World War II German POWs on U.S. Soil

World War II German POWs on U.S. Soil

I suppose that everyone has a few “a ha!” moments in the research of their family history.  One such surprise occurred when my father related that German POWs had worked on his U.S. Army base as he trained on B-17s during World War II.  While I’ve related this story in my book, it still shocks me … Continue reading

Life in a bowl

Life in a bowl

I have a friend who told me once that fish don’t remember anything for more than a few seconds, which in his mind explained the miracle of ceramic castles in a fishbowl.  A fish could swim past the unusual object and experience the joy of “oh look, there’s a castle!” before swimming to the edge … Continue reading

It’s a “Roomy Moo” Day

It’s a “Roomy Moo” Day

The snow is finally melting as New England heads for the mud season.  What do you call a day with rain, fog, and melting snow?  My 89-year old father from Stratford, CT, recently referred to the weather as “roomy moo!”  He was so comfortable with his pronoucement that I was a little stunned I had … Continue reading

New ghosts for a scrooge

New ghosts for a scrooge

A few days ago my 88-year father, the brilliant cook in the family, started cooking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners.  I’ve heard “stay out of the kitchen,” since I was a child.  Dad simply prefers to work alone and has never desired to reveal his culinary secrets.  Spices are swiped on and off … Continue reading

A college essay, off-grid for 20+ years

A college essay, off-grid for 20+ years

It was a strange place for an English class, the small, dilapidated building near the campus center.  Neglected, the building was in its last year of service before a scheduled overhaul and modernization.  The rectangular structure lacked architectural imagination, two-stories with a corridor down the middle–not exactly inspiring.  Certainly the size and stature of the … Continue reading

The social media challenge about books!

The social media challenge about books!

I wrote last month about my boredom with the ALS ice bucket challenge, so thought that I should devote equal attention to a different social media challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed. My friend Joanne E. posted on her Facebook page, “Here’s the idea: In your status list 10 books that have stayed with you in … Continue reading

2014: The summer of water

2014: The summer of water

If you’re like most of America, you’re tired of the ALS ice bucket challenge videos on Facebook.  Even though we’ve all been alerted to the fact that wasting water isn’t exactly the best message to send to the millions of people in the world who don’t have clean water to drink, we all want to … Continue reading

Hey Rudy, squeeze my pickles!

Hey Rudy, squeeze my pickles!

Pickles need to be squeezed–who knew?  Pickle makers, that’s who!  When I learned that my friend Carm was a pickler last Christmas, I let her know that I was anxious to learn if she wanted some help.  It’s now pickling season, so I was called to duty in exchange for a terrific lesson in the … Continue reading