Archive for the ‘Memories’ Category

Good Times

It’s the time of year when we naturally reflect on our lives and those we love. Lately I have daily reminders of my parents. It is such a nice moment in my day when something pops up that brings two of the loveliest people to mind.

Happy and Healthy!

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My Rebound Christmas

It was 1974.  The golden age of electronics had not yet dawned.  Coleco’s handheld Electronic Football was still in the lab.  I was many years away from my first Radio Shack Tandy 1000 computer.

My radio had transistors.  It played songs like:

  • Come and Get Your Love by Redbone
  • Bennie and the Jets by Elton John
  • Midnight at the Oasis by Maria Muldaur

and

  • Jungle Boogie by Kool and the Gang

Somewhere along the way, a game called Two-Cushion Rebound caught my eye.  Continue reading

Walking in the Shoes of Abraham

I guess you could call me a Lincoln stalker.  For several years now, I have gone to great lengths to walk in the footsteps of the man I call “our greatest American.”  I have traveled many miles and devoted long hours to visiting, reading and learning all there is to know about our 16th president.

Is this so wrong?

There are Trekkies.  And Star Wars geeks.  Some people have been known to follow bands like The Grateful Dead and Phish from city to city.  Adolescent girls of all ages worship the Twilight series of books and films.

Heck, we downright encourage young readers to obsess over Harry Potter. Continue reading

Life, Love & Laughter at the Haiti Picnic

“Are we going to my Haiti?” asked a somewhat bewildered Island Boy.

“Yes, IB,” we reassured him.  “We are going to the Haiti picnic this weekend.”

“Now?”

“No.  Today is Tuesday.  We leave on Friday.  The picnic is on Saturday.”

And so it went every day last week.

When Friday finally arrived, we packed up the car and left as soon as possible Running Girl & The Fashionista got out of the Harry Potter movie.  Pennsylvania here we come.

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Derek Jeter Makes Me Feel…

…proud of his many accomplishments, including his 3,000 hits.

…like I am 11 years old again.  I am at the “new” Yankee Stadium (which is actually now the old Yankee Stadium which had just been renovated).  I am beholding a world of marvels.  The players are gods.  I have my baseball glove on.

…gratified that I have invested so much of my life in this particular sports team. Continue reading

On The Road: The Great Smoky Mountains

Shortly after returning from The Coop, we loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

Hills, that is.

Not really.  But, we did get as close to Hillbilly Heaven as possible — the gates of Dollywood.

Here are the highlights:

  • This trip was a test of Island Boy’s road-worthiness.  He passed.  IB turned out to be a pretty good traveling companion on long car trips. Continue reading

On The Road: Cooperstown

We are back from a series of fantastic trips to places both new and unfamiliar.  Here are the highlights from the first leg:

Cooperstown, NY:

  • I traveled alone for NYS Bar Association business.  Although I was unable to book a room in the big, swanky Otesaga hotel in town, I scored a great billet at a small Bed & Breakfast called The White House InnI had the carriage house all to myself. Continue reading