Monthly Archives: June 2014

Autograph Books

Autograph books Here’s a peek into my autograph book from the very early ‘50’s. I am struck by the attitudes and the innocence, especially when I look at the sophistication of kids that age- 11 to 14- today. Sense a … Continue reading

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Sad Books

Sad Books “Thumbelina” Ever read the original Hans Christian Andersen version? Well my Uncle Sam read it to me when I was about five, and I couldn’t stop crying. In the years ahead, I’d ask him to read it again, … Continue reading

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Last Day of School

Last Day of School Last day of school. Work handed in. Tests taken. Time to move on. Time to move up. The anticipation grows in each student, in each classroom; it burgeons throughout the school. The walls seem to vibrate … Continue reading

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Juneteenth

Juneteenth Juneteenth. Ever hear of it? Probably not, and yet for African Americans it is a day for remembering and celebrating. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all slaves were now free. You … Continue reading

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Sad Movies

Sad movies Sad movies not only make me cry, they sometimes make me  sob- loudly. Last week I went to see “Fault in Our Stars.” At least by now I have learned not to hold in the tears and try … Continue reading

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The Basement

Filene ‘s Basement In Boston “The Basement” meant only one place: Filene’s Basement. Although other stores also had a basement, only Filene’s had the famous “Automatic Markdown Basement.” Opened in 1909, the oldest off-price retailer in the U.S., it was … Continue reading

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Filene’s

  Filene’s (From the archives: written in 2006 when Filene’s closed.) How does one bid a final farewell to an old friend when that friend is a commercial establishment: the downtown Filene’s? Should those of us who hold her dear … Continue reading

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