Category Archives: Nostalgia

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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Merry Month of May

Spring flowers. Warm, sunny days with blue skies. Nostalgia and reminiscing swirl in my head during the merry month of May when both my mother and her mother celebrated birthdays: May 6 for my Irish grandmother and May 14 for … Continue reading

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Holding Fond Memories

It seems weeks now since we have felt Mother Nature’s wrath with one storm after another and bitter cold wind chills biting us as we attempt to brave the outdoor elements. When I was a child growing up in Sturbridge, … Continue reading

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Heaven on Earth

Winter is in full force here in Upstate New York, replete with wind chills, blowing and drifting snow and those beloved days to all school children called snow days. Even with bitter cold weather, children go sledding and make snowmen. … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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5 Joys of having Hobbies

-as an expression of love -as relaxation -as a diversion -as play -as a creative escape By definition, a hobby is an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. My recollection of both … Continue reading

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Pies

The sweet scent of pies baking in the oven frequently wafted warm, spicy fragrances in our kitchen. I fondly recall my mother’s pies and her flaky pie crusts. We clamored to eat them before they were cooled. It was hard … Continue reading

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