Category: Back in the Day Stories

Mrs. Goldberg’s Knot Surprises

Daily Bread is my middle-grade historical novel set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows eight-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who loves to sing out her artist heart and prove she is not a little kid. She… Continue Reading “Mrs. Goldberg’s Knot Surprises”

Daily Bread an Introduction

Daily Bread is my middle-grade historical novel set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows eight-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who loves to sing out her artist heart and prove she is not a little kid. She… Continue Reading “Daily Bread an Introduction”

New Year’s Eves Remembered

New Year’s Eve traditions evolved over my lifetime. Although a festive holiday, giving hope for the upcoming year, the celebrations have changed. No one family member or close friend has owned it. Quite frankly, the month leading up to January 1st is a marathon… Continue Reading “New Year’s Eves Remembered”

Playing With Invisible Men

Back in the day, my hometown, Sayville, Long Island, was in the midst of a growth spurt with neighborhood developments and new schools to accommodate the bursting baby boomer generation. Children were everywhere. Organized playdates and managed time were not yet invented. Kids played… Continue Reading “Playing With Invisible Men”

Windows and Wildlife

My family moved from a cozy cottage in Amityville, Long Island to a brand new spacious colonial in Sayville—20 miles further east on the island that felt rural to my Brooklyn-born parents and their families still rooted in the homeland. My parents had bought… Continue Reading “Windows and Wildlife”

An Ode to Plastic Covered Furniture

You don’t see it too often anymore. Once it was all the rage and a must-have in every living room. It was advertised as practical and clean—every housewife’s dream. Many homes I knew in my youth had plastic covers on sofas, coordinating chairs, and… Continue Reading “An Ode to Plastic Covered Furniture”

A Ghost Story- a retelling

I had a few requests to repost this story. Enjoy. Like. Share. It was a cozy two-bedroom cottage on a dead-end street. It was my husband’s, Matt, grandparents’ house. In 1980, his grandmother, Oma, died quietly in her bed.  Six months later, Opa passed… Continue Reading “A Ghost Story- a retelling”

Memories of Water Skiing

Back in the day, my dad and Uncle Phil co-owned the Cho-Go, a wooden Owens motorboat. Our summers were filled with day trips to and from the beaches of the Great South Bay.  Each year our families grew. My mom described passing small children… Continue Reading “Memories of Water Skiing”

The Boat Part 2

Recap The Boat Part 1 from here. When Matt handed over that dollar to buy the Sumner Craft, a year-long series of events unfolded. My mother agreed to let The Boat remain in the front yard during its renovation. Matt immediately assessed needs and… Continue Reading “The Boat Part 2”

The Boat Part 1

Dad found the 1962 Sumner Craft languishing in a boatyard. It had all of the requisites for a good family boat. There was enough room for a collection of fishing poles and beach paraphernalia and easily fit EVERYONE who wanted to go on a… Continue Reading “The Boat Part 1”

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