About the book

A Past Worth Telling presents a collection of poems by author Mary Ann Niemczura that recounts her childhood in rural Western Massachusetts in the 1940s and early 1950s, a time that offered carefree, innocent days of playing, learning, and exploring with minimal adult supervision. It was a time and place that children appreciated nature and its creatures, when children savored horehound drops, penny candy, Mary Ann cookies, crackers, and pickles from the barrel at the Old Sturbridge Village General Store—with the wooden Indian chief outside.

This poetical memoir recalls fond childhood days as seen through the eyes of Niemczura and her sisters. She also recalls life in Colorado, Germany, and Central New York. These memories are documented for future generations and for anyone interested in such experiences.

“Her writing is joyful and uplifting but poignant at times. To her credit, she covers life’s winding road with humor and reality.”

—Jerome F. Melvin, PhD, retired school Superintendent of the North Syracuse Central Schools in North Syracuse, New York

Note – for purchase information and reviews, go to the following:

In the UK, A Past Worth Telling can be found on Amazon at A Past Worth Telling (UK).  In the US at A Past Worth Telling (US) and in
Germany at A Past Worth Telling (DE).

30 Responses to About the book

  1. Annika says:

    This is a great title and I love the idea of a poetical memoir, most unusual. I found it on amazon – I wondered if for you have considered putting in a link direct to Amazon (both UK and US) from this page? Best of luck with your book, Mary Ann.

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    • How kind of you to comment about the title. My English major daughter helped me when I told her I wanted something “different” to use. Do you mean Amazon link to UK on my author page? How kind of you to suggest that. Let me know what you think of the book after you have read it. Also consider writing a review on Amazon if you get time. All the best to you and your writing.

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      • Annika says:

        You can tell your daughter it was an inspired choice. Of course I’ll leave a review – I’m a bit behind on my reading at the moment so it won’t be straight away but I’ll let you know.

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      • How very kind of you, Annika. I have been reading about your awards and about you as well. Impressive is the word that comes to mind. We even wear our hair in a similar fashion! What a small world this is!

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    • Take a look at the revised page About the Author and see if that helps. Thanks again for the suggestion, fellow writer.

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  2. Annika says:

    Yeah! That works well and I see you found how to do it – WordPress usually explains things somewhere. I think you’ll help it helps lead people to look closer at your book.

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  3. A poetic memoir–what a lovely idea, Mary Ann. 🙂

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  4. The reviews for “A Past Worth Telling” are outstanding and I’ve shared your Amazon page on Twitter and will share it on my FB page as well. Congratulations & Best Wishes! 🙂

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    I just read the first poem, on the Amazon site – so funny! I mean to ask where in NY you are but I think it may be Syracuse, or nearby. I grew up there, on the western edge of town, in the 50’s. 🙂

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  6. MG WELLS says:

    Best wishes.

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  7. geno says:

    lovely idea ❤

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  8. I love poetry and travel lovely to discover your blog today via Annika. 🙂

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  9. G. Myers says:

    Looking forward to the read! I hope you’re doing well. I probably wasn’t one of your favorite students, but I certainly have many great memories in your classroom. Congrats on your book!

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    • Thank you for the comment. Now I am intrigued. What year did you graduate and how many years did you take German? All through high school or just through 3rd year which would have been Regents year. Please tell me what you are doing today and where you live. My book was published in 2014 as you noticed. Did you do any video conferences with German schools? Be well and enjoy your weekend and Easter.


      • G. Myers says:

        Yes! I graduated in 2008. Took German with you all throughout high school. I think our class was the first to do the video conferences with students from Germany. We even had exchange students spend a week or two when we were seniors.

        Time flies, I am married now. We live down in Tully, so still close to home. I own my own business, we install radon mitigation systems and I also do home inspections. I will send a friend request on Facebook. Glad we were able to connect!


    • If you are on FB, you can send me a friend request although I don’t post as much these days. Also follow me on Twitter. Gairet?


      • G. Myers says:

        Yes! I graduated in 2008. Took German with you all throughout high school. I think we were the first year to do the video conference with the class from Germany. We even had some exchange students visit for a week or two.
        Time flies, I’m married now. We live down in Tully, so not far from home. I own my own business now, we install radon mitigation systems and I also do home inspections. Glad we were able to connect! Happy Easter Weekend!

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      • Good for you. I sent a gmail to you a little while ago. I prefer that to FB. Blog comments on the weekly blog are fine too. Congratulations to you on your wedding and business. Tully is a nice little town! Happy Easter.


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