Posts Tagged: suburbia

All I Want For Hanukkah is a Christmas Tree

As Hanukkah approaches, I share a little secret. Like many American Jews, I secretly covet Christmas. Though taught in the Ten Commandments not to covet thy neighbor’s wife, there was no explicit directive to coveting thy neighbor’s holiday. Holiday cheer

All I Want For Hanukkah is a Christmas Tree

As Hanukkah approaches, I share a little secret. Like many American Jews, I secretly covet Christmas. Though taught in the Ten Commandments not to covet thy neighbor’s wife, there was no explicit directive to coveting thy neighbor’s holiday. Holiday cheer

Vintage Bathroom 1950s

Make America’s Toilets Great Again

Donald Trump’s passion for plumbing has not been equaled by another  U.S. President since Richard Nixon and the plumbers. Finally, Trump has something else besides impeachment in common with our 37th president. Speculation mounts that his new fascination with plumbing

Vintage Bathroom 1950s

Make America’s Toilets Great Again

Donald Trump’s passion for plumbing has not been equaled by another  U.S. President since Richard Nixon and the plumbers. Finally, Trump has something else besides impeachment in common with our 37th president. Speculation mounts that his new fascination with plumbing

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

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,

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

RFK campaign poster at home sally Karen 1968

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

RFK campaign poster at home sally Karen 1968

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

Twister Game 1966

Twisted Times with Twister

Twisted Times When I think back to being 14, the same age as Leigh Corfman was, the woman who accused Alabama’s Roy Moore of molesting her,  the sexiest encounter for me was contorting my body in a tangled mess of

Twister Game 1966

Twisted Times with Twister

Twisted Times When I think back to being 14, the same age as Leigh Corfman was, the woman who accused Alabama’s Roy Moore of molesting her,  the sexiest encounter for me was contorting my body in a tangled mess of

Halloween Cold War Style

On most mid-century days, the suburban streets of my childhood were filled by a legion of door to door salesmen trafficking in fantasy. The pavement belonged to this endless parade of post war peddlers, their sample cases bulging with promises

Halloween Cold War Style

On most mid-century days, the suburban streets of my childhood were filled by a legion of door to door salesmen trafficking in fantasy. The pavement belonged to this endless parade of post war peddlers, their sample cases bulging with promises

vintage Boy holding hort dogs

Hot Dog Competition

A summer staple at my 1960’s family barbecues was the ritual hot dog competition not in competitive eating but dissecting who made the best toothsome well turned frank. The mouth-watering aroma of grilling franks wafting through the suburban air sparked

vintage Boy holding hort dogs

Hot Dog Competition

A summer staple at my 1960’s family barbecues was the ritual hot dog competition not in competitive eating but dissecting who made the best toothsome well turned frank. The mouth-watering aroma of grilling franks wafting through the suburban air sparked