Category Archives: Personal Memories

pilgrim TV dinner

Talking Turkey -TV Dinners and Thanksgiving

After 67 years, Swanson’s TV dinners may finally be making their rightful appearance as a place of honor at the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday table. For most of us, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be a first. The first Thanksgiving without

pilgrim TV dinner

Talking Turkey -TV Dinners and Thanksgiving

After 67 years, Swanson’s TV dinners may finally be making their rightful appearance as a place of honor at the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday table. For most of us, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be a first. The first Thanksgiving without

John kennedy

Remembering JFK and My Weekly Reader

  While others relied on Walter Cronkite for their news of the Kennedy Assassination, My Weekly Reader was the newspaper of record for the grade-school set. The popular publication was a weekly newspaper that covered current events for elementary school

John kennedy

Remembering JFK and My Weekly Reader

  While others relied on Walter Cronkite for their news of the Kennedy Assassination, My Weekly Reader was the newspaper of record for the grade-school set. The popular publication was a weekly newspaper that covered current events for elementary school

James Bond Sean Connery

Sean Connery My First and Only James Bond

His name’s Connery. Sean Connery. There is only one James Bond for me. Sean Connery. The original 007 who just died at 90, was the embodiment of the Ian Fleming character.  Just as Goldfinger remains the gold standard of Bond

James Bond Sean Connery

Sean Connery My First and Only James Bond

His name’s Connery. Sean Connery. There is only one James Bond for me. Sean Connery. The original 007 who just died at 90, was the embodiment of the Ian Fleming character.  Just as Goldfinger remains the gold standard of Bond

A Shot Of  Compassion in a Time of Social Distancing

I didn’t realize how profoundly I missed human connection in real life until I received a big dose of it recently. Zoom has been a lifesaver, and old familiar face time has been a wonderful way to see and connect

A Shot Of  Compassion in a Time of Social Distancing

I didn’t realize how profoundly I missed human connection in real life until I received a big dose of it recently. Zoom has been a lifesaver, and old familiar face time has been a wonderful way to see and connect

A Milestone Memorial for Me

When all is said and done, I am the product of a successful “set-up.” Seventy years ago today a 29-year-old man from Queens married a 24-year-old woman from Manhattan. This young couple filled with hope, whose whole life lay in

A Milestone Memorial for Me

When all is said and done, I am the product of a successful “set-up.” Seventy years ago today a 29-year-old man from Queens married a 24-year-old woman from Manhattan. This young couple filled with hope, whose whole life lay in

Amy Barrett Piano and Mother

Don’t Judge Me Because I Can’t Play the Piano

I never had piano lessons. Can’t tickle the ivories at all. Which now might very well disqualify me from sitting on the Supreme Court, my lack of law degree notwithstanding. That was my take away from the confirmation hearings for

Amy Barrett Piano and Mother

Don’t Judge Me Because I Can’t Play the Piano

I never had piano lessons. Can’t tickle the ivories at all. Which now might very well disqualify me from sitting on the Supreme Court, my lack of law degree notwithstanding. That was my take away from the confirmation hearings for

Fly Danger poster

Flies- The Fear Factor

  “Listen…..Do you hear it?” “Bzzzzzzz……It’s coming back……a buzzing creeping crawling nightmare of terror…..the return of the fly” That may have been the opening trailer in the 1959 Vincent Price movie Return of the Fly but it was a real-life

Fly Danger poster

Flies- The Fear Factor

  “Listen…..Do you hear it?” “Bzzzzzzz……It’s coming back……a buzzing creeping crawling nightmare of terror…..the return of the fly” That may have been the opening trailer in the 1959 Vincent Price movie Return of the Fly but it was a real-life

Nazis, Neo Nazis and Donald Trump

For This Jewish Woman, Past Has Become Present and No One Should Be Proud

Last night the President of the United State of America refused to condemn white supremacy, enabling and ennobling them. On national TV. The same America whose story of the triumph of good over evil was the lessons of WWII. Now

Nazis, Neo Nazis and Donald Trump

For This Jewish Woman, Past Has Become Present and No One Should Be Proud

Last night the President of the United State of America refused to condemn white supremacy, enabling and ennobling them. On national TV. The same America whose story of the triumph of good over evil was the lessons of WWII. Now

My Politics is My Art

As I’ve been watching the memorial service for RBG with tears for our loss and tears of where we are, there are also feelings of pride. As a woman, a feminist, and a Jew.  It is meaningful to me in

My Politics is My Art

As I’ve been watching the memorial service for RBG with tears for our loss and tears of where we are, there are also feelings of pride. As a woman, a feminist, and a Jew.  It is meaningful to me in

Comrade Joe and Socialist Sally

To believe Trump you’d a thunk the democrats nominated Fidel Castro! Since “ Socialist” Joe Biden is just one step away from morphing into the Cuban dictator – that is according to my die-hard Trump following neighbors – I pulled

Comrade Joe and Socialist Sally

To believe Trump you’d a thunk the democrats nominated Fidel Castro! Since “ Socialist” Joe Biden is just one step away from morphing into the Cuban dictator – that is according to my die-hard Trump following neighbors – I pulled