I had a good group of friends, and I had a great family.  We had gone on vacations together to Florida, I … Continue reading

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9. The US Steel Story

There is no doubt that my Dad had an unusual way of teaching.  He taught almost by parable, but not quite.  He would tell a story, sometimes funny, and leave the rest for you to figure out on your own.  … Continue reading

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8. Physical Weirdness

In our house the focal point of every new topic, every new discussion, and ultimately every new clever story was at the dinner table.  The evening meal was when every member of the family was present at the same time.  … Continue reading

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7. The Piano

For as long as I can remember there was always a shiny black Steinway Baby Grand Piano in our house.  Neither of my parents could play it but I think it served two very important purposes.  First it was an … Continue reading

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6. Gullible Electrons

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One day my father explained to me that in the wintertime electricity was stored in the carpet.  I was only eight years old and my skepticism was met with a wry smile and the offer of proof.  “Take off your … Continue reading

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5. The Marksman

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It’s hard for me to imagine a more intimate activity between a father and his young child than when he begins to teach his child how to shoot.  It begins with a fathers judgment that his child is old enough … Continue reading

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4. 2nd Grade at Sippican

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I didn’t understand it.  It was raining.  It was always raining.  I had my Davy Crockett fringed jacket and my Daniel Boone ‘coonskin cap and I was, as usual, ready to explore the acres of woods around the house.  So, … Continue reading

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3. The Florida Trips

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My mother’s parents lived in Fort Myers, Florida in a modest trailer park designed for retirees.  They had an Airstream mobile home with a beautiful mahogany interior and they were perhaps the happiest couple I had ever known.  These were … Continue reading

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2. My Mother’s Birthday

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My parents were often told that I was a precocious child, not that they needed to be told.  I didn’t always know why it was important to do something, but somehow I knew that some things had to be done.  … Continue reading

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1. 4th of July

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My sister Barbara was 10 years old and my sister Janis was 8 years old when I was born.  Since my parents were both in their late 30s at the time, clearly I was an accident.  Nevertheless, in some fashion, … Continue reading

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Thoughts That Parents Should Consider

Recently I read the “20 Marriage Tips Everyone Needs To Know,” by Gerald Rogers and the response article “10 Marriage Tips Every Wife Needs To Hear,” by Karen Lodato.  While both of these articles are excellent, I began to wonder … Continue reading

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Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice? — Guest Post

Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice? By Holly Patrone http://www.hpatrone.com I’ve written two humorous novels, ‘Death Is a Relative Thing’ and ‘Relative Identity’.  They aren’t memoirs but it’s hard not to let bits and pieces of real life roll into … Continue reading

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Small Town Mother’s Daughter — Guest Post

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Small Town Mother’s Daughter By Robyn Lawson by Blog Woman!!! (robynlawson111.com) Once in a while, my mother plays for me an old country song called, “Idol of the Band.”  One of the chorus lines says, “You may just be some small town … Continue reading

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Great Horned Owl

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It’s official, I am going to introduce an ordinance in Prince William County that no one beyond a certain age and of questionable heart activity shall be allowed on their front porch after 11:30 pm.  Yes, that’s right, I did … Continue reading

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After The Fall – Guest Post

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AFTER THE FALL by Rebecca Platt http://Depressionsgift.com Some facts about my mother, the subject of this post. She is eighty-nine and maintains her own home. She’s a size eight with a figure most women fifty years younger would envy. I … Continue reading

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The Eyes Have It

When I first met the woman who would become my wife, I noticed that when she became very tired, her left eye would turn in slightly.  We would most often call this ‘lazy eye’ even though there are much more … Continue reading

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RaSHi

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I would like to think that this is the last of my wildlife stories, but there are always new members of the animal kingdom that wander in from time to time.  There is one important difference with this story; it … Continue reading

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The Buck

I’m beginning to think that perhaps my front porch is not a very good place for me.  It is my porch and I like being out there, but … Last night, at 11:30 pm as usual, I was again standing … Continue reading

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Big Yogi

Last Sunday night I ventured out onto the front porch.  It was around 11:30 pm and the waxing crescent moon had already set.  Most of our neighbors keep an outside light on during the night so there are always faint … Continue reading

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Myrtle

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This summer, as is usually our practice, we put a variety of houseplants out on the front porch to replenish their growth after the long winter indoors.  One of those houseplants is a Norfolk Island Pine that we use as … Continue reading

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Copyrights and other such things

One of my very favorite record albums of all time is Sgt. Peppers.  I bought it in the fall of 1967 and played it until the vinyl groves melted away.  Eventually I had to buy the record again.  When I … Continue reading

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How Did I Ever Survive

Now that I’m retired and generally wandering aimlessly through life, I have a chance to notice things that before had escaped my attention. I started thinking of all the little labels and warnings that seem to permeate our lives.  I … Continue reading

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So You Want To Publish

I’m very new at this.  In 6 months, I’ve gone from never having written anything at all to being a published author.  It just shows what is possible in our modern world.  I’ve gone from complete ignorance of the literary … Continue reading

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Watching the Time

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For Sarah on her 26th birthday. Interesting isn’t it?  How do you watch something that doesn’t exist?  You can’t touch it or feel it, yet it rules your life.  At first, you only had to make the kindergarten bus and … Continue reading

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High Hopes – Guest Post

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High Hopes by Erica Douglas http://www.preachteach.com Once there was a little old ant.  In this case, there were thousands of little old ants. On the way home from one of our late summer evening walks, my three-year-old noticed a large … Continue reading

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The Farm – Guest Post

The Farm By:  Mary Ann Miller http://writersdaybook.wordpress.com There is a large two-story farmhouse that sits across State Route 50 from the little town of Avon, South Dakota.  Over the years it has been substantially remodeled and although it sits on … Continue reading

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She will never, not ever, eat a tomato — and my daughter’s other lines in the sand – Guest Post

She Will Never, Not Ever, Eat a Tomato — and my daughter’s other lines in the sand By Terri S. Vanech http://pushingonarope.com/ We had BLTs for dinner tonight.  In this heat, who wants to cook? A work-related phone call rendered … Continue reading

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A Letter to Shem — Guest Post

A Letter to Shem By Deborah Agube http://deborahagubeblog.wordpress.com/ If I could turn back the hands of the clock, I’d start my childhood with the day you came into my life looking at your fragile, soft body curled up like a … Continue reading

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Dear Dad – Guest Post

Dear Dad by Sage Doyle http://sagedoyle.wordpress.com When I was a child we got poison ivy together working in the yard we filled jugs with water trickling down the natural spring we dug up worms to go fishing You never treated … Continue reading

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Switzerland has spoken — Guest Post

Switzerland has spoken By Terri S. Vanech http://www.pushingonarope.com We have a running gag in the family.  Basil and I squabble over one point or another, and then look to Catherine for validation and she solemnly declares, “I am Switzerland.” She’s … Continue reading

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

Now that you have decided you are going to help clean up the planet, you are probably looking for something new that you can do this year.  You replaced all the incandescent light bulbs in the house with the new … Continue reading

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Temperature

Have you ever just walked around your house and wondered how everything went wrong?  Try it.  It looks pretty normal doesn’t it?  It’s warm inside and cold outside.   There doesn’t seem to be a problem here.  Why am I doing … Continue reading

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