Gettysburg: Day 1

I’ve known since the beginning of the year that Mom and Diamondqueen were giving me a trip to Gettysburg for my 60th birthday. I was too superstitious to say anything before, though, because I was sure something would happen to …
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1971: Creative Writing

Sometimes my mind works like one of those video slot machines, with several rows and columns of images that go spinning when I push a button or pull an arm. Bang, bang, bang, certain identical images line up and I …
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No Green Beer Around Here

I’ve never been a fan of green beer. Okay, I was in my twenties before I even tasted beer; I’d drunk cocktails and wine, not to mention the occasional toddy when I wasn’t feeling well. Something about the suds of …
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The Best Part of the ’70s

After I wrote this post about making peace with the ’70s, I wrote several posts about songs from the decade and the memories they generated. So far, I’ve talked mostly about the difficult times. What I haven’t examined at all …
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More Cowbell

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Song: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult Impressions: appealing riff, widespread death, too-tight ’70s shirt, cowbell Elbow: Bruce Dickinson needed “more cowbell.” What do you need more of? How likely are you to get it? I certainly remember …
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Slip Slidin’ Away

Song: “Slip Slidin’ Away” by Paul Simon Impressions: snow, ice, snow, ice, bitter cold, bitter, dashed dreams Elbow Nudge: Gliding down the highway, when in fact… Winter has been a difficult season for me emotionally for decades; bad winters are …
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Where the Bimbos Dance

Song: “I Love the Nightlife” Impressions: New Year’s Eve, Big Apple Circus, pretty knit sweater, winter, dead life without night life Elbow Nudge: describe someone who says “ax-shun” instead of “action” I connect this song with Christmastime 1978. Even though …
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Making Peace With the ’70s

I turn 60 in April. I didn’t think it would mean much (turning 50 certainly didn’t), but I’m finding it’s playing with my head in strange ways.  For example, it’s brought me face to face with the ’70s decade, my …
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How My Family Tortures Me

You’d think the seasons of holly-jolly sprites and twinkling elves and devilish gremlins would be behind us, but that’s not true for me. I’m afflicted by a shuddering contempt for a certain breed of such beings and my family takes …
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The Determined Cook

This day before Christmas Eve, my mother has already cooked an early breakfast for my brother, who stopped by with her gift, cooked two batches of pralines, and baked an apple pie. She’s up there right now doing the baking …
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