Category Archives: links to my past

West Coast Swing: taking my own advice

Last night I found myself in the arms of a stranger, 40 years my junior. It can happen to anyone. You just have to put yourself out there . . . I’m visiting my daughter who’s a senior in college … Continue reading

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The two Cowes – Isle of Wight

Once the sun came out,* the Isle of Wight turned out to be lovely. Tiny gardens in front of picturesque row houses, narrow streets with cars parked in both directions on the same side, and High Street cordoned off for … Continue reading

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My father’s ghost is here

This week, we are at the annual family reunion near Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, a tradition that started 62 years ago. We still love every moment. But what we wouldn’t do to have Dad, the Master of Ceremonies, here with us … Continue reading

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Glimpses of New York – Seeing Grandma at Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty ferry trip included a stop at Ellis Island. I was excited to see it because my grandmother, my mother’s mother, came through that processing center in 1920. She was born Anna Müller in 1899 in the … Continue reading

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Sometimes I get homesick

Sometimes I get homesick. Not particularly now, when Wisconsin is in the depths of winter. Dealing with the cold and snow is too recent a memory. We lived on a corner lot in Racine with a lot of “snow acreage.” … Continue reading

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Class reunion memories and wishes

As I prepared to go to my 45th class reunion, I wondered, does anyone enjoy high school while they are experiencing it? Maybe those few gals and guys at the top of the heap. And we had a big heap … Continue reading

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No Ordinary Sunday in Rome

 On Sunday we took a taxi to the Pantheon in the morning, having lost our fear of taking taxis some days ago. (Being a pedestrian faced with an oncoming taxi is another matter entirely.) For a building with such an … Continue reading

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