Category Archives: Massachusetts

Nostalgia for the Good Old Days

My story begins in Massachusetts where I was born. From age 5, I recall a smoke bush outside the window and playing all day long outdoors with my sisters and neighborhood friends.  There was a grand piano in the living … Continue reading

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A Courageous Move

As a girl of ten years, I don’t recall much of the drive from Massachusetts to Colorado. My parents made the brave decision  to move West.  I remember being in 4th grade in Massachusetts and then living with our Aunt … Continue reading

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Imagination

  On rainy days in rural Massachusetts, our mother would tell us to use our imaginations to find things to do to entertain ourselves. This was before all the electronic gadgets came in to entertain children.  We had to imagine … Continue reading

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The Good Old Days

  My story begins in Massachusetts where I was born. From age 5, I recall a smoke bush outside the window and playing all day long outdoors with my sisters and neighborhood friends. There was a grand piano in the … Continue reading

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Make Traditions with Family Stories

After reconnecting with former Massachusetts cousins now scattered around the country and globe, I requested more family stories and photos since, once we moved to Colorado, we did not often visit with all the cousins and hear their stories. You … Continue reading

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Boo! Happy Halloween!

  Growing up in rural Western Massachusetts, I recall my father raking the leaves into huge piles in late fall and good-naturedly allowing us to jump into the piles. With rosy red cheeks, we went into the kitchen to get … Continue reading

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A Surprise Visitor

We had a surprise visit from a leopard the other day. Actually a leopard frog. He sat cozily in a flower pot out front and didn’t mind my photo-taking. My husband noticed this visitor who blended right in its surroundings. … Continue reading

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