Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pondering Purim

We donned our crazy hats and masks; Nathan assigned us parts. He’d written his version of the Purim Play (Spiel); the dramatic and humorous explanation of the holiday.  In brief, Purim celebrates a time when the Jewish people living in … Continue reading

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On the Trail of the Ancestors: The Buffalo Soldiers

The last  excerpt from my book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Journey Across America brings Miles Dean to New Mexico where he honored the Buffalo Soldiers.  From Ch. 19:  Retracing the Steps of the Buffalo Soldiers Using the … Continue reading

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A Day Out: Philadelphia

I met my sister Madeline for the day in Philadelphia. It’s about halfway by train for each of us between New Jersey and Maryland. We walked first to the Barnes Foundation Museum.  Dr. Alfred C. Barnes grew up poor in … Continue reading

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Grandma Diary: Violin Practice…or Not?

“Do you want to show me what you did with Miss Cheryl (the violin teacher) this week? I asked my grandson, who’s been taking Suzuki violin for about a year. His violin is miniature.  He rests his chin on a … Continue reading

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On the Trail of the Ancestors: The US Deputy Marshals

This week’s  excerpt from my book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Journey Across America brings Miles Dean to Arkansas where he remembered the black US Deputy Marshals.  From Ch. 13: Imagining Bass Reeve After crossing the Mississippi into … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Musings: Skiing Then & Now

Valentine’s Day, 1982. I’d bought my soon-to-be fiancé cross country skis and we were headed to a little inn in New Hampshire for the weekend. He wanted to get engaged on Valentine’s Day because it was his parent’s wedding anniversary. … Continue reading

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On the Trail of the Ancestors: Excerpt Three- The Black Jockeys

This week’s  excerpt from my book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Journey Across America brings Miles Dean to Kentucky where he honored the black jockeys, America’s first athletes.   From Ch. 11: In the Saddle with Jimmy Winkfield … Continue reading

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