Category Archives: American holidays

Every year Santa came until 2015

Since 1971, Santa Claus has come to my house.   That was the first year that a 12 inch-tall standup Christmas card of Santa, holding a pipe with a heart applique in the billowing smoke, arrived in the mail. It … Continue reading

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Faded and cracked

They are all similar – old, cracked and sometimes faded; the newer ones in washed out color.  There is a commonality to them that may not be readily apparent.  They are photos of young American men and women in uniform. … Continue reading

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My Mother and the Turkey — A Thanksgiving Fable

  My mother wrote the following story many years ago: “When I was young, our neighbor came home with a parcel of turkeys and chickens. Since there wasn’t much traffic on our road, he let them run wild.   This … Continue reading

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Arlington

I have been to Arlington many, many times and it never fails to move me. The first time I visited this hallowed place was as a senior in high school.  It is amazing to me all these years later the … Continue reading

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Special Gifts

Did you ever get a really special Christmas ornament? Now this can be a good or bad question. For example, when our children were small they often made “special” ornaments in school. Like most parents we displayed them on the … Continue reading

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John and Priscilla and Myles and Rose

John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden are my 8th great grandparents.  Lets get this out of the way right at the start.    Does this make any of me better than anybody else? Nope. So that said, I will share … Continue reading

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Punxsutaney Phil and me

Did you ever wonder where Phil lives? You have seen him on TV, I am sure, “living” in a fake tree stump, but you know that’s not where he really lives. Phil is probably the most famous ground hog in … Continue reading

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