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My grandmother’s diary of 1913 spanned one full year. The longest entry was entitled My Only Secret. It begins with, “when I went to school…” a reference to her being … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. Her father, my great grandfather, was a talented German baker who rescued bakeries in NYC and NJ, and then sold them for a profit. … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. Her father (my great grandfather, an immigrant to this country) was a talented German baker who rescued bakeries in NYC and NJ, and … more
“I’ve already told your sister,” begins my 88 year-old mother, Nancy, who’s not laughing, “My wedding dress is in the attic in a trunk. The only one it will fit is your … more
I’m taking the daughter to an interview at a Manhattan architectural firm because she solved an incredible engineering issue that for centuries perplexed even the most masterful of architects. … more
“I wrote a hit song called Sparkle in the Streetlight,” said Marc J. Switko (the J, he once told me, was for Jane, but I suspected otherwise). He then started singing, “Well, I … more
The phone rings. It’s a New Jersey detective and he’s looking for my cousin, Davie. “He’s wanted for car theft,” informs said-detective. “Spell your full … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. She attended high school while also working in the family bakery, and she had eight siblings, some of whom are mentioned … more
I recently read that Jesus delivered his tax payments in the mouth of a catfish. Though I’d love to do the same, I haven’t the energy. I’ll stick with the paper-filled accounting … more
I took the job because it paid cash and required only four hours a night. A long shimmering gown was the mandatory attire. Since I didn’t own one, I simply sewed a ruffled blouse to an equally … more
I’m at home ‘swiffering’ the kitchen (a Swiffer is a type of dusting device) when the phone rings. It’s Finn, an old friend from Ireland. One could say the ‘Donald … more
Continued excerpts from my grandmother’s diary when she was sixteen. Her name was Lina. She attended high school and worked in the family bakery located in Times Square. They lived above the … more
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