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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

4 Helpful Websites for Writing Memoir

Originally posted on Cate Macabe:
Diana Jackson at A Selection of Reflections was kind enough to post an article I wrote about how I put This New Mountain together (and she gave it a great title, too). Visit her site to read “Writing Readable and Compelling Memoir.” If you’re looking for places to glean great writing advice…

New York Times Quiz for Dialect

New York Times Quiz for Dialect

My mother, who had a Ph.D. in English linguistics, used to say that she listened to a linguist on the radio pre-World War II.  The host of the show would have callers recite a list of words and guess their U.S. geographic origin based on dialect.  Apparently, the man was quite accurate and the show … Continue reading