Category Archives: Looking Back

A Grown Man, College Man

Diamondqueen, the Hooligans, and I have been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack almost non-stop all year. J.Hooligan, though, is a very sensitive soul; there are some songs he simply can’t stand to listen to because they make him sad. Diamondqueen …
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The Last Rosette

I haven’t been entering fairs in recent years. It used to be an annual thing, starting in 1969 when I was fifteen. I didn’t win anything that year at the Hamilton Co. Fair, but I continued to enter (primarily various …
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Riding on the Wall of Death

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Usually, early in June, I start listening to Nanci Griffith’s “Other Voices, Too–A Trip Back to Bountiful.” My music listening tends to be seasonal depending on when I first got familiar with a recording. Griffith’s was the soundtrack of my …
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Heartbroken Over Rabbit Hash

Last night Mom and I were horrified to hear an alert on the ten o’clock news that there was a fire at the Rabbit Hash General Store. My worst fears were confirmed by later reports–the entire treasure of a building …
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Rush the Attackers?

Like everyone else, I’ve watched the coverage of the Paris attacks with a sick heart and shuddered to imagine what it was like in the streets and music hall as the assault progressed. I’ve been to Paris once; I was …
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2015 PAD – Day 3

The day 3 prompt at Poetic Asides was “write a machine poem.” This inspiration source popped into my head immediately: BISHOP MACHINE Grandma Mary rarely said “car” or even “automobile.” It was always “machine.” Uncle Joe took me to bingo …
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ANOTHER Auld Lang Syne

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Recently a friend posted on Facebook that Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” had infected her as an earworm she could not banish. Several commenters added how much they hate this song. I’ve heard this before from people who have …
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A Snowy Walk in Germany

I’ve always loved this snapshot of Mom I took in Germany. We were on a Christmas Market tour in December, 1990. On this particular occasion we were walking back to the boat from a visit to Herrenchiemsee, one of King …
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What’s a Jingle Hop?

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My parents didn’t usually listen to the local pop/rock radio station when I was a kid, so I didn’t hear the more youth-oriented Christmas songs during the season until I was a pre-teen with a radio of my own. The …
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Vintage Christmas Decorations

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The video above is a snip from a home movie my mother took in December 1959. It doesn’t only show contemporary cards and trims from the period; it also features some excellent pieces now considered antiques. Some of the older …
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