Category Archives: Suburbia

News Year Predictions A Look Into the Future 1975

Past Perfect- New Years Predictions The New Year has always been the traditional time for crystal ball gazing offering tantalizing predictions for our imagined future. For forward thinking post war Americans, peering into the future was a favorite pastime. So

News Year Predictions A Look Into the Future 1975

Past Perfect- New Years Predictions The New Year has always been the traditional time for crystal ball gazing offering tantalizing predictions for our imagined future. For forward thinking post war Americans, peering into the future was a favorite pastime. So

Guy Lombardo New years Eve Album

New Year Eve Party With Guy Lombardo

For me, New Year’s Eve always belonged to Guy Lombardo. It was a childhood viewing ritual that rarely varied. In the early 1960’s I felt like Cinderella, permitted to stay up to the stroke of midnight and watch, along with

Guy Lombardo New years Eve Album

New Year Eve Party With Guy Lombardo

For me, New Year’s Eve always belonged to Guy Lombardo. It was a childhood viewing ritual that rarely varied. In the early 1960’s I felt like Cinderella, permitted to stay up to the stroke of midnight and watch, along with

Vintage illustration Christmas celebration

Jews and Christmas

Like many American Jews, I secretly covet Christmas. Though taught in the Ten Commandments not to covet thy neighbors wife, there was no explicit directive to coveting thy neighbors holiday. Holiday cheer for some Jews also includes a touch o’

Vintage illustration Christmas celebration

Jews and Christmas

Like many American Jews, I secretly covet Christmas. Though taught in the Ten Commandments not to covet thy neighbors wife, there was no explicit directive to coveting thy neighbors holiday. Holiday cheer for some Jews also includes a touch o’

Consumed With the Past

For nearly a year, I have been on an archeological dig of mid-century middle-class domesticity. The study was done in a post-war suburban setting; the dig was my parent’s home of six decades. After examining, dating, cataloging, and yes, crying,

Consumed With the Past

For nearly a year, I have been on an archeological dig of mid-century middle-class domesticity. The study was done in a post-war suburban setting; the dig was my parent’s home of six decades. After examining, dating, cataloging, and yes, crying,

A Healthy Tan?

Once upon a time, a deep dark tan was the gold standard of a successful summer run. When it came to getting a gold medal for the best bronze I was always a winner. In full disclosure, I am still

A Healthy Tan?

Once upon a time, a deep dark tan was the gold standard of a successful summer run. When it came to getting a gold medal for the best bronze I was always a winner. In full disclosure, I am still

vintage illustration children at shoe store

If the Shoe Fits

Like clockwork, Labor Day once signaled the changing of the guard at least as far as mid cenetury shoes were concerned. The Tuesday after Labor Day one would be hard pressed to find the sight of white shoes in my

vintage illustration children at shoe store

If the Shoe Fits

Like clockwork, Labor Day once signaled the changing of the guard at least as far as mid cenetury shoes were concerned. The Tuesday after Labor Day one would be hard pressed to find the sight of white shoes in my

Vintage ad Suburban couple and house 1950s

Embracing My Roots

I would grow up living my parents post war American dreams. Nothing personified that dream more than our suburban home where they lived for nearly 62 years. My foundation was entrenched in that home so it should be no surprise

Vintage ad Suburban couple and house 1950s

Embracing My Roots

I would grow up living my parents post war American dreams. Nothing personified that dream more than our suburban home where they lived for nearly 62 years. My foundation was entrenched in that home so it should be no surprise

Remembering Bobby Kennedy Fifty Years Later

1968 was no ordinary time and Robert Kennedy was no ordinary candidate. Fifty years later, the wave of young activists feel similar to that infamous year when Bobby had fired up Americas youth. Including a barely teen age me. I

Remembering Bobby Kennedy Fifty Years Later

1968 was no ordinary time and Robert Kennedy was no ordinary candidate. Fifty years later, the wave of young activists feel similar to that infamous year when Bobby had fired up Americas youth. Including a barely teen age me. I

A Mid Century Send Off

My mid-century home is fading fast. Right now strangers and bottom feeders are traipsing thru my parent’s suburban house picking over the remains of a family’s long life hoping to score a deal at a tag sale. It is  the

A Mid Century Send Off

My mid-century home is fading fast. Right now strangers and bottom feeders are traipsing thru my parent’s suburban house picking over the remains of a family’s long life hoping to score a deal at a tag sale. It is  the

Matzo Ball Soup

The Passover Plot – Operation: Matzo Ball

It was a post war Passover plot worthy of the Russians; a cold war caper to rival anything Julius and Ethel Rosenberg cooked up. A top-secret stolen – during the Jewish holiday of  Passover nonetheless – riveted my suburban neighborhood

Matzo Ball Soup

The Passover Plot – Operation: Matzo Ball

It was a post war Passover plot worthy of the Russians; a cold war caper to rival anything Julius and Ethel Rosenberg cooked up. A top-secret stolen – during the Jewish holiday of  Passover nonetheless – riveted my suburban neighborhood