Yesterday's Stories

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. My mom or babysitter, Josie, (if Mom was substitute teaching that… Continue reading Lunch

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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 a time when viruses and infections can be tackled with great… Continue reading Childhood Terrors

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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 College offered me a graduate program to complete my certification. We… Continue reading T&R’s Hoagies Remembered

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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 were not welcomed in the sciences during that post-war era. Although… Continue reading The Quiet Feminists

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A Flipper’s Paradise

                                   by Gary Solomon                   a version of this essay was published in Medium If you grew up in the outer boroughs of metropolitan New York City in the postwar era of… Continue reading A Flipper’s Paradise

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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 and candied fruits. A crock was filled with flour. Mom’s specialties… Continue reading Christmas Cookie Traditions

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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 be breathed in as we climbed the stairs to her second… Continue reading The Macaroni Tradition

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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 were managed within corrupt feudal systems. The unification of the Italian… Continue reading Fishing With Great Grandma

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First Day at Greene Ave Elementary School

I began my school career at Deauville Gardens Elementary School in Copiague--a  small hamlet on the South Shore of Long Island. It was the 60s. The community was diverse. My classes were a mix of white, black, and Puerto Rican children. There were kids who did not speak English and some who lived with collateral… Continue reading First Day at Greene Ave Elementary School

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Kids’ Play

I am steeped in early 20th-century research for my book. How children played, went to school, and held onto friendships are my focus. The best stories come from first-hand accounts. This story was told by Pat Yanoti, my sister's father-in-law, and a long-time family friend. Thank you, Pat, for the wonderful memories.      *******************************… Continue reading Kids’ Play