Well, I managed to torque my back out between Tuesday and yesterday (I blame the exercise), so I hobbled to bed early and neglected to do my entry. Therefore, today's post is a twofer! First up, Wednesday's prompt: What are the dishes that defined your childhood? What were your favorite dishes to eat? I've already written about most of the defining dishes of my childhood -- the pumpkin pie, the birthday cake, the chocolate chip... Read more →

Lamb and Liver

Today's prompt is: Who did most of the cooking in your house when you were growing up? I grew up in a very typical 50s household, so Mom was the main cook. Pop cooked breakfast on the weekend and supper on Sunday night, but Mom was in charge of dinner. Mom cooked good, plain American food. Her fried chicken was fabulous; her macaroni and cheese to die for. We had steak once a week; we... Read more →


So... I hardly ever check out BlogHer anymore, because they changed the user interface awhile back and I hated it. It had been simple and easy to navigate, then it got fancy and I couldn't find anything, so I just stopped going there. I still get emails from them, which I tend to skim over and immediately delete. But today the subject line was about NaBloPoMo -- National Blog Post Month (I think) -- wherein... Read more →


On June 9, 1911, Mabel Whitney Shauck gave birth to a baby girl named Anna. Yep, Mom would be 104 years old today. Happy birthday, Mom! Here are 10 things about my Mom. 1. She met my Pop when his family moved into the house directly behind hers. She was 8 and he was 11, and she decided right then and there that she was going to marry him. 2. Her first date with Pop... Read more →

Rescued Pictures

One year ago today was my last day of work at my old job. I looked up that date in my archives here -- there is an entry for a year ago today, but it's a draft, a holding area for some pictures that I had on my work computer. (I wasn't sure if I had them on my home computer, so I posted them here on Typepad.) I figured it was about time to... Read more →

A Little Sketch

In addition to Make Way for Ducklings, my RealtorĀ® surprised me with an old copy of Ivanhoe. This particular edition was given to my Mom on her birthday in 1938 by her friend Bill (who I think was female, but I'm not at all sure). Mom subsequently lent it to my Realtor's Mom, and now it has come back to me. On one of the blank pages in the back of the book was this... Read more →

Make Way!

This picture is an iillustration from one of my favorite childhood books, Make Way for Ducklings, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. It's about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their eight ducklings: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack. In the beginning, the Mallards must find a place to build their nest. After their eight ducklings are born, they must brave the streets of Boston to settle in their permanent home in Boston's... Read more →

Visiting Santa Redux

After staring at a blank post for a couple of minutes, I asked Joe what I should write about. He looked at me and said, "Write about your first visit to Santy Claus." Well, I kinda already did that. So instead of writing about my first visit, I shall wander down the dusty roads of my memories and talk about a few other visits to St. Nick. First up, 1956. here's my older brother and... Read more →


After dinner this evening I strolled over to the clubhouse and got myself a cup of coffee. Yeah, I can go on over there anytime I want and fix myself a hot cup of Starbucks coffee. I strolled on back and sat on the balcony with Joe as the evening settled in. It's nice. Also nice? I finally got the checks from closing Mom's bank accounts. I guess Bank of Amerika decided that they didn't... Read more →

Goodbye My Friend

Death comes in threes, they say. Robin Williams. Lauren Bacall. And the third? For me, the third was not a celebrity. My old friend and high-school classmate, Mary Barnard, died this evening of breast cancer. She had been fighting the disease for years, but just lately, within the last few months, it became clear that her stay here on the physical was drawing to a close. She was admitted to hospice yesterday, and this evening... Read more →