Category: Back in the Day Stories

The Genesis of Boat Passions

Boats have always been in my life. I paddled a small boat in canals before I was allowed to bicycle beyond my home street. Yes, it is true that boats tend to be a big metaphoric hole to throw in money. Boat ownership involves… Continue Reading “The Genesis of Boat Passions”

Fourth of July Memory

  The Fourth of July brings the pride of America to the forefront. No matter what the flavor or tone of the political scene, July 4th is every American’s birthday party. Lucky for us the forefathers declared independence in the summer when days are… Continue Reading “Fourth of July Memory”

Lunch

Think Back Thursday Lunch I attended my neighborhood elementary school during the 60s. School lunches were not memorable. During those early years, I walked home for lunch with my little sisters in tow. We crossed Merrick Highway with the help of the crossing guard.… Continue Reading “Lunch”

Childhood Terrors

Think Back Thursday Childhood Terrors Kids get sick. Young immune systems cannot ward off everything that comes its way. Although kids take it in stride, it is the adults who are terrorized by the possible aftermath when facing  life threatening illness. We live in… Continue Reading “Childhood Terrors”

T&R’s Hoagies Remembered

When my husband, Matt, and I were first married, we moved from our home on Long Island and lived in West Chester Pennsylvania. It was a nice village to start a life together. We had jobs to begin our budding careers. West Chester State… Continue Reading “T&R’s Hoagies Remembered”

The Quiet Feminists

My mother was a feminist although she would never embrace that titled. Mom defined herself as mother, wife, and homemaker before teacher and scientist. Mom studied the sciences. She held a passion for exploring biological mysteries and a talent for research and teaching. Women… Continue Reading “The Quiet Feminists”

A Flipper’s Paradise

                                   by Gary Solomon                   a version of this essay was published in Medium If you grew up in the outer… Continue Reading “A Flipper’s Paradise”

Christmas Cookie Traditions

It is December 4th–National Cookie Day! Cookies are a big part of the Christmas tradition. My mom baked the best Christmas cookies with her hand blender and metal cookie press. The pantry shelves held five-pound bags of sugar and a colorful array of sprinkles… Continue Reading “Christmas Cookie Traditions”

The Macaroni Tradition

I grew up celebrating Thanksgiving Italian-American style. When I was a child, my parents piled their five kids into the station wagon and traveled over small road bridges, through the Belt Parkway and into Brooklyn where Grandma lived. Wafts of warmth and garlic could… Continue Reading “The Macaroni Tradition”

Fishing With Great Grandma

I knew my Great Grandma. She was a sinewy woman with strong hands that could hold a face with a vice grip squeeze. Francesca D’Aguanno began in Castellammare, a village on the northwest coast of Sicily. Farms and small vineyards dotted the landscape and… Continue Reading “Fishing With Great Grandma”

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