Category Archives: History

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Happy 125th Birthday!

A couple college friends and I decided to visit the home and gardens of famous poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, in Austerlitz, NY. We were eager to find out whether the rumors we’d heard about her – that she jumped … Continue reading

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It’s ANZAC Day! Make Anzacs!

It’s ANZAC Day; the holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War on April 25, 1915 at Gallipoli. During the summer of 1974, I was … Continue reading

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Trump & Putin

My husband’s column for Bloomberg View. An omen for the US.      

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Defying Trump

Here’s the letter I sent today to my Federal, State, county and city elected officials. Feel free to borrow whatever you want. Use this site to find addresses. Some you have to use the contact forms; others you can email … Continue reading

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A 7th Birthday: An American Revolutionary War Party!

My eldest grandson turned seven this week and we celebrated his birthday today. His mother, my daughter-in-law, plans the most creative birthday parties, combining craft activities with games. We’ve attended events with themes of butterflies (my grand-daughter’s 4th) and dragons. … Continue reading

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My Election Reflection

I’ve been writing in my head and having trouble finding the words to say, to console, to offer hope instead of fear. I could blame the election results on so many factors, but I’ll leave that to the political analysts. … Continue reading

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9/11 & Grandparents Day: Choices to Make

It’s National Grandparents Day. It’s also the 15th anniversary of 9/11. And both these days resonate for me. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was teaching 8th grade Language Arts  in South Orange, NJ when the principal made a vague announcement over … Continue reading

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