Archives in Category: Nostalgia

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Casablanca

A couple days ago three friends and I went to see the classic movie “Casablanca” on the big screen, courtesy of our local cinema that airs a different old-time movie each week.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen “Casablanca” on

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Wear It on Your Sleeve

It was a Christmas gift over fifty years ago.  A pin representing a perfectly shaped fir tree with tiny jewels set in gold to represent the ornaments. I loved it then; I love it even more now.

Ollie, my stepfather

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300F Kingsland

What can I say? Today was the final day of sales for Fred Flare, the company my son and his partner owned and operated for fifteen years. Now the offices and warehouse at 300F are shuttered.

The past two days

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Country Music Awards

For some reason I recorded last year’s November County Music Awards .  I don’t recall if I ever watched the show, but tonight – for lack of something more educational to do – I decided to view it.

Let it

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Rainbow

When my two sons were little we used to visit the beach in Evanston, Illinois on sunny afternoons.  I’d hitch our bikes to one of those racks you attach to the back of your car, so we could pedal along

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Where Are They Now?

August 13 is the birthday of three people I know.  Well, that I knew. I’ve lost touch with two of them, but my calendar reminds me of their existence every year on this date.

The one person I’m still connected

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She Did Her Best

I’m standing at the kitchen counter spreading cream cheese on crackers as a substitute for supper, and my mother’s approach to school lunches rises in my mind. I’m not sure of the connection, other than the cream cheese.  Mother loved

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Strawberry Time

Where I live in southwestern Michigan it’s time for fruit and veggie stands to crop up, almost as plentiful as weeds but much more appreciated. Already asparagus has come and gone, and now it’s strawberries’ turn.

For the past week

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Grade School Reunion Redux

This weekend I entered a time capsule, one that transported me back to the late 1950s when my classmates and I were under the auspices of the nuns who staffed St. Louis Cathedral School and tried to mold our characters. 

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Wyoming

My impressions of Wyoming were formed when I was twelve, after reading Mary O’Hara’s “Flicka” trilogy. These books chronicle the lives of the McLaughlin family who live on a horse ranch in Wyoming. It’s really a coming-of-age story about Ken,

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